Third Session, Thirty-Ninth Legislature
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THE MANITOBA PUBLIC INSURANCE CORPORATION AMENDMENT ACT
(JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF SERIOUS AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS)
(Assented to )
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
The Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation Act is amended by this Act.
Section 131 is replaced with the following:
Reimbursement of personal assistance expenses
Subject to the regulations, the corporation shall reimburse a victim for expenses that are reasonably necessary or advisable relating to providing personal assistance to a victim, including attendant care, in any residence of a victim or elsewhere, to enable a victim to function and contribute to society or the labour market.
A regulation referred to in subsection (1) must not
(a) limit the personal assistance expenses to only those expenses that relate to a victim's personal care or performance of essential activities of everyday life; or
(b) set a monetary limit as to the personal assistance expenses that the corporation shall reimburse to a victim.
Section 138 and the Division heading before it are replaced with the following:
ASSISTANCE WITH REHABILITATION AND AFTER REHABILITATION
Assisting victim in rehabilitation and after rehabilitation
Subject to the regulations, the corporation shall take all measures that are reasonably necessary or advisable that
(a) contribute to the rehabilitation of a victim;
(b) lessen a disability of a victim that resulted from bodily injury;
(c) facilitate a victim's return to a normal life or reintegration into society or the labour market; and
(d) facilitate a victim's functioning and contributing to society or the labour market after rehabilitation.
A regulation referred to in subsection (1) must not set a monetary limit on the measures that the corporation may take for the purposes referred to in subsection (1).
Clause 202(l) is amended
(a) by adding "but in accordance with the limitations in subsections 131(2) and 138(2)," after "Division 5 and 6,"; and
(b) by adding ", except for sections 131 and 138," after "reimburse expenses and".
Review and recalculation of expenses from January 1, 2004
In order to carry out the retroactive effect of this Act, the corporation must do the following for all victims who, as of the day this Act receives royal assent, are receiving benefits under section 131 or 138:
(a) determine if the victim is entitled to an increased amount for benefits under section 131 or 138 from January 1, 2004, on the basis of the amendments made by this Act being in force on January 1, 2004;
(b) re-calculate the amount payable for
(i) expenses incurred under section 131, or
(ii) monies paid for measures under section 138,
as if the amendments made by this Act were in force on January 1, 2004;
(c) pay to the victim any amount found owing under this subsection.
Within one year after the day this Act receives royal assent, the corporation must pay any amount found owing to a victim after a review and recalculation under subsection (1).
This Act is deemed to have come into force on January 1, 2004.