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S.M. 2015, c. 25
Bill 10, 4th Session, 40 th Legislature
The Municipal Amendment Act
(Assented to November 5, 2015)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
1 The Municipal Act is amended by this Act.
2 The following is added after section 147 and before the centred heading that follows it:
147.1(1) In this section, a "French-language services by-law" means a by-law under which a municipality undertakes to ensure some or all of the following:
(a) that residents will be able to communicate with the municipality in the French language;
(b) that by-laws, minutes, agendas, public notices and other information and materials prepared by the municipality will be prepared and published in English and French;
(c) that the position of one or more municipal employees be designated as bilingual.
147.1(2) A council may not repeal a French-language services by-law or amend it in a manner that reduces the availability of municipal services or documents in the French language without the approval of
(a) a majority of all members, plus one; and
(b) the minister.
147.1(3) As soon as practicable after a by-law under subsection (2) is given second reading, the council must submit a certified copy of it to the minister.
147.1(4) The council must not give third reading to the by-law until the minister has approved it and provided the council with written notice of his or her approval.
3 This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.