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S.M. 2017, c. 34
Bill 24, 2 nd Session, 41st Legislature
The Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act, 2017
This note is a reader's aid and is not part of the law.
This Act amends several Acts and repeals three Acts to reduce or eliminate regulatory requirements or prohibitions and to streamline government operations. A number of other Acts are amended to remove references to a repealed Act.
The Consumer Protection Act
If requested by the minister, the Public Utilities Board must review the maximum charge permitted for cashing a government cheque. Previously, the Board had to review the maximum permitted charge every three years.
The Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act
A hazardous waste disposal facility licence is not required for used oil burners and used oil collection facilities that meet specified standards.
The Drinking Water Safety Act
The requirement to submit a formal application to make a minor alteration to a water system is replaced by the requirement to file a written request. The frequency with which public and semi-public water suppliers must do an assessment of their infrastructure and water sources may be reduced from once every five years to once every ten years. The reporting requirements for laboratories that conduct analyses of drinking water samples are changed to require immediate reporting only in the case of a serious and immediate health risk. A new provision allows for more effective regulation of the shipping and receiving of water samples submitted to a laboratory.
The Ecological Reserves Act
A requirement to provide a report on ecological reserves every five years is removed.
The Environment Act
A general prohibition on the construction or expansion of manure storage facilities for hog operations across Manitoba is eliminated. Also eliminated is the prohibition on winter spreading of livestock manure.
The Fisheries Act
The timing of a requirement to provide a report on fisheries resources every five years is changed to match the timing of a similar report dealing with wildlife resources under The Wildlife Act.
The Forest Health Protection Act
The requirement for all arborists to be licensed is replaced by a requirement to be certified by a third party organization.
The Groundwater and Water Well Act
Unproclaimed provisions of this Act that would require an identification plate and an annual validation strip to be placed on every drilling machine are repealed. A requirement to have a report prepared by an engineer or geoscientist is eliminated.
The Labour Relations Act
A director appointed under The Civil Service Act is responsible for assigning conciliation officers and appointing grievance mediators. Previously, the Act assigned these responsibilities to the minister.
The Noxious Weeds Act
Municipalities no longer require the minister's approval to charge a property owner more than a specified amount for removing noxious weeds from the property.
The Residential Tenancies Act
Accommodations provided for rehabilitative, therapeutic or religious purposes are exempt from the Act only if specified requirements are met.
The Veterinary Services Act
Requirements previously in the Act regarding financial recordkeeping by veterinary services boards are now set by regulation.
The Health Services Act, The Manitoba Natural Resources Development Act and The Public-Private Partnerships Transparency and Accountability Act are repealed.
(Assented to November 10, 2017)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
THE CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
Subsection 169(5) is amended
(a) by replacing the section heading with "Review requested by minister"; and
Subsection 169(6) is replaced with the following:
The board is not permitted to review its existing orders on its own initiative.
Within six months after commencing the review, or within any longer period allowed by the minister, the board must
(a) issue an order under subsection (5); and
(b) prepare and submit a report to the minister, including a copy of the order and a description of the board's review and hearing process under this section.
THE DANGEROUS GOODS HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION ACT
The following is added after subsection 8(4):
Subsection 40(1) is amended
(a) by adding the following after clause (h):
(h.1) for the purpose of subsection 8(4.1), prescribing standards for used oil burners and used oil collection facilities that do not require a hazardous waste disposal facility licence;
(b) by adding the following after clause (hh):
(ii) defining any word or phrase used but not defined in this Act.
THE DRINKING WATER SAFETY ACT
The following is added after subsection 9(1):
Despite subsection (1), the director may reduce the frequency of required assessments for a water system to a minimum of once in every 10-year period if the director is satisfied that reducing the frequency will not significantly increase the risk to the safety of water obtained from the water system.
Subsection 22(2) is replaced with the following:
If a laboratory conducts an analysis of a sample from a public water system or a semi-public water system, and the results indicate that a serious and immediate health risk to users of the system exists or may exist, the laboratory must immediately notify the director, a medical officer or a drinking water officer and provide the information that he or she requires.
The following is added after clause 39(1)(n):
(n.1) respecting requirements for shipping, receiving, and chain-of-custody forms and procedures in relation to water samples submitted to laboratories for analysis;
THE ECOLOGICAL RESERVES ACT
Section 4.2 of The Ecological Reserves Act is repealed.
THE ENVIRONMENT ACT
Sections 40.1 and 40.2 and the Schedule to The Environment Act are repealed.
THE FISHERIES ACT
Subsection 31(2) is amended by replacing everything before clause (a) with the following:
The following is added after subsection 31(2):
The minister must table a copy of each report under this section in the Assembly on any of the first 15 days on which the Assembly is sitting after the report has been prepared.
THE FOREST HEALTH PROTECTION ACT
The following is added as section 27.1:
Except when permitted by regulation, a person must not act as an arborist unless he or she holds a valid and subsisting certification from a prescribed organization or body.
Subsection (1) does not apply if the only services a person provides is the cutting down and removal of an entire tree.
A person may act as an arborist without holding a certification required under subsection (1) if
(a) he or she held an arborist licence under the former Act immediately before the coming into force of this section; or
(b) he or she successfully completed the Manitoba Arborist Training and Licensing Course conducted by the University of Manitoba School of Agriculture before July 1, 2019.
Clause 33(m) is replaced with the following:
(m) respecting arborists, including
(i) prescribing organizations or bodies that may certify arborists,
(ii) specifying when a person may act as an arborist without holding the required certification, and
(iii) specifying the amount and type of insurance to be held by an arborist;
THE GROUNDWATER AND WATER WELL AND RELATED AMENDMENTS ACT
Clause 86(3)(f) is repealed.
THE HEALTH SERVICES ACT
The Health Services Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. H30, is repealed.
THE LABOUR RELATIONS ACT
Section 1 is amended
(a) in clause (a) of the definition "parties",
(i) by adding "assignment or" before "appointment", and
(ii) by adding "assigned or" before "appointed"; and
(b) by adding the following definition:
Subsection 67(1) is amended
(a) in the section heading, by striking out "Appointment" and substituting "Assignment";
(b) in the part of clause (a) after subclause (ii), by striking out "requests the minister in writing to appoint" and substituting "requests the director in writing to assign"; and
Subsection 68(3.1) is amended by striking out "appointment" and substituting "assignment"
(a) in the part before clause (a); and
Clause 87(1)(b) is amended
(a) by striking out "appointed" and substituting "assigned"; and
Subsection 129(1) is amended
(a) by replacing the section heading with "Appointment of grievance mediator"; and
Subsection 130(8) is amended
(a) by replacing the section heading with "Appointment of grievance mediator at board's request"; and
Subsection 130(9) is amended
(a) in the part before clause (a), by striking out "minister" and substituting "director"; and
(b) by replacing clause (c) with the following:
Subsection 130(10.2) is repealed.
THE MANITOBA NATURAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT
The Manitoba Natural Resources Development Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. N33, is repealed.
THE NOXIOUS WEEDS ACT
Subsection 27(3) of The Noxious Weeds Act is repealed.
THE NOXIOUS WEEDS AMENDMENT ACT
The Noxious Weeds Amendment Act S.M. 2015, c. 38, is amended by repealing subsection 25(2) and section 36 insofar as it enacts clause 40(1)(b).
THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
The Public-Private Partnerships Transparency and Accountability Act, S.M. 2012, c. 36, is repealed.
THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT
Clause 3(1)(d) is replaced with the following:
Clause 3(1)(h) is replaced with the following:
(h) living accommodation provided by or in association with a religious denomination on premises occupied solely
(i) by the denomination's clergy or employees,
(ii) by a religious order, or
(iii) for religious instructional purposes; or
THE VETERINARY SERVICES ACT
Subsection 16(2) is replaced with the following:
Section 22 is amended by adding the following after clause (l):
(l.1) respecting the maintenance and the examination, review or audit of boards' accounting records;
Clause 3(1)(b) of The Corporations Act is amended by striking out "or The Health Services Act".
The definition "health care body" in subsection 1(1) of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act is amended by adding "and" at the end of clause (c) and repealing clause (d).
The definition "local authority" in section 1 of The Human Rights Code is amended by adding "and" at the end of clause (e) and repealing clause (f).
Clause 154(6)(b) is amended by striking out "a municipality, school division, school district or hospital district" and substituting "a municipality, school division or school district".
The definition "local authority" in section 1 of The Municipal Board Act is amended by striking out ", and the governing board of a hospital district or of a medical nursing unit district established under The Health Services Act".
The definition "local authority" in section 1 of The Northern Affairs Act is amended by repealing clause (e).
Subsection 44(2) is amended by striking out "under section 69 of The Health Services Insurance Act or subsection 55(1) of The Health Services Act (as those provisions existed prior to the coming into force of this Act)" and substituting "under section 69 of The Health Services Insurance Act (as that provision existed prior to the coming into force of this Act)".
Clause 49(1)(a) is replaced with the following:
(a) where the health corporation is established under The District Health and Social Services Act, notwithstanding that Act, the minister may dissolve and disestablish the health corporation, its board and its corresponding district, and the Lieutenant Governor in Council or the minister, as the case may be, may repeal or amend any regulations under that Act to achieve this purpose;
COMING INTO FORCE
This Act, except sections 2 and 7, comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.
Sections 2 and 7 come into force on a day to be fixed by proclamation.