The Drug-Related Death Bereavement Day Act

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S.M. 2022, c. 36

Bill 234, 4th Session, 42nd Legislature

The Drug-Related Death Bereavement Day Act

Explanatory Note

This note was written as a reader's aid to the Bill and is not part of the law.

This Bill proclaims the first Sunday in May of every year as Drug-Related Death Bereavement Day, a day to reflect on the impact of drugs in Manitoba and to grieve those lost to drugs.

(Assented to June 1, 2022)

WHEREAS Manitoba is grappling with a drug addiction crisis that has devastating impacts on individuals, families and communities;

AND WHEREAS Manitoba has seen an increase in the annual number of drug-related deaths over several years and this number has risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic;

AND WHEREAS behind every number is a person — a child, a parent, a family member, a friend;

AND WHEREAS a day of recognition for those who have died as a result of drugs will provide an opportunity for Manitobans to collectively reflect on the drug crisis, to challenge the stigma around drug use, and to grieve;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Drug-Related Death Bereavement Day

1

In each year, the first Sunday in May is to be known throughout Manitoba as Drug-Related Death Bereavement Day.

C.C.S.M. reference

2

This Act may be referred to as chapter D106 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force

3

This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.