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C.C.S.M. c. A6.3
The Advanced Education Administration Act
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(Assented to June 17, 2010)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
The following definitions apply in this Act.
"board" means the board of governors, board of regents or governing council of a university or college. (« conseil »)
(a) Red River College Polytechnic; and
(b) a college as established under The Colleges Act. (« collège »)
"department" means a department, branch or office of the executive government of the province. (« ministère »)
"educational identifier" means the educational identifier designated by the minister under subsection 6(1). (« identificateur scolaire »)
"educational institution" means
(a) a university;
(b) a college;
(b.1) an institution that receives a grant under subsection 9.6(1);
(c) an adult learning centre registered under The Adult Learning Centres Act;
(c.1) the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology continued under The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology Act; and
(d) [repealed] S.M. 2021, c. 48, s. 2;
(e) a prescribed educational provider. (« établissement d'enseignement »)
"individual student information" means, in respect of a student,
(a) personal information as defined in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
(b) personal health information as defined in The Personal Health Information Act, but only respecting any disability that the student may have; and
(c) the educational identifier assigned to the student. (« renseignements sur un élève »)
"minister" means the minister appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to administer this Act. (« ministre »)
"post-secondary education" means education in programs and subjects normally offered by universities or colleges, but does not include a collegiate program or a denominational theological program described in subsection 9.2(2). (« enseignement postsecondaire »)
"prescribed" means prescribed by regulation.
"program of study" means a group of credit courses that leads to the granting of a degree, diploma or certificate by a university or college. (« programme d'études »)
"regulation" means a regulation made under this Act. (« règlement »)
"student" means a person who is or applies to be a student, a learner or an attendee of an educational institution, and includes
(a) a person who is or applies to be an apprentice, in respect of the technical training engaged in by the apprentice under The Apprenticeship and Certification Act;
(b) a person who is receiving or applies for student aid under The Student Aid Act; and
(c) a pupil who is enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in Manitoba. (« élève »)
"student fee" means a fee set by a board that is payable by a student to a university or college, but does not include a fee set by or payable in respect of the student union or student association of a university or college. (« frais d'étudiants »)
"tuition fee", in respect of a university or college, means
(a) a fee set by the board of the university or college as the tuition fee or fee for instruction in a program of study, excluding
(i) courses provided under a third party contract, and
(ii) any differential or surcharge in fees set for courses taken by individuals who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada; and
(b) [repealed] S.M. 2017, c. 37, s. 2. (« frais de scolarité »)
(a) The University of Manitoba;
(b) a college declared to be affiliated with The University of Manitoba under The University of Manitoba Act;
(c) The University of Winnipeg;
(d) Brandon University;
(e) University College of the North;
(f) Université de Saint-Boniface; and
(g) the corporation continued by The Canadian Mennonite University Act. (« université »)
S.M. 2011, c. 35, s. 1; S.M. 2014, c. 24, s. 23; S.M. 2014, c. 29, Sch. A, s. 2; S.M. 2015, c. 11, s. 47; S.M. 2017, c. 37, s. 2; S.M. 2021, c. 33, s. 2; S.M. 2021, c. 48, s. 2; S.M. 2022, c. 22, s. 17; S.M. 2022, c. 24, s. 34.
ROLE OF THE MINISTER
The minister is to facilitate the development of a post-secondary education and advanced learning system in Manitoba that
(a) promotes excellence;
(b) is accessible and affordable;
(c) is sustainable, coordinated and appropriately integrated; and
(d) respects the appropriate autonomy of educational institutions and the recognized principles of academic freedom.
In carrying out his or her role, the minister is to
(a) support seamless and coherent linkages across the post-secondary education and advanced learning system;
(b) encourage and support the establishment of appropriate credit transfer arrangements between educational institutions;
(c) advise and assist universities and colleges in planning for the development and delivery of programs of study, services and facilities; and
(d) promote fiscal responsibility.
For the purposes of carrying out his or her role, the minister
(a) is to set directions and determine priorities for the government's support of Manitoba's post-secondary education and advanced learning system;
(b) is to allocate money appropriated by the Legislature for Manitoba's post-secondary education and advanced learning system in accordance with those directions and priorities;
(c) is to develop, administer, monitor and evaluate government support and programming related to post-secondary education and advanced learning;
(d) is to monitor and evaluate, and conduct research and analysis about, post-secondary education and advanced learning;
(e) is to ensure that information reported by the government about post-secondary education and advanced learning is accurate and timely; and
(f) may make awards and issue prizes to students, and to persons and entities who have contributed to post-secondary education and advanced learning in Manitoba, out of money appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.
The minister is to advise and assist each university and college in developing a clear mandate to ensure that
(a) Manitoba's post-secondary education and advanced learning system is coordinated and appropriately integrated; and
(b) unnecessary duplication of effort and expense within the system is avoided.
After consulting with a university or college, the minister may require the university or college to enter into a memorandum with the minister respecting the development and implementation of accountability measures in respect of the government support provided to it, including performance measures for assessing the use of that support.
In carrying out his or her role and responsibilities, the minister
(a) must have regard for the respective autonomy of educational institutions; and
(b) may not interfere with
(i) the basic right of a university or college to formulate academic policies and standards,
(ii) the independence of a university or college in fixing standards of admission and of graduation, or
(iii) the independence of a university or college in the appointment of staff.
In furtherance of the minister's role, the minister may, in respect of a college,
(a) determine the region of the province in which a college is to deliver programs and services; and
(b) designate where campuses, including regional campuses, of the college are to be located and the range of college programs and services to be offered at a campus of the college.
For a particular program of study, the minister may direct that a college take an action under subsection 9.7(1) on terms and conditions determined by the minister, and the college must comply with the direction.
The minister may issue guidelines in respect of a tuition fee or student fee set by a university board.
A guideline may specify that the amount of a student fee that the university makes compulsory for a student to pay is an amount that exceeds the guidelines.
If the minister is satisfied that a university has charged a student an amount that exceeds the amount provided for in the guidelines, the minister must direct the Minister of Finance to deduct an amount equivalent to the excess from any grant requisitioned for the university under section 9.1.
The Minister of Finance must comply with a direction received under subsection (3).
The minister may make regulations respecting tuition fees or student fees set by the board of a college, including regulations prohibiting a student fee from being compulsory.
A guideline or regulation under this section may provide that
(a) a tuition fee or student fee be a specified amount;
(b) any increase in a tuition fee or a student fee be subject to a maximum limit, as determined in the manner provided; or
(c) a tuition fee or a student fee be decreased by a specified amount or by an amount determined in the manner provided.
A guideline or regulation may
(a) be general or particular in its application;
(b) establish different classes of tuition fees or student fees and may apply differently to different classes; and
(c) exempt a tuition fee or student fee or a class of them from the application of this section, and may impose terms and conditions on such an exemption.
For the purposes of this section, the minister may request a university or college provide information about its tuition fees or student fees. A university or college that receives such a request must comply with it in the form and manner and within the time specified by the minister.
This section does not apply to the corporation continued by The Canadian Mennonite University Act.
SEXUAL VIOLENCE POLICIES
The following definitions apply in this section.
"board" means the board of an institution that is subject to this section, and includes the board of governors, board of regents, governing council or any other body that exercises the powers that are normally exercised by the board of directors of such an institution. (« conseil »)
"sexual violence" means any sexual act or act targeting a person's sexuality, gender identity or gender expression — whether the act is physical or psychological in nature — that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person's consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation. (« acte de violence à caractère sexuel » ou « violence à caractère sexuel »)
This section applies to the following institutions:
(a) a university and a college;
(b) the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology continued under The Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology Act;
(c) an institution that is authorized to grant a degree under The Degree Granting Act.
In accordance with this section, a board must adopt and implement a policy for its institution that
(a) raises awareness of sexual violence, including sexual violence through the use of social media or other forms of digital communications;
(b) addresses issues related to consent in respect to persons engaging in sexual activities;
(c) includes provisions respecting the prevention and reporting of incidents of sexual violence;
(d) addresses training on the issues of sexual violence; and
(e) establishes complaint procedures and response protocols for incidents of sexual violence.
In respect of an institution's sexual violence policy, the board must ensure that
(a) the policy is
(i) developed in consultation with the students,
(ii) culturally sensitive and reflects the perspectives of those most vulnerable to sexual violence, and
(iii) easily accessible to students and others in the institution's educational community;
(b) students and others in the institution's educational community are informed of the services and procedures that are in place under the policy to prevent and respond to sexual violence;
(c) the institution's activities under the policy and the results of those activities are reported to the public; and
(d) the policy and the institution's activities related to the policy comply with the regulations made under clause 12(b.1).
Within four years after a board adopts its policy under this section, and within each subsequent four-year period after that, the board must undertake a comprehensive review of the policy that includes consultations with students.
INFORMATION RE POST-SECONDARY
EDUCATION AND ADVANCED LEARNING
For the purposes of section 2, the minister may request the following to provide information to the minister:
(a) a university;
(a.1) a college;
(a.2) an institution that receives a grant under subsection 9.6(1);
(b) an adult learning centre;
(c) [repealed] S.M. 2021, c. 48, s. 2;
(d) a prescribed educational provider;
(e) a department.
For certainty, the information referred to in subsection (1) in respect of a university or college, or an institution that receives a grant under subsection 9.6(1), includes any reports prepared by the auditor of the university, college or institution and any other financial information that the minister considers necessary.
The information referred to in subsection (1) may include individual student information about an identifiable student or former student, but only if the minister is satisfied that the information is necessary
(a) to examine student participation, attrition and completion;
(b) to understand and track patterns of student progress, mobility, outcomes and employment;
(c) to monitor progress toward increasing participation and success of under-represented groups;
(d) to understand linkages among universities, colleges and institutions, high schools, adult learning centres, adult literacy programs and prescribed educational providers;
(e) to understand and anticipate trends in program choices among students;
(f) to understand sources and patterns of student finance;
(f.1) to examine patterns and changes in tuition fees, student fees and other expenses incurred by students;
(g) to plan ways of enhancing the affordability and accessibility of post-secondary education and advanced learning; or
[Repealed] S.M. 2014, c. 29, Sch. A, s. 5.
An entity that receives a request under this section must provide the information requested in the form and within the time specified by the minister.
The minister must
(a) not request or collect individual student information if other information will serve the purpose; and
(b) limit the amount of individual student information requested or collected to the minimum amount necessary to accomplish the purpose.
Nothing in this Act limits the authority of the minister to collect, use and disclose individual student information if authorized or required to do so by law, including The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or The Personal Health Information Act.
In carrying out his or her role, the minister may use the information, including individual student information, that the minister collects under this Act and the other Acts under his or her administration.
The minister may designate an educational identifier to be used in respect of a student, which may be the Manitoba education number that is provided for in The Education Administration Act.
If requested by the minister, an entity listed in subsection 3(1) must use the student's educational identifier when providing individual student information about an identifiable student to the minister.
In accordance with the directions given by the minister, an entity listed in subsection 3(1) must ensure that it collects and provides to the minister the individual student information necessary in order
(a) to verify a student's educational identifier; or
(b) to assign an educational identifier to a student who does not have one.
The minister may designate a department that is not under that minister's administration to act on the minister's behalf for the purposes of verifying and assigning educational identifiers, if the minister responsible for the other department agrees.
The minister or, if a department has been designated, the department, may
(a) verify a student's educational identifier or assign an identifier to a student who does not have one; and
(b) provide the verified or assigned identifier to the entity that provided the information.
The minister must protect all information, including individual student information, collected under this Act by adopting reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards that ensure the confidentiality, security, accuracy and integrity of the information.
In determining the reasonableness of security safeguards adopted under subsection (1), the degree of sensitivity of the information to be protected must be taken into account.
The minister must establish one or more committees to make recommendations to the minister about
(a) the individual student information to be requested under this Act, the process for requesting it and the process for providing it to the minister; and
(b) any other matter the minister considers advisable.
The committee responsible for making recommendations under clause (1)(a) about individual student information requested from universities and colleges must include
(a) a chairperson and one or more other persons, who may be employees of the government, appointed by the minister; and
(b) at least three persons, each from a different university or college, appointed by the minister after being nominated by the respective university or college.
POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION FINANCING
The Minister of Finance, on the requisition of the minister, may make grants to a university or college out of money appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.
Amounts granted under subsection (1) must take into consideration the obligation of universities and colleges to pay grants under Part 10, Division 7 (Grants In Lieu Of Taxes) of The Municipal Act.
Each board must prepare and submit to the minister, at the time and in the form specified by the minister,
(a) an annual budget; and
(b) any other financial plans, financial statements or reports that the minister requests.
In any financial information submitted to the minister, the assets, liabilities, reserves and other accounts relating to the following must be identified separately from assets, liabilities, reserves and other accounts of other university or college operations:
(a) a collegiate program provided by the university or college, being a program that is taken to attain secondary school standing or that is approved by the minister responsible for the administration of The Education Administration Act;
(b) a denominational theological program provided by the university or college, being a program or subject for which credits are given only for a degree or diploma in theology.
Despite any other Act, a university or college must not incur any liability or make any expenditure in a fiscal year beyond
(a) the unexpended amount of the grants made to it under section 9.1; and
(b) its estimated revenue from other sources to the end of that fiscal year;
unless an estimate of the liability or expenditure has first been submitted to and approved by the minister.
After the end of each fiscal year, a board must prepare and submit to the minister an annual report of the operations of the university or college during that fiscal year, and the report must include audited financial statements and any other information that the minister requests.
The annual report of a university or Red River College Polytechnic must be submitted within six months after the end of each fiscal year and the annual report of any other college must be submitted within four months after the end of each fiscal year.
The minister must table a copy of the annual report of a university or college in the Assembly within 15 days after receiving it if the Assembly is sitting or, if it is not, the minister must without delay make the report public and, within 15 days after the next sitting begins, table a copy of the report in the Assembly.
The minister may in writing appoint one or more persons to review and report on any matter connected with the management, administration or operation of a university or college, in accordance with the terms of reference established by the minister.
A university or college that is the subject of a review under subsection (1) must cooperate with the review, and provide the person or persons carrying out the review access to information and records that are reasonably required for the purpose of the review.
The Minister of Finance, on the requisition of the minister, may make grants to an institution that is not a university or college out of money appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose.
A requisition under subsection (1) must be authorized by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
An institution that receives a grant under this section must submit to the minister, at the time and in the form specified by the minister, the annual budget of the institution and any other information that the minister requests.
An institution that receives a grant under this section must submit to the minister, after the end of its fiscal year, an annual report of its operations during that fiscal year that includes audited financial statements and any other information that the minister requests.
Subject to the regulations, a university or college may establish, make significant modifications to, or cease to provide a program of study, a service or a facility involving money granted under section 9.1 only if the action is approved by the minister.
A university or college that wishes to take an action described in subsection (1) must provide the prescribed information to the minister and any additional information that the minister requests.
In deciding if a new program of study ought to be approved under subsection (1), the minister must consider
(a) the appropriateness of the credit transfer arrangements for the program between educational institutions within and outside Manitoba's post-secondary education and advanced learning system;
(b) the appropriateness of the quality assurance processes and procedures that the university or college will establish and implement for the program;
(c) the sustainability of the program's funding;
(d) the impacts on existing programs of study, if any; and
(e) any other prescribed factor.
An approval under this section is subject to the prescribed terms and conditions and the terms and conditions, if any, imposed by the minister at the time the approval is issued, and a university or college must comply with any terms and conditions that are imposed.
To avoid doubt,
(a) an approval may be conditional, may be time-limited and may be renewed; and
(b) for a new program, the tuition fee and any associated student fee may be subject to the terms and conditions imposed on the program's approval.
An approval granted by the Council on Post-Secondary Education under section 14 of The Council on Post-Secondary Education Act before the coming into force of this section continues in effect in accordance with its terms.
10.1 to 10.10 [Repealed]
The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations respecting
(a) the approval of proposals by universities and colleges to establish, make significant modifications to, or cease providing programs of study, services or facilities involving money granted under section 9.1, including
(i) the form, content and timing of proposals,
(ii) the factors to be considered in approving a proposal, and
(iii) the terms and conditions on an approval;
(b) and (c) [repealed] S.M. 2017, c. 37, s. 7.
A regulation made under subsection (1)
(a) may be general or particular in its application;
(b) may establish different classes of programs and may apply differently to different classes; and
(c) may exempt a program or a class of programs from the application of this Act or a provision of it, and may impose terms and conditions on such an exemption.
The minister may make regulations
(a) prescribing educational providers or classes of educational providers for the purposes of clause (e) of the definition "educational institution" in section 1;
(b) prescribing fees to be paid and the time or manner in which they must be paid for services provided by the department for which the minister is responsible;
(b.1) in respect of a sexual violence policy that must be adopted and implemented by an institution that is subject to section 2.3,
(i) governing issues that must be addressed and content that must be included in the policy,
(ii) governing processes that must be followed and consultations that must be carried out in updating the policy, and
(iii) governing the form, manner and frequency in which the activities engaged in and the results achieved under the policy are to be reported to the public;
(c) respecting any matter or thing that the minister considers necessary or advisable to carry out the intent and purpose of this Act.
This Act may be cited as The Advanced Education Administration Act and referred to as chapter A6.3 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.
This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.
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