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as enacted by SM 1987-88, c. 9 on July 17, 1987.

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R.S.M. 1987, c. D40

The Design Institute Act

Table of contents

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



In this Act

"institute" means The Manitoba Design Institute; ("Institut")

"minister" means the member of the Executive Council charged by the Lieutenant Governor in Council with the administration of this Act. ("ministre")

Continuation of institute.


The institute known as: "The Manitoba Design Institute", consisting of not more than 12 members chosen from various fields of economic endeavour including industry and commerce, organized labour, the distribution of goods, architecture, design and engineering, employees in the appropriate departments or agencies of the Government of Manitoba, and the general public is hereby continued.

Objects and powers.


The objects of the institute are to promote improvement in design and quality of the products of Manitoba industry, and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the institute may

(a) plan and implement programs to increase awareness by industry and the general public of the need of good design and quality;

(b) grant or issue certificates, citations, or awards of merit or marks of quality in respect of Manitoba products of outstanding design and quality;

(c) develop methods of achieving improved design and quality;

(d) assist industry in developing and applying good design techniques;

(e) co-ordinate policy and action in the field of design with those of like purpose of other governments and their agencies, and The Manitoba Trading Corporation;

(f) arrange for and sponsor the exhibition or display of Manitoba products of good design and quality; and

(g) encourage and promote production of souvenir products of good design and quality.

Control and appointment of members.


The institute is subject to the direction of the minister; and its members shall be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Chairman and vice-chairman.


The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint one of the members to be chairman and another to be vice-chairman of the institute.

Term of office.


Each member of the institute, unless he sooner dies, resigns, or is removed from office, shall hold office for a term of three years, and thereafter until his successor is appointed.



A retiring chairman, vice-chairman, or other member is eligible for re-appointment to the institute in the same or any other capacity.

Expenses and honorarium.


A member of the institute or a member of an advisory committee or subcommittee appointed under this Act may be paid, and he may accept payment for, any reasonable travelling and other out-of-pocket expenses incurred by him in discharging his duties; and a member of the institute may be paid, and he may accept, such honorarium as the Lieutenant Governor in Council may determine.

Meetings and procedure.


The institute shall meet at the call of the chairman or, in his absence, the vice-chairman, and, subject to the approval of the minister, may adopt rules governing its own procedure, and may appoint advisory committees or subcommittees, whose members may be chosen from outside the members of the institute, as it considers advisable.

Fees payable.


With the approval of the minister, the institute may establish fees payable by persons or firms submitting products for review and also for the use of labels or certificates referred to in clause 3(b).

Reference to institute.


The minister may refer to the institute for its consideration and advice matters relating to the objects of the institute.



The institute may utilize the services of such officers and employees of the department of government administered by the minister as the minister may designate, or of any other department or agency of the Government of Manitoba as the Lieutenant Governor in Council may designate for the purpose: and in addition the minister may provide the institute with professional, technical, or other assistance for temporary periods or for specific work.

Consolidated Fund.


All moneys required to be expended for the purpose of this Act shall be paid out of the Consolidated Fund with moneys authorized by an Act of the Legislature.

Annual report.


The chairman of the institute shall, within three months after the termination of each fiscal year, submit to the minister a report on the operations of the institute for that fiscal year.

Tabling in Assembly.


The minister shall lay the report of the council before the Legislative Assembly forthwith if it is then in session, and, if it is not, then within 15 days of the beginning of the next succeeding session.



For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act according to their intent, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make such regulations and orders as are ancillary thereto, and are not inconsistent therewith; and every regulation or order made under and in accordance with the authority granted by this section, has the force of law.