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The Nuisance Act
This is an unofficial archived version of The Nuisance Act
as enacted by SM 1987-88, c. 9 on July 17, 1987.

R.S.M. 1987, c. N120

The Nuisance Act

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

Definitions.

1

In this Act

"business" means any business, industry, undertaking, profession, process or operation carried on for gain or reward or the hope or expectation of gain or reward; ("entreprise" )

"land use control law" means any Act of the Legislature, regulation, planning scheme or bylaw that restricts or prescribes the use to which land or premises may be put or the nature of businesses that may be carried on on any land or premises. ("loi régissant l'usage d'un bien-fonds")

Relief from nuisance for odour.

2

A person who carries on a business and who, in respect of that business, does not violate

(a) any land use control law; or

(b) The Public Health Act; or

(c) any regulation under The Public Health Act that deals specifically with the carrying on of that class or type of business; or

(d) The Clean Environment Act; or

(e) an order of the Clean Environment Commission made under The Clean Environment Act in respect of the business; or

(f) any regulation under The Clean Environment Act that deals specifically with the carrying on of that class or type of business;

is not liable in nuisance to any person for any odour resulting from the business and shall not be prevented by injunction or other order of a court from carrying on the business because it causes or creates an odour that constitutes a nuisance.

Onus of proof.

3

Where a plaintiff or claimant in an action or proceeding against a person who carries on a business claims

(a) damages in nuisance for an odour resulting from the business; or

(b) an injunction or other order of a court preventing the carrying on of the business because it causes or creates an odour that constitutes a nuisance;

the onus of proving that the defendant violated any land use control law, or any Act, regulation or order mentioned in clause 2(b), (c), (d), (e) or (f) lies on the plaintiff or claimant.