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Date: June 12, 2014

R.S.M. 1990, c. 107

The Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg Incorporation Act

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WHEREAS an institution existed in the City of Winnipeg, in the Province of Manitoba, under the name of The Christian Women's Union, for providing a temporary home for female immigrants and servants who were out of place and who had no home to go to,

and for children; and also for carrying on a Lying-in or Maternity Hospital;

AND WHEREAS, the persons hereinafter named managed that institution and, by their petition, prayed that The Christian Women's Union of Winnipeg should be incorporated:  Mrs. Mary E.J. Aikins, Mrs. Catherine Rowe, Mrs. Eleanor Whitla, Miss Mary M. Jazdowski, Mrs. Annie Monk, Mrs. Jemima Irwin, Mrs. Marion Bryce, and Mrs. Matilda Lynch;

AND WHEREAS their prayer was granted, and resulted in the enactment of An Act to incorporate The Christian Women's Union of Winnipeg, assented to April 29, 1884;

AND WHEREAS the Act was amended and the name of the institution changed to The Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, and its purpose to that of providing a Lying-in or Maternity Hospital and maintaining a home or homes for aged people;

AND WHEREAS the Minister of Justice has caused the Act to be prepared in English and French for re-enactment in accordance with a judgment dated June 13, 1985 and an order dated November 4, 1985 of the Supreme Court of Canada;

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



The Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg (hereinafter referred to as "the corporation") is continued as a corporation consisting of those persons who are members on the coming into force of this Act and all other persons who from time to time hereafter become members of the corporation.



The purposes of the corporation are the establishment of a refuge for women, the carrying on of a Lying-in or Maternity Hospital, and the provision and maintenance of a home or homes for aged people.



All persons who now are, or may become subscribers to the said institution of a sum of not less than $3. annually, and those who, having paid $50. or given at any one time property of the value of $100. to it, shall be life members thereof.


Notwithstanding subsection (1), the qualifications for membership in the corporation are such as the by-laws of the corporation from time to time provide.

Board of directors


To conduct the affairs of the corporation there shall be a board of directors consisting of not less than 25, and not more than 50, persons.

Election of officers


The board of directors shall elect the officers of the corporation for the ensuing year at the annual meeting of the corporation.


The officers elected shall take office immediately following their election and shall hold office until their successors are elected.

Appointment of board of directors


The board of directors shall be chosen at the annual meeting of the corporation to be held in January or at such other time as the by-laws provide by the members then present; and all vacancies which may occur in the interval between the annual meetings may be filled at a special meeting of the members called for the purpose.



The board of directors may pass such by-laws, rules, and regulations as it considers useful and necessary for the conduct or government of the affairs of the corporation.


All such by-laws, rules, and regulations, shall continue in force until repealed by the board; and the board may amend them as it considers advisable.

Power to acquire lands


The corporation may acquire by purchase or otherwise any lands or tenements, or any interest therein that may be required by the corporation and be necessary for carrying out its corporate objects; and the corporation may take or hold by gift inter vivos, or by devise, or bequest, any lands or tenements or interest therein.

Borrowing powers


The corporation may, for its purposes,

(a) borrow money upon the credit of the corporation;

(b) limit or increase the amount to be borrowed;

(c) issue bonds, debentures, debenture stock, or other securities of the corporation, and pledge or sell them for such sums, and at such prices, as are deemed expedient; and

(d) hypothecate, mortgage, or pledge, the real or personal property of the corporation, or both, to secure any such bonds, debentures, debenture stock, or other securities, and any money borrowed.

Borrowing on promissory notes, etc.


Nothing herein limits or restricts the borrowing of money by the corporation on bills of exchange or promissory notes made, drawn, accepted, or endorsed, by or on behalf of the corporation.

By-laws for borrowing, etc.


The board of directors may pass by-laws exercising any of the powers of the corporation set out in section 7.

Vote required to pass by-law


No such by-law requires confirmation by the members of the corporation, but it shall be deemed to be properly enacted and of full force and effect if duly passed by an affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of the members of the board of directors present at a meeting of the members of the board duly called to consider the by-law by written notice specifying its terms, at which meeting there are present in person a majority of the members of the board of directors and not in any case fewer than 15 members thereof.

Mailing of notice of meeting


The notice referred to in subsection (2) shall be given by mailing a copy thereof, with postage prepaid, to each member of the board of directors addressed to her at her address as shown on the records of the corporation, not less than six days prior to the date appointed for holding the meeting.

Formal completion of by-law


A by-law passed as herein provided shall be sealed with the seal of the corporation and signed on behalf of the corporation by the president and secretary, or by such other person as the board of directors may, by by-law, designate.

Limitation of members' liability


No member of the corporation shall be in any way liable or chargeable with the payment of any debt or demand due by the corporation beyond the extent of the annual subscriptions remaining unpaid by that member.



The corporation shall, whenever required by the member of the Executive Council charged with the administration of The Health Services Insurance Act to do so, make a statement of its affairs in such form as may be requested.

NOTE:  This Act replaces S.M. 1884, c. 59.