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bookletThe Manitoba Law Reform Commission is an independent law reform agency created in 1970 by The Law Reform Commission Act. Its role is to improve, modernize and reform the law and administration of justice in Manitoba. Projects of law reform are initiated in response to suggestions from the public, the legal profession and Manitoba’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The Commission carries out research and consultation and makes formal recommendations for law reform to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The Commission’s work is funded by grants from the Government of Manitoba and the Manitoba Law Foundation.

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What’s New?

"On March 27th, the Commission released its Final Report titled "Reform of The Wills Act, The Law of Property Act, And The Beneficiary Designation Act, Revisited".

In this report, the Commission revisits the recommendations for reform contained in its 2003 report and makes 17 recommendations to update The Wills Actand related legislation. The recommendations contained in this report seek to improve and modernize the legislation to help Manitobans carry out their testamentary intentions.

The full report can be found here.


On January 8, 2020, the Commission released its Consultation Report titled Bridging the Gap for Remote Communities: Electronic Witnessing of Affidavit Evidence.

The Commission encourages you to provide your thoughts, comments and suggestions concerning this aspect of Manitoba's law. Comments on this Consultation Report should reach the Commission by February 28, 2020.

Please submit your comments in writing by email, fax or regular mail to:

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission
432-405 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3L6
Phone: (204) 945-2896
Fax: (204) 948-2184
Email: mail@manitobalawreform.ca


On October 24, 2019, the Commission released its Consultation Report titled Abandoned Accounts and Missing Money: Establishing a Process for Unclaimed Intangible Personal Property.

The Commission encourages you to provide your thoughts, comments and suggestions concerning this aspect of Manitoba's law. Comments on this Consultation Report should reach the Commission by December 31, 2019.

Please submit your comments in writing by email, fax or regular mail to:

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission
432-405 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3L6
Phone: (204) 945-2896
Fax: (204) 948-2184
Email: mail@manitobalawreform.ca


The Commission has released a final report on Creating Efficiencies in the Law: The Beneficiary Designation Act (Retirement, Savings and Other Plans).

The Commission makes eight recommendations to improve The Beneficiary Designation Act. If implemented, these recommendations would help to fill gaps in the current legislation. This report is limited to reviewing specific aspects of The Beneficiary Designation Act and is not a wholesale review of the Act. It forms part of a series of reports entitled Creating Efficiencies in the Law, which seek to address discrete, straightforward issues that, in the Commission’s view, can be improved with relatively simple legislative amendments.

To read the report, click here.


The Commission has released a consultation report on reform of The Wills Act. The report can be found here.

If you would like to provide comments on the issues for discussion contained in the report, you can email, write, or fax your comments to:

The Manitoba Law Reform Commission
432-405 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6
Email: mail@manitobalawreform.ca
Fax: (204) 948-2184

Please submit your comments by October 31, 2019. We hope to hear from you.


The Commission has released its 2018-2019 Annual Report. To learn about the Commission’s activities this past year, you can read the report here.


The Manitoba Law Reform Commission does not provide legal advice, interpret the law or conduct research for individuals or organizations. The Commission does not have the authority to intervene or review individual cases, or the actions of government or regulatory agencies.