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?

The Commission released a consultation paper on Presumed Consent Organ Donation.Comments on this Consultation Paper should reach the Manitoba Law Reform Commission by July 30, 2021.

The Commission encourages you to provide your thoughts, comments and suggestions concerning this aspect of Manitoba’s law. Please refer to the issues for discussion identified in this Paper, and any other matters you think should be addressed.

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 January 29, 2021, the Commission released its Final Report entitled "Abandoned Accounts and Missing Money: Establishing a Process for Unclaimed Intangible Personal Property".

Did you know that there is no obligation on the part of many personal property holders to report or remit unclaimed personal property to the Manitoba government? For a variety of reasons, personal property such as credit balances (excluding banks), insurance policies, bonds or pension plans can become abandoned or forgotten. British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and New Brunswick have enacted legislation that establishes a process for the administration of unclaimed personal property, which allows rightful owners to become aware of and claim the lost of forgotten property. In light of legislative reform in other Canadian jurisdictions, the Commission recommends that Manitoba enact unclaimed property legislation.

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.