Current Projects

Property Vesting in the Crown

In Manitoba, legislation addressing property vesting in the Crown (both vacant and unclaimed property) has not changed in any significant way since it was first enacted over a hundred years ago. The Commission is exploring potential reform in light of recent changes in other Canadian jurisdictions. This project may be of interest to corporate commercial lawyers, as it considers reform to legislation regarding how to deal with a corporation’s assets upon dissolution. This project also has implications for real property, wills and estates and securities.

Elder Abuse Project

The Commission is commencing a large-scale review of Manitoba’s laws relating to abuse and neglect of older adults. Specifically, the Commission will consider the legal definitions and construction of elder abuse and neglect in Manitoba’s statutes and determine if the law should be amended to reflect current understandings of the abuse and neglect of older persons, particularly those residing in long-term care.

Law of Partition and Sale

Partition and sale are equitable remedies available to co-owners of land who want to but cannot agree on how to terminate their co-ownership. The provisions of The Law of Property Act addressing partition and sale remain essentially as enacted in earlier legislation in 1878. The Commission considers it timely for consideration to be given to if and how Manitoba’s legislation could be improved.