Funeral Board of Manitoba

Consultation


In June 2011, The Grieving Families Protection Act was passed by the Manitoba Legislature. The Act made changes to modernize and improve three existing acts:
  • The Cemeteries Act
  • The Funeral Directors and Embalmers Act
  • The Prearranged Funeral Services Act.
These changes will enhance protection for Manitobans who purchase prepaid funeral plans by:
  • Allowing contract cancellation for up to 10 days without penalty.
  • Requiring payment be made directly to a trust or insurance company trust fund to ensure the money will be available when needed.
  • Making it an offence to:
    • Exert undue pressure,
    • Take advantage of a personís inability to understand a plan,
    • Make a sale knowing the person is unable to pay and/or,
    • Misrepresent a service as a legal requirement or a cemetery rule.
  • Giving the Funeral Board of Manitoba inspection and disciplinary powers and increasing the fines for conviction of offences under the Act to $10,000 from $200 for an individual, plus up to one year in jail, and to $50,000 from $500 for a corporation.
The Prearranged Funeral Services Act also requires the establishment of a code of ethics for persons who hold a license under this Act, allows the Funeral Board to appoint a compliance inspector and transfers responsibility for the administration of the Act from the Public Utilities Board to the Funeral Board of Manitoba.

The Prearranged Funeral Services Act, will come into effect once the accompanying regulation is enacted. The Funeral Board of Manitoba has developed the draft regulation based on suggestions made during a 2012 public consultation which included input from licensees, corporate representatives and citizens. We are again seeking your feedback on this much awaited regulation.

The Government of Manitoba has issued a news release advising that the Consultation Document and the draft regulation are available; see below. Should you wish to respond to the questions and submit comments or concerns please send to the Funeral Board of Manitoba as indicated in the Consultation document no later than August 1, 2015. (Submissions received after that date will not be considered.)

Thank you for taking the time to review this draft piece of legislation.

PFSA Consultations

Consultation Document Questions

Draft PFSA Regulation - July 2015

The Grieving Families Protection Act