• Manitoba Legislation

    In April 2016 a new PC government, led by Premier Brian Pallister, was sworn in after 17 years of NDP government.  The CVA had met with the previous Government who introduced Bill 30, “The Non-Smokers Health Protection Amendment Act (E-Cigarettes) in late 2015.   In follow up meetings in mid 2016 with the new Minister, the CVA was reassured that the legislation as it had been presented and passed by the previous government, would remain in tact.  In the most recent meeting CVA had with the government regarding this legislation we learned that the specifics regarding the regulations were as follows:

     

    It is fully anticipated that the Regulations as outlined in the “Non-Smokers Health Protection Amendment Act (E-Cigarettes), will be presented for proclamation in November of 2016 for enforcement to begin January 1 2017.  This will give vape shop owners in Manitoba an opportunity to prepare for the enacted laws to kick in.

     

    Government will move toward a measure of specificity on the sale of vape products at “Vapour Product Shops”, the definition of which will be clearly delineated in the Regulations.  

    The Regulations will permit the sale of said products at premises that have a floor space of 85% or greater clearly dedicated to “vape only” products. The Regulations will not prohibit the sale of vape products in other stores but,

    • Vape testing and vape sampling will ONLY be allowed in Vapour Product Shops under the new Regulations, which, for all intents and purposes, has as its primary business focus the sale of vapour products.  This means no testing/sampling will be allowed in C-stores, corner stores and the like.
    • Regulations will be prescriptive in terms of the operations and physical appearance of a Vapour Product Shop – it must not allow minors into the shop; the windows must be frosted such that the inside of the shop cannot be visible from the street; no external advertising allowed (sandwich boards, electronic signs on the outside of the premise), no lounge activity allowed in the store, the sale of food is prohibited, the sale of soft drinks, water, juice, coffee and tea is permitted in the store.  
    • Regulations will allow in-store advertising for vape products and liquids  - including the sale of clothing and other articles with the Vapour Product Shop logo on the articles (this includes coffee mugs, etc.)

    It is expected that the Regulations will be proclaimed by Order in Council thereby ensuring that the ACT is “IN FORCE” by the Lieutenant Governor – and will be in effect by January 1, 2017.

    CVA and its counsel suggested that the Government might want to consider a mandatory 2-year review to be included in the Regulations. We have made it clear to this and other governments that the science on vaping being safer than smoking IS catching up with the industry.  It was acknowledged by the government that science was indeed making more of a measured and positive impact on the industry and that perhaps a 2-year Review may be contemplated, but this has not been confirmed as of yet.

     

  • Update: November 2016 

    As you  may recall, CVA worked closely with the government of Manitoba, specifically the Tobacco Control and Cessation Unit of the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Active Living, on regulations to the government’s original Bill 30 “The Non-Smokers Health Protection Amendment Act (E-Cigarettes)”.

    One of the most significant aspects of this particular piece of legislation, was our insistence that the government encourage the detailing and distribution of vaping technology and e-liquids at what we have referred to as  vapour product shops (VPS) .  CVA has been in regular contact with the government and the Ministry and is pleased to inform CVA members that the new Act was proclaimed on November 5, 2015 and, as such, it is working on Regulations for the Act.  CVA will be involved in the development of these Regulations and will inform members as to our progress.  One of the more important achievements for CVA is an exemption for VPS from the Act’s  requirements re: in-store display  and advertising.  This is a considerable benefit for CVA. As such, the government requires a listing of all the VPS in Manitoba and CVA will be providing that list to the government in the days ahead. 

    For members, particularly from Manitoba, who require or wish more information about this Act, please contact GR Committee Chair, Jack Weinberg .

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