Manitoba has passed new automotive advertising laws requiring,
among other things, the disclosure of an all-in price in motor
vehicle advertisements. On December 3rd, 2013, the
Manitoba Legislature passed Bill 17, The Consumer Protection
Amendment and Business Practices Amendment Act (Motor Vehicle
Advertising and Information Disclosure and Other Amendments (the
"Amendment Act"), which modifies Manitoba's Consumer
Protection Act and the Business Practices Act.
The amendments to the Consumer Protection Act are the most
significant, adding a new Part to the Consumer Protection Act
regarding motor vehicle advertising. These additions prohibit false
and misleading advertising by vehicle dealers and their employees,
and ensure that used vehicle advertisements for the current and
previous model years indicate that the vehicle is used.
Importantly, the new laws require all-inclusive pricing for
automotive advertisements, which price must include all applicable
taxes, fees and charges, but may exclude federal and provincial
sales taxes if this exclusion is disclosed in the
While no such regulations have yet been passed, the Amendment
Act also allows the Lieutenant Governor in Council to enact
regulations concerning a broad spectrum of automotive marketing
issues, including requiring the disclosure of certain information
by dealers to consumers.
Most of the Amendment's provisions, including all of the
automotive advertising provisions, will come into force on a day to
be fixed by proclamation. The new automotive laws are part of a
larger five-year consumer protection initiative in Manitoba that
may soon address cell phone contracts, mandatory warranties on new
homes, car repairs, payday loans, and debt settlement
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