Manitoba will be repatriating The Manitoba Teachers’ Society Act. This is a significant
announcement for the Manitoba Teachers’ Society because it empowers us to amend the MTS
constitution independently thereby enabling us to modernize its language and enhance the
image of the teaching profession in the province and the role of The Manitoba Teachers’
Why is this important?
The Manitoba Teachers’ Society is an incorporated entity that is governed by provincial
legislation. Our organization’s constitution, the supreme governing document, is also an act of
the legislature called The Manitoba Teachers’ Society Act.
Legislation is drafted to reflect the needs of the day. In 1942, when the Manitoba rTeachers’
Society Act was assented, the Act’s objectives reflected the priorities of teachers of the day and
protected the profession. As time passed, the profession evolved and irregularities and
inconsistencies in the Act began to emerge, so amendments to the Act were needed. However,
the necessary amendments had to be done through legislative amendments which, as is the
case with all legislation, can be a tedious process.
Over the years, The Manitoba Teachers’ Society has repeatedly asked government to amend our
constitution (The Act) so that we can make these changes, but these requests did not succeed.
Consequently, today many of the terms contained in the Act remain outdated and do not apply
to Manitoba’s current educational climate.
For example, in 2001 the Province announced the amalgamation of school divisions, so in 2003,
2004 and 2006 The MTS Provincial Council passed resolutions calling on the government to give
MTS the ability to make changes to the constitution’s language to reflect these amalgamations,
but to no avail. As a result, a recent review of the MTS Handbook exposed many areas of
confusion that were difficult to reconcile given the antiquated language in our constitution.
This announcement is the culmination of years of hard work to give MTS the authority to control
our constitution so we are able to evolve at the same pace as the education profession.
Ultimately it enables us to grow so that we will be stronger tomorrow than we are today.
Courtesy of MTS