The Public Interest Disclosure Act
The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act (PIDA) was proclaimed as law in Manitoba on April 2, 2007. The purpose of PIDA is to give government employees and others a clear process for disclosing significant and serious wrongdoing in the Manitoba public service and to provide protection from reprisal.
PIDA applies to provincial government departments, Crown corporations, regional health authorities, child and family services agencies and authorities, universities, personal care homes, and the independent offices of the legislative assembly. It also applies to designated bodies, where at least 50% of the funding of the organization is provided by the government. This includes child-care centres, agencies that provide support services to adults and children, social housing services, family violence crisis shelters and licensed or approved residential-care facilities.
PIDA identifies the ombudsman as one of the parties to whom a disclosure may be made, and sets out other specific duties in responding to disclosures, investigating allegations of wrongdoing, and reporting on activities arising from PIDA.