With all due respect to our Manitoban brethren, up until the last five years or so, the province has been a beautifully quiet place that the rest of the country flies over living their busy lives; however, this is no longer the case. Oil and gas development (most noticeably pipelines) along with some larger infrastructure projects have shone a spotlight on the region.
This new growth exposes all kinds of deficiencies in systems, processes, and risk management policies. In the world of construction and provincial lien procedures, this couldn’t be truer. Here are some of the differences you can expect:
1. There is no centralized Land Title Registry. The province has multiple land districts, and you must determine the location of your project before you can obtain land ownership information.
2. Each Land Registry is completely manual. Requests for a title search must be faxed to the registry, and then you must wait for a reply. There is no service level guarantee as to how quickly requests are processed.
3. Not all Land Registries are located in urban centers; making delivery of documents for on-time filing difficult. Major courier companies do not make daily trips to some locations. If you are up against tight deadlines, you may not have enough time.
4. The pace of business and sense of urgency. Because of its relatively new economic growth, many local service firms and government agencies have yet to invest in additional capacity, making fast lien filing, lawsuits, and quick post-judgment enforcement difficult at best. If one is used to particular turnaround times in other provincial jurisdictions, be prepared to learn patience.
If you suspect you may require lien filing services in Manitoba, we recommend starting early. Waiting till the last couple of business days usually results in disappointment. Further, we recommend partnering with a lien filing agent or legal practitioner that has the experience and capacity necessary to manage and successfully file your claim.
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