Violations Affecting RTO Licenses Under Review

A review is taking place of the list of violations for which convictions can affect your Resource Tourism Operators License.

The Resource Tourism Operators Act contains two lists, known as Schedule A and Schedule B, that list various offences like hunting from vehicles, trading in wild animals and their parts, over-limit possession of fish, and even baiting for polar bears. If an outfitter is convicted of one Schedule A offence or three Schedule B offences over 5 years, then it can affect their ability to renew their RTO license.

Possible consequences include cancelling, suspending or refusing to renew your RTO license; imposing new conditions, or suspension for a period of time. Any person convicted of these same offences cannot apply for a new RTO license or work as a guide or a manager.

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship has offered to review the list of Schedule A and Schedule B offences with MLOA, and we are now in the process of meeting to discuss the review. There are some obvious changes that may be considered, such as convictions for Sunday hunting that remain on the books, but if you have any suggestions for something that should be added or removed, please contact the MLOA office.

Please remember these consequences usually only apply to more serious cases, and there is an appeal process in place. The appeal process involves having your case reviewed by an appeal committee. The membership of the appeal committee includes an MLOA representative and is drawn from various government departments, as well as non-government organizations, industry organizations and the private sector. The appeal committee’s decision is final. Anyone can appeal not only suspensions and refusals, but any decision related to your RTO license, including the imposition of terms and conditions. If you would like advice on appealing an RTO licensing decision, please contact the MLOA office, but please remember appeals must be filed within 30 days of when you received notice of the decision and there must be reason for appeal.