The Crown Corporations Public Review and Accountability Act was enacted in 1989 to ensure that public confidence in Manitoba's Crown corporations is maintained and to strengthen the accountability mechanisms for Manitoba's Crown corporations. Council was established as part of the accountability framework under this Act. Crown corporations are public enterprises and important contributors to the economy of Manitoba. The Crown corporations that fall under this Act are Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Public Insurance, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation and Communities Economic Development Fund.
The Act established Crown Corporations Council as a corporation responsible to the Minister of Crown services who is charged with the administration of the Act.
As a result of recommendations made in the 2009 Auditor General's Report and at the request of government, Council develops and delivers a training program intended for Board Chairs, Directors and senior staff who provide direct support to governance of all Manitoba public sector Agencies, Boards, Commissions (ABCs) and Crown corporations. This training program has recently been named the Board Performance Training program, and its workshops cover areas of core competencies as well as current issues that affect governance and leadership in Manitoba's public sector.
Council is committed to strengthening Manitoba's Crown corporations. In addition to its statutory mandate, Council enhances public board governance by delivering workshops through its Emerging Topics Series to Manitoba’s Crown corporation boards. These workshops encourage sharing of information and experiences related to public sector leadership and governance.