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Are you looking for a nursing career in Manitoba? Welcome to our health career website where you will find information on the nursing profession in Manitoba, and advice on finding the right path whether you are a nursing student, novice or expert in your field of nursing.

Nurses are our largest health profession in Manitoba. Our nursing family is comprised of Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Nurses (Extended Practice) – also known as Nurse Practitioners (NP), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).

In order to practice as a nurse in Manitoba, you need to be registered with your nursing regulatory body:

If you are from outside of Canada, please review the additional information at the following link in order to assist you with determining your next steps1:

Each nursing family member brings different levels of education and responsibility. Nurses in Manitoba are prepared to meet the entry level competencies of their respective profession. While the nursing professions share some of the same theoretical preparation and basic competencies, there are fundamental differences in their basic education programs in terms of the focus, core content and the depth and breadth of theory. For entry to the profession, LPNs are prepared at the diploma level and RNs and RPNs are prepared at the undergraduate level. NPs are prepared at the post-graduate level.

Nurses in Manitoba may be employed in a variety of settings including private homes, community clinics, hospitals, personal care homes, rehabilitation centres, doctors' offices, community agencies, companies, or they may be self-employed.


In order to reinforce Manitoba’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that there is an adequate supply of nurses to bring safe high quality care to all the citizens of Manitoba, the Manitoba Nursing Strategy announced March 1, 2000, includes five targeted goals:

  • increase the supply of nurses
  • improve access to staff development
  • improve use of nurses
  • improve working conditions
  • increase opportunities for nurses’ input into decision-making

To monitor the effectiveness of various initiatives implemented since 2000 and to ensure the adequate supply of nurses, Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors (MHHLS) continues to collect information from several areas, including the registration data of the three nursing colleges, nurse training seats and provincially-funded nursing positions. The most recent report can be found at Nursing Labour Market Supply Report.


Manitoba offers nurses a competitive Canadian wage. Please refer to the following links to access the most recent nursing collective bargaining information:

In 1999, the Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund (NRRF) was established to assist with the recruitment and retention of RNs, RPNs and LPNs in Manitoba, and later NPs. The grants have helped nurses offset the cost of relocating to work in Manitoba, as well as offering funding to encourage nurses to work in rural and northern regions and other areas of need to enhance the delivery of health care services across the province.

These incentives are tied to return of service agreements. Interested nurses/students can find more information on financial incentives by visiting Nurses Retention - Grant Information.

Or contact the Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund Line at:

  • 204-786-7393 (in Winnipeg)
  • 1-877-681-4983 (Toll-Free in Canada)
  • 1-877-234-5045 (Toll-Free International)
  • E-mail: