Increasing nursing seats and support for IENs


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I was very pleased to be part of the July 8 announcement of plans to add close to 400 new nursing education seats across the province. We are launching a new initiative that will provide financial and process support for internationally educated nurses (IENs) looking to become licensed in Manitoba. This endeavour will be very beneficial for the constituents of Tuxedo and across Manitoba.

There are currently more than 800 nursing seats in Manitoba offered at six publicly funded post-secondary institutions across the province. Our plans are to create close to 400 new seats over the next few years, starting with intake as early as 2021-22. We will be working with post-secondary institutions to identify what steps are necessary to ensure they can increase their seat capacity in a sustainable way.

We are also launching a separate initiative to help provide IENs already in Manitoba with financial assistance for assessment and training costs to support their goal of working in the nursing field. We will be providing up to $23,000 per IEN to help cover a variety of costs to obtain licensure in Manitoba including funding for clinical competence assessments and bridge training, as well as other related expenses such as living allowance, transportation and childcare. Supports will be tailored to each individual’s needs.

Those IENs who wish to begin the process of accessing financial support can do so through the new online portal. Through the portal individuals will be asked to provide information on their education and experience to help them plan their steps to be licensed in Manitoba as well as to determine what financial supports may be available to complete these requirements. IENs who wish to apply for these supports can visit:

If you have any questions regarding this endeavour or other constituency issues please contact my office via email at or call 204-487-0013.

Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and the premier of Manitoba.

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