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July 27, 2023

Manitoba Fairness Legislation Reducing Barriers to Labour Mobility, Enhancing Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions

Focused on fairness legislation amendments, the Manitoba government has finalized registration review reports for 31 self-regulated professions in Manitoba that will help reduce barriers to registration for both mobility and internationally educated applicants, Labour and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced today.

“Recognizing that the health, safety and quality of life of Manitobans depend on services provided by a wide range of professionals, the Manitoba government is committed to ensuring internationally educated professionals and professionals from other jurisdictions can complete the licensure process in the most streamlined way possible,” said Reyes. “Manitoba was one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to implement fairness legislation, and we continue to build on that achievement, making measured, strategic changes that allow more qualified applicants to work to their fullest potential faster.”

The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act governs Manitoba’s 31 self-regulating professions, which are professions that have a corporation or association that is responsible for the governance of that profession.

The act ensures the registration processes of the designated self-regulating professions are transparent, objective, impartial and fair while maintaining a high standard of professional practice. Under the act, the professions must also comply with domestic trade agreements including the labour mobility obligations of the Canada Free Trade Agreement and the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.

The most recent amendments in May improved the Manitoba government’s compliance powers related to domestic trade agreements to ensure qualified applicants can register in a regulated profession in Manitoba through a quick process grounded in principles of transparency, objectivity, impartiality and fairness, noted the minister.

Recent amendments to the act also enhanced expectations around labour mobility and registration processes by:

  • establishing timelines for regulated professions to respond to registration applications from domestic labour mobility applicants; and
  • requiring regulated professions to comply with any regulations respecting English or French language proficiency testing requirements;
  • providing the minister with the power to make a compliance order respecting practices that contravene language proficiency regulations made under the act; and
  • enabling compliance orders respecting mandatory compliance with domestic trade agreements, to supplement a related power under the Labour Mobility Act.

To ensure the new requirements under the act are met, the government began a review of regulated professions, which included a review of the regulator’s policies and procedures as well as meetings with each regulator.

As a result, regulators have affirmed their commitment to addressing the large majority of the Fair Registration Practices Office’s recommendations to ensure compliance with domestic labour mobility obligations, and revise and clarify registration requirements for both labour mobility applicants and internationally educated applicants.

“Exciting change is coming across professions, with unnecessary requirements and barriers being removed and foreign credential recognition improving – making Manitoba an attractive destination for foreign-trained professionals,” said Reyes.

The actions and commitments from Manitoba professions throughout the review process align with and address recommendations made by the Immigration Advisory Council to improve and streamline foreign credential recognition processes for professional newcomers in Manitoba, noted the minister.

The legislative amendments also support both the Manitoba government’s Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy, which aims to attract talent to Manitoba through quick labour mobility licensing and improved qualification recognition and the Health Human Resource Action Plan by increasing the number of regulated health professionals licensed to work in the province, the minister added.

For more information on fairness legislation in Manitoba, visit

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