MB announces increase to nursing seats, support to license internationally educated nurses

July 12, 2021
The Government of Manitoba has announced that it will be increasing nursing seats in the province and providing supports to internationally educated nurses who are interested in becoming licensed for practice in MB. MB plans to offer up to $23K to each international student to cover costs associated with the certification process such as bridge training, clinical competence assessments, living allowances, transportation, childcare, and any necessary English language skills training. MB will also be working with the province’s postsecondary institutions to sustainably increase their seats in nursing education by 200 students each year in the next two years. While the plans have been welcomed by some, the Winnipeg Free Press reports that critics argue that pre-pandemic cuts to health care and nursing staff created the current shortage in the first place, and that the increase will not solve the existing issues with the system. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (MB)