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The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA)

Panel Report - The Regulated Health Professions Act Consultation – College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) changes the way health professions in Manitoba are regulated by replacing over 20 statutes and bringing all regulated health professions under one umbrella act.  Each profession specific statute will be repealed when the profession is transitioned to the RHPA.

The Act sets out a new way of regulating who does what in the provision of health services based on the concept of controlling specific health procedures. These activities known as “reserved acts” must be performed in the course of providing health care by competent health care professionals.  The health professional must have the appropriate knowledge, competence and skills necessary to perform the act safely.  There are 21 categories of reserved acts.

Profession-specific regulations will set out what specific reserved acts a profession can perform and any limits or conditions on the performance of these acts.  Under the RHPA, reserved acts are not exclusive to any one health profession, and are intended to encourage the practice of inter-professional care.

The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba has worked with Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living - and in consultation with stakeholders, including its members, Regional Health Authorities, relevant program areas of MHHLS, and other health profession regulators - to develop new regulations to transition to the RHPA which include the proposed reserved acts to be authorized for the profession under the RHPA.

As required under the RHPA, public consultations were undertaken regarding the proposed regulations and the reserved acts proposed to be authorized for the profession of registered nursing under the RHPA, ending December 17, 2015. 

Given the nature of the feedback received during consultations, it was determined that additional work was required before the regulations are enacted in order to ensure their successful implementation.   To review issues raised through the consultation process, a Panel of respected leaders of both the medical and nursing professions was formed.  The Panel reported its findings and recommendations to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living.

Meetings were held with the following groups and organizations in the development of the report:

  • College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
  • Manitoba College of Family Physicians
  • Manitoba Nurses Union
  • Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
  • Regional Health Authorities
  • Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba
  • Physicians in charge of specialty areas
  • Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
  • Doctors Manitoba
  • Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS)

View the report here. PDF

Please note that Appendix A of the report has been removed to comply with The Freedom of Information and Personal Privacy Act regarding the privacy of individual persons who appeared at meetings with the Panel.


A Report to the Minister of Health on the Investigation of the Application for the Regulation of Massage Therapy under The Regulated Health Professions Act

On November 24, 2015, Health Minister Sharon Blady released the Health Professions Advisory Council’s report on the application made by the Massage Therapy Association for self-regulation under The Regulated Health Professions Act.

View the report here. PDF


A Report to the Minister of Health on the Investigation of the Application for the Regulation of Paramedics under The Regulated Health Professions Act

On March 17, 2015, Health Minister Sharon Blady released the Health Professions Advisory Council’s report on the application made by the Paramedic Association of Manitoba for self-regulation under The Regulated Health Professions Act.

View the report here. PDF

The minister has asked the council to recommend a framework for additional discussions with paramedics and stakeholders, and ultimately make a determination on whether the support needed to establish a regulatory college of paramedics exists.  The council will then report back to the minister with the results of the process. 


New Appointees to Health Professions Advisory Council

Two new appointees have been named to the Health Professions Advisory Council.  The Council is pleased to welcome:

  • Bev Ann Murray – a consultant with broad experience gained in academia, direct service, and middle and senior management in the fields of health care and social services.
  • John Harvie – a partner with the law firm Myers Weinberg LLP, practising in the areas of administrative law, child protection, criminal litigation, civil litigation and Aboriginal law.

Health Professions Advisory Council

The Health Professions Advisory Council has been established with the proclamation of the relevant sections of The Regulated Health Professions Act into force effective June 1, 2011.

arrow June 1, 2011 News Release

The first members of the Council are:

  • Neil Duboff (chair) – a commercial law lawyer with Duboff Edwards Haight and Schachter of Winnipeg;
  • David Schellenberg – a professional social worker and community volunteer in Winnipeg;
  • Lynne Fineman – a registered social worker holding a masters degree in social work, with extensive experience in health and social services and patient advocacy

A group of persons representing a health profession who wish to be regulated under The Regulated Health Professions Act must apply for such designation. Information about the application process and submission requirements can be accessed here:

arrow Application Process for Requests for Self-Regulation under The Regulated Health Professions Act PDF