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About Us

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba (CLPNM) is the professional regulatory body for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Manitoba.

What We Do

We establish standards for practical nursing education programs in Manitoba to ensure LPNs entering the profession have the knowledge, judgment and skills they need for their roles.

We grant licences to Manitoba’s practical nurses, which includes evaluating each application for initial or renewed registration against the criteria for the profession.

We establish professional standards and guidelines so that Manitobans can expect professional, competent, compassionate, ethical, and safe care from LPNs.

We oversee the practice and conduct of practical nurses in Manitoba, which includes receiving and investigating complaints, and if necessary, taking action to protect the public.

The CLPNM is not an educational institution. If you are seeking information about practical nursing education programs in Manitoba, please contact one of the institutions listed here.


Innovation, leadership, excellence and public trust in regulation.


We regulate Manitoba’s practical nurses so the public can expect safe, competent and ethical care. 

Strategic Plan


  • Respect:  We will create a culture of equity, inclusiveness, diversity, and cultural humility within our organization, with registrants, and with our external stakeholders.
  • Integrity:  We will be honest, objective, transparent and accountable in our deliberations, transactions, and relationships.
  • Collaboration:  We will engage our registrants, our partners in professional regulation, health system leaders, and other stakeholders in a cooperative spirit to build strong professional and public relationships.
  • Quality: We will pursue excellence through the integration of emerging public policy and through the application of best practices in professional regulation.
  • Professionalism: We will exemplify the standard of professionalism that we expect from our registrants. 
  • Fairness: We will treat people fairly while we pursue our duty to serve and protect the public interest. We will balance our commitment to consistency with a commitment to be flexible when necessary to be fair. 

How We Work

In all of our work, we are guided by our duty to serve and protect the public interest. This duty is set out in Manitoba’s Licensed Practical Nurses Act. At the same time, we acknowledge that we operate within a broader, balanced framework of legislation and principles which provide for regulation that is in the public interest, but which is also fair and reasonable.

The CLPNM is committed to incorporating the principles of Right-Touch Regulation into its regulatory decision-making processes. Right-Touch Regulation calls for an approach to regulation that is proportionate, consistent, targeted, transparent, accountable and agile.

The CLPNM is also committed to collaborating with stakeholders including government organizations, educators, employers and other professional regulators.

The CLPNM is a member of the Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators and the Manitoba Alliance of Health Regulatory Colleges.