Council Selection Process


In March 2020, Council approved, in principle, revisions to the College’s bylaws that would replace the existing election process for registered nurse (RN) members of Council with a selection process, and that would increase the number of public representatives on Council from four to five. This would allow for a stronger alignment with the College’s mandate to serve and protect the public interest, facilitate effective succession planning and the creation of a skills-based Council.

These proposed changes come after a substantial review of current trends in regulatory governance and reflect emerging best practice both in Canada and abroad.

Consultation process

Council is seeking the feedback of registrants, stakeholders and the public regarding these changes to our governance structure. As part of that consultation process, a webinar and a number of resources are available for you to review below.

The consultation process is open from October 2020 through March 2021, though the closing date may be extended to reflect the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share your views

We encourage you to share your views by emailing Please include your full name and province of residence in your email.


Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is the role of the College?

    The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba exists to protect and serve the public interest through quality registered nursing regulation. The College sets the standards for registered nursing practice, supports RNs in meeting those standards, and takes action when the standards are not met.

  2. What is Council’s role?

    The Council is the College’s governing body, whose mandate is to govern the College and the registered nursing profession in the public interest.

  3. What changes is Council proposing?

    Council has reviewed this issue at length and has put forward the following proposals:

    • Transitioning away from elections for RN members of Council, so that all Council members are appointed based on a common set of publicly available criteria.
    • Increasing the number of public representatives on the Council from four to five, and therefore reducing the number of RN members from seven to six.
  4. What information did Council consider in drafting these changes?

    After reviewing a substantial body of evidence from across Canada and abroad, Council identified a distinct pattern in other jurisdictions with regard to regulatory reviews and the recommendations related to the structure of regulatory boards/councils, such as:

    • Creating an appointed, rather than elected Council
    • Greater public participation in professional regulation and its governance
    • Building a skills-based Council and effective succession plan to ensure continuity in effective governance

    Read below to access a number of resources and links to relevant information.

  5. What would be the process for candidate selection?

    Council believes the process for candidate selection must be open and transparent, and will deliberate on this particular issue. Ultimately, it will be a Council-led process in which Council makes the final decision. The process would include the following characteristics:

    • The criteria used to identify potential candidates would be posted publicly on the College website.
    • A call for applications would be posted on the College’s website at least 30 days prior to the application deadline.
    • A committee of Council would review applications against a predetermined set of criteria, interview selected candidates and make recommendations to Council as a whole.
    • Following Council approval, successful applicants would be announced on the College’s website.
  6. What criteria will be used for candidate selection?

    Criteria will include competencies and attributes such as:

    • Ability to put the public interest above all other considerations, even when they may conflict with professional interests
    • Ability to make think critically and strategically, consider different perspectives to make decisions in the public interest
    • An understanding the role of governance as it relates to operations
    • A variety of individual characteristics to maintain a diversity of perspectives, such as:
      • Cultural diversity (e.g. Indigenous heritage, internationally-educated, member of a visible minority group)
      • Geographic diversity (rural and remote practice environments)
      • Specific professional experience/knowledge (e.g. legal, finance, accounting)
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the role of a Council member and the  proposed selection criteria
  7. What would happen to current Council members?

    As current registered nurse Council members terms expire, the process to fill the vacancy would be done through the appointment process. Current RN Council members eligible to apply for a possible second term would be welcome to do so.

  8. When will these changes take effect?

    Following the conclusion of the consultation process, Council will consider the feedback and decide whether to approve the proposed changes to the bylaws, and therefore bring the amended bylaws to the 2021 Annual General Meeting to seek approval of registrants.

    The changes, if enacted, would take effect August 1, 2021.


Cayton, Harry. An Inquiry into the Performance of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and the Health Professions Act (2018).

Robertson, Esther. Fit for the Future: Report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland (2018).

College of Nurses of Ontario. Governance Vision 2020 (2019)

Field Law. [Alberta] Bill 30: Increased Public Participation in Professional Regulation (2020).

Province of British Columbia. Recommendations to modernize the provincial health profession regulatory framework (2020).