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Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner

FAQ | General

Why is the Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner necessary?

The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act indicates the Minister is responsible for providing information and assistance respecting fair registration practices and related matters to regulated professions and organizations that deal with internationally educated immigrants, including community organizations, post secondary institutions, trade organizations and government departments.

How will the Office help Manitoba?

The Office will work to ensure internationally educated immigrants have access to assessment and registration practices that result in more effective pathways to employment. This means qualified immigrants will be able to practice their professions and use their experience and expertise to help boost our economy.

What does the Office do?

The Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner implements The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act. The Act ensures regulators use registration practices that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair.

What does the Fairness Commissioner do?

The Fairness Commissioner:

  • Provides regulators with information and advice concerning requirements of the Act
  • Reviews registration practices of regulators for compliance with the Act
  • Makes recommendations and works directly with regulators to improve pathways to registration for immigrants trying to establish their careers in Manitoba
  • Reports to the Minister of Labour and Immigration

Does the Fairness Commissioner deal with immigrants’ complaints?

No. The Act explicitly prohibits the Fairness Commissioner from doing so. The Fairness Commissioner’s role is to bring about positive change to assessment and registration practices in Manitoba to ensure internationally educated immigrants are treated fairly.

What does internationally educated mean?

Internationally educated refers to a person who has been educated in a country other than Canada to practice a regulated profession.

What is a regulator?

A regulator is an association or government body responsible for the governance of a profession. The regulator sets standards of practice and qualifications. It assesses an individual’s education and experience, and must grant them a license before they can legally practice their profession.

Which regulated professions are subject to the Act?

Today, The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act applies to only these 31 regulated professions in Manitoba:


  • Association of Manitoba Land Surveyors
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba
  • Certified Management Accountants Manitoba
  • Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba Inc.
  • Manitoba Institute of Agrologists
  • Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association
  • The Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba
  • The Manitoba Association of Architects
  • The Law Society of Manitoba

Health Professions

  • College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association)
  • College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba
  • College of Dietitians of Manitoba
  • College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
  • College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba
  • College of Midwives of Manitoba
  • College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba
  • College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association)
  • College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba
  • College of Podiatrists of Manitoba
  • College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
  • College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Association of Optometrists
  • The Manitoba Association of Registered Respiratory Therapists
  • The Manitoba Chiropractors Association
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
  • The Manitoba Dental Association
  • The Denturists Association
  • The Manitoba Naturopathic Association
  • The Opticians of Manitoba
  • The Psychological Association of Manitoba

Is a college a regulatory body?

When we think of a college, we often think of a post-secondary institution. Some regulators call themselves colleges, but they are not post-secondary institutions.

Is the Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner part of the Manitoba government?

Yes. The Office is part of Manitoba Labour and Immigration. Our connection to all Manitoba government departments ensures comprehensive service delivery.

Does the Office benefit professionals who are educated in Canada?

Yes. The Office ensures registration practices are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for all Manitobans.

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