We acknowledge that Manitoba is on the original lands of the Dakota, Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dené, Inuit and Métis Nation. We acknowledge that the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba is located on Treaty One territory. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, and we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

Legislation, Regulation and By-Laws


The Manitoba government establishes the legislation that governs health professions.

Effective June 1, 2022, the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) is the governing legislation for the Registered Psychiatric Nurse profession in Manitoba, replacing the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act.

This legislation ensures all health professions in Manitoba are governed by consistent, uniform legislation and regulations with a focus on patient safety. The advantages of moving the psychiatric nursing profession to regulation under the RHPA include modernized rules and processes for governance, registration, complaints and discipline processes, and the regulation and by-law making authority that will apply to all regulated health professions when they transition to the RHPA.

The Regulated Health Professions Act

* Adopted with permission from the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM)


The following regulations came into force on June 1, 2022, transitioning the RPN profession to the RHPA and replacing the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act:

Practice of Registered Psychiatric Nursing Regulation

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba General Regulation

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba General Regulation, amendment (December 22, 2023)

About the Regulations

The General Regulation was developed by the CRPNM, in tandem with the Practice of Registered Psychiatric Nursing Regulation, which was developed by the Manitoba Government Department of Health and Seniors Care. Together, these regulations transitioned the profession of registered psychiatric nursing to new regulation under the RHPA. 

The General Regulation:

  • defines the registration classes, membership requirements, continuing competency requirements, and standards of practice of the psychiatric nursing profession in Manitoba;
  • establishes the terms and conditions under which RPNs can perform certain Reserved Acts – specific activities relevant to our profession whose practice is otherwise restricted under the RHPA.

The Practice Regulation:

  • includes provisions for the CRPNM to continue operating under the RHPA, including governing council, committees, registrar and officers;
  • transitions members of the profession to regulation by the college under the RHPA;
  • sets out the scope of practice of the registered psychiatric nursing profession in Manitoba and reflects the current practice of the profession;
  • sets out the Reserved Acts that members of the profession are authorized to perform subject to terms and conditions set out in the General Regulation.


The CRPNM By-laws specify governance and procedural matters and identify how the CRPNM will conduct its business. There are several changes that have taken place due to the College’s becoming governed under The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). On December 2, 2023, the Council approved changes that will implement a competency-based appointment process for all Council members.

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