Fred Meier, President and CEO, RRC Polytech with Health Minister Audrey Gordon, Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes and Megan Day and Rylee Stechkewich, co-presidents of Nursing Students Association.

The Manitoba government is investing over $830,000 to add 30 new nurse training seats to help sustainably increase the number of nurses working in the province in the years to come, Health Minister Audrey Gordon and Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced today.

“Our government is strengthening health care,” said Gordon. “Investing in nurses who are an integral part of our health-care team is building our province’s health human resource capacity. We have been working closely with post-secondary institutions to sustainably increase the capacity of existing nursing programs throughout the province.”

“Our government’s multi-faceted action plan is responding effectively to labour market shortages in the health-care system that were amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Reyes. “This investment brings us even closer to fulfilling our July 2021 commitment to add 400 seats in nursing programs at post-secondary institutions across the province.”

Funding will add 30 new seats to the nursing program at Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech). It will help renovate necessary learning spaces, add laboratory equipment and support new staffing, supplies and other operational needs, the ministers noted.

L-R: Jon Reyes, Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister, Fred Meier, President and CEO, RRC Polytech and Audrey Gordon, Health Minister.

“The work we do at RRC Polytech anticipates and aligns with the nursing and health-care needs of Manitoba and this announcement recognizes the importance of investing in post-secondary institutions that provide highly trained graduates,” said Fred Meier, president and CEO, RRC Polytech. “We are ready to grow and expand our programs as needed to prepare students to contribute on day one and in turn strengthen our province. We expect that all 30 seats will be filled by the end of the 2022-23 academic year.”

With this latest expansion, the Manitoba government has committed more than $30 million to establish 289 nursing seats that will support recruitment for the health-care system. The ministers noted work remains underway on the next phase of the plan to further expand training to meet the 400 space commitment made in 2021.

For more information about RRC Polytech’s bachelor of nursing program, visit https://catalogue.rrc.ca/Programs/WPG/Fulltime/NURBF-DG.