About Erna

  • Erna taught Home Economics for 31 years with the Winnipeg School Division before she was elected MLA for Rossmere in 2007.
  • In 2013 she was named the Minister of Labour and Immigration.
  • As Minister, she brought in new resources to help new Canadians get their foreign credentials recognized and groundbreaking legislation to make it easier for first responders, nurses and other workers to get treated for PTSD.
  • As a longtime resident of North Kildonan, Erna has made it a priority to help create safe, fun places for families, like Inderjit Claire Park, the outdoor classroom at Princess Margaret School and the upcoming active transportation corridor at Northeast Pioneers Greenway and the Perimeter.

Erna was first elected MLA for Rossmere in 2007 and is a longtime resident of northeast Winnipeg. North Kildonan holds many memories for Erna, from playing on the girls’ softball team and skating in the winger at the North Kildonan Community Club to enjoying academics and extra-curricular activities at Springfield Heights School and River East Collegiate.

So it’s no surprise that in her time as MLA, she’s made it a priority to help create recreational and learning spaces for families in Rossmere, including Inderjit Claire Park, the upcoming active transportation corridor at the Northeast Pioneers Greenway and the Perimeter, and the outdoor classroom at Princess Margaret School.

Erna began her career in teaching after graduating from the Faculty of Home Economics at the University of Manitoba. She taught child development, family studies and nutrition for 31 years with the Winnipeg School Division. Her last teaching assignment was at the Adolescent Parent Centre, an alternative program where young mothers can complete their high school education.

Erna was appointed Minister of Labour and Immigration in 2013. She has introduced legislation which lays out strong injury prevention plans for workplaces and significantly increases penalties for employers who violate safety requirements.

Erna has also introduced groundbreaking legislation that recognizes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a presumptive work-related occupational disease. This will make it much easier for firefighters, paramedics, emergency room staff and other workers to get the mental health supports they need when they have experienced a traumatic event.

Erna has also brought in resources to help new Canadians get their foreign work qualifications recognized in their chosen field. Immigration is very important to our province, and Erna will continue to support new Canadians who are making Manitoba their home.