Licensed Practical Nurses Salary Canada

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Average Licensed Practical Nurse Salary in Canada

The table above details the hourly wages for Licensed Practical Nurses.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 3233.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: registered practical nurse (R.P.N.), certified nursing assistant (CNA) and operating room technician.

A typical full-time annual salary is in the region of $45,000 – $55,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Saskatoon / Biggar, Saskatchewan at $31.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $21.00 per hour.

Employment prospects for this occupation are good in Canada. The government forecasts that the number of job seekers will be insufficient to fill the job openings.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Winnipeg – Manitoba 17.5528.0030.982014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 15.00 23.0024.002014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 17.35 24.00 25.642014
Ottawa – Ontario 19.0024.50 28.772014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 20.00 25.8429.362014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 22.0026.9531.502014
Prince Edward Island 18.7523.3325.002014
Montreal – Quebec 17.00 21.0026.002014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan21.0031.0046.002014
Toronto – Ontario 19.50 24.9529.002014
Calgary – Alberta* 21.3029.1235.222015
Edmonton – Alberta*23.7029.7633.952015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 21.0025.5027.052014


Duties in this occupation include:
›› Providing nursing services to patients
›› Monitoring and assessing patients’ conditions and recording important changes
›› Administering medication to patients
›› Providing pre-operative and post-operative personal and comfort care
Comparison with employment group

There are over 20,000 licensed practical nurses working in Canada. The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes licensed practical nurses, is $25.65. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $966, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $50,000.


Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories. Completion of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination is required in all provinces and territories except Quebec.


Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

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Nurse Aides/Orderlies
Nurse Practitioners
Registered Nurses

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