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 – $65,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages earned are in Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan at $36.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Montreal – Quebec at $22.00 per hour.

Employment prospects for this occupation are good in Canada. The government forecasts that there will be a shortage of workers in this profession for the near future.

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

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Year
Winnipeg – Manitoba 19.00 30.00 37.83 2018
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 20.00 23.47 25.00 2018
Halifax – Nova Scotia 18.00 23.85 26.00 2018
Ottawa – Ontario 17.00 26.30 29.46 2018
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 19.10 26.00 31.00 2018
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 21.47 26.00 30.00 2018
Toronto – Ontario 19.00 26.50 33.00 2018
Montreal – Quebec 17.00 22.00 27.40 2018
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 27.00 36.00 40.00 2018
Prince Edward Island 20.00 25.01 26.50 2018
Calgary – Alberta* 27.07 31.01 34.36 2019
Edmonton – Alberta* 25.00 31.01 33.08 2019
Vancouver / Lower Mainland – British Columbia 22.00 27.69 33.00 2018

Methodology*

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

The 2020 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes licensed practical nurses, is $29.87. The 2020 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,094 giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $57,000.

Licensing

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.

Number in employment

There are over 79,000 licensed practical nurses working in Canada.

Visa

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

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Ambulance Attendants Paramedics
Nurse Aides/Orderlies
Nurse Practitioners
Registered Nurses

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