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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
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|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|
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.
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.
There are over 79,000 licensed practical nurses working in Canada.
Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation to apply for express entry immigration with the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.