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 $40,000 – $60,000.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages earned are in Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan at $35.00 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Prince Edward Island at $26.00 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 17.0030.0034.002016
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 20.41 23.9827.252016
Halifax – Nova Scotia 21.00 25.00 26.002016
Ottawa – Ontario 22.1226.00 45.602016
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 20.00 26.0033.002016
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 24.0028.1530.002016
Toronto – Ontario 19.00 24.7031.002016
Montreal – Quebec 14.00 21.0027.002016
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan32.0035.0038.002016
Prince Edward Island 17.6024.1226.002016
Calgary – Alberta* 26.5930.5430.852017
Edmonton – Alberta*23.0030.5431.102017
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 22.0627.0638.902016


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 2018 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in health, which includes licensed practical nurses, is $28.23. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1005, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment sector of $52,000.


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.

Number in employment

There are over 70,000 licensed practical nurses working in Canada.


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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