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The supply of regulated nurses varies among the provinces and territories. Regulated nurses refers to registered nurses (including nurse practitioners), licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.  

Here are the 2018 regulated nursing supply counts for Canada as a whole and for each province and territory, as well as the corresponding net gain or net loss from 2017: 

  • Canada: 431,769 regulated nurses, a net gain of 5,817 
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 8,413 regulated nurses, a net loss of 124 
  • Prince Edward Island: 2,420 regulated nurses, a net gain of 98 
  • Nova Scotia: 13,876 regulated nurses, a net gain of 73 
  • New Brunswick: 11,561 regulated nurses, a net gain of 139 
  • Quebec: 99,592 regulated nurses, a net gain of 1,233 
  • Ontario: 155,570 regulated nurses, a net gain of 2,602 
  • Manitoba: 17,815 regulated nurses, a net gain of 144 
  • Saskatchewan: 15,528 regulated nurses, a net gain of 158
  • Alberta: 52,359 regulated nurses, a net gain of 1,155 
  • British Columbia: 52,996 regulated nurses, a net gain of 521 
  • Yukon: 676 regulated nurses, a net gain of 29 (the net gain for Yukon captures only registered nurses, including nurse practitioners)
  • Northwest Territories and Nunavut: 963 regulated nurses, a net loss of 211