June 27, 2019 — What does nursing in Canada look like? Canada’s nursing workforce continues to grow but the annual growth rate has decreased over the last 5 years. Our report explores how nursing has evolved over the 5-year period from 2014 to 2018 and considers some of the transformations that have occurred in the nursing professions across Canada.
Explore the trends that influence the labour market for nurses and provide insight for effective planning and management of health care delivery across the country.
- The total supply of regulated nurses in Canada reached 431,769 in 2018. This represented 303,146 registered nurses (including 5,697 nurse practitioners), 122,600 licensed practical nurses and 6,023 registered psychiatric nurses.
- The number of male nurses grew by more than 17% over the last 5 years whereas the number of female nurses grew by a little more than 5% over the same period.
- The average age across all nurse types decreased slightly over the last 5 years. The highest average age was seen in registered psychiatric nurses (44.6 years), while the lowest average age was seen in licensed practical nurses (41.1 years).
Explore pan-Canadian and jurisdictional information on Canada’s supply of regulated nurses in 2018 in this map.
See a summary of nursing in Canada in this infographic.
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