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Migrate to Canada as a Registered Nurse!

Registered Nurses

Canada’s aging demography has increased the demand for medical professionals especially Nursing staff in geriatric care. The increasing demand has resulted in opening avenues for the immigration of Registered Nurses in Canada.

National Occupation Classification 3012: Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses 

Nursing as a job profession in Canada is valuable for its ease of work, high salary, and living standards.

In provinces such as Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, the authorities regulate professionals trained exclusively as Registered Psychiatric Nurses. However, Registered Nurses in Canada may work as psychiatric nurses without a separate registration in all other provinces and territories.

Registered nurses in Canada assume job title like:

  • Clinical nurse
  • Community health nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Emergency care nurse
  • Intensive care nurse
  • Nurse researcher
  • Nursing consultant
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Private duty nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • And much more… 

Registered nurses in Canada and registered psychiatric nurses could progress to supervisory and managerial positions as they gain more experience.

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Average hourly wage of Registered Nurses in Canada

In the year 2019, Registered Nurses in Canada earned an average hourly wage of CA $46. Below tabulated in the region-wise classification of the average hourly wage of Registered Nurses in Canada.   

Nunavut CA $86.69
Northwest Territories CA $72.57
Yukon Territories CA $61.41
Alberta CA $50
Saskatchewan CA $48
Manitoba CA $46
Ontario CA $45.47
Newfoundland & Labrador CA $43.96
Prince Edward Island CA $41.25
Nova Scotia CA $41
Quebec CA $41.5
New Brunswick  CA $40.49


Work & Study in Canada

Registered Nurses in Canada can choose to specialize in areas by taking up suitable study courses at any Canadian university. Specialization in the mentioned fields may yield better results for registered nurses in Canada. 

Surgery Obstetrics care
Psychiatric care Community health
Critical care Occupational health
Pediatrics Geriatrics
Rehabilitation Oncology


For employment in Canada, Registered Nurses in Canada are required to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Successful completion of a university, college or other recognized & approved registered nursing program
  • Additional academic training or experience for specializing in a specific area of nursing will give the applicant an edge over others
  • A master’s or doctoral degree in nursing if the applicant applies for Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nursing Consultants, and Nursing Researchers and, 

For Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Canada, in addition to the above requirements, Registration with a regulatory body, especially in provinces like Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon is mandatory. 

Canada offers excellent economic immigration programs like Express Entry for quick and easy migration of a foreign skilled worker. In addition to it, several Provincial Nominee Programs offer an easy opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Canada. 

The federal Express Entry programs like Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experienced Class & other Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Programs provide the right pathway for permanent residence in Canada. 

Your temporary options to Canada include Post-graduation Work Permit if you are graduate from a Canadian university.


Typical job duties of Registered Nurses in Canada

Registered nurses in Canada are usually expected to perform the following duties:  

  • Supervising licensed practical nurses and other nursing staff;
  • Assisting in surgery and other medical procedures
  • Assessing patients for identifying appropriate nursing interventions
  • Collaborating with members of an interdisciplinary health team for planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating patient care in consultation with patients and their families
  • Administering medications and treatments as specified by a physician or according to established policies and protocols
  • Operating or monitoring medical apparatus or equipment
  • Developing and implementing discharge planning processes on the admission of patients
  • Teaching and counseling patients and their families on health-related issues in collaboration with other health care providers

Registered Psychiatric Nurses typically provide nursing care, supportive counseling and life skills programming to patients in psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics, long-term care facilities, and community-based settings.


Find Nursing as an Occupation in other NOC: 

  • Nurse practitioners i.e. National Occupational Classification (NOC) 3124 – Allied primary health practitioners [refer to Appendix J]
  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors i.e. National Occupational Classification (NOC) 3011 – [refer to Appendix K]
  • Nursing service managers i.e. National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0311 – Managers in health care [refer to Appendix L] and,
  • Registered practical nurses i.e. National Occupational Classification (NOC) 3233 – Licenced practical nurses

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