Nursing Workforce Backgrounder

Publication date: 
Tue, 2013-02-26

This factsheet provides an overview on the state of the nursing workforce.

Nurses are the largest group of regulated health professionals in Canada. As of 2011, there were 270,724 registered nurses (RNs), 84,587 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and 5,214 registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) working as nurses in Canada. (Note: RPNs are regulated as a separate profession in the four western provinces and Yukon only.) In all there are 360,572 regulated nurses working as nurses in Canada.