Canada needs nurses. They are the backbone of the healthcare industry and are often the people who do all "dirty work" in hospitals and ERs across the country. They literally are saving lives every day and that's why Canadians should love and appreciate them.
As it turns out, Canadians do love nurses, and also love being them. According to the 2016 Canadian census, nursing is the second most common job for women in Canada. And while the entire country is unified by our desire to work in that industry, each province does things a little differently.
Nursing, like other healthcare jobs, falls under the provincial realm. This means that when it comes to things like regulations, licensing, and hours, it's going to be slightly different for a nurse in Newfoundland than for another in Alberta.
A big difference across the country is salary. When it comes to nurses, there seem to be a million different factors that go into determining the hourly wage, like the type of nurse (Registered [RN], Licensed Practical [LPN], etc.), years of experience, and qualifications. This list represents the absolute highest and lowest hourly wages for this profession in every Canadian province.
1. British Columbia
The highest hourly wage for any nurse in B.C. is $53.14/hour for a Level 6 nurse, so an RN or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) who has been working for more than nine years.
The lowest hourly wage in BC is $27.20/hour for a Level 1, LPN who has been working for one year or less.
The highest hourly wage out of all the nurses in Alberta is $55.93/hour for a Clinical Nurse Specialist with nine years of experience.
The lowest hourly wage for this profession is $27.68/hour for an undergraduate nurse.
In Saskatchewan, the highest possible hourly wage for nurses is $58.69/hour for a Step 5 Nurse Practioner (NP).
Meanwhile, the lowest possible hourly wage is $31.07/hour for grad nurses, which the province specifies are unlicensed.
Manitoba has one of the highest hourly wages for nurses in the entire country, with the highest possible being $67.13/hour for a Weekend Worker, Class 5 nurse who has been working for more than 20 years.
As for the lowest possible wage in Manitoba, it's $30.58/hour for an LPN who's just starting out.
The highest hourly wage for an RN in Ontario is $46.11/hour for those who have been working over 25 years. This is one of the lowest in Canada.
The lowest hourly wage of an RN in this province is $32.21/hour for RNs who are just starting their career. This pay doesn't include any premiums like overtime, weekends, or holidays.
The highest possible hourly wage of a nurse in Quebec is $53.49/hour for a specialty nurse practitioner who has been working for 18 years.
The lowest hourly wage for a nurse in La Belle Province is $20.73/hour for a child or baby nurse who is just starting their career.
7. New Brunswick
In New Brunswick, the highest hourly wage for a nurse is $52.21/hour for a Class D RN with experience level F.
The lowest hourly wage for nurses here is $31.32/hour which is the rate for a Class A RN who is just starting or a graduate nurse.
8. Nova Scotia
The highest possible hourly wage for a nurse in Nova Scotia is $55.47/hour for a NP, either as a specialty NP or a primary health care NP, with more than 25 years of experience.
The lowest hourly wage for a nurse in Canada’s Ocean Playground is $20.15/hour for an LPN or Graduate Practical Nurse who is just beginning their career.
9. Prince Edward Island
The highest hourly wage of any nurse in P.E.I. is $56.38/hour for an NP with over 25 years of nursing experience.
The lowest hourly wage of nurses in P.E.I. is $32.48/hour for a level one RN at the beginning of their career.
The highest hourly wage of any nurse in Newfoundland is $56.50/hour for class 37, Nurse Specialist with level 6 experience.
The lowest hourly wage of any nurse is $31.82/hour for an unregistered nurse or student nurse, which is one of the highest graduate nurse wages in the country.
Nurses across the country can make well upwards of $100,000 annually, assuming they're the most qualified and experienced in their field, while starting wages for students range anywhere for $20-30/hour. When it comes to nursing, this money is definitely hard-earned.