Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Canada



The Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Canada is calculated by the Canadian Salary and Wage Guide and from a variety of other sources. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) will work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools.   The salaries of the LPN or LVN vary depending on the location and the setting.
 
The assumption was made that the licensed practical or vocational nurses reflected here were working an average of 35 hours per week with a total of 1750 hours per year. Furthermore, the nursing profession in Canada is regulated by Provinces and Territories.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system.  This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.

Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Canada Data:
Hourly

Country

Low

Median

High

Canadian

9.29 CAD

17.68 CAD

28.28 CAD

United States

$9.50

$18.08

$28.93

Annually

Country

Low

Median

High

Canadian

19,552 CAD

31,282 CAD

48,879 CAD

United States

$20,000

$32,000

$50,000

The lowest licensed practical nurse salary Canada is less than 9.50 CAD while the highest is over 48,500 CAD.  Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas.  The highest pay levels are found in metropolitan areas. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 Provinces and Territories
The best paying Canadian Provinces and Territories for licensed practical nurses to earn a salary are Calgary-Alberta, Ottawa-Ontario, London-Woodstock Area-Ontario, Edmonton-Alberta and Vancouver-Lower Mainland Southwest-British Columbia.

Other Industries that pay a Licensed Practical Nurse Salary Canada
The Canadian Labour Market Information site lists the government, schools, securities brokerages, and private businesses as also employing licensed practical nurses. 

Employment Data
There are 348,500 Nurses working in the Canada according to the Canadian Salary and Wage Guide.  Approximately 75% of them are listed as registered nurses.  Presumably this means that over 80,000 nurses working in Canada are licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses earning a salary in Canada.

Where They Work
Of all the licensed practical nurses in Canada the majority work in nursing homes and other residential healthcare settings.  The remainder works in doctor's offices, clinics, hospitals, and home health care.  Some work as private duty nurses and in insurance.

Private Practice vs. Employment
A rapidly growing trend in the healthcare arena is the use of the travel nurse.  Travel nurses agree to take short term employment contracts in return for additional incentives such as housing, travel allowances and bonuses.  They usually work directly for a regulated nursing agency but a few of them actually negotiate their own employment contracts and are truly self-employed.
 
This role is limited for the LPN but does exist.  Other self-employment opportunities exist for nurses as legal consultants, educators and a variety of health care related small businesses. For LPN’s desiring to advance in this manner additional education and training may be required.

Benefits
Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors.   A typical employment benefits package is worth over $15,000 CAD per year.