Job outlook Independent Practice - Registered Nurse in Canada

People working as an independent practice - registered nurse have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These outlooks are applicable to all Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012).

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job outlook
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Prince Edward Island Good
Nova Scotia Good
New Brunswick Good
Quebec Good
Ontario Fair
Manitoba Good
Saskatchewan Fair
Alberta Good
British Columbia Good
Yukon Territory Good
Northwest Territories Good
Nunavut Good
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2017-2026 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


SHORTAGE: This occupational group is expected to face labour shortage conditions over the period of 2017-2026 at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2016
Median age of workers in 2016
Average retirement age in 2016

Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2017-2026) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2017-2026. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2014-2016 period, employment in this occupational group increased at a similar pace than the average for all occupation. The average hourly wage stayed relatively stable during this period, yet it is dictated by collective agreements with the provincial governments. The unemployment rate remained very low and stable at 1.8% in 2016, limiting employment growth opportunities due to the lack of available workers. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill all job openings in this occupational group.

For Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 157,100, while 143,900 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

The labour shortage conditions seen in recent years is expected to persist into the 2017-2026 period, and could even become more acute as the projected number of job openings is expected to be substantially larger than the projected number of job seekers over that period. Job openings are projected to arise from both expansion demand and retirements. Employment growth is expected to be among the highest of all occupations, accounting for more than 40% of all job openings. As the Canadian population ages, the demand for health services and consequently the need for health care professionals are projected to increase. Moreover, the commitment made by some provinces to reduce wait times in emergencies, for treatments and for surgery is expected to contribute to the increase of labour demand for workers in this occupation. Also, nurses who have received the proper training are now allowed to complete tasks that they were previously not authorized to do, such as using a collective prescription to adjust medications, initiating diagnostic and therapeutic measures as well as prescribing contraceptives. Otherwise, retirements are projected to account for about 50% of job openings. Pressures resulting from these departures are expected to be at par with the national average as workers in this occupational grouping have a similar age structure than in other occupations. With regard to labour supply, school leavers are projected to represent the vast majority of job seekers. A significant number of workers are expected to join this occupation, notably licensed practical nurses with the proper training or experience, representing about 16% of all job seekers. Finally, immigration is expected to account for 14% of all new workers in this occupation.

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