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Nursing Statistics

Access to nursing care and optimizing the nursing workforce are crucial for achieving the best person- and family-centred outcomes.

Highlights from the latest pan-Canadian statistics on regulated nurses from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) show that in 2017:

  • 425,757 regulated nurses had an active licence to practise
  • 48% of health-care professionals were regulated nurses
  • 398,845 of regulated nurses with a licence to practise said they were employed in their profession
  • 281,373 RNs, 4,967 NPs, 106,854 LPNs, and 5,651 RPNs were in the nursing workforce
  • 91% of regulated nurses held a licence to practise in the jurisdiction where they completed their nursing program
  • 17% of the population lived in rural or remote areas while only 11% of the nursing workforce did
  • Annual growth in the supply of regulated nurses has slowed to less than 1%, the lowest in the past 10 years.

Overview of CIHI’s nursing workforce statistics:
British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories/Nunavut
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

CIHI’s annual reports offer a historical look at RN and NP trends and statistics in Canada from as far back as 1980.