Job outlook Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.) in Ontario

Job opportunities for Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.).

Job opportunities in Ontario

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Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of some positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

In Ontario, licensed practical nurses are referred to as Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs). According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of RPNs in Ontario has been on the rise in the recent years. Most registered practical nurses are employed in hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities.

The aging population in Ontario is expected to generate job opportunities for all nursing occupations in the coming years. Demand for this occupation could increase as efforts are made to increase the capacity of long-term care homes, leverage retirement homes and supportive housing providers to reduce hospital stays, and implement strategies to address dementia and palliative care.

However, the latest 2019 provincial budget spelled out a decrease in hospital infrastructure expenditures for 2019/20, falling by more than 10%, while the provincial health sector as a whole will see a 2.2% increase in funding, lower than the 4.9% increase from the previous year. While the operating funding of public hospitals is expected to increase in 2019/20, it is expected to increase by 1.3% over the year, compared to a growth of 6.3% the previous year.

In addition, the Ontario health sector as a whole will see significant changes in the medium-term. A process will be launched to consolidate 14 regionally based Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) that manage various aspects of employment for health practitioners in Ontario, and six provincial agencies, including eHealth Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario, into one single provincial health agency known as Ontario Health. As well, the provincial government has announced plans to reorganize health care providers into various coordinated teams focusing on patients and specific local needs in a new type of unit called Ontario Health Teams, with each Team to fall under a new funding structure.

Registered practical nurses are regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario. In order to become licensed by the College of Nurses of Ontario, applicants must have successfully completed an approved nursing education program within the past three years and have to successfully complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

RPNs who are able to accommodate long shifts and work flexible hours will find their job prospects greatly improved. Many opportunities may be available for part-time, split-shift, and contract work. Nurses who are able to travel will likely have better employment opportunities as some may be required to work at multiple locations.

Here are some key facts about Licensed practical nurses in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 23,100 people work in this occupation.
  • Licensed practical nurses mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 44%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 37%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 15%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 66% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 34% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 64% of licensed practical nurses work all year, while 36% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of licensed practical nurses are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location Job outlook
Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Fair
Kingston–Pembroke Region Fair
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Fair
London Region Fair
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Fair
Northeast Region Fair
Northwest Region Fair
Ottawa Region Fair
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Fair
Toronto Region Fair
Windsor-Sarnia Region Fair
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions across Canada

We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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