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

People working as a licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.) 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 Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233).

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 Fair
Saskatchewan Fair
Alberta Good
British Columbia Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined
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 occupations. The unemployment rate decreased slightly to 2.4% in 2016, well below the national average of 7.0%. The average hourly wage remained relatively stable. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Licensed practical nurses, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 32,400, while 28,100 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Although this occupational group has had balanced market in recent years, projected job openings are expected to be substantially higher than job seekers, creating a shortage of workers over the 2017-2026 period. Job openings are projected to arise from both employment growth and retirements. Similar to most occupations in the health sector, the aging population will demand more health care workers, including licensed practical nurses. Indeed, the increase in the number of seniors, coupled with a longer life expectancy, should lead to a higher demand for hospital centers for long-term care. In addition, the importance of auxiliary nurses in providing home care services is expected to also contribute to this growth. As a result, employment is expected to grow above the average for all occupations. Additionally, more than 55% of the job openings are projected to result from the need to replace people who retire. Pressures arising from these departures are anticipated to be in line with the national average. Indeed, workers in this occupational grouping are generally younger than in other occupations, but tend to retire at an earlier age in their career. With regard to labour supply, school leavers are projected to account for the vast majority of job seekers. To be allowed to practice in this occupational grouping, workers need to be registered with a provincial or territorial regulatory body and successfully complete the national examination, imposing barriers to new job seekers. For this reason, a small number of new immigrants are expected to seek for job opportunities in this occupation. However, a significant number of workers are anticipated to leave this occupation because of the difficult working conditions (night and weekend shifts, part-time work, and physical working conditions, among others). As a result, this occupational group is expected to be in shortage during the projection period.

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