Job prospects Registered Nurse (R.N.) in Ontario

Job opportunities for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a registered nurse (R.N.).

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in Ontario

registered nurse (R.N.)
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new 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.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • The majority are employed in hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care facilities.

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Increased need for health-related services to support the growing and aging population in Ontario
  • Greater demand on the healthcare system because of the COVID-19 pandemic and a backlog of medical procedures and patient care needs
  • Investments in new hospitals and in mental health services
  • Initiatives to improve home and community-based patient care services.

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • Registered nurses are regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO)
  • The CNO does not regulate or recognize psychiatric nurses as a distinct profession
    • Psychiatric nurses seeking registration in Ontario are required to first complete programs as a registered nurse (RN) or registered practical nurse (RPN).

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Some positions may require working long or irregular hours
  • Generally, Bridging Programs are available to assist internationally trained professionals in various fields enter the labour market more quickly in the province.

Here are some key facts about Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 110,450 people work in this occupation.
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 66%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 14%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 12%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 75% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 25% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 66% of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses work all year, while 34% 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 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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