Nursing in Canada

Canada is a country with a very good image for attracting new immigrants. As in the United States nursing regulation is at the state or provincial level. In general, the process requires a job offer prior to commencement of their visa process.

Canadian Provinces by Population:

1 Ontario

2 Quebec

3 British Columbia

4 Alberta

5 Manitoba

6 Saskatchewan

7 Nova Scotia

8 New Brunswick

9 Newfoundland and Labrador

10 Prince Edward Island

11 Northwest Territories

12 Nunavut

13 Yukon

Total Canada



Nurse Registration Examinations

Canadian regulators, except for Quebec (French-speaking), adopted the NCLEX-RN as the exam that tests whether an applicant to the nursing profession in Canada is ready to provide safe care to the public.

Employment prospects in Canada?

“Nursing employment is growing after several years of health-care restructuring and hospital downsizing. RNs with skills and experience in specialty areas (e.g., emergency, critical care and operating room) and those willing to work in smaller or isolated communities are in the most demand. CNA is predicting a continued shortage of nurses for the future”

We will look at some of the larger states where English is spoken. A common theme is the use of assessment services to provide an initial framework for Internationally educated nurses such as:

The other standard issue is the recognition of the NCLEX™ Examination: as a requirement of state nursing registration.


What will the nursing job market in Ontario look like in 2022?

“If no policy interventions are implemented, Canada will be short almost 60,000 RN full-time equivalents by 2022, according to the Canadian Nurses Association.”

British Columbia

IELTS Requirements (BC)
Speaking 7
Listening 7.5
Reading 6.5
Writing 7
Overall 7

Nursing Competency Assessment service (BC)


You will be considered to have met the English language requirement if English is deemed your first language, which means:
• it is the language you learned at home as a child, and
• it is the language you primarily use for reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

You can also meet the English language requirement by providing evidence of:

• safe practice working as a registered nurse within the past two years outside Canada for a minimum of 1,125 hours where services were provided in English and the primary language of the nursing practice setting and its clients was English, or

• successful completion within the past two years of any nursing clinical education or courses required by the Registrar, for the applicant to be registered, that have been taught in Canada in English where health-care services were provided in English and the primary language of the nursing practice setting and clients was English.
Satisfactory scores on an accepted English language test may be required:

• if there are inconsistencies with information the applicant provides

• even if NNAS did not require English test results

You must submit a copy of your English test results to NNAS upon initial application if you do not meet the English proficiency requirement. We will let you know if any documents are required after your application with NNAS is complete.

When you have satisfactorily met the English language proficiency requirement, proceed with the rest of the application process.


Nurse Income levels are high in Canada averaging Can $67,000

Furthermore, the overall Canadian quality of life is excellent, having even been voted the best country in the world in this respect.

It is also seen as immigrant friendly. So, clearly an attractive location. There is however a process to go through to migrate there However, many nurses have over time gone on to achieve permanent residency, and subsequently citizenship. As with the United States a timeline of 12-18 months would be considered normal to start nursing there.