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Canadian workforce in nursing by gender 2006-2016

Distribution of nurses in Canada from 2006 to 2016, gender

by John Elflein, last edited Jun 12, 2019
Canadian workforce in nursing by gender 2006-2016 Around 92 percent of nurses in Canada are female and only about 8 percent are male. As of 2017, there were 276,800 female nurses in Canada and just over 24,150 male nurses. Nurses in Canada can have various levels of training and can work in a variety of settings.
Nurses in Canada

As of 2017, there were just over 301,000 nurses in Canada. The highest number of valid nurse certificates in Canada in 2017 were in gerontology, or the study of ageing and the elderly. This specialty was followed by valid nurse certifications in oncology and psychiatric and mental health. The average age of a registered nurse in Canada has decreased in recent years and is currently 44.3 years.

Nurses by province

The province with the highest number of registered nurses in Canada is Ontario, followed by Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta. Yukon has the smallest number of registered nurses, with just over 450. The average age of a registered nurse can differ by a few years depending on the province. For example, the average age of a registered nurse in Quebec is around 42 years, while it is 47 years in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
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Distribution of nurses in Canada from 2006 to 2016, gender

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by John Elflein, last edited Jun 12, 2019
Around 92 percent of nurses in Canada are female and only about 8 percent are male. As of 2017, there were 276,800 female nurses in Canada and just over 24,150 male nurses. Nurses in Canada can have various levels of training and can work in a variety of settings.
Nurses in Canada

As of 2017, there were just over 301,000 nurses in Canada. The highest number of valid nurse certificates in Canada in 2017 were in gerontology, or the study of ageing and the elderly. This specialty was followed by valid nurse certifications in oncology and psychiatric and mental health. The average age of a registered nurse in Canada has decreased in recent years and is currently 44.3 years.

Nurses by province

The province with the highest number of registered nurses in Canada is Ontario, followed by Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta. Yukon has the smallest number of registered nurses, with just over 450. The average age of a registered nurse can differ by a few years depending on the province. For example, the average age of a registered nurse in Quebec is around 42 years, while it is 47 years in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
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