Specific areas include:

  • emergency care nurse
  • public health nurse
  • community health nurse
  • critical care nurse
  • clinical nurse (training often includes a master’s or doctoral degree)
  • occupational health nurse
  • private duty nurse
  • registered nurse (R.N.)
  • registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.)
  • nursing consultant (training often includes a master’s or doctoral degree)
  • nurse researcher (training often includes a master’s or doctoral degree)
  • intensive care nurse

Nurses Are Paid Best in The Northern Territories

Nurses in Canada work 37.5 hours per week and are paid a minimum of $24.04 per hour. The median rate, however, is a healthy $38.14 per hour.

The Northern Territory of Nunavut pays nurses some of the highest rates in the country, with some nurses earning $86.69 per hour.

Wages vary greatly depending on the province and a nurse’s education and experience.

Hourly rates in various regions are as follows:

  • In Quebec: a nurse with no experience could be paid as little as $23 per hour
  • In Saskatchewan: the same nurse could be paid $35 per hour
  • In British Columbia: the average nurse is paid $50.59 per hour
  • In the Northern territories: nursing professionals earn $73 per hour. This is almost double the national median pay. The Yukon territory in the Northwest has a top hourly wage of $61.41, and earnings in the territory of Nunavut go all the way up to $86.69 per hour, as mentioned previously.

It must be noted that the high wages in the Canadian north are offset somewhat by the high cost of living and the harsh environment.


Due to the global pandemic, Canada is offering jobs to both experienced and inexperienced nurses. Training and registration may take some time, but the government is willing to support local students and already qualified foreign nationals. The pay is high, especially in the Northern Territories, and jobs offer long-term security.

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