Registered Nurses Education in Canada Statistics, 2021–2022

The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) is pleased to present Registered Nurses Education in Canada Statistics, 2021–2022 — Registered Nurse Workforce, Canadian Production: Potential New Supply.

This annual report supports health human resources planning in both the nursing service and nursing education sectors. It represents the fruit of a strong partnership among national and provincial/territorial bodies and effective collaborative relationships with multiple stakeholders.

The report provides data and statistical analysis of

  • the number of pre-licensure graduates eligible to apply for initial licensure/registration and enter the registered nurse (RN) workforce;
  • the number of RNs obtaining graduate qualifications;
  • the number of nurse practitioner (NP) graduates;
  • innovations in nursing education program access and delivery;
  • the composition of faculty delivering nursing education; and
  • faculty retention and recruitment.

Highlights from the report include the following:

  • 12 439 students graduated from entry-to-practice programs for registered nurses in 2022 (3,271 Quebec diploma and 9,168 baccalaureate) (graph, page 6), representing a continuous trend upward from the 4,833 who graduated in 2000.
  • 16 785 students were admitted to entry-to-practice programs for registered nurses in 2021-2022 (3,960 Quebec diploma and 12 825 baccalaureate) (graph, page 5).
  • Statistics Canada reports the number of vacancies for professional occupations in nursing (which includes “nursing coordinators and supervisors, registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and graduate nurses”) in 2018-2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as 11 615 vacancies on average (Q4 2018-Q1 2020).  For 2022, Statistics Canada reports an average of 26 438 vacancies nationally.
  • There were 809 graduates from nurse practitioner programs in 2022 (graph, page 12).
  • There were 948 admissions to nurse practitioner programs in 2021-2022 (graph, page 12).
  • In 2022, schools were unable to fill 78 full-time faculty positions. Schools projected a need to hire 425 full-time faculty (265 permanent positions, 160 full-time contract positions) in 2023.
  • 91 permanent faculty retired in 2022.

Download the 2021-2022 report