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Become a LPN/RPN


Many nurses from around the world have found rewarding careers in Canada as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). 

Licensed practical nursing is one of three nursing professions in Canada. The other nursing professions are registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).  The title “nurse” is protected in all provinces and territories in Canada.

This means you must be registered before you can call yourself a nurse, be employed as a nurse, or provide regulated nursing services.

Registering to be a LPN in Canada

Organizations that register nurses are referred to as regulatory authorities. Most often, the organization is called a college. Some practical nursing regulators are called a registration board or association.

You must be registered in the province or territory where you intend to work.

There is no national registration / license in Canada. Nursing registration and licensure are the responsibilities of the provinces (10) and territories (2); each has unique legislation governing nursing.

There are separate regulatory authorities within each province and territory for each of the three regulated nursing professions: licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). The exception is the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). CNO regulates both LPNs, called registered practical nurses (RPNs) in Ontario, and RNs.

Minimum requirements for licensure as a LPN in any province or territory

All licensed practical nurses must graduate from an approved practical nursing program or equivalent.

If you apply for registration, your education will be evaluated to ensure it is equivalent to the approved programs offered in Canada.

Each jurisdiction in Canada has a regulatory authority that is responsible to regulate practical nurses.

British Columbia

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia


College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta


Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses


College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba


College of Nurses of Ontario


Ordre des infirmieres et infirmiers auxiliaires du Quebec

New Brunswick

Association of New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurses

Nova Scotia

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland and Labrador

College of LPNs of Newfoundland & Labrador