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

LPN/RPN is one of four nursing professions in Canada. The other nursing professions are registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).  Registered Psychiatric Nurses are licensed and regulated in the western provinces and territories only.  
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.


Organizations that register nurses are referred to as regulatory authorities and are often called a college. Some practical nursing regulators are called an 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 and territories. Each has unique legislation governing nursing.
There are separate regulatory authorities within each province and territory for each of the regulated nursing professions: LPN/RPNs, Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners. The exception is the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), and the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN). CNO and NSCN regulate LPN/RPNs, nurse practitioners and RNs.  BCCNM regulates LPNs, Nurse Practitioners, RNs and Registered Psychiatric Nurses.

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.