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What will I be paid? What is a nurse's salary in Canada?
The salary varies depending on specialization, shift, candidate's experience and employer's location on a range between $21.5-$32.5 CDN.

In British Columbia for example, Registered Nurses have a new Collective Agreement (effective August 9, 2001). Under this agreement, an RN gross salary will range between CDN $3,593 and CDN $4,657 per month starting October 1, 2001. There are 9 pay levels for RNs, based on previous experience:



 Experience Step 1  Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9
 CAN/hr  24.70 25.65 26.60 27.55 28.51 29.45 30.41 31.31 32.42

In Alberta the pay rate schedule (effective April 1, 2002) is:
 Title Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9
 Registered Nurse 24.70 25.65 26.60 27.55 28.51 29.45 30.41 31.31 32.42
 Graduate Nurse 22.61 23.30 23.80 24.23 24.62 25.12 25.92 26.68 27.61
 Assistant Head
 Nurse
25.54 26.63 27.70 28.75 29.79 30.88 31.87 32.80 33.96
 Head Nurse 27.03 28.19 29.40 30.57 31.78 33.01 34.03 35.04 36.27
 Undergraduate
 Nurse
18.55 - - - - - - - -
 
What is the cost of living in Canada? Will I be able to save some money while working in Canada?

Nurse Average Salary & Basic Cost of Living in Canada 2002
Annual Gross Salary based on a 40 hour week
at CAN $24.70 per hour. Overtime is paid time and a half (x1.5), i.e. CAN $ 37.05 for working hours over 44 per week
CAN$ 51,376.00
Tax deduction 24%  CAN$ 12,330.00
Unemployment Insurance CAN$ 1,030.00
Canadian Pension Plan CAN$ 2,200.00
Net After Tax Salary per year CAN$ 35,816.00
Net After Tax Salary per month CAN$ 2,985.00
Living Expenses:
Apartment  CAN$ 600.00
Food CAN$ 250.00
Transport (varies on locality based on Season Ticket) CAN$ 100.00
Electricity and other Utilities CAN$ 50.00
Clothing (requires winter clothing in first year) CAN$ 150.00
Pocket and Incidental Expenses (Cinema, Going Out) CAN$ 200.00
Total living expenses CAN$ 1,350.00
Total saving left after payment for everything CAN$ 1,635.00

Am I eligible for relocation assistance?
For some candidates (depending on experience, specialization, etc.) the employer may offer relocation assistance and in some cases temporary accommodation upon arrival in CANADA. But please note that these are generally not an obligation of the employer and will be negotiated between you and the employer during the phone interview. 



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