Competition for spaces in Canadian nursing schools is very stiff. There are probably a dozen applicants for every seat. The waiting lists of people accepted are huge. All of this is the effect of very poor decisions made in the early 1990's when budget-cutting was the driving force behind everything. The hospital programs were closed, entry to practice in most provinces went to the four year university degree and seats in the universities were eliminated. I applied to five hospital-based schools in 1990-1991. I interviewed at three of them and was rejected by all of them. After a really lengthy and difficult appeal process, I was accepted in 1991 and wait-listed for a year... and that was BEFORE the cuts. Now it's so much worse.
Then there are issues of applying as a non-resident. Some schools may give priority to the non-resident applicant because of the much fatter tuition they charge them... At the University of Alberta it's about 247% of the resident tuition. Each full credit course is $3257 and a full course load is 6 full credit courses per year. I'm sure you don't need me to do the math. With all the other fees they slap you with, the annual tuition and fees would run nearly $21,000. Tack on living expenses and you're looking at well over $100,000 before you graduate. Having said that, U of A has higher tuition costs than some other universities, but you get the picture. Manitoba's annual tuition and fees would be about $14,000 and about another $8000 for other expenses. Saskatchewan charges 260%of their resident fees for international students or $2574 per full credit course, plus fees and expenses.
Now about the GPA issue... the U of A web site says this:
"There is a minimum application GPA (grade point average) and then there is the AGPA (admissions grade point average) for successful admissions. Many people confuse these.
The stated minimum GPA just enters one into the competition. If your GPA is below the minimum, your application will be denied. Once admitted to the competition, admission is competitive. So, if there is space for 200 students, then the best 200 applicants with the highest AGPA will be admitted. The AGPA can vary from year to year depending on the results of those who apply. With this said, admission to this faculty is very competitive and strong grades are required for admission.
There is no wait list. Applicants are ranked by their AGPA and offers of admission are made sequentially from highest AGPA to lowest, such as 4.0, 3.99. 3.98 until the last space is filled. In past years, the lowest grade required for admission hovers in the 78% range for high school applicants and 3.3 (B+) for post secondary applicants."
The other universities follow similar procedures. Manitoba has probably the lowest minimum GPA for admission at 2.5, but the competition is no less stiff.
I'm so sorry but I'm not sure this would be the easiest or best route to a nursing career for you.