I am from Ontario and I am a new grad (RN). I really would like to work in Alberta or British Columbia. I have heard stories from people saying that other new grads have been able to find work in AB or BC and are making $40/hr. Now I have been researching a bit and have not come across any job postings that are for $40/hr. I'm not sure if you have to go through a specific agency to get this kind of pay. If anyone has worked in AB or BC could you give me some pointers on where to look or which agencies to use.
Also, if you know where some of the better hospitals in AB or BC is I would love to know!
May 2, '13
by joanna73 Guide
Few jobs in BC or AB, and AB has a hiring freeze. Native AB grads will not find jobs this year, either. Unless you are willing to work in a small town, forget about both Provinces.
Check out some of the recent threads here discussing new grad angst and the AHS hiring freeze.
With shift differentials, it is possible to make 40 an hour as a new grad. As far as agencies, you require one year minimum experience. Most agencies won't hire new grads, as it's not a good idea for the new grad or the agency. Too much liability.
Last edit by joanna73 on May 2, '13
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sjamesrn - can I ask where you ended up moving? How was the whole process of moving and finding accommodations, etc.
I ended up in Calgary. Finding accommodations was harder for me since I have a dog. I had something set up prior but they changed their mind when I was driving throughd Northern Ontario. So I just set up some viewings right when I got here and lucked out and was able to get the first one I saw and moved in the next day. Rent is comparible here to nearly any bigger city in Ontario. My boyfriend was from Calgary and I had a few friends as resources. I found CARNA quick and didn't have ant issues switching my license over. I filled out the paper work ahead of time to speed up the process (maybe paid the $50 registration fee before I got an official offer I can't remember) I had my phone interview in Feb and told them I'd start in May so that also allowed for plenty of time to sort out my license. Alberta pays very well and cost of living and taxes are lower than BC and depending on where you are from in Ontario. The shift differentials make a huge difference which is where new grads can make around $40/hr depending on the shift and day but base rate is $31.29 for grad nurse and $34.31 once you are an RN. Plus you get an extra $1.25/hr for having your degree on top if that.
Last edit by sjamesrn on May 3, '13