In order to assess the relative change in wage rates across Canada I set the national average wage rate (for all industries and specific industries below) equal to 100 and then assessed where the province’s stood relative to the index. For example, in October 2002, NL had an index of 91 (or was 9 percent below the national average) and by October 2011 the province was at 101.9 – or above the national average. The charts below show the breakdown for a number of different industries. A few highlights:
-New Brunswick’s wage environment has been remarkably stable – the wage spread between NB and Canada in 2011 across multiple sectors was similar to 2002.
-The only provinces to lose ground in a significant way were Ontario, Quebec and surprisingly BC. NS dropped slightly as well.
-Public sectors in Ontario – public administration, education and health care have widening their wage spread with the rest of Canada (but not by a wide margin) since 2002.
-Manufacturing wages in Ontario – relative to the national average – have been declining steadily since 2004.