June 16, 2017 7:57 am
Updated: June 16, 2017 10:10 am

Canada’s highest (and lowest) paid regions, by average hourly full-time wage

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Even with an economy that’s taken a hit due to low oil prices, communities throughout Alberta continue to dominate the ranks of the highest hourly full-time wages across Canada.

That’s according to a wage report for 2016 that was released by Statistics Canada on Thursday.

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The report took its data from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS), which collects information from Canada’s 76 economic regions, which are Census divisions grouped together for the purpose of analyzing economic activity.

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The survey also provides wage information, and this report used wages for full-time work, exclusive of extra pay such as overtime, performance bonuses, commissions and tips.

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And while the report showed minimum and average hourly wages haven’t changed too much in four decades, it also demonstrated that certain communities, particularly in Alberta, stand hand and shoulders above the rest.

Alberta has seven economic regions, and six of them ranked in the top 10.

Of all occupations, the highest average hourly wage was for management jobs in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.

“Of all full-time employees in management occupations employed in this sector, 64.7 per cent were in Alberta,” StatsCan noted.

At the other end of the list were central and eastern Canadian economic regions, which rounded out the bottom 10. They included areas in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Indeed, the lowest-ranked community in the report also ranked in the bottom 10 in six out of the 10 broad occupational groups that StatsCan cited.

Here are the economic regions with the highest and the lowest average hourly full-time wages.

Highest-earning regions:

10) Red Deer, Alta. — $29.20 per hour

Red Deer, Alta.

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9) Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River, Alta. — $29.70 per hour

Overview of Banff Springs Hotel in Banff National Park, Alta.

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8) Camrose-Drumheller, Alta. — $29.95 per hour

Near Drumheller Alberta.

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7) Regina-Moose Mountain, Sask. — $30 per hour

Regina, Sask.

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6) Edmonton, Alta. — $30.20 per hour

Edmonton, Alta.

5) Toronto, Ont. — $30.40 per hour

Toronto, Ontario.

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4) Calgary, Alta. — $32.60 per hour

Calgary, Alberta.


3) Northwest Territories — $34.20 per hour

Yellowknife, N.W.T.

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2) Nunavut — $35.95 per hour

Iqaluit, Nunavut.

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1) Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake, Alta. — $36.50

Near Fort McMurray, Alberta.


Lowest-Paid Regions

10) Mauricie, Que. — $22.70 per hour

Trois-Rivieres, Que.

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9) Centre-du-Québec, Que. — $22.60 per hour

Drummondville, Que.

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8) North Shore, N.S. — $22.05 per hour

Antigonish, N.S.

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7) Chaudière-Appalaches, Que. — $22 per hour

Levis, Que.

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6) Moncton-Richibucto, N.B. — $21.75 per hour

Moncton, N.B. in 2006.

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5) Annapolis Valley, N.S. — $21.75 per hour

Annapolis Valley, N.S.

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4) Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Que. — $21.70 per hour

Bonaventure, Que.

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3) Prince Edward Island — $21.30 per hour

Charlottetown, P.E.I.


2) Campbellton-Miramichi, N.B. — $21.30 per hour

Campbellton, N.B.

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1) Edmundston-Woodstock, N.B. — $19.40 per hour

Saint-Leonard, N.B.

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