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Tuesday, February 12, 2013   by: Staff



The sun rises in the west when it comes to salary increases

We have heard from natural resources firms that virtually all of them are having trouble finding the skilled workers they need

OTTAWA (February 12, 2013) - Salary gains continue to be strong in Alberta and Saskatchewan at approximately four percent this year, compared to three percent nationally, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Mid-Year Pulse Check of its annual compensation planning outlook survey.

"Economic growth is uneven across the country. While employers are feeling the pinch in Ontario and other parts of eastern Canada, the oil and gas sector is pushing up wages in Alberta and Saskatchewan," said Ian Cullwick, vice-president, Leadership and Human Resources Research.

"Salaries in oil and gas this year are rising slightly faster than we projected, and labour markets in western Canada are tightening. We have heard from natural resources firms that virtually all of them are having trouble finding the skilled workers they need."


• Across Canada, non-union salary increases in 2013 are projected to average three percent

* The oil and gas sector continues to project the highest average salary increases, at 4.5 percent, up from 4.2 percent last fall

• For unionized employees, average wage increases closed the year at 1.9 percent, down slightly from the 2.1 percent projected last fall.

• Salary growth projections have been revised upwards in Saskatchewan (four percent) and Alberta (3.9 percent).

• The projections for Quebec (2.7 percent), Ontario (2.5 percent), and British Columbia (2.5 percent) have been revised downward, and remain below the national average of three percent.

View video commentary by Allison Cowan, Senior Research, Compensation and Industrial Relations.

The Conference Board conducted its Compensation Planning Outlook 2013 Mid-Year Pulse Check survey in December 2012.

A total of 237 organizations replied, representing a response rate of 59 percent of the 401 organizations that completed the Compensation Planning Outlook survey in the summer of 2012.

While most industry salary projections have changed little since last year, more than half of the companies in the food, beverage, and tobacco industries reported revising salary increases down in recent months.

As a result, the expected increase across these industries has fallen from 2.9 percent to 2.3 percent.

More than two-thirds of respondents said economic conditions in 2013 will be comparable to those of 2012.

A quarter think business conditions are likely to improve, while only seven per cent believe that conditions will deteriorate in 2013.


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CrankxGirl 2/12/2013 10:08:55 AM Report

Everyone knows if you want to make money you go west. But some people don't want to sacrifice the lives they've made here. It's sad to have to choose between being alone and rich out west, or living under the poverty line with friends and family in Ontario.
howndawg 2/12/2013 10:15:14 AM Report

The western provinces aren't 17 billion in arrears annually. Thank your Liberal government!!!
Sofahorse 2/12/2013 11:04:28 AM Report

they don't factor in the cost of living down there where EVERYTHING is way more expensive. Groceries are crazy, housing, ect....
KMF61MCF 2/12/2013 11:15:22 AM Report

Alberta Bound Alberta Bound that's why i'll be ALBERTA BOUND. Can't wait to kiss the Sault bye bye.
Stevie-E 2/12/2013 11:55:03 AM Report

I am very happy right here in SSM. Close to shopping, flights are now available for cheap and I can get a decent piece of property that's affordable/

As said earlier, costs are astronomical out there, especially if you want to OWN your own place. In Edmonton, you get a tiny piece of land, no driveway and you can high-five your neighbours through your kitchen windows.

Costs don't always represent "value" and I am quite at home here, where I can go to camp, ski or shop in the States all within a couple of hours.
Maxx2 2/12/2013 12:20:34 PM Report

The grass might look greener somewhere else but remember there is cow crap in those pastures too.
rcamp211 2/12/2013 12:51:42 PM Report

the Soo is for you! good income(welfare check direct deposit on the 1st of every month)affordable housing(low rental where i can high-five your neighbours through your kitchen windows)affordable restaurants(soup kitchen)affordable clothing(value village)ski hill(finn hill)...
sportsfan17 2/12/2013 12:58:32 PM Report

Looks all nice and rosy out there now but when the oil reserves hit a wall, the West is going to sink so low into a depression, they'll be begging to have all our wind and solar power in Ontario..
khari 2/12/2013 1:44:49 PM Report

Ontario is the second most energy expensive place through out all of NORTH AMERICA!! Hooray!! for wind farms, solar panels and water dams.Wake up people!!
missing33years 2/12/2013 1:55:04 PM Report

sask,alta and bc ,low to mid house cost is 385.000,rent two bdrm 1000 +water /hydro. things always look greener from a distance
RichyRich 2/12/2013 4:31:33 PM Report

What a great article to get the trolls who are looking for something to complain about on this site. Stevie-e hit in square on the head and if you're not in agreement then take your economy for dummies book and hit the tracks west.

Canada's average house cost roughly $330,000 mostly in part to the massive inflation of the west. $330,000 could buy an average person in the sault a castle.

The income of the majority west are based on as someone stated, resource driven money and we shall see who is getting the bigger piece of the pie over the course of 15-20 year span. Other than the issues with PUC in this city, I think we have it pretty good.

It takes positive people to make a city strong and I think that's one thing that this city is losing quickly for no good reason other than laziness and ignorance.
seen_your 2/12/2013 4:50:58 PM Report

IMHO I still believe Northern Ontario should become its own province. Don't tell me there is not enough people, PEI is a province for cryin out loud.
rcamp211 2/12/2013 5:42:54 PM Report

"$330,000 could buy an average person in the sault a castle" not really.see the stick houses in the new subdivision off of 3rd line.they are going for $350,000 for a STICK HOUSE!!
jojo12345 2/15/2013 1:13:35 AM Report

only in the Sault your a poor
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