Year-over-year earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased in all provinces. The largest growth was in Alberta, Newfound land and Labrador, British Columbia and Quebec, while the smallest was in Saskatchewan.
YEAR-OVER-YEAR GROWTH IN AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS BY PROVINCE, MARCH 2013 TO MARCH 2014
- Alberta 4.9
- Newfoundland and Labrador 4.7
- British Columbia 4.4
- Quebec 4.1
- Nova Scotia 3.5
- New Brunswick 3.4
- Manitoba 3.3
- Canada 3.1
- Ontario 1.9
- Prince Edward Island 1.8
- Saskatchewan 1.5
In the 12 months to March, average weekly earnings in Alberta grew by 4.9% to $1,147, with growth spread across most sectors.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, weekly earnings rose 4.7% to $993 in the 12 months to March, with notable growth in professional, scientific and technical services; transportation and warehousing; educational services; and health care and social assistance.
From a recent low of $863 in March 2013, average weekly earnings in British Columbia were up 4.4% to $901 in March 2014. Gains in this province were spread across most sectors. Weekly earnings in Quebec were up 4.1% to $842 in the 12 months to March, compared with a recent low of $808 in March 2013. All the gains were in the first 2 months of this 12-month period. In Saskatchewan, average weekly earnings were $961 in March 2013 before dropping to an average of nearly $950 for the rest of 2013. Gains in recent months brought the average up to $976 in March, for a year-over-year increase of 1.5%.