Canada's Average Hourly Wage Rose To $34.95 In April: Stats

In April, Canada's average hourly wage reached $34.95, a 4.7% increase from the previous year, as reported by Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey. The total number of hours worked rose by 1.2% compared to the same period last year. Employment saw significant gains in provinces like British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, with part-time employment leading the surge.
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As per the latest data from Statistic Canada’s Labour Force Survey, the average hourly wage in Canada has seen an exponential surge in April, reaching $34.95. This marks a notable 4.7% increase compared to the same period last year. This rise reflects a steady upward trend in earnings amid the country’s continuous economic recovery.
The data also shows a 1.2% rise in the overall number of hours worked, suggesting a positive trend in the labor market.
Significant increases in employment were observed in several provinces:
British Columbia: Employment saw a notable rise of 0.8%, adding 23,000 jobs.
Ontario: The province saw a 0.3% increase in employment, adding 25,000 jobs.
Quebec: Employment rose by 0.4%, adding 19,000 jobs.
New Brunswick: Employment surged by two per cent, adding 7,800 jobs.
Part-time employment led the gains, with an increase of 1.4% in April.
However, despite these positive changes, concerns are mounting regarding employer’s ability to lower wages. In Canada, any significant changes to the job of a non-unionized worker, such as wage reductions, generally require the employee's consent. However, certain cases warrant exceptions. For example, if the contract stipulates that the company has the power to modify pay, or if the employer gives sufficient notice of a wage reduction.
When an employer enforces unwelcome changes to an employee’s pay or other aspects of their job, it could potentially be seen as constructive dismissal. In such cases, the employee has the right to resign and seek full severance pay.
For non-unionized employees in Canada, they may be entitled to severance of up to 24 months’ pay. This amount is decided by factors such as age, length of service and position held within the company. In cases of discrepancies between the severance package offered to the employee and the amount mandated by law, it can be construed as wrongful dismissal. Such a situation warrants legal action on the employees part.
Despite the positive trends, Canada’s job market continues to face hurdles. While in April, the unemployment rate held steady at 6.1%, there was a noticeable rise among the youth and older populations. However, it is worth noting that there has been a net employment gain of around 90,000 jobs, with a significant chunk being part-time positions. This depicts a positive trend in the labor market.
Amidst the nation’s ongoing economic recovery, various stakeholders- including policymakers, employers, and workers- will continue to monitor key factors like average hourly wages and employment rates. These indicators offer insights into the trajectory of Canada’s labor market and economy as a whole
By Jenel Treza Albuquerque
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