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Construction Union Wage Rate Index, June 2017

Released: 2017-07-20

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada was unchanged in June compared with the previous month. The composite index increased 0.1% over the 12 months ending in June.

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Statistics Canada has collected hourly wage rates for unionized trades engaged in industrial, commercial and institutional construction for selected census metropolitan areas (CMAs) in Canada since 1971. In that year, labourers in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, received an hourly basic wage rate of $2.48, the lowest for workers in this trade category among surveyed CMAs. Meanwhile, unionized labourers in Windsor, Ontario, had the highest wage rate at $5.17 per hour for the same year.

By 2016, labourers in Saint John, New Brunswick, received the lowest hourly basic wage rate at $22.41, while those in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, were paid the highest hourly rate of $35.74.

  Note to readers

Union wage rates are published for 16 trades in 22 metropolitan areas for both the basic rates and rates including selected supplementary payments. The indexes (2007=100) are calculated for the same metropolitan areas and are published for those where a majority of trades are covered by current collective agreements.

The wage rates and indexes are subject to a 30-month revision period after dissemination of a given month's data. This is due to the length of time that can transpire between the expiration of a collective agreement and the ratification of a new collective agreement. The wage rates and indexes are not seasonally adjusted.

Infographic: Producer Price Indexes at a Glance

The infographic "Producer Price Indexes at a Glance," which is part of Statistics Canada — Infographics (Catalogue number11-627-M), demonstrates how producer price indexes for goods and services are calculated and why they are important for the Canadian economy.

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