CANADA: Average hourly wages rising for both salaried and hourly employees

Both salaried and hourly workers in Canada enjoyed increases in their average hourly wages in February 2023, according to StatsCan’s most recent data.

Between January and February 2023, salaries for paid workers increased nationwide on a monthly basis from $42.37 to $42.58 on average. The same is valid for those who are paid hourly, whose average pay increased from $29.25 to $29.44.

Note: Both improvements in average hourly pay take into account overtime hours.

Both of these increases are a continuation of current patterns. Salaried workers in Canada have now had hourly wage increases for six consecutive months, and hourly workers have experienced wage increases for eight consecutive months.

StatsCan’s data also details average hourly wage data by province/territory and by industry, which is what we will explore below.

Average hourly wages – salaried employees, by province/territory

The following table outlines how average hourly wages have changed for salaried employees in each province between December 2022 and February 2023.

Province December 2022 January 2023 February 2023
Alberta $45.12 $44.67 $45.29
British Columbia $42.24 $42.78 $42.92
Manitoba $38.55 $39.04 $38.73
New Brunswick $39.70 $39.49 $40.23
Newfoundland and Labrador $41.10 $40.95 $40.39
Northwest Territories $52.04 $51.59 $52.61
Nova Scotia $38.03 $37.37 $37.18
Nunavut $55.06 $56.79 $53.52
Ontario $43.20 $43.17 $43.44
Prince Edward Island $35.48 $34.48 $35.30
Quebec $41.04 $40.68 $40.82
Saskatchewan $41.32 $41.19 $41.16


$47.45 $47.89 $47.31

The three industries in each province/territory where salaried workers have had the biggest average hourly salary increases as well as the three industries where salaries have most noticeably declined between January and February 2023 are listed in each section below, which is broken down by region.

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