Major wage settlements by COLA and year

Publication date: June 1, 2022

All sectors
Total Without COLA With COLA
Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average) Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average) Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average)
2013 484 1,092,600 36.8 1.4 1.4 468 1,067,020 36.7 1.4 1.4 16 25,580 41.9 1.5 1.8
2014 245 689,168 45.8 1.4 1.7 237 680,858 45.8 1.4 1.7 8 8,310 44.1 1.9 1.8
2015 238 753,178 42.8 1.0 1.2 231 739,008 42.6 1.0 1.2 7 14,170 54.7 1.8 2.2
2016 283 1,074,184 46.8 0.9 1.4 271 967,784 47.5 0.9 1.4 12 106,400 40.5 1.1 1.1
2017 215 838,099 39.2 1.7 1.7 213 835,999 39.2 1.7 1.7 2 2,100 47.1 1.6 2.5
2018 202 699,743 41.8 1.2 1.3 201 698,443 41.8 1.2 1.3 1 1,300 60.0 7.6 3.9
2019 234 607,108 41.7 1.6 1.7 233 606,608 41.7 1.6 1.7 1 500 36.0 2.4 3.2
2020 138 697,811 40.5 1.7 1.6 130 611,041 39.8 1.6 1.5 8 86,770 45.6 1.9 2.2
2021 116 779,487 41.9 1.9 1.9 114 729,487 43.0 1.8 1.9 2 50,000 25.4 2.3 2.1
2022 10 56,298 40.5 1.3 1.8 10 56,298 40.5 1.3 1.8

Legend: The dash (–) symbol indicates missing data.

Note: Data for 2022 cover the months of January through April. Major settlements are those involving bargaining units of 500 or more employees. For additional information, please see the Technical notes.

Source: Strategic Policy, Analysis, and Workplace Information Directorate, Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada.

Private sector
Total Without COLA With COLA
Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average) Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average) Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average)
2013 160 424,210 41.5 2.5 2.1 146 403,610 41.4 2.5 2.1 14 20,600 43.3 1.6 1.8
2014 66 149,033 39.4 3.5 2.3 59 141,333 39.1 3.5 2.3 7 7,700 43.7 1.9 1.8
2015 90 184,920 51.7 2.2 1.8 84 171,280 51.4 2.3 1.8 6 13,640 55.4 1.8 2.2
2016 123 252,289 45.0 1.5 1.5 113 204,889 42.6 1.5 1.6 10 47,400 55.5 1.4 1.0
2017 72 177,621 44.1 2.5 1.9 70 175,521 44.1 2.5 1.9 2 2,100 47.1 1.6 2.5
2018 73 206,095 46.5 1.8 1.6 72 204,795 46.4 1.8 1.6 1 1,300 60.0 7.6 3.9
2019 82 158,291 42.7 2.0 2.2 81 157,791 42.7 2.0 2.1 1 500 36.0 2.4 3.2
2020 37 87,124 45.6 2.2 1.9 31 59,354 50.1 2.1 2.0 6 27,770 35.9 2.5 1.8
2021 35 183,803 49.1 2.1 2.0 34 181,803 49.0 2.0 2.0 1 2,000 60.0 8.4 3.3
2022 2 3,265 32.2 2.1 2.3 2 3,265 32.2 2.1 2.3

Legend: The dash (–) symbol indicates missing data.

Note: Data for 2022 cover the months of January through April. Major settlements are those involving bargaining units of 500 or more employees. For additional information, please see the Technical notes.

Source: Strategic Policy, Analysis, and Workplace Information Directorate, Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada.

Public sector
Total Without COLA With COLA
Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average) Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average) Number of agreements Number of employees Duration of agreements in months (average) First year percentage adjustment (average) Annual percentage adjustment (average)
2013 324 668,390 33.8 0.7 1.0 322 663,410 33.8 0.7 1.0 2 4,980 36.0 1.1 1.6
2014 179 540,135 47.6 0.9 1.5 178 539,525 47.6 0.9 1.5 1 610 48.0 1.5 1.8
2015 148 568,258 39.9 0.6 1.0 147 567,728 39.9 0.6 1.0 1 530 36.0 1.8 2.1
2016 160 821,895 47.4 0.8 1.3 158 762,895 48.9 0.8 1.3 2 59,000 28.5 0.8 1.2
2017 143 660,478 37.9 1.4 1.7 143 660,478 37.9 1.4 1.7
2018 129 493,648 39.9 1.0 1.2 129 493,648 39.9 1.0 1.2
2019 152 448,817 41.4 1.5 1.5 152 448,817 41.4 1.5 1.5
2020 101 610,687 39.8 1.6 1.6 99 551,687 38.6 1.6 1.5 2 59,000 50.2 1.6 2.3
2021 81 595,684 39.6 1.8 1.9 80 547,684 41.0 1.8 1.9 1 48,000 24.0 2.0 2.0
2022 8 53,033 41.0 1.2 1.8 8 53,033 41.0 1.2 1.8

Legend: The dash (–) symbol indicates missing data.

Note: Data for 2022 cover the months of January through April. Major settlements are those involving bargaining units of 500 or more employees. For additional information, please see the Technical notes.

Source: Strategic Policy, Analysis, and Workplace Information Directorate, Labour Program, Employment and Social Development Canada.

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