Major wage settlements by COLA and year

Publication date: January 31, 2020

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)
2010 333 1,291,380 41.5 1.8 1.8 314 1,249,220 41.0 1.8 1.8 19 42,160 55.1 1.3 1.9
2011 302 676,710 40.0 1.3 1.8 269 591,740 38.5 1.3 1.7 33 84,970 50.6 1.1 2.1
2012 270 750,776 37.8 1.4 1.7 254 662,196 35.6 1.5 1.7 16 88,580 54.2 1.3 1.2
2013 486 1,094,560 36.9 1.4 1.4 469 1,067,980 36.7 1.4 1.4 17 26,580 43.0 1.5 1.8
2014 249 694,200 45.8 1.5 1.7 240 684,250 45.8 1.4 1.7 9 9,950 44.7 1.8 1.6
2015 242 778,490 43.0 0.9 1.2 222 729,050 42.5 0.9 1.1 20 49,440 49.9 0.5 1.7
2016 283 1,183,060 48.0 0.9 1.3 271 1,076,660 48.8 0.8 1.4 12 106,400 40.5 1.1 1.1
2017 210 771,630 38.6 1.4 1.7 209 770,480 38.6 1.4 1.7 1 1,150 48.0 3.0 4.5
2018 187 582,695 40.1 1.1 1.3 185 580,895 40.1 1.1 1.2 2 1,800 53.4 5.5 3.2
2019 171 493,377 40.7 1.5 1.6 169 492,327 40.7 1.5 1.6 2 1,050 42.3 -3.4 0.9

Note: Data for 2019 cover the months of January through December. 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)
2010 145 424,490 39.2 2.7 2.1 129 401,110 38.6 2.8 2.1 16 23,380 49.3 1.0 1.8
2011 112 194,640 48.1 1.4 2.0 81 114,260 45.6 1.7 2.0 31 80,380 51.7 1.1 2.0
2012 88 146,496 46.9 1.3 1.5 76 115,776 47.0 1.5 1.8 12 30,720 46.7 0.3 0.4
2013 162 426,170 41.6 2.4 2.1 147 404,570 41.4 2.5 2.2 15 21,600 44.6 1.6 1.8
2014 68 151,650 39.4 3.4 2.3 61 143,950 39.2 3.5 2.3 7 7,700 43.7 1.9 1.8
2015 96 211,760 51.3 1.5 1.7 77 162,850 51.6 1.8 1.7 19 48,910 50.1 0.5 1.7
2016 124 253,760 45.0 1.5 1.5 114 206,360 42.5 1.5 1.6 10 47,400 55.5 1.4 1.0
2017 64 97,920 39.9 1.7 1.8 63 96,770 39.8 1.6 1.7 1 1,150 48.0 3.0 4.5
2018 69 125,140 45.2 1.4 1.7 67 123,340 45.1 1.4 1.6 2 1,800 53.4 5.5 3.2
2019 65 135,235 42.1 1.9 2.2 63 134,185 42.1 2.0 2.2 2 1,050 42.3 -3.4 0.9

Note: Data for 2019 cover the months of January through December. 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)
2010 188 866,890 42.6 1.3 1.6 185 848,110 42.2 1.3 1.6 3 18,780 62.4 1.7 2.0
2011 190 482,070 36.7 1.3 1.7 188 477,480 36.7 1.2 1.7 2 4,590 32.5 2.6 2.8
2012 182 604,280 35.5 1.5 1.7 178 546,420 33.1 1.5 1.7 4 57,860 58.2 1.9 1.6
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 181 542,550 47.6 0.9 1.5 179 540,300 47.6 0.9 1.5 2 2,250 48.0 1.5 1.0
2015 146 566,730 39.9 0.6 1.0 145 566,200 39.9 0.6 1.0 1 530 36.0 1.8 2.1
2016 159 929,300 48.9 0.7 1.3 157 870,300 50.2 0.7 1.3 2 59,000 28.5 0.8 1.2
2017 146 673,710 38.4 1.4 1.7 146 673,710 38.4 1.4 1.7
2018 118 457,555 38.7 1.0 1.1 118 457,555 38.7 1.0 1.1
2019 106 358,142 40.1 1.3 1.4 106 358,142 40.1 1.3 1.4

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

Note: Data for 2019 cover the months of January through December. 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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