Unemployment, median wages, 10-day speed of service trades tables

Unemployment rates by economic region

Unemployment rates by economic region
Province/Territory Economic region Rates effective April 1, 2017 unemployment rate (%) - 2016 Rates effective April 1, 2018 unemployment rate (%) - 2017
NL Avalon Peninsula 10.5 11.0
South Coast-Burin Peninsula and Notre Dame-Central Bonavista Bay 18.6 21.5
West Coast-Northern Peninsula-Labrador 16.0 17.5
PEI Prince Edward Island 10.7 9.8
NS Cape Breton 14.7 14.1
North Shore 8.9 8.9
Annapolis Valley 8.0 7.7
Southern 10.9 9.7
Halifax 6.1 6.8
NB Campbellton-Miramichi 15.8 13.5
Moncton-Richibucto 8.5 7.1
Saint John-St. Stephen 8.4 6.6
Fredericton-Oromocto 8.2 6.3
Edmundston-Woodstock 6.8 7.4
QC Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine 14.6 11.7
Bas-Saint-Laurent 8.1 6.1
Capitale-Nationale 4.6 4.7
Chaudière-Appalaches 5.5 3.5
Estrie] 6.1 5.0
Centre-du-Québec 5.3 5.7
Montérégie 6.0 4.6
Montréal 9.5 8.2
Laval 7.3 6.7
Lanaudière 6.5 5.6
Laurentides 5.8 6.2
Outaouais 7.2 5.6
Abitibi-Témiscamingue 6.6 5.1
Mauricie 7.1 6.0
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean 7.9 6.9
Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec 8.7 6.0
ON Ottawa 6.5 5.7
Kingston-Pembroke 6.0 5.8
Muskoka-Kawarthas 5.7 5.9
Toronto 6.9 6.4
Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie 5.4 5.1
Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula 6.4 5.3
London 6.1 5.6
Windsor-Sarnia 6.6 6.1
Stratford-Bruce Peninsula 4.8 4.5
Northeast 7.2 6.8
Northwest 6.9 5.5
MB Southeast 4.7 4.5
South Central and North Central 4.1 3.6
Southwest 5.7 5.3
Winnipeg 6.8 6.0
Interlake 6.7 3.9
Parklands and Northern 4.5 5.1
SK Regina-Moose Mountain 5.3 5.1
Swift Current-Moose Jaw 3.8 3.8
Saskatoon-Biggar 6.5 7.5
Yorkton-Melville 6.6 5.2
Prince Albert and Northern 8.8 7.8
AB Lethbridge-Medicine Hat Effective January 31, 2018 - 5.7 5.7
Camrose-Drumheller Effective January 31, 2018 - 8.0 7.0
Calgary Effective January 31, 2018 - 8.4 8.2
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House and Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River Effective January 31, 2018 - 6.4 5.9
Red Deer Effective January 31, 2018 - 6.9 6.2
Edmonton Effective January 31, 2018 - 8.1 7.8
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake Effective January 31, 2018 - 7.7 7.1
BC Vancouver Island and Coast 5.8 5.0
Lower Mainland-Southwest 5.5 4.6
Thompson-Okanagan 7.8 7.1
Kootenay 8.0 7.3
Cariboo 7.4 7.4
North Coast and Nechako 7.7 5.8
Northeast 9.7 5.9
YK Yukon 5.6 3.6
NWT Northwest Territories 7.4 6.6
NU Nunavut 14.9 14.6

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Median hourly wages by Province/Territory

Employers are required to use the provincial/territorial median hourly wage to know which Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) requirements they have to meet. The wage being offered along with the location for the position, will determine if the employers need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under the stream for high-wage or low-wage positions, each with their own requirements.

Median hourly wages by Province/Territory
Province/Territory Wages prior to May 3, 2018
2016 Wage ($/hour)
Wages as of May 3, 2018
2017 Wage ($/hour)
Alberta $25.89 $26.40
British Columbia $22.50 $23.00
Manitoba $20.00 $20.83
New Brunswick $18.90 $19.35
Newfoundland and Labrador $20.31 $21.98
Northwest Territories $32.00 $32.00
Nova Scotia $19.49 $20.00
Nunavut $30.00 $31.00
Ontario $22.12 $22.50
Prince Edward Island $18.44 $19.00
Quebec $21.00 $21.75
Saskatchewan $23.60 $24.00
Yukon $28.00 $28.00

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2016 and 2017

List of skilled trades eligible for ten-day speed of service

The introduction of the 10 business day speed of service is to assist employers in filling their genuine skill and labour requirements when qualified Canadians or permanent residents are not available. This priority processing aims to achieve a more consistent approach to service delivery across the country while reducing red tape for some employers. Employers receiving priority processing must still meet all Program requirements as their applications will continue to be fully assessed, like all applications under the TFWP.

Skilled trades and high-wage

  • the position is for a skilled trade on this list of eligible occupations; AND
  • the wage being offered for the position is at, or above, the provincial/territorial median wage, where the job is located.
List of skilled trades eligible for ten-day speed of service
NOC
2006
NOC
2011
Occupation title
7212 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7215 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7219 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
7271 7271 Carpenters
7216 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7217 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
8211 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
8241 8241 Logging machinery operators
8252 / 8253 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
9211 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9214 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9231 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
7351 / 7352 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
9424 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators
7231 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7261 7233 Sheet metal workers
7263 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
7264 7236 Ironworkers
7265 7237 Welders and related machine operators
7241 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242 7242 Industrial electricians
7243 7243 Power system electricians
7244 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
7245 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7251 7251 Plumbers
7252 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7253 7253 Gas fitters
7311 / 7317 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7313 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314 7314 Railway carmen/women
7315 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7318 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
7371 7371 Crane operators
7372 7372 Drillers and blasters - surface, mining, quarrying and construction
7373 7373 Water well drillers
8231 8231 Underground production and development miners
8232 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
9232 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

Top 10% wage earners eligible for ten-day speed of service

The introduction of the 10 business day speed of service is to assist employers in filling their genuine skill and labour requirements when qualified Canadians or permanent residents are not available. This priority processing aims to achieve a more consistent approach to service delivery across the country while reducing red tape for some employers. Employers receiving priority processing must still meet all Program requirements as their applications will continue to be fully assessed, like all applications under the TFWP.

Top 10% wage earners

The wage being offered for the position is at or above the top 10% of wages earned by Canadians or permanent residents in the province/territory, where the job is located.

Top 10% wage earners eligible for ten-day speed of service
Province/Territory Wages prior to May 03, 2018
2016 Wage ($/hour)
Wages effective May 03, 2018
2017 Wage ($/hour)
Alberta $50.00 $50.00
British Columbia $42.00 $43.00
Manitoba $40.26 $41.00
New Brunswick $38.41 $38.46
Newfoundland and Labrador $42.74 $43.00
Northwest Territories $58.00 $58.97
Nova Scotia $39.42 $40.51
Nunavut $53.85 $53.42
Ontario $46.00 $46.15
Prince Edward Island $36.06 $37.90
Quebec $40.87 $42.03
Saskatchewan $45.00 $45.13
Yukon $47.00 $46.15

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2016 and 2017

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