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

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Unemployment rates by economic region

Note:

  • to better reflect the most recent developments in a labour market characterized by its volatility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective October 24, 2021, the TFWP started using an economic region’s 3-month moving average unemployment rates based on Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey
  • the unemployment rates will be posted quarterly (October, January, April, July) on the website
  • for the processing of LMIA applications, Service Canada uses unemployment rates available at the time of LMIA receipt
Newfoundland and Labrador
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Avalon Peninsula 8.8 8.3
South Coast-Burin Peninsula and
Notre Dame-Central Bonavista Bay
14.6 14.2
West Coast-Northern Peninsula-Labrador 14.8 16.1
Prince Edward Island
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Prince Edward Island 8.5 8.0
Nova Scotia
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Cape Breton 11.5 13.9
North Shore 7.7 7.6
Annapolis Valley 8.5 7.2
Southern 7.7 10.7
Halifax 6.8 5.7
New Brunswick
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Campbellton-Miramichi 12.9 12.3
Moncton-Richibucto 7.2 7.5
Saint John-St. Stephen 8.5 8.1
Fredericton-Oromocto 8.0 4.9
Edmundston-Woodstock 6.2 4.5
Quebec
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine 9.0 15.0
Bas-Saint-Laurent 3.3 4.2
Capitale-Nationale 4.0 2.7
Chaudière-Appalaches 3.6 2.5
Estrie 4.5 3.2
Centre-du-Québec 5.1 3.1
Montérégie 5.1 4.3
Montréal 8.3 6.1
Laval 7.4 4.2
Lanaudière 4.4 4.7
Laurentides 5.0 3.6
Outaouais 4.4 3.9
Abitibi-Témiscamingue 3.9 2.6
Mauricie 4.8 2.9
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean 5.4 4.4
Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec 5.1 3.2
Ontario
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Ottawa 6.3 4.1
Kingston-Pembroke 6.9 4.5
Muskoka-Kawarthas 9.0 5.9
Toronto 9.3 6.6
Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie 6.4 4.9
Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula 7.4 5.8
London 7.8 5.4
Windsor-Sarnia 9.1 6.0
Stratford-Bruce Peninsula 3.6 3.0
Northeast 7.0 4.9
Northwest 6.1 5.4
Manitoba
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Southeast 4.5 5.1
South Central and North Central 7.4 3.2
Southwest 4.0 6.0
Winnipeg 7.0 4.8
Interlake 4.9 4.5
Parklands and Northern 6.1 4.5
Saskatchewan
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Regina-Moose Mountain 6.5 4.6
Swift Current-Moose Jaw 8.1 6.3
Saskatoon-Biggar 7.7 5.0
Yorkton-Melville 4.2 4.4
Prince Albert and Northern 5.1 5.1
Alberta
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Lethbridge-Medicine Hat 5.7 6.5
Camrose-Drumheller 9.2 8.8
Calgary 9.2 7.6
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House and
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River
7.1 6.4
Red Deer 9.0 6.5
Edmonton 8.3 6.1
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake 6.1 6.9
British Columbia
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Vancouver Island and Coast 5.2 4.5
Lower Mainland-Southwest 7.0 5.5
Thompson-Okanagan 5.4 4.6
Kootenay 6.5 6.0
Cariboo 6.3 4.5
North Coast and Nechako 7.9 6.1
Northeast 5.7 5.7
Yukon
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Yukon 6.1 2.8
Northwest Territories
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Northwest Territories 4.5 5.1
Nunavut
Economic region 2021-09 unemployment rates (%) effective October 24, 2021 2021-12 unemployment rates (%) effective January 24, 2022
Nunavut 15.5 12.3

Sources:

Provinces:

Table 14-10-0387-02 Labour force characteristics by province and economic region, three-month moving average, unadjusted for seasonality

Territories:

Table 14-10-0292-01 Labour force characteristics by territory, three-month moving average, seasonally adjusted and unadjusted, last 5 months

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 or Territory
Province/Territory Median hourly wages prior to May 11, 2020
2018
Wage
Median hourly wages as of May 11, 2020
2019
wage
Alberta $26.67 $27.28
British Columbia $23.98 $25.00
Manitoba $21.00 $21.60
New Brunswick $20.00 $20.12
Newfoundland and Labrador $22.00 $23.00
Northwest Territories $34.00 $34.36
Nova Scotia $20.00 $20.00
Nunavut $30.00 $32.00
Ontario $23.08 $24.04
Prince Edward Island $19.49 $20.00
Quebec $22.00 $23.08
Saskatchewan $24.52 $24.55
Yukon $30.00 $30.00

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2018 and 2019.

List of skilled trades eligible for 10-day speed of service

Note:

Due to COVID-19, the 10-day expedited processing for the criteria listed below has been suspended until further notice. We are currently prioritizing Labour Market Impact Assessments for occupations in the agriculture, agri-food, and trucking sectors.

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 10-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 10-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 10-day speed of service
Province/Territory Hourly wages prior to May 11, 2020
2018 Wage
Hourly wages effective May 11, 2020
2019 Wage
Alberta $52.00 $52.20
British Columbia $44.00 $45.00
Manitoba $42.00 $43.27
New Brunswick $39.00 $39.90
Newfoundland and Labrador $43.96 $45.00
Northwest Territories $58.60 $59.52
Nova Scotia $40.87 $40.87
Nunavut $55.00 $58.00
Ontario $47.12 $48.08
Prince Edward Island $37.50 $38.46
Quebec $42.56 $44.23
Saskatchewan $46.00 $46.15
Yukon $48.00 $48.08

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2018 and 2019.

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