Facts and Trends

A snapshot of collective agreements being negotiated across the country

Health Care

Twenty-eight collective agreements were covered by CLR in the health care industry between October 2013 and October 2014.

The average annual wage increase sits at 1.68 per cent over 28 agreements signed in the past year. The highest pay rise was 3.75 per cent, negotiated at the Alberta-based Revera Edgemont Retirement Residence for 109 employees. In nine of those agreements, wage adjustments included monetary compensation — ranging from a one per cent lump sum to a $1,400 signing bonus.

The average lifespan of an agreement was 3.39 years. Thus, the average yearly wage hike for the industry was 0.49 per cent.

While the number and types of occupations in health care range widely — including those in hospitals, health associations and home care organizations — we’ve come up with an overview of the average hourly base wages for some of the most common jobs in health care across Canada.

Average wage Per hour
Nurse $29
Maintenance $19.82

Many collective agreements in the health care industry included a provision for probationary periods. Thirteen of the collective agreements covered included such a provision. The average probationary period was 557 hours — or about 70 days, assuming an eigh-hour work day. The longest probationary period was 990 hours, negotiated for 6,000 nurses at District Health Authorities Acute Care in Nova Scotia.

Transportation

Focusing specifically on the trucking industry, CLR covered 25 collective agreements in the transportation sector between October 2013 and October 2014.

The average wage increase sits at 1.77 per cent over 25 agreements signed in the past year. The highest pay rise was 2.5 per cent, negotiated at the Alberta-based MTE Logistix for 100 truck drivers.

The average lifespan of an agreement was 4.04 years. Thus, the average yearly wage hike for the industry was 0.44 per cent.

While the number and types of occupations in transportation range widely — including administrative and maintenance staff — the most commonly listed employees were drivers. We’ve come up with an overview of the average hourly base wages and mileage rates for truck drivers across Canada.

Truck Driver
Wages per hour $20.39
Mileage per km 41.95¢

Many collective agreements in the transportation industry included a provision for probationary periods. Nineteen of the collective agreements covered included such a provision. The average probationary period was 3.79 months. The longest probationary period was 1 year, significantly longer than in any other agreement covered by CLR. The year-long probationary period was negotiated for 50 truck drivers at Summum Service Dédiés in Quebec.

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