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Q1 2015: Data Insights (Canada):

The crash in oil prices affects Canada as well, especially metros like Edmonton and Calgary. This historically surging market creates interesting changes in Canada's wage performance.

  • Edmonton and Montreal had the best annual growth for Canadian metros with 2.1 percent and 1.8 percent growth, while Vancouver and Ottawa had the worst annual growths of 0.7 and 0.2 percent, respectively.

  • Edmonton and Calgary still dominate the Canadian metropolitan areas for best growth since 2006 at 23.8 and 18.6 percent, respectively, while Vancouver has still seen a total growth less than Canada overall (10.9 percent vs. 11.4 percent).

  • Edmonton and Calgary have historically done well due to being two oil towns. However, with the recent drop in the price of oil, Calgary experienced a quarterly drop in wages of 1.1 percent (the largest quarterly drop since Q1 2013) and Edmonton only experienced a very slight uptick in wages of 0.6 percent.
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Methodology for The PayScale Index: Trends in Compensation
The PayScale Index tracks quarterly changes in total cash compensation for full-time, private industry employees in the Canada. The PayScale Index uses 2006 average total cash compensation as a baseline.

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