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Trades earnings higher in the north and west

Statistics Canada releases journeyperson earnings and mobility insights.

March 17, 2022   Adam Freill

Statistics Canada recently provided insights into the earnings and mobility of Canadian journeypersons in a number of trades, as compiled prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2019, Northern and Western Canada had the highest median earnings for newly certified journeypersons, reaching almost $75,000 per year in Alberta, and exceeding $83,000 per year in the territories.

In 2019, journeypersons in Red Seal trades posted their lowest mobility rate in the history of the data series, which dates back to 2008. The most mobility was recorded with steamfitters/pipefitters, welders and heavy-duty equipment technicians. Sheet metal workers had the lowest rate of mobility.

The three highest-earning trades in 2019, one year after certification, were powerline technician ($118,580), crane operator ($102,560) and industrial instrumentation and control technician ($101,620).


Source: Statistics Canada, Earnings and mobility of journeypersons in Canada, 2019, Released: March 10, 2022. Reproduced and distributed on an “as is” basis with the permission of Statistics Canada.