Trades earnings higher in the north and west
By Adam FreillConstruction Labour
Statistics Canada releases journeyperson earnings and mobility insights.
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).