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Construction Union Wage Rate Index, May 2019

Released: 2019-06-20

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (CUWRI) (including supplements) for Canada increased by 0.1% in May compared with the previous month. The index for all trades (including supplements) rose 0.2% over the 12-month period ending in May.

Most of the construction trades surveyed in the Atlantic region saw their wage rates increase in May, pushing up the regional index by 0.5%. The CUWRI (including supplements) increased the most for the cement finisher trades in Halifax (+2.2%) and in St. John's (+1.7%), compared with the previous month.

The CUWRI (including supplements) for the bricklayer trade in Ontario edged up 0.1%, as the wage rate in Ottawa increased by 0.9% in May.

Wage rates in Quebec, the Prairie region and British Columbia remained unchanged in May.

  Note to readers

Union wage rates are published for 17 trades in 25 metropolitan areas for both the basic rates and rates including selected supplementary payments. The indexes (2015=100) are calculated for the same metropolitan areas and are published for those where a majority of trades are covered by current collective agreements.

The wage rates and indexes are subject to a 30-month revision period after dissemination of a given month's data. This is due to the length of time that can transpire between the expiration of a collective agreement and the ratification of a new collective agreement.

The wage rates and indexes are not seasonally adjusted.

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A video entitled "Producer Price Indexes" is available on the Statistics Canada Training Institute webpage. It provides an introduction to Statistics Canada's Producer Price Indexes — what they are, how they are made and what they are used for.

A Historical Timeline of Canadian Producer Price Statistics

"A Historical Timeline of Canadian Producer Price Statistics," which is part of the Prices Analytical Series (Catalogue number62F0014M), was created to showcase the key milestones in the history of Canadian producer price statistics. This historical timeline contains answers to questions such as: Who collected Canada's first statistics? What do Canadian producer price indexes measure?

Infographic: Producer Price Indexes at a Glance

The infographic "Producer Price Indexes at a Glance," which is part of Statistics Canada — Infographics (Catalogue number11-627-M), demonstrates how producer price indexes for goods and services are calculated and why they are important for the Canadian economy.

Contact information

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