Earnings and mobility of journeypersons in Canada, 2020

Infographic: Earnings and mobility of journeypersons in Canada, 2020
Description: Earnings and mobility of journeypersons in Canada, 2020

Median employment income of newly certified journeypersons in 2020

Canadians across the country were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including newly certified journeypersons, who saw their median earnings decline in all provinces and territories in 2020.


Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Geography (appearing as row headers), Median employment income in 2020 and Year-over-year change (appearing as column headers).
Geography Median employment income in 2020 Year-over-year change
Canada $50,080 -$2,770 (-5.2%)
Newfoundland and Labrador $45,640 -$8,920 (-16.3%)
Prince Edward Island $40,900 -$1,100 (-2.6%)
Nova Scotia $43,890 -$5,230 (-10.6%)
New Brunswick $46,940 -$2,440 (-4.9%)
Quebec $46,490 -$2,230 (-4.6%)
Ontario $50,650 -$1,810 (-3.5%)
Manitoba $51,900 -$1,100 (-2.1%)
Saskatchewan $51,980 -$2,620 (-4.8%)
Alberta $57,230 -$4,320 (-7.0%)
British Columbia $54,690 -$910 (-1.6%)
Territories $66,540 -$10,360 (-13.5%)

Only three trades saw growth in median earningsNote 1 compared with 2019


Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2. The information is grouped by Trade (appearing as row headers), Change in median earnings, 2019 to 2020 (appearing as column headers).
Trade Change in median earnings, 2019 to 2020
Agricultural equipment technician +$5,590 (+9.8%)
Industrial instrumentation and control technician +$3,650 (+4.4%)
Powerline technician +$1,150 (+1.1%)

In 2020, the mobility ratesNote 2 of newly certified journeypersons reached an all-time low in Canada


Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3. The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), Mobility rate (%) (appearing as column headers).
Year Mobility rate (%)
2009 9.2%
2010 7.9%
2011 7.9%
2012 9.0%
2013 9.4%
2014 9.4%
2015 8.5%
2016 7.5%
2017 7.4%
2018 6.8%
2019 6.2%
2020 5.2%

British Columbia and Ontario replaced Alberta as the top destinations for mobile journeypersonsNote 3


Table 4
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 4. The information is grouped by Destination (appearing as row headers), 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 (appearing as column headers).
Destination 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alberta 34.6% 26.2% 22.0% 22.2% 18.2%
British Columbia 18.2% 21.4% 20.9% 21.9% 24.4%
Ontario 15.2% 19.3% 20.3% 19.1% 22.6%

Source: Statistics Canada, Registered Apprenticeship Information System, 2008 to 2020, T1 and T4 tax files.

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