Quebec is struggling to find enough workers. Yet employers aren't offering to pay more
Offering workers higher pay in order to address a labour shortage is a strategy that appears to have largely escaped the attention of employers in Quebec. Wages in Quebec have always been lower than the Canadian average, and the labour “shortage” doesn’t seem to have changed things much. To be sure, the wage gap has narrowed, but only slightly. Ten years ago, median and average weekly earnings in Quebec were just under 90 per cent of those in Ontario; now, a typical Quebec worker earns just over 90 per cent of her Ontario counterpart.
Not only are Quebec wages too low to attract workers from other provinces, they appear to be too low to even retain the ones that are already here. There have been some important changes in patterns of interprovincial migration in recent years — more people are now leaving Alberta than are moving there — but Quebec continues to lose working-age people to other provinces.
Stephen Gordon: Quebec is struggling to find enough workers. Yet employers aren’t offering to pay more | National Post