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Collective Bargaining Highlights – Fourth Quarter 2018

  • Issued: April 2019
  • Content last reviewed: April 2019

Bargaining Overview

In the fourth quarter of 2018, 80 settlements[1] were ratified covering approximately 69,000 employees. The average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.9% (1.8% public sector; 1.9% private sector). Fourteen settlements reported lump sum payments.

The highest AAI was 2.9%, reported in primary industry. Health and social services had the largest number of settlements (37) covering 11,258 employees, with reported AAI of 1.5%. The agreement between the Canadian Media Producers Association and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists included the largest number of employees (11,920 employees) with AAI of 3.0%.

Consumer Price Index in Ontario in 2018 averaged at 2.4%.

Table 1: Average Annual Base Wage Increase by Industry – Fourth Quarter, 2018
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase (%)
(Q4, 2018)
Average Annual Increase (%)
(2018)
Construction 1 500 2.1 2.1
Education & Related Services 2 2,398 2.2 1.9
Health & Social Services 37 11,258 1.5 1.5
Manufacturing 4 932 2.2 1.9
Other Services 18 19,158 1.1 1.6
Primary 2 625 2.9 2.9
Public Administration 8 6,036 2.1 1.8
Trade & Finance 1 219 0.9 1.2
Transportation, Communications, & Utilities 7 27,874 2.4 2.2
All Settlements 80 69,000 1.9 1.7

Collective Bargaining Outlook[2]

Major agreements scheduled to expire include municipalities, police services boards, hospitals, long-term care homes, universities, developmental services, Canada Post Corp., Ontario Power Generation Inc., Metro Ontario Inc. (Food Basics Franchisees), Government of Ontario (Provincial Police), Government of Ontario (Correctional Unit), G4S Security Service Canada Ltd., Paragon Protection Ltd., Essar Steel Algoma Inc., Garda Security Screening Inc., Care Partners, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, Hydro One Inc.

[1]Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[2]Bargaining situations resulting from recent Ontario Labour Relations Board decisions or agreements that have been ratified prior to the release of the current monthly publication may not be reflected if the settlement information has not been reported to Collective Bargaining Information Services at the time of publication.

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