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Collective Bargaining Highlights – Summary – April 2017

  • Issued: September 2017
  • Content last reviewed: September 2017

Bargaining Overview

In April, 24 settlements[1] were ratified covering approximately 43,396 employees.  The average annual base wage increase (AAI) was 1.8% (1.5% public sector; 2.9% private sector). Eight settlements received lump sum or signing bonus payments.

The highest AAI reported was 3.7% for settlements pertaining to trade and finance. The agreement for Treasury Board of Canada had the largest number of employees (approximately 20,890 program and administrative services employees) and received an AAI of 1.4%[2].

Consumer Price Index in Ontario for April was 1.9% and averaging 2.1% for the year.

Table 1: Average Annual Increase by Industry – April
Industry Settlements Employees Average Annual Increase
January – April
Construction nil nil nil 2.1
Education and Related Services nil nil nil 1.7
Health and Social Services 6 6,730 1.7 1.4
Manufacturing 2 517 1.8 1.8
Other Services 4 1,728 4.8 3.2
Primary nil nil nil nil
Public Administration 7 26,862 1.4 1.4
Trade and Finance 1 1,700 4.7 3.7
Transportation, Communications, and Utilities 4 5,859 1.7 1.9
All Settlements 24 43,396 1.8 1.7

Collective Bargaining Outlook[3]

Major agreements scheduled to expire include municipalities, police services boards, hospitals, long-term care homes, universities, developmental services, Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and The Institute of Communications Agencies (ICA), Liquor Control Board of Ontario, and Essar Steel Algoma Inc.

[1] Bargaining units with 150 or more employees.

[2] Including wage adjustment on June 21, 2016. Signing bonus: $650 for all employees at the date of signing.

[3] 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 publication’s point in time.

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