Salary outlay in Canada

November 15, 2019

EasyUni Staff

Canada has a workforce of 17,768,800 and an average unemployment rate of 7.1%, which is shrinking. It is obvious that the average weekly earnings and unemployment varies amongst the provinces as listed below. Once again Alberta and British Columbia are the most favoured study destinations of international students.



Unemployment rate

Average weekly earnings



4,8 %

C$ 1,109.80

British Columbia


6,6 %

C$ 877.00



5,2 %

C$ 836.09

New Brunswick


10,7 %

C$ 821.61

New Foundland and Labrador


10,7 %

C$  942.41

Nova Scotia


8,7 %

C$ 809.02



7,5 %

C$ 931.01

Prince Edward Island


10,6 %

C$ 764.33



7,9 %

C$ 838.08



4,2 %

C$ 952.63


Fresh Graduate salaries

Canada, as a country with a lot of universities, provides plenty of opportunities for fresh graduates. The following table gives you a brief overview about the salary of various fields international students might be able to work in.

Fresh Graduate salaries

Management Consultant

C$ 51000

Technology Consultant

C$ 49000

Lawyer, first year associate, small firm

C$ 48,000 - 65,250

Database analyst

C$ 48056

Petroleum engineer

C$ 58249

Banking / finance

C$ 53831

Web Designer

C$ 49980

Administrative assistant

C$ 37301

Executive assistant

C$ 49906

Legal Assistant

C$ 42331


After graduation

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provides a “Post-graduation Work Permit Program” (PGWPP), which allows eligible foreign students to gain experience, who are graduating from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution. These recent graduates can work for up to 3 years under the PGWPP without the employer having to apply for a labour market opinion (LMO) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada.


Job prospects

Current researches show that certain industries lack sufficient workforce. Thus, employers have difficulties to find the right person for the right job. Because of this lack and the difficulties companies are prone to pay higher salaries. In Canada those “hot jobs” are:

  • Financial managers and accountants
  • Skilled tradespeople
  • Software and mobile developers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Psychologists, social workers and counsellors
  • Medical technologists or technicians
  • Human resource specialists or managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Audiologists, speech therapists and physiotherapists
  • Construction managers

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