Since 2015, living standards in the U.S. grew by nearly three times as much as in Canada.
Government workers in Ontario retire 2.5 years earlier (on average) than those in the private sector.
Government employees in B.C. receive, on average, 7.4 per cent higher wages than comparable workers in the private sector.
Government-sector workers in Canada retire 2.3 years earlier, on average, than private-sector workers.
Living wage law may lead to higher municipal taxes or reduced spending on other services.
The new Alberta government has delayed introducing a budget until the fall, so MLAs will have plenty of time to think about how they’ll collect and spend Albertans’ money.
As the Quebec government struggles to eliminate its deficit and rein in the largest debt burden in Canada, it has identified government-sector compensation as a way to restrain spending and balance the budget in 2015/16.
As Alberta’s provincial and municipal governments grapple with declining oil revenues and a weakening economy, a sober review of government spending should be part of any belt-tightening initiative. One place to start is the compensation of government employees, a key spending item for all governments.