Government workers in the province enjoy higher wages and benefits compared to similar private-sector workers.
public sector compensation
Private employers unable to compete with government-sector wages endure longer-lasting vacancies.
Nineteen of the region's 26 municipalities spent more than 60 per cent of their budgets on employee compensation and contracted services.
Under the old classification, program spending would have been more than $10 billion higher.
Government workers receive 9.4 per cent more, on average, in wages than Canadians in the private sector.
Government workers in Atlantic Canada received 11.9 per cent more (on average) in wages than their private-sector counterparts.