Wages in the mining-sector are more than 40 per cent higher than the average in all other sectors in the province.
The province's top combined income tax rate is 54 per cent.
The average family in the province will pay more than 45 per cent of its income in taxes this year.
At 58.2 weeks, the province’s median wait time is more than double the national average.
A lower employment rate also has implications for government finances.
The government promised to add 1,500 spots by the end of 2022, but instead added just 400.
In 2017, the provincial government spent $310 million on corporate welfare.
The budget projects a deficit of $278.9 million this year.
Most governments across Canada have recognized that it’s unfair to collect additional tax revenue on salary adjustments.