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Want a good trade wage? Go west, keep the lights on

New homes under construction in Edmonton earlier this year.

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Statistics Canada released its monthly look at wages in the unionized construction trades this week and, not surprisingly, the highest wages for April were found in Western Canada.

Statscan gathers hourly wages for 16 trades in 22 metropolitan area. Wages in Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria were consistently higher than those in eastern cities.

Electricians fared the best across the country, with an average hourly wage ranging from $31.32 in St. John's to $44.34 in both Calgary and Edmonton. Plumbers were generally second on the wage scale.

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Click on the attached graph for a closer look at wage rates across Canada in the unionized trades.

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