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Declining real wages and rising inflation in Canada during the pandemic, 2020–22
April 13, 2022
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This report looks at real wage growth and rising inflation over the past two years. 

The study finds that wages for a majority of Canadian workers has not increased at the same rate as inflation. In particular, many public sector workers who have faced salary freezes from provincial governments are falling behind.

Other sectors, such as information, culture and recreation, saw wage growth above inflation levels as many workers moved toward working from home.

The findings of this report are contrary to suggestions that wage growth is contributing to higher levels of inflation.