Are you in involved in mining and considering working in Canada, but cannot decide between Eastern and Western Canada?

Western Canada also known as the Western provinces includes the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

British Columbia can boast as to how beautiful it is, and is on many peoples bucket list to see before they die, as it has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a mixture of modern wonder and natural beauty. Alberta is pretty special as well; it is bordered by the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the west and the vast prairies to the east. Alberta’s landscapes vary from towering mountains, to glacier lakes and rolling foothills.

Manitoba and Saskatchewan are two of Canadas Prairie Provinces, and are a land of natural beauty. They are also rumored to be far more affordable to live in than many other areas in Canada. Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan are also known as the land of lakes, and literally have thousands of lakes.

Eastern Canada is the region east of Manitoba, and consists of the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

New Brunswick is known for its extreme tides and for whale watching. It encompasses rivers, pine forests and mountains. The Bay of Fundy which is in New Brunswick, boasts the highest tides in the world.

Newfoundland and Labrador form the most easterly province of Canada. Compromising of dramatic coastlines, ancient rock formations and sweeping barrens, it is a living landscape of natural wild beauty. It is also proud of its title by Maclean’s magazine that it is one of the top 10 friendliest cultures in the world.

Nova Scotia is the second smallest of Canada’s ten provinces and is also beautiful with diverse scenery. It is famous for its high tides, blueberries, apples and fish. Because of its high tides it also has an unusually high amount of shipwrecks of its coast.

Ontario has rolling green hills, numerous freshwater lakes and is home to Canada’s largest city, Toronto and its capital city of Ottawa. It is also home to the famous Niagara Falls.

Prince Edward Island is one of Canada’s maritime provinces. It is strikingly beautiful with its red sand beaches, lighthouses and farmland, and has a reputation for its fine seafood such as lobster and mussels.

And finally we get Quebec, which is predominantly French speaking and has very much a European charm. It is famous for its beautiful landscape that includes countless lakes and rivers, its arts and culture, as well as poutine.

Whilst it is hard to go wrong living in both eastern and western Canada, salary and cost of living can often be the deciding factor, as one does need to be able to put a roof over your head and pay your bills each month.

According to the latest Statistics Canada report released in September 2017 the median total income of Canadian households rose from $63,457 in 2005 to $70,336 in 2015, which was a 10% increase. What was interesting to note was that the Atlantic Provinces (which are New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia), and Quebec had the lowest median incomes in both 2005 and in 2015. New Brunswick ($59,347) had the lowest median income in Canada in 2015; next in line was Quebec ($59,822) .

With the latest Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits 2017 Survey Results now available, I thought it would be good to get a comparison in terms of how wages in mining compare between western and eastern Canada.

These wages are in Canadian dollars per hour, and do not include shift differentials, overtime, cost of benefits, incentives or other additional pay.

Eastern Western

The graph below shows a comparison of the average wages currently earned between eastern and western Canada, for both surface and underground mining jobs.


For more information on mining wages, salaries and benefits, have a look at CostMine’s Mining Labor Compensation Reports.

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