Estimates of labour income, monthly estimates

Labour income, comprising wages and salaries and supplementary labour income, is defined as all compensation paid to employees. Earnings received by self-employed persons or working owners of unincorporated businesses are not included in labour income. Wages and salaries is an aggregate of many types of payments made to employees. In addition to regular remuneration, it includes directors’ fees, bonuses, commissions, gratuities, income in kind, taxable allowances, retroactive wage payments and stock options. Wages and salaries are estimated on a gross” basis, that is, prior to deductions for employees’ contributions to income tax, employment insurance, pension funds etc. Supplementary labour income, which is defined as payments made by employers for the future benefit of their employees, comprises employer contributions to employee welfare, pensions, workers compensation and employment insurance.

Series title
Provincial Economic Accounts
Data creator
Statistics Canada. Industry Accounts Division
Date of creation
2008 Feb 27th
Statistics Canada. Data Liberation Initiative
Date of distribution
2008 Mar 14th
Geographic coverage

Canada & provinces

Time period
Mode of data collection

Derived measures

  • Superceded by CANSIM Estimates of Labour Income: Data Tables (STC 13-021-X) 2010 and 2012
  • all series are also available in CANSIM
  • references to CANSIM II series are given in the current files
  • references to CANSIM I series are given in the historical files
Access status
Access conditions and restrictions

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