How do nurses’ collective agreements compare across the country?
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions compiles this annual review of key nursing contract provisions across Canada, including nurses’ salaries and other negotiated benefits by province.
Salary is often taken as the sole measure of the worth of an agreement. However, this can be greatly misleading, as many other elements in a collective agreement can dramatically impact the quality of nursing work. Typically, nursing unions in Canada have one agreement that represents the majority of nurses in the province (the provincial standard for the membership). The values for the comparisons come from these agreements. Efforts have been made to ensure that similar provisions are compared.