“Every year we slip further and further behind.”
DECEMBER 13, 2019

On December 12, the Legault Government offered the public sector a 7% salary increase over 5 years.

Earlier this week, Statistics Canada published the teachers’ salaries from across Canada for the 2017-2018 school year.

The publication (available here: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/81-604-x/2019001/tbl/tblc3.1-fra.htm) shows a 13% gap between teachers’ salaries in Québec and the average for Canada in 2017-2018. Even worse, compared to their colleagues in other provinces, Québec’s teachers will need at least five additional years of service to reach the top of their salary scale.

“This is insufficient. This year, inflation in Quebec has risen to over 2%. Simply to maintain our diminished purchasing power, it will require at least 2% per year. This does not include the countless other years with insignificant salary increases which were much lower than inflation. Every year we slip further and further behind. Why aren’t teachers respected in this province? Our buying power is always decreasing. Very disappointing!”

Heidi Yetman

President of QPAT