CABE Salary Survey 2017 - March 2018 Release

Dear colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that CABE has just released its 2017 Salary Survey Report. This is the first salary survey that CABE has released since 2010. 


Highlights of what we learned from the respondents to  our sample include:  

  • The median salary for an economist working full-time in Canada was $100,000 to $125,000 annually. 
  • ·Reported salaries varied by industry sector, region, and experience. For example, the median entry-level salary for economists in Canada was $50,000 to $60,000.
  • Half of respondents also reported receiving additional compensation, such as bonuses and stock options, with median compensation in the $10,000 to $20,000 range.

The report looks at differences in compensation by gender, visible minority status, education and job title; provides information about access to retirement, vacation and other benefits, as well as professional development supports; and details the survey methodology.

Members can access the full report for free at this link (Salary Survey )using their CABE login. Its use is exclusively for members, and is not available for circulation or reproduction.

We hope this report will aid Canadian economists in their employment paths and compensation negotiations, and help employers understand how their compensation and benefit practices compare to other organizations. 

Next week, CABE will be circulating a survey to assess the professional development needs of economists working in Canada. I encourage you all to participate, so CABE can evolve to better serve your needs.  


Armine Yalnizyan

President, Canadian Association for Business Economics 




Armine Yalnizyan

Yalnizyan and Associates


Paul Jacobson

Jacobson Consulting Inc.

Past President

Randall Bartlett

Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy

Vice President

Joe Macaluso



David Chaundy

Atlantic Provinces Economic Council

Board Member

Peter Hall

Export Development Canada

Board Member

Rahatjan (Kira)  Judge

Federated Co-operatives Ltd

Board Member

Chris Lawless

BC Investment Management Corp.

Board Member

Bonnie Lemcke

Ontario Financing Authority

Board Member

Gil Nault

Alberta Energy

Board Member

Sarah Piercy

Sarah Piercy Communications

Board Member

Antonia Prlic

Prlic Consulting

Board Member

Jamie Ronson

PSP Investments

Board Member

Bryan Yu

Central 1 Credit Union

Board Member


Michael C. McCracken 1940-2015


Your Executive wishes to convey some very sad news to you. Mike McCracken passed away last night, Monday, September 28th. He was 75 years old.

Mike was one of Canada's leading economists and a pioneer of Canadian economic modelling. His work shaped both economic analysis and economic debate in this country for decades. At the young age of 25, Mike moved from Texas to start his Canadian career at the Economic Council of Canada, where he served as the first Director of the CANDIDE macro-econometric modeling project, the biggest such model of the Canadian economy and the biggest in the world, at the time. Seven years later, in 1972, he co-founded and became President of Informetrica, which became one of Canada's first independent forecasting and economics consulting firm, serving industrial and public sector clients in Canada and abroad. Informetrica developed the TIM family of econometric models of Canada and the provinces; a Local Area Economic impact model; and a software suite for building and maintaining large scale economic models.

Mike's contributions to Statistics Canada's National Accounts Advisory Committee will have an influence on our profession for many years to come. It is a testament to his talent and insights that the Canadian Economics Association has established a Mike McCracken award for economic statistics.

He was broad-minded and a lateral thinker; always astute and to the point; and always extraordinarily generous with his expertise and time, especially with non-profits. He had a profound influence on many in the profession. This extended to his remarkable nurturing of younger economists. Informetrica Limited was the training ground for many business and government sector economists. He will be sorely missed.

It is hard to overstate Mike's role in supporting and building up CABE. The current structure of CABE reflects his vision for our profession. Your executive will consider some way of marking Mike's contributions to the profession in the coming weeks.

Policy making suffering in Canada without the long-form census

(contributed to G&M 5/11/2014)

A longer version of this article is available as a PDF at this link.  Jacobson -OPED on-Long Form Census  

The heated debate over skills shortages to the leftAand temporary foreign workers reminds us how much Canadians have lost as a result of the government’s move four years ago to scrap the mandatory long-form census. Without the granular data on jobs and wages across the country that was among the survey’s most valuable components, it has become all but impossible to draw intelligent – or even accurate – conclusions about these and other critical aspects of economic policy.
Fortunately, not all is lost. The member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, Ted Hsu, will see his private member’s bill debated for the first time in the House of Commons on Thursday. It would require the government to restore the mandatory long-form census. Parliamentarians from all parties would do their country a service by supporting Mr. Hsu’s initiative.

The replacement of the census questionnaire by a voluntary national household survey, known as the NHS, has become a major concern for the more than 900 members of the Canadian Association of Business Economics.

We predicted from the start that the demise of the mandatory long-form census would create serious problems. Experience has taught that most organizations, whether businesses, governments or charities, do much of their work at the local level, and thus rely heavily on detailed geographical statistics for planning, selling, employing, building, donating and many of their other economic activities.

Our concerns have turned out to be fully justified.

Many Canadians have chosen not to respond to the voluntary household survey at all, or to complete only part of the survey form.

The highest non-response rates have been in rural and low-income areas where the need for robust data is arguably most pressing to support sound decision making. While it is difficult to generalize, non-response rates in urban areas appear to be highest at each end of the income spectrum.

Statistics Canada wisely decided in 2010 to publish data collected by the household survey only for areas with a response rate of at least 50 per cent. The result is that data are no longer available for a quarter of Canada’s towns and counties. In Saskatchewan, the loss is over 40 per cent; in Newfoundland and Labrador, over 30 per cent. These are the two fastest-growing provinces in Canada.

Comparisons between towns, counties and regions have become impossible in too many cases, even in heavily populated urban areas. Comparisons between neighbourhoods – once a staple of census analysis – are now of questionable feasibility.

Discrepancies in individual responses are even more worrisome. Because the new survey is not mandatory, responses to questions, especially those toward the end, are less accurate and comprehensive than was the case with the census.

Perhaps the biggest casualty of the switch to the new survey is the ability to analyze trends over time – among the most critical components of any research tool. The household survey and the long-form census are so different that we are no longer able to compare different periods in a statistically rigorous way.

We see nothing wrong in requiring Canadians by law to complete a survey as important as this one. Even in the U.S., where trust in government is not exactly high, the American Community Survey is mandatory. The authorities have reasoned – and few citizens have objected – that a mandatory response is the only way to ensure adequate data quality.

If the government in Ottawa can be persuaded to bring back the mandatory long-form survey for the next census, due in 2016, we will have a gap of 10 years since the last such exercise.

That may not be ideal, but it would be acceptable. The full census was conducted at 10-year intervals prior to the introduction of the current five-year cycle in 1986. Indeed, a 10-year break would be less disruptive than continuing with the new household survey, which leaves us with a complete break in historical data.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said recently that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” His comments were made in the context of child and maternal health, but they apply equally to other areas of policy making, and drive better performance in business planning and economic analysis.

Paul Jacobson is president of the Canadian Association of Business Economics.

Productivity Research at Statistics Canada – The Canada-US Productivity Gap and other Measurement Issues

John R. Baldwin Director of the Economic Analysis Division – Statistics Canada

John Baldwin and his team at Statistics Canada have a long history of research on productivity, investment, capacity utilization. In his presentation for TABE, John is going to focus on some of the measurement challenges in working with productivity estimates and rrecent research of his group.

John R. Baldwin is Director of the Economic Analysis Division at Statistics Canada. His research has been broadly focused on issues in industrial economics and productivity. He has written extensively on innovation and productivity performance in Canada—with papers published in Statistics Canada’s Canadian Productivity Review. John received his BA in economics from Queen’s University, his PhD from Harvard and did post-doctoral work at Chicago. He taught at Queen’s University from 1970 to 1989, was a Research Associate and then Research Director at the Economic Council from 1990 to 1992, and was with the Canadian Centre for Management Development in 1992-1993.

This article shows the slides used by John Baldwin at a TABE presentation on 131009  The video below, showing the slides synchronized to the talk, is available only to registered NATIONAL members.  You must login with NATIONAL members credentials  to see it.