Government workers receive 9.4 per cent more, on average, in wages than Canadians in the private sector.
A large government debt burden can negatively affect economic growth.
Ontario has offered government workers a 7.5 per cent pay raise.
Ontario’s government is spending more than it takes in each year. This year will represent the province’s eighth consecutive budget deficit.
Against a backdrop of persistent deficits and growing debt, the federal and many provincial governments are engaged in collective bargaining negotiations with their public-sector unions.
Premier Jim Prentice dropped hints for months that the 2015 provincial budget was a once-in-a-generation chance to “fix” Alberta’s finances.