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Report says foreign owners pay better than Canadians

Published by Steve Coleman on August 26, 2011

A new study from Statistics Canada says manufacturers and foreign firms pay better than non-exporting, domestic companies.

In most cases, the report's authors say domestic companies, and those that don't export, pay less than those that do.

"First, there are clear benefits to working in an exporting or foreign-controlled establishment," the report says. "Results from plant-level regressions controlling exclusively for a plant's export and foreign-control status reveal that exporters pay, on average, wages that are about 14 per cent higher than those paid by non-exporters, and that foreign-controlled plants pay wages that are about 30 per cent higher than those paid by domestic-controlled plants.

The report had other remarks to make about Canadian employers.

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