National Municipal Compensation Survey

Data to ensure a competitive talent strategy

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Reevaluating compensation strategies, adjusting policies to reflect the provincial and municipal government, agency, and commission staff working remotely, and securing critical employees for in-demand roles are likely top of mind activities for more organizations right now. Securing reliable market data to make informed talent strategy decisions is essential.

Gain the insights you need with the National Municipal Compensation Survey. Design competitive compensation plans with data collected for approximately 240 jobs from municipal organizations across Canada. Harness these data to analyze your compensation strategy across geographic location, municipal size, and position families. Data collected include:

  • Allowances
  • Job rates
  • Performance pay
  • Policies and practices
  • And more
Are you ready for a competitive talent strategy?

Participation open: May – June

Results publish: September

2020 Results Available

  • 243 positions published
  • CAD 2,500 – 9,000

Sample report

Position list

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Survey statistics

  • # Positions Surveyed: 243
  • # Positions Published: 243
  • # Organizations: 47
  • # Observations: 5,624

Based on data from the 2020 Canada National Municipal Compensation Survey. Data minimum and suppression rules account for the difference between the number of positions surveyed and published.

Data collected

  • Allowances
  • Full-time job rates
  • Hours of work
  • Job rates
  • Market premiums
  • Overtime eligibility
  • Part-time job rates
  • Performance pay
  • Policies and practices

Data analyzed

Geographic Area

  • National
  • Province
  • Regional


  • Number of employees
  • Operating budget
  • Population

Position families analyzed

  • Community services
  • Corporate services
  • Development services
  • Emergency services
  • Municipality administration
  • Public works

Utilize this survey alongside its counterpart, the Ontario Municipal Compensation Survey (OMCS) to make effective rewards decisions across the broader public sector. 

Survey results are delivered in Mercer WIN®, giving you access to the data through a variety of customizable parameters.

2021 survey Participation

Data Submission Tools

Compensation Questionnaire

To participate in a survey, simply download, complete, and submit the compensation questionnaire provided above. You can rest assured that the importance of your data security is not taken lightly at Mercer, so we take the utmost precautions to protect it.

2021 survey participation is now open!

Survey participation is open to all organizations. The act of submitting data to a survey is known as survey participation and your company is then viewed as a participant. Please submit your completed questionnaire before the deadline to participate in the 2021 survey.


Why should you participate?

  • Align your pay to the market.
  • Maximize your budget by making informed decisions to ensure you are not overpaying or underpaying.
  • Secure a significant discount on survey results.
  • Receive invitations to exclusive participant-only events.

2021 survey schedule

  • Participation opens: May 4
  • Participation closes: June 22
  • Results available: September

Participation Webinar

Attend a participation webinar or watch a recording to better understand the submission process and the survey data that is collected.

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2021 survey pricing

Product Participant Non-Participant
2021 Canada National Municipal Compensation Survey (municipality population < 50,000) CAD 2,500 CAD 7,500
2021 Canada National Municipal Compensation Survey (municipality population > 50,000) CAD 4,500 CAD 13,500


Product Participants Non-Participants
2020 National Municipal Compensation Survey (municipality population < 50,000) CAD 2,500 CAD 5,000
2020 National Municipal Compensation Survey (municipality population > 50,000) CAD 4,500 CAD 9,000

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Please note:

  • Additional users may be added during checkout for CAD 220 each per module/survey.
  • Individuals or companies using Mercer data for consulting services or commercial purposes are subject to different rates. Please call for more information.
  • 2020 results are available for purchase and will be delivered upon survey release (mid September).


  • Participation Opens: May 4
  • Participation Deadline: June 22
  • Date Effective: June 1
  • Report Available: September

Position List & Sample Report

Position List

View the position list and descriptions included in this survey.

Sample Report

View a sample report of this survey for a glimpse at what’s included.

Participating Companies

View the participating companies in this survey.

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  • RegionEnglish-Canada
  • Sub TitleData to ensure a competitive talent strategy
  • Short DescriptionData collected for approximately 240 jobs from municipal organizations across Canada.

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