Standard summer/articling salary in toronto is 1450 a week, 95-100k first year with bonus up to 20%. Davies and BennettJones pay slightly more at 1600/1700. There are still some bay street firms stuck at 1300 which was the market rate up to last year. In Vancouver you can expect 45-50k articling, 75-80 first year.Toronto is the market leader in Canada, followed closely by Calgary, then Vancouver and Montreal. The market in Vancouver is not weak, it is just saturated with students because of the two lawschools there and because everyone wants to live in Vancouver. Vancouver's economy is not as strong as Calgary/Toronto, it is mostly based on real estate and lumber.