I heard a rumour about this too. It was surprising given the 75% wage subsidy announcement that is available to all employers. One would think that a big firm wouldn’t need to cut associate salaries except during a severe business downturn (in which case I assume there would be a 30% revenue hit that would give the firm access to the wage subsidy). Then again, no one knows the final details about the wage subsidy program yet...
I mean I am from small town Newfoundland so Victoria is still a proper city to me I don't mind small, in fact I prefer it. I know there are struggles that come from that, but having things like the archives and OUTlaws lends legitimacy and hopefully helps people be more familiar or aware of diversity which is great. There were maybe four or five gender neutral bathrooms at uOttawa when I started there, and most were ab brisk 10 minute walk from many of my classes haha, so having them in the building is already a win!
Total over 3 years: 126k
Median Salary in Toronto: 95k
Total after 3 years: 27k
Median Salary for Canada as I couldn't get UVic numbers: 75k
So it would take you ~5 years to make back that 100k difference. Personally, I would pay my dad back the 100k and go to Osgoode, but it's up to you.