Pay equity

Thirty years ago the federal government passed a law making it illegal to discriminate against women in the workplace. But studies show that the wage gap is actually increasing. Women are still not receiving equal pay for work of equal value. PSAC continues to fight for our members’ right to pay equity – in workplaces ranging from the federal government, to Canada Post to a variety of private employers.

September 2, 2021
It’s so important for PSAC members and Canadians to support parties that will continue to build and fund a universal, accessible and affordable child care system that reduces fees, creates more child care spots, helps women return to work and provide fair wages to chronically underpaid early childhood educators.  
August 31, 2021
We invite all PSAC members to complete this brief online survey. Information provided will be used for PSAC analysis and for our submission to the Employment Equity Act taskforce.
February 11, 2021
After a thorough investigation, the CNESST (commission on workplace standards, fairness, health and safety) has found that Université Laval’s postdoctoral fellows are employees as defined in the Pay Equity Act and are thus entitled to a pay equity program and all related benefits, on the following grounds: 
December 18, 2020
PSAC-UCTE and NAV CANADA have reached a pay equity settlement involving current and former members at the agency. The Canadian Human Rights Commission-approved settlement is applicable to employees who occupied a position in the CR2, CR3, CR4, CR5 and CR6, as well as ST-OCE-3, ST-SCY-1, ST-SCY-2, and ST-SCY-3 classifications at any time between November 1, 1996 and Jun 30, 2011.
December 4, 2019
The October election brought Canadians a minority Liberal government. That means PSAC and other unions will be able to more effectively lobby and fight for the things that matter to you and your families. Phoenix The Parliamentary Budget Officer has said the Phoenix situation could continue until 2023, yet government funding commitments so far have fallen significantly short of what is needed to end the Phoenix nightmare.  PSAC will continue pressing for enough funding and urgent action:
October 28, 2019
PSAC's victory resulted in retroactive pay and interest payouts to some 230,000 PSAC members and former members totaling $3 billion.
October 30, 2018
PSAC welcomes the new federal proactive pay equity legislation introduced by the Trudeau government. It’s an important milestone in advancing gender equality. The new law recognizes that pay equity is a human right and that employers have an obligation to eliminate gender-based discriminatory wage differences. This means 30-year legal battles to resolve pay equity complaints will become a thing of the past. Instead employers will be responsible for developing pay equity plans, and must do so with the equal participation of worker representatives.
March 4, 2015
Treasury Board PSAC started filing complaints almost immediately after equal pay for work of equal value — also known as pay equity — became federal law in 1977 (Section 11 of the Canadian Human Rights Act).  A few early complaints against Treasury Board were settled relatively quickly, including a complaint for the Library Science workers in 1980 and for the Food Services and Laundry Services workers within the General Services group in 1982. The largest complaints took years to resolve, however, in some cases spanning decades.