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.

April 20, 2016
Robyn Benson, PSAC National President is urging the Liberal government to make proactive pay equity legislation a reality without further delay.
February 4, 2016
The House of Commons has adopted an NDP motion that could result in creating a new pay equity law that puts the onus on employers to provide pay equity. “We appreciate the NDP addressing this important issue so early in the new Parliament,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson. “Our experience with the current complaint process under the Canadian Human Rights Act is that it can take literally decades for women to achieve pay equity and we urge the government to act without delay, said Benson.”
March 4, 2015
Despite the fact that it has been over three decades since the Canadian Human Rights Act was adopted in 1977, women working full time still earn an average of 70 per cent of wages men earn. The situation is even worse for women of colour, Aboriginal women and women with a disability.  PSAC’s experience of pursuing pay equity complaints for more than 35 years shows just how difficult it is to bridge the wage gap using a complaint-based process.  
March 4, 2015
Treasury Board
September 16, 2013
A new federal law restricts the substance and application of pay equity in the public sector – making it more difficult for women to receive equal pay for work of equal value. The Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act is set to be implemented in the fall of 2013 and will compromise pay equity.