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 26, 2019
The government recently proposed regulations that will require federal private sector employers to identify any wage gaps for workers from the four equity groups: women, racialized and Indigenous workers, and workers with disabilities. The proposed changes to the Employment Equity Regulations also include other amendments that would improve and simplify salary reporting by employers covered by the legislation.
September 25, 2019
Hiring more federal public sector workers would benefit the Canadian economy and support a strong, diverse middle class, a new study suggests.
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.
May 11, 2018
The Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that sections in Quebec’s pay equity law reinforce pay discrimination and are unconstitutional. “This decision clearly states that pay inequities based on gender are a violation of women’s rights under section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said PSAC National President Chris Aylward. “It also provides the federal government with a useful roadmap to drafting a new federal, proactive pay equity law.”

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