What is Pay Equity?
Pay equity is a fundamental human right that has been protected under section 11 of the Canadian Human Rights Act since 1977. Pay equity is also known as equal pay for work of equal value. That means if two different jobs contribute equal value to their employer's operations then the employees in those positions should receive equal pay.
What is a Gender Wage Gap?
A gender wage gap is the difference between wages earned by men and those earned by women. The gender wage gap is driven by multiple factors including the undervaluation of work done by women.
In 2019, women in Canada earned 0.88 cents for every dollar a man earned. For example, female employees aged 25 to 54 earned $3.87 (or 12%) less per hour, on average, than their male counterparts. [SOURCE: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0340-02 Average and median gender wage ratio, annual]
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