Establishing a culture of pay equity across the federal jurisdiction

June 28, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - The Canadian Human Rights Commission

Following the release of The Pay Equity Commissioner’s 2022 Annual Report to Parliament, Pay Equity Commissioner Lori Straznicky issues the following news release:

“Achieving pay equity in Canada’s federally regulated workplaces is a key step towards addressing the gender wage gap. The Pay Equity Act has been in force for almost two years. It calls on federally regulated employers to proactively implement pay equity within their workplaces. One of the most important milestones under the Act is to create and post a pay equity plan by September 2024.

Since becoming the interim Pay Equity Commissioner last November, I have witnessed growing momentum across the federal jurisdiction, with many employers working to advance the pay equity process within their organization. Findings from our stakeholder survey conducted last fall revealed that more than half (54.9%) of responding employers are either at the beginning stages or on their way to having a pay equity plan.

The Commission’s Pay Equity Unit is here to support employers by providing the tools, guidance and resources they need to comply with the Act. As this Annual Report shows, we are committed to building a culture of pay equity across the federal jurisdiction. We will achieve this through our guiding principles of being transparent, engaging meaningfully, relying on evidence and seeking resolutions.”

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