This infographic developed by the Office of the Pay Equity Commissioner to promote the pay equity rights and obligations.

Infographic 1: What is Pay Equity

Here is what the infographic tells you:

The Pay Equity Act ensures equal pay for work of equal value. 

What is Pay Equity Infographic - English version

This means that two different jobs that contribute equal value to an employer’s operations, where one job is commonly held by women and the other is commonly held by men, should be paid equally.  

Pay equity is not a privilege, it is a human right. 

There is still a significant gender wage gap in Canada. Women earn on average $0.89 for every dollar earned by men. 

For certain groups of women – such as trans women, women with disabilities, Indigenous women, racialized women and newcomer women – the gap is even greater.

The Pay Equity Act protects about 1.3 million employees working for about 4,600 federally regulated employers with an average of 10 employees or more. These employers range from the private sector (e.g. banking, communications and transportation sectors), to the public sector (e.g. federal public service) and Parliamentary institutions (e.g. House of Commons and Senate). 

Achieving pay equity will help close the gender wage gap and contribute to Canada’s social and economic development.  

To achieve pay equity, employers must work proactively to develop a pay equity plan within three years. The Act establishes a collaborative process whereby many employers will need to establish a pay equity committee to do the work. 

The Pay Equity Act will come into force on August 31, 2021. 

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