Wage gap worsening in Canada: Report

But expert questions accuracy, logic behind numbers comparing men, women
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

Wages for women in Canada are falling short and getting worse with time, according to a joint report from Oxfam and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

While the existence of a gender wage discrepancy is nothing new in employment circles, the gap is widening in Canada. For instance, in 2009, women earned 74.4 per cent of what men earned; in 2011, it was 72 per cent. The report also noted the gap is worse for marginalized groups, including Aboriginal and racialized women. 

“Social inequality has become a perverse benefit in our upside down world, where the fact that women are paid less than men is good for profits,” said Katie McInturff, a senior researcher at CCPA.