Pay equity to be legislated by 2018

Federally regulated workplaces affected – but experts say move is not soon enough
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/23/2017

The federal government’s decision to legislate pay equity by 2018 is a major step forward in terms of workplace fairness, say experts   — though some wish it could be implemented immediately.

Reform of the current complaint-based system is expected to require employers to regularly review their compensation systems, as well as identify and address any gender-based disparities. All types of federally regulated workplaces would be affected — a total of 10,800 employers and 874,000 workers.

“Having a gender wage gap in Canada in 2016 is unacceptable,” said Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu. “Our government believes strongly in the principle of equal pay for work of equal value and the fair treatment of all workers in the workplace, and we are committed to taking actions to help close the gender wage cap, support the economic advancement of women, and reduce income inequality.”