Women work for free as of Sept. 17

Ontario women earn 29 per cent less than men
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/30/2008

For women in Ontario, the middle of September means more than the end of summer. It is a stark reminder of the gender pay gap that persists in the province.

As of Sept. 17 the year is 71 per cent of the way over, and with women in Ontario earning an average of 71 cents for every dollar men earn, it also marks the day women start working for free, according to the Equal Pay Coalition.

With an overall 29-per-cent gender pay gap, women are effectively denied their fair pay from now until the end of the year while men get their full pay, states the coalition.