Ontario group joins global push for greater salary transparency

Enforcement of employers’ legal obligations necessary to close gender wage gap: Lawyer
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/18/2017

Thirty years after pay equity legislation was introduced in Ontario, the gender wage gap remains a major crisis here and across the country, according to an advocacy group.

With this in mind, Toronto’s Equal Pay Coalition issued draft legislation to the Ontario Ministry of Labour last month in a bid for expanded salary transparency that would require employers in the province to report hourly wage and pay arrangements.

“Currently, Ontario doesn’t have a pay transparency act,” said Toronto lawyer Fay Faraday, co-chair of the coalition. “This is a piece of legislation that is really about filling that gap, and using this as another tool to shine a light on what employer practices are, and supporting robust enforcement of existing legal obligations.”