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Ontario’s Pay Equity Office Launches New Legal Resource

The Pay Equity Office is pleased to offer a new resource for compensation specialists, unions, legal professionals, and others who are interested in learning more about pay equity law in Ontario.

The Selected Case Reference Guide is an annotated version of the Pay Equity Act with a curated selection of relevant tribunal and court caselaw presented alongside the section of the Act that it applies to.

Each selection is presented as a short synopsis of the case’s precedent with a link to the source decision on www.CanLii.org. Readers can look up key cases either by browsing to the section of the Act you’re interested in, or by using the Case Index at the end of the Guide.

“We are pleased to offer this valuable new resource to support pay equity practitioners in their understanding of the Pay Equity Act and relevant caselaw”, said Kadie Ward, Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer of the PEO. “This guide will serve as an efficient reference tool to support employers create their pay equity plans in accordance with the Act.”

This Guide is a living document and will be updated from time to time. We welcome your feedback on the Guide – please send your comments to AskPayEquity@ontario.ca.

Ontario’s Pay Equity Office Launches New Legal Resource2023-07-06T20:42:59-05:00

Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce

Commissioner Ward was pleased to join the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce for an important discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Where it starts, a fireside chat to discuss pay equity and other inclusive practices in the workplace. ​

Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce2023-06-12T19:17:44-05:00

​Pay Equity Solution for Small Business Do-It-Yourself Toolkit​

What if there was a way you could…

…attract and retain good talent?

…increase productivity and profitability?

…show your employees that you mean it when you say you’re committed to equity and inclusivity?

What if we told you that there is one toolkit that can help you do that?

And that it’s free of charge?

And that it can fit into your busy week?

Introducing the Pay Equity Solution for Small Business -Do-It-Yourself Toolkit, created by Ontario’s Pay Equity Office.

This toolkit will help you analyze your compensation practices and support your business while also complying with Ontario’s Pay Equity Act.​

​Pay Equity Solution for Small Business Do-It-Yourself Toolkit​2023-07-06T20:43:09-05:00

Catalyst Inc.​

Commissioner Ward was pleased to partner with Catalyst Inc.​ to raise awareness of Pay Equity, how we got here, and where we are going in the future of women’s work.​​​

Catalyst Inc.​2023-06-12T19:17:59-05:00

Gender Pension Gap in Canada has not narrowed in 44 years

October 1st marked the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP), with this year’s theme being “The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women”. Indeed, the contributions of women and older women are often overlooked and undervalued in society. One indicator of this is the increased risk of older women aging in poverty compared to older men.

In Canada, the prevalence of women who are 75 years old and over and living with low-income status was 21% compared to 13.9% of men in the same age group (Statistics Canada, 2020). Further to this, Canada’s Gender Pension Gap (GPG) was observed at 18%[i] in 2020 (Statistics Canada). In other words, for every $1 an older man received in retirement income, an older woman received $0.82. While the gap has fluctuated over the decades, it has ultimately increased by three percent from 15% in 1976 (earliest available data) to 18% in 2020.

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Data source: Statistics Canada. Table 11-10-0239-01 Income of individuals by age group, sex and income source, Canada, provinces and selected census metropolitan areas

What is the Gender Pension Gap?

The GPG is the difference between retirement income received by men and retirement income received by women. All around the world, women are receiving smaller pensions than men and Canada is no exception. Similar to many developed countries in the world, the amount one receives from their pension in Canada is heavily dependent on their financial contributions to their pension plan over the course of their working life, with a smaller amount being paid by a state social pension.

Drivers of the Gender Pension Gap

As a largely contributory system, it perhaps comes as no surprise that women in Canada retire with a smaller pension than men as women are more likely to work fewer years than men over the course of their careers as they exit the labour force (either temporarily or permanently) after having children, are more likely to work part-time, and generally earn lower wages than men (what is referred to as the gender wage gap). The GPG can therefore be seen as one of the compounded impacts that the gender wage gap has on women’s long-term economic well-being.

Deeply-seated gender norms still expect women to perform the majority of unpaid domestic work. Women’s dominant role in performing unpaid work limits their ability to participate in full-time paid work, therefore limiting their earnings potential and retirement income. Women’s unpaid labour is critical to the functioning and overall health of the Canadian economy and yet, women’s contributions continue to be under-valued and underpaid, including in Canada’s pension system. As the system mostly compensates those who engage in paid labour, women’s domestic labour is largely ignored and results in women experiencing lower quality retirement (or even poverty) in old age.

As the world commemorates UNIDOP this month, there is no better time to call attention to not only the contributions of women around the world but the need for equal pay, better social protections, and shared domestic work between men and women.

For an in-depth analysis of the Gender Pension Gap, visit https://payequity.gov.on.ca/en/learnmore/pages/gender-pension-gap.aspx

[i] When calculating the difference in income received from Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan, and Private Retirement Income

Gender Pension Gap in Canada has not narrowed in 44 years2023-07-06T20:43:19-05:00

ADP Canada

Commissioner Ward was excited to join ADP in London, Ontario to speak with Linda Halfyard and Jeff Livingston about pay equity.​​​

ADP Canada2023-06-12T19:18:12-05:00

Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Annual Development Conference

Commissioner Ward was pleased to speak at the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Annual Development Conference to share insights on the origins of women in the labour market to challenge the way policymakers and employers think about workforce dynamic and development in the community. Fundamental struc​​​tural changes are required to close the gender wage gap, and with the support of organizations like EDAC​ these conversations and changes are happening.

Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Annual Development Conference2023-06-12T19:18:25-05:00

Seneca College

Ontario’s Pay Equity Office partnered with Seneca College to deliver a series for employers on Pay Equity . Thank you to all the employers who invested their time in today’s Pay Equity 101 session, touching on practical aspects on how to comply with Ontario’s Pay Equity Act.

Seneca College2023-06-12T19:18:52-05:00

Public Policy Forum, YMCA Canada, the Lawson Foundation, and Women and Gender Equality Canada

Ontario’s Pay Equity Office is pleased to partner with Public Policy Forum, YMCA Canada, the Lawson Foundation, and Women and Gender Equality Canada to release a new report, An Investment that Works for Child Care, that outlines recommendations to support the professional child care workforce to meet the needs of the Canada-wide child care plan.

Public Policy Forum, YMCA Canada, the Lawson Foundation, and Women and Gender Equality Canada2023-01-23T17:13:59-05:00
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