Q1: Our organization no longer receives funding to cover the minimum 1% of payroll for proxy pay equity adjustments. Are we still obligated to make the payments?
A1: Yes. Employers covered by the Act are responsible for achieving and maintaining pay equity for their female job classes. An employer’s inability to pay adjustments, either due to financial hardship or lack of funding, does not exempt that employer from its obligations under the Act Kensington Village v. Service Employees International Union, Local 220, 2000 CanLII 22420 (ON PEHT)).
Any questions related to funding should be directed to the funding agency or Ministry.