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Level The Paying Field is a six-part series that seeks to uncover the invisible drivers of the gender wage gap. This show is hosted by Kadie Philp, Commissioner and CAO of Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission.

It’s taken over 20 years to close the gender wage gap by 8%. Progress is being made, and yet the gap persists in part because 70% of the gap remains unexplained. Join us in exploring the invisible drivers of the gender wage gap together with leading experts and renowned researchers.

Season two of Level the Paying Field seeks to uncover hidden biases in the labour market and illuminate how to confront and eliminate them. In order to level the paying field, join us in elevating the equity conversation to make the world a more equitable place for women to work, live and thrive and support closing the gender wage gap.

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Cover of the Understanding the Gender Pension Gap in Canada report. It depicts 3 strong and confident looking women of various ages.

Understanding the Gender Pension Gap in Canada

The gender pension gap in Canada measures the gender difference in combined income from Canada’s 3-pillar system of retirement income instruments: Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan and private pensions (including RRSP/RRIF income). 

Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow: How closing the STEM gap can support climate action

Women appear to be more action-oriented and solution-driven when it comes to climate change. But for climate action to be impactful, inclusive and meaningful, we must address the systemic barriers that prevent women from entering careers in STEM.

Gender Wage Gap in Ontario Varies by Municipality

On World Cities Day we reflect on the ways women across Ontario are uniquely impacted by the gender wage gap. The gender wage gap persists in Ontario, no matter how it is measured. The hourly wage gap sits at 13 percent as of 2022, only six percentage points less than 1998; this means that, on an hourly basis, women make 87 cents on average for every dollar made by a man. While the gap persists it varies by sector, sub sector, and even geography.

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.

Pay equity is good for everyone – let’s make it a reality: Opinion

International Equal Pay Day, recognized by the United Nations and observed on September 18, acknowledges the crucial need for society to address ongoing efforts to achieve equal pay for equal work. This year, it comes on the heels of a blockbuster summer for women’s economic power in show business.

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Statistics Canada’s Census 2021 update reminds us that the Gender Wage Gap is complex

September 18, 2023|

TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2023 /CNW/ - Using average hourly wages, Statistics Canada data from the Labour Force Survey unveils that in 2022, female employees in Ontario earned $0.87 (or 13%) for every dollar earned by [...]

Why is bias so difficult to tackle? What interventions actually work? Commissioner Ward joins the 2023 HRPA Summit to speak to DEI and HR priorities

May 16, 2023|

Commissioner Kadie Ward was pleased to attend the 2023 HR Summit, Annual Meeting and Tradeshow hosted by Human Resources Professionals Association to speak [...]

The Impact of the Wage Gap on Canada’s Economy and Women-Identified Entrepreneurs, Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) Panel Discussion

April 12, 2023|

Commissioner Ward joined CanWCC with Janelle Benjamin the Founder & Chief Equity Officer of All Things Equitable Inc. , and and Allison Venditti, Founder of Moms at [...]

Women’s Worth: Challenging the status quo at the Dynamic Women Summit

April 6, 2023|

Cutting across gender, race, and class while drawing from her own experiences, Kadie Ward, Commissioner and CAO of Ontario’s Pay Equity Commission, confronts [...]

Globe and Mail Women’s Collective Discussion on Women and STEM

March 22, 2023|

Business leaders, including Commissioner Ward, gathered to have a roundtable discussion on the progress of gender inclusion and parity in the workplace, particularly [...]

International Women’s Day and Leader Talks with Anne-Marie Pham featuring Commissioner Kadie Ward

March 8, 2023|

Women have been undervalued in the workplace for almost a century and a half. On this edition of the Leader Talks with Anne-Marie [...]

67th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)​

March 6, 2023|

C​ommissioner Ward attended the 67th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)​​ to discuss bringing women and other marginalized groups [...]

Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO)

February 10, 2023|

Commissioner Ward was excited to join Sara Bentham and Dior Sarr to speak with Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) on the barriers facing [...]

Globe & Mail’s Women’s Collective Idea Exchange

January 18, 2023|

Commissioner Ward was excited to participate in the Globe & Mail’s Women’s Collective Idea Exchange session BIPOC Women at Work – Overcoming barriers [...]

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Submission to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee


Read the Pay Equity Office submission to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee​. The committee’s mandate is to provide recommendations to position Ontario as the best place in North  America to recruit, retain and reward workers. The committee will lead consultations and deliver a report with recommendations that address the complexities and opportunities caused and/or accelerated [...]

Submission to Ontario’s Task Force on Women and the Economy


Read the Pay Equity Office submission to the Ontario’s Task Force on Women and the Economy​. The task force was established to help address the unique and disproportionate economic barriers women face – issues that have been heightened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Task Force’s recommendations will be reflected in future policy initiatives that support women as the [...]

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