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Government of Canada Introduces Historic Proactive Pay Equity Legislation

Government of Canada Introduces Historic Proactive Pay Equity Legislation – Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it’s good for all Canadians. When Canadian women can count on equal pay for work of equal value, our economy grows stronger, families prosper and communities thrive.



 
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That’s why, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, along with her colleagues, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, and the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for Digital Government, marked the introduction of proactive pay equity legislation for the federal jurisdiction: an Act to Establish a Proactive Pay Equity Regime within the Federal Public and Private Sectors (Pay Equity Act). This historic legislation will ensure that more women are fairly compensated for their hard work.

Under a proactive pay equity regime, employers will need to examine their compensation practices and ensure that women and men working in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces and Ministers’ offices, receive equal pay for work of equal value.

A Pay Equity Commissioner will be appointed within the Canadian Human Rights Commission and will play both education and enforcement roles with regard to the legislation. The Commissioner, supported by a unit of subject-matter experts, will be responsible for assisting individuals in understanding their rights and obligations under the Act and facilitating the resolution of disputes related to pay equity. The Commissioner will have dedicated funding and a range of enforcement tools, including the power to initiate audits, to conduct investigations, and to issue orders and administrative monetary penalties.

Additionally, proposed amendments to the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act (PESRA) will extend proactive pay equity requirements to Parliamentary workplaces in a manner that respects Parliamentary privilege.



 
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