Implementation of the Pay Equity Act

October 19, 2021 -  Defence Stories

The Government of Canada is committed to creating an inclusive public service where women receive equal pay for work of equal value.

The purpose of this note is to share that the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) is moving forward to implement the Pay Equity Act, which came into force on August 31, 2021, and which applies to all federally regulated workplaces with ten or more employees, including the federal public service.

As part of this work, TBS will soon be developing a pay equity plan that identifies any gaps between compensation of jobs held mostly by women and those held mostly by men that involve work of equal value. This plan will cover employees in the core public administration of the federal public service. A separate plan will also be developed for members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Once these plans are in place, pay gaps will begin to be systematically closed by increasing the compensation of employees in predominantly female jobs not receiving equal pay for work of equal value.


The Pay Equity Act has a clear process (you are now leaving the Government of Canada website) for all employers to follow, including timelines to implement the Act. Employers are expected to finalize pay equity plans within three years after the coming into force of the Act and to close pay gaps after the final pay equity plans are posted. Pay equity plans will then be updated every five years to close any new pay gaps that arise.

Public notices for employees

You will now find two public notices—one for employees of the core public administration and the other for RCMP members—on These provide more information for you on the implementation of pay equity and the role of employee representatives on pay equity committees. You will continue to be engaged as the government implements this important legislation.

For the latest information on the pay equity process, please visit the Pay Equity section on For more details on pay equity in Canada, please visit the Canadian Human Rights Commission website. (you are now leaving the Government of Canada website)

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