Consultation on Pay Equity Regulations

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status: Open

Opened on May 29th and will close for new input on June 28th.

On December 13, 2018, the Government of Canada adopted a new proactive pay equity regime for the federal public and private sectors with the passing of the federal Pay Equity Act. Once in force, the new legislation will require federal jurisdiction employers with 10 or more employees to develop a pay equity plan to ensure that they are providing equal pay for work of equal value.

Join in: How to participate

Over the next several weeks, we are seeking input from Canadians through two different consultation activities to develop the regulations needed for the new proactive pay equity regime to be operable.

Share your thoughts at any time until the online consultation closes on June 28th 2019. Please read the section entitled “Who should participate” before engaging in any of the following consultation activities.

The following are a few ways you can participate:

Complete the survey

Share your opinion online by completing our survey

Read the Discussion paper

Review the discussion paper and send your feedback.

Who is the focus of this consultation


We recommend employers, managers, or any other person designated by the employer to manage human resources or personnel operations of the business or organization to complete the survey as you will be asked to provide the number of people employed in your business, or organization, their gender and occupations.

Discussion paper:

We encourage all Canadians, specifically stakeholders and Indigenous partners, to share their input. Stakeholders can include employer, labour and advocacy stakeholders, as well as pay equity professionals and experts.

What the consultation is about

The Government of Canada is developing regulations to support the new proactive pay equity regime.

The survey will inform the development of a method to complete a pay equity plan in a business or organization where there are no predominantly male jobs.

The discussion paper will contribute to the development of regulations that respond to the varied experiences and circumstances of employees and employers to which the Act will apply.

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