Pay equity

The goal of the Pay Equity Program is to eliminate gender-based wage discrimination in the federally regulated sector. The Program is built around Education and Promotion services that have been developed to help employers meet their pay equity obligations and to effectively react in the case of non-compliance.

The Labour Program also undertakes additional activities, such as workshops and seminars, to help employers understand and meet their pay equity obligations and encourage parties to work together in making pay equity a reality within their establishments. For more information about the Pay Equity Program services available to you, please contact us.

  • Introduction to Pay Equity: Learn the basics of pay equity and some of its key concepts, such as wages and occupational groups.
  • Tips on how to implement pay equity: Get information on the four-step process for implementing pay equity in your workplace and discover the benefits of implementing pay equity principles.
  • Pay equity in smaller establishments: Learn about your pay equity obligations as an employer working in a smaller organization and get suggestions for evaluating the value of jobs. This document includes details about the four factors used in job comparisons: skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions.
  • Steps to pay equity: Find out how to identify and eliminate gender-based wage discrimination in your organization. Learn about the seven steps to pay equity to help you understand how "equal pay for work of equal value" works.
  • Pay equity information guide: Get information on a wide variety of pay equity topics in one practical document. Whether you are an employee, an employer or a member of a union, the details in this guide can help you understand the basic concept of pay equity and the roles and responsibilities it involves. This guide also includes frequently asked questions.

Labour Canada does not determine pay equity compliance nor has the authority to accept pay equity complaints. If you have a legitimate pay equity concern, you can consider filing a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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