Equality and inclusion in federally regulated industries and workplaces

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Employment equity

Canadians have the right to be treated fairly in workplaces free from discrimination. Employment equity promotes equitable representation for the following 4 designated groups in Canada:

  • women
  • Indigenous peoplesFootnote 1
  • persons with disabilities, and
  • members of visible minorities

Consult the following to inform yourself about your rights and the resources available:

Pay equity

Canadians have the right to experience workplace compensation practices that are free from gender-based discrimination. Pay equity aims to ensure that employers provide you with equal pay for doing work of equal value.

On October 29, 2018, the federal government introduced the Pay Equity Act (Act) in Parliament. The Act is part of Bill C-86, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2. The Act received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018 and will come into force on a day or days that the Governor in Council will set.

Until the Act comes into force, the regime under the Canadian Human Rights Act protects your right to pay equity.

For more information about the Act, the proposed Pay Equity Regulations, your rights, and how to file a complaint related to pay equity, consult the following:

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