Equal pay for work of equal value

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

With the coming into force of the Pay Equity Act on August 31, 2021, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) is working with bargaining agents and employee representatives to develop a pay equity plan that identifies gaps between the compensation of jobs held mostly by women and those held mostly by men that involve work of equal value.

This plan will cover all employees in the core public administration. A separate pay equity plan will also be developed for members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

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

Timing

The Pay Equity Act has a clear process for all employers to follow, including timelines to implement the Act. The Act requires employers to finalize pay equity plans within three years after the coming into force of the Act and to close pay gaps once the final pay equity plans are posted. Pay equity plans will then be updated every five years to close any new pay gaps that may have arisen.

Canadians expect women to be full participants in the economic, social and democratic life of our country and the Government of Canada remains steadfast in its commitment to eliminating the gender wage gap.

Public notice to employees

More information on the implementation of pay equity and the role of employee representatives on pay equity committees is available in the public notices to employees below:

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