Implement Pay Equity Legislation

Addendum to Sept 6 2018 Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

As a self-proclaimed feminist, you are no doubt aware that pay equity, or, in Canada, pay inequity, affects women in a manner which constitutes a violation of their human rights. It is impermissible to compensate men and women differently for work of the same value, yet your government has failed to act.  

Addressing the issue, as recommended by both the 2004 Pay Equity Task Force and the 2016 Special Committee on Pay Equity reports, requires proactive pay equity legislation. But, your government missed the 18 month deadline set in 2016 to bring forward this legislation, and women across Canada must continue asking the question: how long must we wait? They deserve better and we must act now.

Pay equity not only affirms the human rights of Canadian women, but it also makes good economic sense. A 2014 OECD report indicates that “G20 countries have much to gain from increased female labour force participation in terms of economic growth and increased welfare”, and suggests a need to “ensure that gender gaps in economic empowerment are eliminated” (p. 3). Our economy, and, more importantly, our people, will benefit when we begin moving closer towards true pay equity.

Human rights issues should not be left in folders, or forgotten on parliamentary shelves, collecting dust. They should be cracked open, addressed, and resolved, as soon as possible. A progressive government would recognize that the human rights of Canadian women need to be enforced by law.  We, therefore, implore you to bring forward proactive pay equity legislation, without more delay.

Questions regarding pay equity have been asked in the House of Commons on: October 19, 2016, November 14, 2016,and December 8, 2016

Statements on pay equity were presented in the House of Commons on:  June 15, 2016 and June 14, 2017.

An adjournment proceeding speech on Pay Equity was delivered in the House of Commons on: October 27, 2016.

2016 NDP supplementary report to the Special Committee on Pay Equity’s final report, enclosed.