November 13, 2020 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed and to receive equal pay for work of equal value. Canadians have experienced a gender wage gap for far too long. The Government of Canada has been working hard to close that gap. This is a key part of the economic recovery plan as Canada builds back better.
Today, the Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, announced that the Government of Canada has reached an important milestone: the proposed Pay Equity Regulations are now available in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The Pay Equity Regulations will support the implementation of the Pay Equity Act, which will help ensure that, on average, women and men in federally regulated public and private sector workplaces receive equal pay for work of equal value.
The Government is providing an extended comment period of 60 days (until January 13, 2021), to ensure that all interested parties can review the proposed regulations. Following this consultation period, the regulations will be finalized and published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The Government will look to a potential coming into force date of the Pay Equity Act and the accompanying regulations later in 2021. Once in force, employers will have three years to develop and implement their proactive pay equity plans.
These new measures are in addition to other important changes the Government is moving forward with, such as new pay transparency requirements, workplace harassment and violence prevention regulations, and a new administrative monetary penalties regime that will help improve compliance with the Canada Labour Code. Together, these efforts will help create federally regulated workplaces where workers feel safe, valued, included and secure. This will enable workers to do their best work, which will benefit employers, the economy and all Canadians.