Closing the Gender Wage Gap in Ontario

Ontario is seeking public input to develop a strategy which will help close the wage gap between men and women. The Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee is currently hosting consultation sessions with diverse groups across the province to assess ways government, organizations, and individual leaders can work together to address the conditions and the systemic barriers that contribute to the wage gap.

Last Friday we brought your attention to the gender wage gap in America. This week our focus in on the wage gap between men and women in LiisBeth’s head quarter province of Ontario.

Like our neighbors to the south, women in Ontario are also earning less than men. They are overrepresented in lower-paying jobs and industries, represent a larger number of employees in minimum wage and part-time positions, and remain underrepresented in many higher paying jobs and sectors that have traditionally been male-dominated.

“While women participate in all parts of the workforce, there are still barriers that prevent women from achieving their economic potential,” Tracey MacCharles the Ontario minister responsible for women’s issue has said.

The Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee wants local input on what these barriers are so that they can actively work towards eliminating the wage gap between men and women in Ontario.

It is no secret that closing the gender wage gap will benefit the Canadian economy. In 2005, The Royal Bank estimated that if women in Canada had identical labour market opportunities available to them as men, then personal incomes would be $168 billion higher each year.

The Steering Committee’s plan is to examine how women are affected by the gender wage gap, at work, in their family, and in their community. But in order to resolve issues they will need help from locals. So how can you help?

Read the reports

The Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee has created a series of papers. Two consultation papers, one for organizations and one for individuals, to accompany a background paper providing research and statistics on the Gender Pay Gap in Ontario. Each has information about the gender wage gap, as well as the questions the Steering Committee hopes will be answered.

Get involved

Written responses to the Consultation Papers will be accepted until January 15, 2016.

They can be sent by:

  • E-mail:GenderWageGap@ontario.ca
  • Fax: 416-326-7650
  • Mail:
    Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee
    400 University Avenue, 12th Floor
    Toronto, Ontario
    M7A 1T7

 

Or if you prefer to offer your input in person, public Townhall Meetings are being held during November and December. Check the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s website for a full schedule of events.

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