Adopted in 1987 in Ontario and in 1996 in Quebec, the Pay Equity Act aims to correct wage gaps for people in predominantly female jobs. This law applies to any employer with an average of 10 or more employees, whether in the private, public, or parapublic sector.
More than 150,000 organizations are subject to the Pay Equity Act in Quebec, Ontario, and at the federal level. Organizations in Ontario must conduct a maintenance evaluation on a regular basis, while organizations in Quebec must update their evaluation every five years.
The Pay Equity Act is an opportunity to add value to your organization through a detailed analysis of your total rewards. Organizations that fail to comply may face backlash, penalties, interest, and criminal prosecution of up to $45,000. Compliance with this law is mandatory.