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Pay Equity Commissioner

Government of Canada appoints Canada’s first federal Pay Equity Commissioner

News release, September 10, 2019

"When Canadians can count on equal pay for work of equal value, our economy grows stronger, families prosper and communities thrive. That is why the Government of Canada introduced and passed proactive pay equity legislation for the federal jurisdiction.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the appointment of Karen Jensen as Canada’s first-ever federal Pay Equity Commissioner. Ms Jensen will provide leadership and direction for the administration and enforcement of the new Pay Equity Act." Read the entire release.

BPW Canada and Equal Pay Day

What is Equal Pay Day?

Equal Pay Day illustrates how far into the next year a woman, on average, must work to earn the same amount a man earned in the previous year. They are marked around the world.

BPW Canada Resolution: Declaration of a National Equal Pay Day in Canada: 2014 - 2016

Motion 70 - September 2016

Motion 70, placed on Notice since September 28, 2016, to declare March 18th as Equal Pay Day, Text of the Motion: 

"That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate March 18 of each year Equal Pay Day." Latest Activity: Placed on Notice (2016.09.28). 

Equal Pay Day - Government of Canada Statement - April 9, 2019

Equal Pay Day Statement from Employment and Social Development Canada April 9, 2019: Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Statement: “On Equal Pay Day, it is important to note how far Canadian women have come in the last 40 years. Greater participation of women in the workforce has accounted for about one-third of Canada’s economic growth. Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it is good for all here to read the entire statement.

International Equal Pay Day - September 18

News Release, Employment and Social Development Canada, September 18, 2020: "Today, we celebrate the first International Equal Pay Day by recognizing how far Canadian women have come in the last 40 years. Canada is proud to be an active member of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)and to have supported the adoption of the resolution proclaiming September 18th as International Equal Pay Day..." Read the complete news release.

Learn more about International Equal Pay Day.

BPW Canada's Equal Pay Day Proclamations - March 18: 2012 - 2020

  • 2012: BPW Canada declares Equal Pay Day in Canada is March 18th. Proclamation Request was denied at the Calgary City Hall. The Mayor of Calgary issues a Letter of Recognition (in 2013). However, the Mayor of Selkirk formerly proclaims Equal Pay Day.

  • 2012 - 2020: ProclamationsBPW Selkirk has succeeded in proclaiming Equal Pay Day from 2012 to 2020. Proclamations have been signed by the Mayor of Selkirk.

BPW Canada Equal Pay Day Proclamation Challenge

BPW Canada is encouraging business and community leaders across the country to ask the Mayors in their respective communities to Proclaim March 18th as National Equal Pay Day.

What is Proclamation?

Proclamations are used to provide recognition of extraordinary achievements, to honour occasions of significance and to increase public awareness of issues of importance with the hope of improving the overall well-being of our communities.

Take up the Equal Pay Day Proclamation Challenge! To get you started to feel free to adapt the sample proclamation and guidelines posted below.

Maclean's: Two Different Covers, Two Different Prices


 The February 2018, "Maclean’s has created two covers with two different prices—one at $8.81, the other at our regular price of $6.99—to reflect the 26 percent gap between full-time wages paid to men and women in Canada. It’s a cheeky way to draw attention to a gap that has barely budged in decades...."

News Releases/Statements/Reports

News Release from Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada - December 13, 2018: Historic proactive pay equity legislation receives Royal Assent

"Advancing gender equality is not just good for women, it’s good for all Canadians. When Canadian women can count on equal pay for work of equal value, our economy grows stronger, families prosper and communities thrive. That’s why, on October 29, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced a proactive pay equity regime that will ensure that women and men in federally regulated workplaces, including the federal private sector, the federal public service, Parliamentary workplaces, Prime Minister’s and Ministers’ offices, receive equal pay for work of equal value." Click here to read the complete news release.

Statement by Minister Monsef on the Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality - December 13, 2018: Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equality

Ottawa – The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today issued the following statement on the passage of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which includes legislation to create the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE): “Today is a historic day for gender equality in Canada. With the passage of this legislation, our government is fulfilling key commitments to advance gender equality, address diversity and inclusion, and grow our economy...". Click here to read the complete statement.

It's Time to Act - Report of the Special Committee on Pay Equity, Chair Anita Vandenbeld - June 2016, 42nd Parliament, 1st Session.

"Pursuant to the Order of Reference of Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the Committee has studied Pay Equity...The Committee recognizes that pay equity is a legislated human right and the Committee believes that the Government of Canada has the obligation to ensure that within its jurisdiction, pay equity is a human right that is promoted, implemented and enforced. The Committee believes it is time for the federal government to act...". Click here to read the complete report.

We need action, not just talk, to close wage gap between men and women: Editorial - October 8, 2015, Toronto Star

BPW Canada's First Vice-President, Linda Davis, named to Ontario's Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee.

Toronto Star, October 8, 2015: "...Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee that will soon begin holding province-wide public hearings and consultations with businesses to find ways to close the gap...The committee includes some high-powered, highly-qualified people including ...Linda Davis, past-president of the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Ontario and a current board member of the Equal Pay Coalition. That alone speaks to the government’s seriousness to move on this issue." Complete Article.

Labour Day: A Focus on Equal Pay, September 7, 2015: BPW Canada Press Release:

"As Canadians celebrate this labour day weekend by taking a final summer trip to their cottage, get together with family and friends at parades, festivals or even fireworks, and as parents shop at the malls to take advantage of Back-to-School sales with their children and teens, let us not forget why Labour Day was originally marked in 1872. It was a day set aside to give the Canadian workforce an opportunity to campaign for better working conditions or pay." Click here to read the complete news release.

You Are Worth It Module (Workshop)

BPW Ontario partnered with the Pay Equity Commission Ontario to develop a learning module: "You Are Worth it: Compensation Pitfalls and How to Manage Them".  The module helps us better understand why the wage gap persists and how we can address it. This resource that can be customized and used by clubs across Canada, as well as non-members, to get the message out that “Economic Equality - Means Business

The “You Are Worth it: Compensation Pitfall and Strategies to Manage Them” can help us better understand why the wage gap persists and how we can address it. It is a joint initiative between BPW and the Pay Equity Commission of Ontario and is a resource that can be customized and used by clubs across Canada to get the message out that “Economic Equality - Means Business”.

You Are Worth It Module Workbook - Ontario

BPW Canada members: there are more materials on this website, login to the BPW Canada site and look for the Career Achievement modules. 

BPW Canada President & Pay Equity Commissioner

LindaD National Pay Equity Commissioner Karen Jensen January2020

January 20, 2020: BPW Canada President (2018-2020), Linda Davis, met with the National Pay Equity Commissioner, Karen Jensen. Linda's comment about the meeting: "We had a frank and very interesting meeting. I am very optimistic for the future, we have our feet on the right path. Now we need to forge ahead." Ms Jensen is the first National Pay Equity Commissioner, she was appointed to the position in September 2019.

Achieving Equal Pay by 2030

Equal Pay Day - Canada

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Equal Pay Day Proclamation

Equal Pay Day

BPW Calgary - EPD

In 2013, BPW Calgary was recognized by BPW International, Alberta Premier and the Mayor of Calgary for the club's contribution to increasing the awareness of equal pay for women and Equal Pay Day.

On March 18, 2013, BPW Calgary members, partners and supporters gathered to mark Equal Pay Day near the “Women are Persons” monument in the Olympic Plaza. Media coverage of BPW Calgary's Equal Pay Day rally reached across the province and country, including in the Montreal Gazette.

BPW Calgary EPD 2013 Rally