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Ontario's Equal Pay Day 2021: April 7
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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-made in the previous year. They are marked around the world.

On Equal Pay Day, WEAR RED to show how women are in the red! Post your messages of what reforms are needed to build real economic security that leaves no one behind!

The Gap

Ontario's gap is close to 30%. This gender wage gap in Ontario is one of the largest in the world! Pay discrimination is not limited to one career or demographic, it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels – regardless of their family decisions.

The Equal Pay Coalition's goal is a 0% gender wage by 2025. The coalition has outlined the 12 steps to achieve this goal.

#EqualPayDay Ontario 2021: April 7

Equal Pay Day 2021 Message from BPW Ontario President, Heather Ellis:

It’s time to #DemandBetter because equality is #AlwaysEssential.

Women are essential to Ontario's economy.

"Equal Pay Day, April 7, 2021 marks how long into the year, on average, women must work to earn the same amount that men on average earned by December 31 last year. But this is just an average. Women who face multiple forms of discrimination must work even longer into the year to hit their Equal Pay Days. Systemic discrimination in the economy means that women with disabilities face a 56% gender pay gap; immigrant women: a 55% gender pay gap; Indigenous women: a 45% gender pay gap; and racialized women: a 40% gender pay gap." ~ Source

The pay gap affects women differently

"The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how crucial women’s paid and unpaid work is to keeping our communities functioning.

Without women’s work, the economy doesn’t work.

But the pandemic has had a disproportionately negative impact on women, non-binary and trans people in a way that deepens intersecting forms of discrimination.

Women, and in particular Indigenous, Black and racialized women, and women with disabilities have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Women have dominated the high risk jobs that don’t allow for physical distancing – such as nursing, care work, cleaning, food services and more. At the same time, women have suffered the greatest job losses as female-dominated industries like travel, hospitality, restaurants, arts & culture, and retail, shut down earliest and remain largely closed.

Women have borne the largest share of unpaid care work and home schooling required by the pandemic. And they have faced skyrocketing rates of gender-based violence during the lockdowns.

The pandemic has exposed the cracks in our social safety nets.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has also shown that we can do things differently.

We need an intersectional feminist economic recovery plan that leaves no one behind." ~ Source

Open Letter to Premier Doug Ford, April 6, 2021

Click here or on the image below to read the complete letter.

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Trans and non binary wage gap

Past Equal Pay Day Photos

Equal Pay Coalition Ontario

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BPW Ontario is a founding member of the Equal Pay Coalition.

The Equal Pay Coalition was formed in 1976 as a coalition of organizations to seek the implementation of equal pay for work of equal value both through legislation and collective bargaining. The Coalition has over 39 constituent and partner groups which represent Ontario women and men who support equal pay for work of equal value."

Equal Pay Coalition EPD News/Updates

Equal Pay Coalition Webinar: Rising Together for a Just Economy: April 3, 2020

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Webinar conducted on April 3, 2020 with the focus on Bringing a Gender Lens to the COVID-19 Crisis.

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Equal Pay Coalition Consultation on Pay Transparency Regulations: 2019

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Gender Wage Gap News/Reports

April 18, 2018: Submission to Standing Committee on Social Policy Legislative Assembly of Ontario: Bill 3, An Act respecting transparency of pay in employment Bill 3 


BPWO President - Pay Equity Summit

BPWO President, Maide Yazar at Pay Equity Summit, Feb 28, 2018
MacLean's February 2018 Issue: Men Pay 26% More!

February 28, 2018: BPW Ontario President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., attended a Pay Equity Workshop in Ottawa. Maide's Report: Participated at the Pay Equity Summit, a Federal Pay Equity Networking Meeting, held with 30 other organizations who are prominent advocates of eliminating the gender wage gap. Very excited as the federal work is launched on making sure the Government of Canada gets the proposed Pay Equity legislation right. Many learned lessons were shared. The sisterhood rocks. "We are here because most women cannot be here today". Many thanks to the Atkinson Foundation for funding the workshop and to Canadian Women's Foundation for organizing the event. 

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BPWO President, Maide Yazar attending
Pay Equity Summit, February 2018

November 2017: Pay Equity Commission 2016-2017 Annual Report, marking the 30th anniversary of the Pay Equity Act and the establishment of the Commission. Research tells us that cultural and social biases continue to negatively influence how women are perceived at work. This includes how their work may be undervalued and thus underpaid as compared to their male co-workers, contributing to an unacceptably wide gender wage gap. Closing this gap is both a human right and an economic necessity for inclusive economic growth, especially given Ontario women’s educational attainments and labour force participation rates. 

August 25, 2016: News Release: Ontario Moving Forward to Close the Gender Wage Gap. "The Ontario government has released the final report from the Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee and will immediately start work on a plan to close the gap, create equal opportunities for prosperity and strengthen the economy by eliminating barriers that prevent women's full participation in the workforce." Thank you to BPW Ontario Past President/First VP BPW Canada, Linda Davis, for all her efforts on the Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee.

April 2016: Report: Every Step You Take: Ontario's Gender Pay Gap Ladder. Published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario Office (CCPA - Ontario Office), author Mary Cornish, Research Associate for CCPA - Ontario Office and Chair of the Equal Pay Coalition.

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

April 20, 2015: Linda Davis, BPW Ontario's Past President, was appointed to Ontario's government new Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee. Click here to read the announcement.

April 2014: BPW spreads the news about the wage gap - click here to read the article about an Equal Pay 2014 gathering in London, Ontario.

Past Ontario Equal Pay Days

#EqualPayDay Ontario 2020: April 4

EPD 2020 virtualrally

BPW members and allies from Canada's coast to coast joined the Equal Pay Coalition's first Equal Pay Day Virtual Rally on Saturday 4 April.

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Rally MCs:

Fay Faraday & Jan Borowy, Co-Chairs, Equal Pay Coalition

Speakers included:

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#EqualPayDay Ontario 2018: April 10

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Equal Pay Day Ontario 2017: April 11

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Equal Pay Day

SDG#5 - Gender Equality

One Women Discovers the Wage Gap

Maclean's: Men Pay 26% More!

Equal Pay

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 per cent 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...."

You are Worth IT!

Pay Equity Office and BPW Ontario Launch Workshop for Working Women

Click here to download the Workshop.

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