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The Pay Equity Act is 25 years old

The Pay Equity Act is 25 years old. Despite several major advances, the struggle of women to obtain equal pay for equivalent work needs to continue. Unfortunately, inequities persist. It is therefore time to review the Act to give it more bite in order to achieve equitable compensation for employees in predominantly female jobs. The government, as an employer, must also comply. In particular, it must speed up the processing of thousands pay discrimination complaints that were filed more than six years, and even 11 years in some cases, ago.

Pay equity: campaign’s second phase well underway
The second phase of the communication and denunciation strategy regarding the 25th anniversary of the Pay Equity Act (PEA) continues.

Affiliates will soon be invited to meet with their MNAs and candidates in the upcoming provincial election to discuss pay equity.

English Document : - CSQ in motion - May 2022

Adopted in 1996, the Pay Equity Act (PEA) celebrated its 25th anniversary last November. Correcting systemic discrimination against women is a fundamental right and equity has become a core principle in our society. Even though several advances have been made during this quarter century, it is clear that pay inequity has not been corrected over the years.

It may seem implausible, but the PEA needs to be revised, as it contains provisions that are not conducive to achieving pay equity. Moreover, in its current form, the Act is poorly enforced, its means are limited and it does not achieve its initial objective, particularly for female workers in the public sector.

This is why, in the context of the 2022 Quebec elections, the CSQ is asking parliamentarians and all candidates from all parties to include in their electoral platforms a commitment to improve the Act to give it more teeth and thus counter wage discrimination against women.

Pay equity it’s time to walk the talk


Did you know that when it comes to pay equity, the Quebec government, as an employer, does not respect its own legislation or its own deadlines?

Did you know that in Quebec, women still earn on average $2.77 per hour less than men?

Did you know that the wage gap between women and men already exists when they enter the labour market and that it increases with age?

Did you know that in 2021, while the average hourly wage for men grew by 2.7%, the average hourly wage for women grew by only 1.5%?

Did you know that thousands of complaints of wage discrimination against women have still not been dealt with six years later? Some have even been unresolved for 11 years.

Did you know that the Pay Equity Act has no effective mechanism to force offending employers to respect it and pay the salary adjustments due to discriminated women.

English Document : - Pay equity – it’s time to walk the talk