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06 March 2019

The government of Ontario, Canada, is currently looking for input and feedback from businesses regarding proposed legislation aimed at pay parity. With recent statistics showing that Canadian women earn approximately 71 cents for every dollar men earn, the legislation would attempt to close that gap by requiring employers with more than 100 employees to report on their wage structures, uncovering gender pay discrepancies in the process. 

The appeal for input from businesses is causing some controversy, however, with some legislators stating that to ask about how burdensome reporting would be to a business is to imply that pay equity should only be enforced if it's convenient to the employers. Those seeking business input, however, insist that the move is more about engaging businesses in conversation and trying to find a way that will achieve the desired goals with as little push-back as possible. 

For a more in-depth report on this story, see Newmarket Today's article "PCs consult on gender wage gap law."