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e-1136 (Pay equity)

Initiated by Celine Yegani from Edmonton, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • It’s 2017, and Canadian women continue to make just 73.5 cents for every dollar a man makes. These numbers are even lower for Indigenous and women of colour. On a global scale, the gender pay gap in Canada is more than twice the global average, according to research firm Catalyst Canada, the Canadian pay gap is on average $8,000, while globally it's at $4,000;
  • Although the Government of Canada and Canadian culture as a whole has an emphasis on all aspects of diversity, Canada has been quite slow to deal with the gender pay gap. In fall of 2016, the Government of Canada promised a new pay-equity legislation, but it won’t be introduced until the end of 2018. This runs the risk of law not being passed before the next federal election; and
  • There have been studies that argue the gender pay gap is lower in the public sector vs. the private one, but a gap is still a gap. Pay equity is a human right under the Canadian Human Rights Act. Canada needs to close that gap immediately, and once again be a role model on a global scale in the area of human rights.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to create pro-active pay equity legislation now to close the wage gap and deliver economic equality for women.
Government response tabled on January 29, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-86-04)
Open for signature
June 13, 2017, at 2:31 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 11, 2017, at 2:31 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Randy Boissonnault (Edmonton Centre)
December 13, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01987)
Government response tabled
January 29, 2018
Photo - Randy Boissonnault
Edmonton Centre
Liberal Caucus