You may have heard already that Tuesday, April 9th is Equal Pay Day to raise awareness about the 28% gender pay gap in Ontario. People across the province will be wearing red On Equal Pay Day to mark how far women are in the “red” when it comes to their pay.
Equal Pay Day illustrates how far into the next year a woman must work to earn the same amount a man made in the previous year. Equal Pay Days help ignite action to close the gender pay gap and build a fair Ontario.
Ontario’s gender pay gap according to Statistics Canada 2010 and the Ontario Pay Equity Commission‘s figures is 28% (based on all male and female average annual earnings (including part time workers). The gap is much higher for women of colour, women with disabilities or Aboriginal women.
The Equal Pay Coalition is declaring Tuesday, April 9, 2013 as Equal Pay Day this year – the same day it is recognized in the US. Tuesday is the day of the week that Ontario women’s average earnings equal men’s earnings from the previous week.
The pay gap is not only unfair, it hurts our communities and economy. Ontario’s economy works because women work. Closing the pay gap will help to create good jobs, stimulate the economy, increase productivity and competitiveness, and attract the most talented workers.
For more information, please visit: http://www.equalpaycoalition.org/