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e-1136 (Pay equity)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Celine Yegani from Edmonton, Alberta, on June 13, 2017, at 2:31 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Pay equity
Sexual discrimination
Status of women
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • 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.
Edmonton Centre
Liberal
Alberta
Petition presented to the House of Commons on December 13, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01987)
Government response tabled on January 29, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-04)
Open for signature : June 13, 2017, at 2:31 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : October 11, 2017, at 2:31 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
257
British Columbia
52
Manitoba
5
New Brunswick
41
Newfoundland and Labrador
4
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
12
Ontario
115
Quebec
19
Saskatchewan
14
Other Countries
6
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