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 US, Europe, Australia & other countries have “government proclaimed” Why don’t we?
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 create good jobs, stimulate the economy, increase productivity and competitiveness, and attract the most talented workers.
Equal Pay Day Actions
Ask Premier Wynne to officially declare an Annual Equal Pay Day starting with April 9, 2013. Like President Obama’s Equal Pay Day proclamation such a day will “recognize the full value of women’s skills and their significant contribution to the labour force, acknowledge the injustice of wage discrimination and join efforts to achieve equal pay.” The goal is that Equal Pay day will be earlier each year if addressed.
Wear Red - On Equal Pay Day wear red to mark how far women are in the “red” when it comes to their pay.
April 9 Itinerary:
8 am: Community call to action event at the intersection of King & Bay.
10-11:45 a.m.: Coalition members will be in Legislature for Question Period.
11:45 am: Photo op with MPPs wearing red following Question Period. Queen’s Park, outside Legislative Assembly and Room 230.
12 pm: Community call to action event at the intersection of University and College and South on University to Gerrard.
1:30pm: News conference and media briefing session at Queen’s Park Media Conference Room: Featuring the release of a report on the pay gap between men and women in Ontario, written by legal expert Mary Cornish, published by Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Ontario.
Thank you for taking action and spreading the word,
The Equal Pay Coalition