Addressing the Wage Gap by Legislating Pay Equity

Moved by National Women’s Liberal Commission

WHEREAS Canadian women working full-time earn $0.82 to every $1 earned by men, a gap of 18%, a figure which shows only “minor improvement” since 1977 (from 77.2% to 82.4%) and which is double the global average;

WHEREAS Canada currently ranks 28th out of 34 OECD countries with respect to the gender pay gap, and ourinternational ranking has been declining;

WHEREAS a federal Pay Equity Task Force set up by a previous Liberal government issued a report in 2004 calling for new legislation;

WHEREAS in 2005 a report by the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, chaired by Liberal MP Anita Neville, "Moving Forward on the Pay Equity Task Force Recommendations" further recommended that the Government "draft pay equity legislation to implement the recommendations of the Pay Equity Task Force Report";

WHEREAS making meaningful progress on reducing the wage gap between men and women across Canada is a priority for the Government of Canada, as stated in the Mandate Letter of the Hon. Patty Hajdu;

WHEREAS Minister Hajdu, speaking to that Standing Committee in 2016, said: "[O]ur government is strongly supportive of the principle of pay equity" and indicated the Government’s willingness "to move from vision to action";

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada request the Government of Canada, working collaboratively with its provincial and territorial counterparts, and with advice from the special committee recently struck to examine the wage gap, develop and implement new, proactive, pay equity legislation.