On August 31, 2021, the Pay Equity Act came into force. This Act requires employers listed in subsection 3(2) of the Act to take a proactive approach to give men and women equal pay for doing work of equal value. The Act is intended to achieve pay equity for employees in jobs commonly held by women.
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has two roles under the Pay Equity Act:
- the Pay Equity Commissioner can refer an important question of law or jurisdiction to the CHRT to determine; and
- an employer, bargaining agent or other affected person may appeal some of the Pay Equity Commissioner’s decisions or orders to the CHRT.
You can find more information on the Pay Equity Commissioner’s role on the Commissioner’s web page.