An Update on Pay Equity

The federal government – Canada’s “New Government” – has decided to take a giant step backwards on the question of equal pay for work of equal value. There is nothing new in their pay equity plan. More than thirty years after the adoption of the Canadian Human Rights Act, women still earn less, on average, […]

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Supreme Court of Canada Allows Discrimination Against Women: NAPE v Newfoundland

On October 24, 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that because of an alleged impending ‘fiscal crisis’, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador had the right to back out of an agreement to correct discriminatory wages for women health care workers. This amounts to a special tax on Newfoundland women! NAWL, in collaboration with […]

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Government Inaction on Pay Equity

Federal sector workers have been fighting since 1977 to get their employers – Bell Canada, Telus, Canada Post, Air Canada, and the Treasury Board, for example – to meet their pay equity obligations. They have been waging epic battles, some lasting 10, 15, and even 20 years, against these big companies. The failure of the […]

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At The Heart of Human Rights: A campaign for a Pay Equity Law

“The time for pay equity is now!” That’s the message of the Pay Equity Network (PEN), which includes NAWL, as it launches its campaign for the adoption of a pay equity law. This cross-country campaign aims to pressure the federal government to adopt the recommendations of the Pay Equity Task Force. The PEN is a […]

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Balancing Budgets on the backs of women: Pay Equity Post-NAPE

“It is unacceptable that governments are now authorized to balance their budgets on the backs of women” On December 10th, 2004, International Human Rights Day, women’s organizations, labour unions and other community groups publicly expressed their disappointment and sense of betrayal following the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in NAPE v. Newfoundland. The Court in […]

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Workshops on Pay Equity

In the spring of 2005, NAWL began a series of popular legal education workshops around women’s equality in the workforce and the federal pay equity system. Our goal: to share information with women’s organizations about the current pay equity framework, to learn from women’s experiences, and to mobilize different communities to lobby the federal government. […]

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Valentine’s Day Card to MPs

In 2005, a number of women’s organizations, provincial pay equity coalitions and the Canadian Labour Congress have formed a Network to pressure the federal government to take steps towards implementing this report. More than 200 women’s groups, labour unions and community organizations signed on to the Network’s Call to Action on Pay Equity. On February […]

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Signatories to the Pay Equity Network Call to Action

In 2005, a number of women’s organizations, provincial pay equity coalitions and the Canadian Labour Congress have formed a Network to pressure the federal government to take steps towards implementing this report. More than 200 women’s groups, labour unions and community organizations signed on to the Network’s Call to Action on Pay Equity. On February […]

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Call to Action 2005: The Time for Pay Equity is Now!

In 2005, a number of women’s organizations, provincial pay equity coalitions and the Canadian Labour Congress have formed a Network to pressure the federal government to take steps towards implementing this report. More than 200 women’s groups, labour unions and community organizations signed on to the Network’s Call to Action on Pay Equity. On February […]

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Letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin on NAPE Supreme Court Decision

On October 24, 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that because of an alleged impending ‘fiscal crisis’, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador had the right to back out of an agreement to correct discriminatory wages for women health care workers. This amounts to a special tax on Newfoundland women! NAWL, in collaboration with […]

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LEAF and Women’s Economic Equality Rights: Reflections on a Pay Equity Case and an Equality-Rights Conference

On May 12th of this year, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada to argue in support of the need to protect and advance women’s equality rights in the context of a pay equity case, Newfoundland Association of Public Employees (NAPE) v. Newfoundland [2004]. At issue in […]

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Pay Attention to Pay Inequity

Despite over twenty-five years legislation, women living in Canada still earn less than men regardless of their occupation, age or education. On average, a woman earns 72.5 cents for every dollar that a man earns. This wage gap is even greater for Aboriginal women, immigrant women and women of colour. Over the next few months, […]

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Pay Equity Task Force Final Report 2004

The federal government appointed a Pay Equity Task Force that issued its Report in the May 2004. The Report recommends adopting a new, stand-alone pay equity law that will cover women, as well as workers of colour, Aboriginal workers and workers with disabilities. Although the Task Force recommendations are good news for women, they have […]

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Pay Equity: Required Changes In Federal Jurisdictions

NAWL’s Working Group on Pay Equity (members include Louise Aucoin, Claude Bernier, Andrée Côté and Sheila Gibb) recently submitted a brief to the federal Pay Equity Task Force. The Honourable Anne McLellan (then Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada) and the Honourable Claudette Bradshaw (Minister of Labour) established the Task Force on June […]

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The Struggle for Pay Equity in New Brunswick

A Summary of a Presentation at NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference No one can deny that the pay inequities which women experience on the labour market pose great social challenges. Equal pay remains a dream for many women. In New Brunswick as elsewhere in Canada, we are currently seeing important gaps between the wages paid to […]

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NAWL’s Submission on the Pay Equity Act Review, 1996

This brief makes the case for strengthening the existing act and includes a list of specific recommendations as statistics show that Ontario women are still only making 73.5¢ for every dollar that men earn. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ISBN0895996201.pdf” title=”NAWL’s Submission on the Pay Equity Act Review, 1996″] […]

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NAWL’s Response to the British Columbia Ministry of Equality’s Pay Equity Proposals of July 17, 1992

Comments on British Columbia’s proposals for implementing pay equity in that province. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nawl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1992/12/ISBN0929049772.pdf” title=”NAWL’s Response to the British Columbia Ministry of Equality’s Pay Equity Proposals of July 17, 1992 “] […]

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Labour Law’s Little Sister: The Employment Standards Act and the Feminization of Labour

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