TORONTO, ON – Today, MPP Mitzie Hunter released the following statement regarding the Pay Transparency Act (2018):
“Like so many other Ontarians, I have been concerned by the rash, arbitrary, and destructive agenda of cuts and broken promises pursued by the Premier and his government. I respect the Premier, but I respect the office even more. These cuts disproportionately affect women, children, refugees, and low-income earners”.
In 2018, women in Ontario made on average 12.2% less than their male counterparts. That is why the previous government passed the Pay Transparency Act to promote greater gender equality in the workplace through increased transparency of pay and workforce compensation. The Pay Transparency Act was given royal assent and was set to come into force in January 2019.
However, without explanation, the Premier quietly removed the enactment date in an omnibus budget bill. A law that would empower women with the information they need to pursue fair compensation has been suspended indefinitely.
“It would cost the Premier nothing to do the right thing and set a date to enact the Pay Transparency Act. I call on him to enact this duly-passed Pay Equity Legislation by Women’s Day, March 8, 2020. He should also proactively review his upcoming budget through a gender lens so that this will never happen again.”