April 10, 2018 is Equal Pay Day in Ontario

Equal Pay Coalition says women are done waiting. 

Show Us The Money to close the gender pay gap.

TORONTO, April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Equal Pay Day is marked on April 10 because women need to work 15.5 months – 3.5 months into the new year – to earn what a man does in 12 months. Ontario’s gender pay gap is a human rights and economic crisis. The latest Census data shows that Indigenous women in Ontario face a 43% gender pay gap; racialized women: 38%; immigrant women: 34%. On average Ontario women face a 29.3% pay gap. (Census Canada data, Cat #98-400-X2016277)

On Equal Pay Day, the Equal Pay Coalition calls on the Ontario government to take bold, concrete action to close the gender pay gap. 

“Women are done waiting” says Fay Faraday, co-chair of the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition. “It’s time to show us the money. Employers must be held to account and government must make it a real priority to eradicate the barriers to women’s economic equality.”

We call on the government to show us the money to close the gender pay gap by taking three steps:

  1. Implement a strong pay transparency law to enforce equal pay.
  2. Introduce fully funded universal, affordable, accessible public child care system for infant and school-aged kids with decent pay for childcare workers.
  3. Properly fund community agencies so workers delivering public services receive pay equity now.

The Show Us the Money rally brings together advocates from community organizations and trade unions who say enough is enough. It’s time to recognize women’s economic equality.

Rally: Tuesday 10 April 2018
@ 12:00-1:30 pm, NW corner of College St. & University Ave

Speakers at 12:15pm include:
Patty CoatesSecretary-Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour
Deena LaddCoordinator Workers Action Centre 
Lyndsay MacDonaldAssociation of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario
YrisCaregivers Action Centre
Veriline Howe Development Services Sector, Canadian Union of Public Employees.

For more information, please contact: Fay Faraday co-Chair, Equal Pay Coalition: 416-389-4399 or Jan Borowy, co-chair, Equal Pay Coalition, 416-985-2069  or info@equalpaycoalition.org