Pay Equity And Equal Pay
What is the Difference?
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Disclaimer: This fact sheet is for information only, and is not intended to restrict Review Officers or the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal in their determination of matters. Refer to the Pay Equity Act for exact interpretation.
The value of jobs is based on the levels of skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions involved in doing the work.
the same work means the same kind of work that involves about
the same levels of skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions.
The duties do not have to be exactly the same to be substantially
Pay equity compares the value and pay of different jobs, such as nurse and electrician.
Only people (both men and women) in jobs done traditionally by women can complain that their work is undervalued.
Equal pay compares the pay of incumbents in the same or very similar jobs.
Either men or women can complain. If a male incumbent is paid less
than a female incumbent in the same job, he can file a complaint.
As well, a woman can complain if she is paid less than a man in
the same job.
If you answer "yes" to the following questions you may have a pay equity complaint.
Call the Pay Equity Commission Toll-Free
If you answer "yes" to the following questions you may have an equal pay for equal work complaint.
Call the Employment Standards Branch at