Pay Equity is equal pay for work of equal value.
The Pay Equity Act requires employers to pay female jobs at least the same as male jobs if they are of comparable value. Pay equity compares jobs usually done by women with different jobs usually done by men. Female jobs are mostly or traditionally done by women such as librarian, childcare worker or secretary. Male jobs are mostly or traditionally done by men, such as truck driver, firefighter, or shipping clerk.
The value of jobs is based on the levels of skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions involved in doing the work.
Equal Pay for Equal Work addresses situations in which men and women do the same work.
The Equal Pay provisions of the Employment Standards Act require that men and women receive equal pay when doing the same job or substantially the same job such as two cooks or two machine operators on the same line.
Substantially 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 the same.