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Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph, is the first Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2018.

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On Equal Pay Day, Ontario Greens demand better for workers in women-led sectors

April 4, 2023

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario Greens leader and MPP for Guelph Mike Schreiner released the following statement to mark Equal Pay Day.

“Women in Ontario earn nearly 30 percent less than men – and the gap is even wider for racialized, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+ and disabled women.

Yet one of the first things this government did after taking office was repeal the Pay Transparency Act, a vital tool for addressing the gender pay gap in this province.

They also rammed through the wage-capping Bill 124, which disproportionately affects workers in women-led sectors like healthcare, education and childcare.

These are the people who work tirelessly to care for us and our loved ones, even in the face of unprecedented challenges. They deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness.

This government’s track record is harmful to women across this province, and it sets all of us back in our attempts to build a more equitable and caring society.

We need this government to step up and support workers in women-led sectors.

Once again, I’m calling on the Premier to get serious about closing the gender wage gap by reinstating the Pay Transparency Act and immediately dropping his costly appeal of Bill 124.”