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Statement on Equal Pay Day

April 16, 2024

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario Greens deputy leader and MPP for Kitchener Centre Aislinn Clancy released the following statement to mark Equal Pay Day.

“Every year, we mark Equal Pay Day to call attention to the fact that women in Ontario earn just 87 cents for every dollar earned by men. In the case of racialized, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+ and disabled women, that gap is even wider.

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

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

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.

On Equal Pay Day, I’m calling on the Premier to get serious about closing the gender wage gap by reinstating the Pay Transparency Act and committing to treating all public-sector workers with respect, dignity and fairness.”