Ontario's gender pay gap, according to latest Statistics Canada figures, is 31 per cent (based on all male and female average annual earnings -- including part time workers). The gap is much higher for women of colour, women with disabilities or Aboriginal women.
The gap persists due to two major reasons:
- women face barriers to higher paying jobs where men predominate
- job classes dominated by women are paid less than comparable men's work (such as, secretaries and truck drivers as featured in the video)
Equal Pay Day is April 16, 2014.
Equal Pay Day illustrates how far into the next year a woman must work to earn the same amount a man made in the previous year.
Head to equalpaycoalition.org to find out how to get involved.
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