PROVINCES
 
TITLE
 
YEAR
 
SCOPE
 
OTHER
 
 
 
 
NEW BRUNSWICK
 
 
 
Pay Equity Act, 2009
 
 
 
2009
Applies to parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the public sector: i.e. government departments, health, education and Crown corporations. The Act will come into force in April 2010.
The provincial government announced that five groups from the private sector will receive pay equity adjustments beginning in 2010-2011: child-care workers; home support workers; nursing home workers; and transition home workers; and community residence workers.
 
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Public Sector Employer’s Council Pay equity Policy Framework
 
1995
 
Pay equity agreements in the public sector.
 
 
ALBERTA
 
No specific pay equity legislation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SASKATCHEWAN
 
 
 
Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value and Pay Equity Policy Framework
 
 
 
1999
Public sector. Includes Crown corporations, Treasury Board agencies, boards and commissions, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, regional colleges and the health care sector.
Joint committees were set up for each employer, and were given 24-month period to negotiate a pay equity plan. A compensation review committee was created to review the plans and oversee their implementation.
 
MANITOBA
 
 
Pay Equity Act
 
1986
 
Public sector.
 
First jurisdiction to enact proactive pay equity law.
 
ONTARIO
 
Pay Equity Act
 
1989
Public and private sectors. Positive obligation on all employers with more than 10 employees.
 
Requirement for all employers to establish and maintain pay equity.
 
QUÉBEC
 
Pay Equity Act
 
1996
Public and private sectors. Positive obligation on all employers with more than 10 employees.
 
Requirement for all employers to establish and maintain pay equity.
 
 
NOVA SCOTIA
 
 
Pay Equity Act
 
 
1989
 
 
Public sector. Including municipalities, health care facilities and universities.
The legislation contemplates a single wage adjustment, and makes no provision for maintenance, though the Commission continues to monitor the agreements which have been implemented.
 
 
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
 
 
Pay Equity Act
 
 
1988
Public sector. Including Crown corporations, universities and colleges, nursing homes, and other agencies to be identified in the regulations.
 
 
NEWFOUNDLAND
 
No specific pay equity legislation.
 
 
 
 
YUKON
 
 
Human Rights Act
 
1987
 
Public sector.
 
 
THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
 
Fair Practices Act
 
1988
 
Complaint-Based Legislation.
The law compares similar or substantially similar work if jobs, duties or services are similar or substantially similar.
 
NUNAVUT
 
Canadian Human Rights Act
 
1977
 
Complaint-Based Legislation. (Federal Jurisdiction)
The basic objective of pay equity is stated in section 11(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
 
 
CANADA
 
 
Canadian Human Rights Act
 
 
1977
 
 
Complaint-Based Legislation.
Section 11 applies to all federal jurisdiction employers regardless of size. Skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions form the basis for comparing work.
 
CANADA
 
Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act
 
2009
 
Public Sector.
The Act relegates pay equity to collective negotiations and market and eliminates the possibility of employees going to the tribunal. It goes against the recommendations made by the Pay Equity Task Force (2004), which considered that the employers should be responsible for pay equity.
 
 

 

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