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Pay Equity

The Pay Equity Act was adopted in November 1986. Its purpose is to redress compensation differences that can be attributed to the systemic under-valuation of jobs occupied predominantly by women. It applies to all enterprises with 10 employees or more in the private, public and parapublic sectors. The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) is responsible for the application of this law.

Since the coming into force of the new legislative and regulatory framework, the CQCD has followed this file closely and has been directly involved by

  • developing a common approach to the implementation of a pay equity plan for enterprises in the retail sector;
  • publishing briefs on the issue;
  • representing the sector's concerns to the CNESST;
  • developing recommendations aimed at relaxing the provisions of the Act and its regulations to align them more closely with the realities of today's enterprises.

In 2006, the Minister of Labour tabled his report on the application of the Act, entitled "La Loi sur l'équité salariale : un acquis à maintenir". During the parliamentary committee hearings on this subject, the CQCD, in collaboration with its Human Resources Committee, submitted a brief outlining the concerns expressed by retailers, in particular regarding the obligations to maintain pay equity, groups of enterprises, predominantly male job classes to use as comparators, etc.

On May 27, 2009, the National Assembly unanimously adopted the bill to amend the Pay Equity Act. Here is the link to the bill's highlights (in French only).

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