Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour
Equal Pay Coalition

Equal Pay Coalition

April 19, 2016 06:00 ET

Media Advisory: Equal Pay Day Events

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 19, 2016) - April 19,2016 is the third year Ontario has recognized Equal Pay Day and yet Ontario's gender pay gap shockingly remains at roughly 30%. Women face discrimination and inequality wherever they work as detailed in a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives research report released today, "Every Step You Take: Ontario's Gender Pay Gap Ladder" by Mary Cornish. The Coalition is calling on the provincial government to make it an urgent priority to implement the Premier' stated September 2015 mandate to close Ontario's gender pay gap - a gap which is even greater for those who also suffer from other forms of discrimination because of factors such as race, Indigenous, disability, immigrant, migrant or LGBQT status. Several events are scheduled to mark this day, including wearing "red" (recognized colour of Equal Pay Day around the world) to recognize that women are still "in the red" in terms of pay.

April 19:

Ontario Labour Ministry releases Consultation Summary prepared by its Gender Wage Gap Review Committee.

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Street teams of pay equity supporters at King Street & Bay Street, Toronto calling for action on the gender pay gap.
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Coalition members will be in Legislature for Question Period.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.: Street teams at University Avenue and College Street calling for action on the gender pay gap.
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Speeches by Mary Cornish and other Coalition leaders at northwest corner of University Avenue and College Street.
3:30 p.m. - Ministerial Statements in the Legislature followed by 4:00 p.m.
meeting Ministers responsible for Women's Issues and Labour have called with Equal Pay Coalition


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: street teams at Albert Street and Metcalfe Street, Ottawa

For background and Equal Pay Day information: www.equalpaycoalition.org

Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter @EqualPayON #EPD2016

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