Equal Pay Day: March 18
Today women in Canada work an additional 2 ½ months into the next year to earn the same income that men earn doing the same job working just the regular 12 months of the preceding year. March 18 marks the end of the 420 days that Canadian women must work to earn the same wage that their male counterparts earn in just 365 days.
In 2008, Canadian women who worked full-time, full-year earned $0.71 for every $1.00 earned by men working the same period, resulting in a “wage gap” of 29 cents, which was wider for older women, for disabled women and for women of colour. Despite Equal Pay and Pay Equity legislation, income equity is not a reality in Canada, with women in the workforce still earning only a percentage of what their male counterparts earn – on average, less than 80% according to Statistics Canada. March 18th, 2012 was proclaimed “Equal Pay Day” by the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women, and, the Mayor of Selkirk Manitoba, Larry Johannson issued a proclamation to support income equity. Read the Proclamation here (PDF).
Initiatives — 2013-2015
Please view our “Community” Section for 2015 initiatives including the Equal Pay Day event at the Federal Republic of Germany and the International Women’s Day March for Gender Equality in New York City during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters.
March 18, 2014 – the Equal Pay Day committee and executive assembled 20-25 prominent leaders in a boardroom setting to create dialogue on creating inclusive workplaces with equal opportunity. Canada’s top diversity employers who promote representation of women in senior leadership roles shared their perspectives while BPW Calgary highlighted the work that remains and the possible way to light an inclusive path to progress. The attendees comprised of female leaders from a broad range of industries and professions who steered BPW Calgary’s direction to narrow the gender wage gap. Read more about the 2014 event including photos and media coverage on our blog post.
March 14, 2014 – BPW Calgary President Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla joined Professor Richard Mueller from the University of Lethbridge on a two-panel discussion. The discussion focused on the gender wage gap and the need to declare Equal Pay Day nationally. Watch the Alberta Prime Time Panel Discussion online.
On March 18, 2013, BPW Calgary members, partners and supporters gathered to mark Equal Pay Day near the “Women are Persons” monument in the Olympic Plaza. The Mayor of Calgary did not proclaim March 18 as Equal Pay Day but did issue a brief letter of recognition. The former Premier of Alberta sent greetings with a show of strong support. Read more about the event, including photos and media coverage, on our blog post. You can also check out our 2013 EPD highlight video.
- Equal Pay Day Calgary Presentation (PPTX)
- Equal Pay Day brochure 2016 (PDF)
- Alberta Human Rights Commission Information Sheet (PDF)
- You are Worth it Workbook 2015 (PDF)
- Purchase the children’s book on equal pay: “In the Hoofsteps of Emooly Murphy” Right for Boys and Girls to be Treated Equally, by Dustin Milligan
- Equal-Pay-for-Equal-Work-Petition-2014 (PDF) (Blank) Petition to the House of Commons filed on behalf of BPW Calgary by Green Party Leader Elizabeth May
- 2014_Brief_and_Resolutions (PDF) Declaration of a National Equal Pay Day in Canada (Resolution #2) tabled at the Prime Minister’s Office.