Equal Pay Day Rallies Planned Across Ontario for April 10

April 10th represents the date in 2018 that, on average, a woman must work in addition to all of the previous year's work in order to have earned the same income as her male counterpart doing substantially the same work in the previous year.

It essentially means that women need to work 15.5 months, to earn what a man does in 12 months.

"Women are done waiting" says Fay Faraday, co-chair of the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition.

 "It's time to show us the money. Employers must be held to account and government must make it a real priority to eradicate the barriers to women's economic equality."

An Equal Pay Day rally will be held in front of the Stauffer Library at University and Union from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, to draw attention to the Gender Wage Gap.

In Ontario, the average hourly wage earned by women is 87.4% of that earned by men, and is considerably worse for traditionally disadvantaged groups. 

"Today is an important day to pause and acknowledge the inequality that many women still face in the workplace," says Harinder Malhi, Minister of the Status of Women.

"Women continue on average to earn 13 per-cent less an hour than their male counterparts. It's not acceptable. That's why we've introduced Then, Now, Next: Ontario's Strategy for Women's Economic Empowerment. It's our plan to increase gender equity, challenge biases and remove barriers that women face at work, at home and in their communities. Because we're all stronger when everyone has the chance to fully contribute and the chance to succeed."