The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is responsible for developing the regulations for the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act. Consultations with stakeholders on the development of the regulations took place in February and early March 2013 (click here for summary report). The Act will come into force after the regulations are developed and approved by the Governor in Council.
The federal public sector provides women and men with equal access to all positions and identical wages within the same groups and levels.
The Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act reaffirms the Government of Canada's commitment to the principle of equal pay for work of equal value. It sets out a new proactive and timely approach to ensure that female-predominant job groups in the federal public sector receive equitable compensation when their wages are set rather than through a separate, complaint-driven pay equity process or through lengthy litigation. For unionized employees, the Act makes the employer and bargaining agent jointly accountable for ensuring that compensation for those groups is equitable at the time that they establish wages. For non-unionized employees, employers are responsible for ensuring equitable compensation. Employees maintain the right to lodge complaints with an independent, neutral body, the Public Service Labour Relations Board.