Equitable Compensation

The Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act

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 and Employment Board.

The Act will come into force after the regulations have been finalized and approved by the Governor in Council.

Key Documents

Legislation and Related Organizations

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