Although pay equity is the law in Ontario, women still earn roughly 30% less than men.

At a 30% pay gap, a woman will have to work 3.5 months into the new year to earn what men do by December 31 of the previous year. Put another way, it will take Ontarian women 15.5 months to earn what Ontarian men do in 12–and women who are racialized, disabled, Indigenous, migrant and immigrant, or sexual minorities or gender variant will have to work into May and June.

Equal Pay Day
April 11, 2017

Equal Pay Day 2017 events and actions

On social media

  • Follow us on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Like, share, and comment to help our messages reach more people.
  • RSVP to our Facebook event. Mark yourself ‘Interested’ or ‘Going’. Click ‘Share’ to invite your friends.
  • Sign up to our Thunderclap campaign. If we reach our goal, Thunderclap will post a one-time message on Equal Pay Day. It’s a simple, 2-click way to support pay equity.
  • Add an Equal Pay Day-branded Twibbon to your social media profiles. It’s a free and easy way to show you care about this issue.
  • Distribute images and video from our Action Kit.
  • Write and share your own messages supporting pay equity. Use the hashtag #EqualPayDay.

Leading up to Equal Pay Day

  • Mobilize your MPPs. It’s the government’s job to close the gender pay gap.
  • Contact your local or national media. Send letters to the editor in your local paper. Ask the Ontario government to take action to close the gender pay gap.
  • Show our videos to start a discussion at your workplace or school.
  • Set up a table in your workplace or school with Equal Pay Coalition information like the 12 steps to close the gender pay gap by 2025 and the Call to Action.
  • Host a lunch ‘n learn at work. Read your pay equity plan and look at the wage grid differences in your collective agreement.
  • Organize a flash mob.
  • Deliver a workshop or presentation at your workplace or school. With enough notice, we may be able to assist.

On Equal Pay Day

  • IN TORONTO: Join us at the corner of College and University at 12:00 NOON on April 11, 2017 for speeches and a rally. Wear red, because discriminatory pay gaps keep women “in the red”.
  • IN TORONTO: Attend Queen’s Park Gallery at 2:30pm on April 11, 2017 to hear the MPPs speak about Equal Pay Day.
  • IN LONDON: Visit the pay equity awareness table set up at Fanshawe College in F hallway, from 10:00 – 2:00pm on April 11, 2017, to get informational flyers and an equal pay temporary tattoo. This table is hosted by BPW London and OPSEU local 109.
  • IN OTTAWA: Attend the lunch time rally in front of Yasir Naqvi’s office at 109 Catherine Street, 12:00 noon on April 11, 2017.
  • IN KINGSTON: Join PSAC 901, Queen’s University Equity Office, Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), United Steelworkers 2010, and the Alma Mater Society (AMS) in front of Stauffer Library on the corner of University Avenue and Union Street, from 10:00am to 2:00pm on April 11, 2017. There will be free doughnut-holes (for the women) and doughnuts (for the men), along with buttons to show your solidarity.
  • Host a phone bank. Call your MPPs at their constituency office and tell them it’s time to take action to close the gender pay gap.
  • Hold an Equal Pay Day bake sale where women pay $0.70 and men pay $1.00 to highlight the fact that in Ontario, the average woman earns 30% less than the average man.* (Source: Statistics Canada Canadian Income Survey data for 2013)
  • Organize to leaflet on Equal Pay Day.

Get intersectional! Equal Pay Day is part of a larger feminist strategy to achieve equality for all. Show your support at these events.

  • IN LONDON: Assembly for Decent Work, at 10:00am on April 8, 2017. Ontario is reviewing its employment and labour laws. Attend discussion with Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley, as well as Provincial Coordinator with Fight for $15 and Fairness, Pam Frache. Lunch and refreshments will be served. RSVP.
  • IN WINDSOR: Rally for Women’s Rights at Charles Clark Square between 4:15 – 7:15pm, on April 12, 2017. It is the 100th anniversary of the right to vote in Ontario.
    We need women elected to close the gender pay gap! Host: Unifor Local 444 Women’s committee.
  • IN HAMILTON: Make It Fair Hamilton, hosted by CUPE Local 5167 at 818 King Street East between 12:00 – 4:00pm on April 15, 2017. RSVP.