CLOSING ONTARIO’S GENDER PAY GAP – FACTS BY THE NUMBERS

Ontario Equal Pay Coalition – www.equalpaycoalition.org
 


The facts by the number1:

31.5% 58.3%
Percentage pay gap between men and
women in Ontario in 2011, the most recent
year of data available, based on average
annual earnings. That’s up from a 28%
gender pay gap in 2010.
The share of women among minimum
wage workers in Ontario. Even at $11 an
hour, the minimum wage still keeps a full-
time, year-round employee working poor
in Ontario.
68.5 cents 18.3%
How much Ontario working women made
in 2011 for every man’s dollar. That’s
down from 72 cents in 2010.
Percentage of persons in Ontario low-
income families where the woman was the
main breadwinner in 2011, compared to
8.1% of male breadwinner low-income
families.
$ 200 24%
Increase in Ontario men’s average annual
earnings between 2010 and 2011. They
earned an average of $49,000 in 2011.
Percentage of fewer earnings for
racialized women in Ontario compared to
racialized men.
$1,400 27%
Decrease in Ontario women’s average
annual earnings between 2010 and 2011.
They earned an average of $33,600 in
2011
Percentage of fewer earnings for first-
generation immigrant women in Ontario
compared to immigrant men.
38.5% 40 %
Percentage gender pay gap for Ontario
women between the ages of 35 and 44 in
2011 – the gap is highest for this age
group.
Percentage of fewer earnings for
Aboriginal women in Ontario compared to
non-Aboriginal men.
79 $6.43
The age women in Ontario would have to
work until in order to catch up to what
men earn, on average, by the time they
reach 65 years of age.
The hourly wage premium for unionized
women workers in Ontario, showing how
unions can also be great equalizers.

1 Source: A Growing Concern: Ontario’s Gender Pay Gap by Mary Cornish available for download at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ website www.policyalternatives.ca/ontario – Hennessy Index 2014, citing Statistics Canada Survey Labour Income Dynamics (SLID) data from 2011, the last year for which this data was available.