MAKING ONTARIO’S BUDGET WORK FOR ONTARIO’S WOMEN: SETTING THE FINANCIAL PRIORITIES WHICH WILL LEAD TO AN ONTARIO WITH A 0% GENDER PAY GAP IN 2025
Ontario Equal Pay Coalition – www.equalpaycoalition.org
February 2, 2016


Introduction

Since the Ontario budget affects everyone, it is time to start making it work for Ontario women. This submission calls for Ontario’s 2016-2017 Budget to start developing the financial roadmap to economic equality for Ontario women. Ontario needs a Budget which is fully responsive to the province’s needs with respect to gender and equity and consistent with the Government’s commitment to close Ontario’s Gender Pay Gap.

Ontario women on average annually earn only 68.5% of what Ontario men earn – a 31.5% gender pay gap. Steps need to be taken to close that gap to 0% by 2025.

It is time to have a frank discussion about the ways in which the Ontario government relies upon and leverages that gender pay gap in order to meet its other priorities and objectives. Each year Ontario’s Budget relies upon Ontario women to continue performing underpaid but valuable work so that government can deliver public services at the lowest possible cost. Each year the Budget fails to set aside  the  necessary monies  to close  identified pay equity gaps     found under the Pay Equity Act and experienced by those doing women’s work for the public sector. This needs to stop.Instead, the Ontario Budget needs to start playing a positive role as part of the transformation process which will be needed in government and business decision-making in order to close the gender pay gap. The Budget needs to be a source of equity not inequity. It is time for gender and equity based budgeting which is aimed at promoting women’s economic equality and closing the gender pay gap by 2025. The Coalition has called for a 3% reduction in the gender pay gap in 2016 to bring the gap down to 28.5%. The Ontario Budget for 2016-2017 must play a central role in doing that. As a result, the Coalition has some immediate recommendations which are outlined later in this

Instead, the Ontario Budget needs to start playing a positive role as part of the transformation process which will be needed in government and business decision-making in order to close the gender pay gap. The Budget needs to be a source of equity not inequity. It is time for gender and equity based budgeting which is aimed at promoting women’s economic equality and closing the gender pay gap by 2025. The Coalition has called for a 3% reduction in the gender pay gap in 2016 to bring the gap down to 28.5%. The Ontario Budget for 2016-2017 must play a central role in doing that. As a result, the Coalition has some immediate recommendations which are outlined later in this submission.

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