Ontario New Pay Transparency Legislation

Bill 3 will bring more transparency on the hiring processes for women looking for jobs in the Province of Ontario.  Women will have more information regarding compensation and how it compares to their male counterparts, giving women more negotiating power during the hiring process.

The bill is set to become law on January 1st, 2019.  At which point Ontario will:

  • Require all publicly advertised job postings to include a salary rate or range
  • Bar employers from asking a job candidate about their past compensation
  • Prohibit reprisals against employees who discuss or disclose compensation
  • Establish a framework to require larger employers to track and report compensation gaps based on gender.

Other factors such diversity characteristics will be to be determined through consultation. Once fully implemented, these measures will require employers to publicly post their data within their own workplaces, in addition to reporting them to the province.

The changes will be gradual, starting with the public sector, and then moving to the private sector in 2020 and 2021 depending on the number of employees a company employs.  This will set the norm for all businesses and other provinces considering moving toward this initiative.



Jeanette Benedith, PCP / Payroll Administrator / PEO Canada

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