By the Numbers: Canada’s equity and fairness gap between men and women

Ottawa – May 7, 2013 – On average, women in Canada earn 32 percent less than men. That means that on average, a woman makes only 68 cents for every dollar a man makes. It varies by province. For instance, in Ontario it’s 28 per cent.

15 – Number of additional years that a Canadian woman will have to work to earn the same pay which a man earns by age 65, at the current rate of progress. It varies by province. In Ontario, that number is 13 extra years.

62 – Percentage of university undergraduate students in Canada who were women in 2008. Even though women are more likely than men to go to university or college, they don't necessarily end up getting paid better once they're in the work force.

$24,000 – The number of additional dollars men working full-time, year-round in Canada between the ages of 35 to 44 made, on average, compared to women in 2008.

7 out of 10 – Number of part-time workers in Canada who are women. Women are more likely to hold multiple part-time jobs.

60 – Percentage of minimum wage workers in Canada who are women. In many households today, it takes two income earners to make it.

12 – Percentage less that Canadian women with children earn than women without children.

67 – Percentage of women in Canada who work in traditional occupations such as teaching, nursing, clerical, admin or sales and service jobs in 2009.

47 cents – The average amount working racialized women in Ontario were short-changed for every dollar non-racialized men got paid for work in 2005.

20 – Percentage of Canadian women in low-wage jobs, compared to 10 per cent of men.

2x – Poverty follows women into their retirement: women 65 or over are twice as likely as men to be low income.

$125.8 billion – Women, families, communities, and the economy suffer when there is pay inequality. The estimated annual lost income potential of Canadian women as a result of unequal income and labour force participation rates, according to a 2005 Royal Bank of Canada report, was $125.8 billion.


(Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)