(March 18/18): On March 6, the Ontario government introduced Bill 203 – the Pay Transparency Act, which aims to address the pay gap between men and women.

The bill is expected to pass the legislature before Ontario’s June 7 election.

Some measures in the bill include:

Requiring all publicly advertised job postings to include a salary rate or range

Barring employers from asking a job candidate about their past compensation

Prohibiting reprisals against employees who discuss or disclose compensation

The legislation also calls for large businesses to report their pay equity progress.  Reporting criteria would be subject to industry consultations following the passage of the bill, with no implementation date set.

Restaurants Canada made it clear to the government that franchisees should be treated as separate entities and that reporting their pay equity process should not become a red-tape burden.

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