519 672 2121
Close mobile menu

In its flurry of pre-election legislation, the Ontario government has now passed the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 into law. As of January 1, 2019, employers will have new obligations and restrictions when hiring new employees.

All employers will be:

  • prohibited from asking a job applicant about their previous compensation history
  • required to include information about the expected range of compensation in job postings
  • prohibited from intimidating, dismissing or other penalizing employees from asking questions about compensation, talking about their own compensation or seeking the employer’s compliance with the legislation.

Some employers will also be required to file reports with the Ministry of Labour detailing their workforce composition and levels of compensation by gender. This obligation will apply first to the Ontario public service, and then will be gradually applied to employers, starting with the largest (over 250 employees) first.

The stated goal of the legislation is to even the playing field between men and women. Statistically, women are less likely to vigorously advocate for higher wages, which is believed to be part of the reason for gender gap in pay, which is approximately 30% at this point. Additional information provided to employees is expected to create pressure (one hopes from both women and men) to reduce discrepancies based solely on gender.

News & Views


The more you understand, the easier it is to manage well.

View Blog

Considerations when choosing a medical malpractice lawyer

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers injury or harm as a result of the negligen…

Is it even a pilot project 24 years later?: The case for mandatory mediation across Ontario

Lawyers practicing any form of litigation know that mediation can be a client’s best friend.…