Most Cana­dian firms not track­ing gen­der pay gap

Sur­vey also found com­pa­nies lack es­sen­tial data to mea­sure progress, iden­tify ob­sta­cles to women’s ad­vance­ment

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Women hold up signs sup­port­ing gen­der equal­ity at a Women's March in 2017. A sur­vey found only 39 per cent of Cana­dian com­pa­nies have ac­cu­rate data on wage dif­fer­ences. The ma­jor­ity of Cana­dian com­pa­nies are not closely watch­ing dif­fer­ences in pay or ad­vance­ment be­tween men and women and other key mea­sures of progress, ac­cord­ing to a re­port on gen­der equal­ity in cor­po­rate Canada and the U.S.

The Canada-United States Coun­cil for Ad­vance­ment of Women En­trepreneurs and Busi­ness Lead­ers’ com­mis­sioned a sur­vey of hu­man re­sources pro­fes­sion­als in Canada and the U.S. and found that just 39 per cent of Cana­dian com­pa­nies had ac­cu­rate data on gen­der pay dif­fer­ences.

The sur­vey of 150 hu­man re­sources ex­ec­u­tives in Canada and 250 in the U.S. also found that 48 per cent of Cana­dian com­pa­nies said they do not have ac­cu­rate data on the per­cent­age of women at the man­age­ment level.

While cor­po­rate com­mit­ment to gen­der di­ver­sity is at an all-time high, these sur­vey re­sults point to a “crit­i­cal gap” be­tween in­ten­tion and ac­tion, the cross-bor­der coun­cil said.

“Many com­pa­nies want to see women ad­vance, but do not ap­proach the goal with rigour and dis­ci­pline as they would any other busi­ness pri­or­ity,” it wrote in its re­port re­leased last week.

Cana­dian women make on av­er­age 74 cents for ev­ery dol­lar of an­nual salary made by men among the en­tire work­ing pop­u­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent Sta­tis­tics Canada data. Among the com­pa­nies on the TSX 60 in­dex,


none listed a woman as its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer in their com­pen­sa­tion dis­clo­sures for the most re­cent fi­nan­cial year, ac­cord­ing to a Cana­dian Press anal­y­sis of man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion cir­cu­lars.

There were only 25 women out of the more than 300 named ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers of TSX 60 com­pa­nies, and they were paid on av­er­age 64 cents for ev­ery dol­lar earned by their male coun­ter­parts.

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