Pen­sion short­fall for women is shame­ful

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

Re On­tario needs pay-trans­parency law, April 11 Please thank Sara Mojtehedzadeh for her very in­for­ma­tive and dis­mal ar­ti­cle about women’s equal-pay sta­tus and the ef­fect this has on women’s re­tire­ment in­come.

It is noth­ing short of shame­ful that women as se­niors, if they have spent their lives as care­givers for kids, se­niors and dis­abled fam­ily mem­bers while also jug­gling part-time jobs at min­i­mum wages, end up with the low­est pen­sion­able earn­ings (but still tax­able) in Canada.

For Canada to claim to stand for women’s rights but re­ward women so poorly is noth­ing short of hyp­o­crit­i­cal. Our poor­est se­niors are women.

The gov­ern­ment is con­cerned about the fall­ing birthrate and is al­low­ing more im­mi­grants to sup­ple­ment the short­fall.

But women sac­ri­fice fu­ture pen­sion in­come by choos­ing to have kids.

Fam­i­lies sac­ri­fice a needed sec­ond in­come when one takes time off to have kids or nurse fam­ily mem­bers, even though it may save so­cial ser­vices a con­sid­er­able amount of money.

Too many don’t get ben­e­fits at work­places.

It’s noth­ing short of shock­ing to learn that women are so be­hind in equal earn­ings that they need to work till 79, while a man can re­tire at 65. That is not equal­ity and not jus­ti­fi­able by any means. M. Schooff, Orangeville, Ont.

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