Majority of Canadians want laws to end gender pay gap: poll |February 8, 2018

By Tiffany Crawford

A new poll finds that a majority of Canadians want new laws to end the gender pay gap.

The Insights West survey conducted for Maclean’s found 82 per cent of respondents believe there should be new federal legislation that guarantees equal pay for work of equal value in Canada.

The poll also found that a majority (62 per cent) think men and women who do the same job and have the same skill levels are “definitely” or “probably” not paid equally. Women were much more likely than men to believe this to be true.

Insights West notes there was also a big gap in how working men and women perceive the time they spend on duties like housework and child care.

Sixty-eight per cent of women think full-time working women spend “much more time than men” on these duties, while only 36 per cent of men perceive that to be true.

When asked when they think the gender pay gap will be eliminated in Canada, one-in-six working Canadians (17 per cent) think the issue will never be resolved.

The poll shows most Canadians (70 per cent) think there is a wage gap between full-time working women who are visible minorities and those who are white. And more than half (55 per cent) think wage equality among genders in entry level positions is better now than it was 10 years ago.

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