B.C. rolls out legislation for pay transparency in job ads
March 9, 2023
British Columbia is looking to close the gender pay gap in the province with new legislation.
The provincial government has introduced new pay transparency legislation that will require all employers to include wage or salary ranges in all publicly advertised jobs.
“People deserve equal pay for equal work… all employers need to be transparent about what people are being paid to close the pay gap between men and women,” says Kelli Paddon, parliamentary secretary for gender equity. “Our work doesn’t end here. We’re determined to continue our engagement with all of our partners to close the pay gap and ensure people get the fair payment they deserve.”
The requirement will be introduced to different employers in stages to give them time to prepare, according to the government:
- Nov. 1, 2023: BC Public Service Agency and Crown corporations with more than 1,000 employees (ICBC, BC Hydro, WorkSafeBC, BC Housing, BC Lottery Corporation and BC Transit).
- Nov. 1, 2024: all employers with 1,000 employees or more
- Nov. 1, 2025: all employers with 300 employees or more
- Nov. 1, 2026: all employers with 50 employees or more
Pay transparency can be a great tool for recruiting talent – but there are potential downsides to consider, said Pierre Chaigneau, associate professor of finance at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kington, Ont., in a previous interview with Canadian HR Reporter.