A number is never just a number: Equal Pay Day facts

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31

Percentage pay gap between men and women in Ontario in 2011, the most recent year of data available, based on average annual earnings. That's up from a 28 per cent gender pay gap in 2010.

68.5 cents

How much Ontario working women made in 2011 for every man's dollar. That's down from 72 cents in 2010.

$200

Increase in Ontario men's average annual earnings between 2010 and 2011. They earned an average of $49,000 in 2011.

 

$1,400

Decrease in Ontario women's average annual earnings between 2010 and 2011. They earned an average of $33,600 in 2011.

38.5

Percentage gender pay gap for Ontario women between the ages of 35 and 44 in 2011 -- the gap is highest for this age group.

79

The age women in Ontario would have to work until in order to catch up to what men earn, on average, by the time they reach 65 years of age.

18,000

Number of additional jobs that young Ontario women lost compared to men between 2009 and 2013.

58.3%

The share of women among minimum-wage workers in Ontario. Even at $11 an hour, the minimum wage still keeps a full-time, year-round employee working poor in Ontario.

18.3

Percentage of persons in Ontario low-income families where the woman was the main breadwinner in 2011, compared to 8.1 per cent of male breadwinner low-income families.

24

Percentage of fewer earnings for racialized women in Ontario compared to racialized men.

27 

Percentage of fewer earnings for first-generation immigrant women in Ontario compared to immigrant men.

40

Percentage of fewer earnings for Aboriginal women in Ontario compared to non-Aboriginal men.

$6.43

The hourly wage premium for unionized women workers in Ontario, showing how unions can also be great equalizers.

16th

The day in April 2014 that is officially recognized by Queen's Park as Equal Pay Day in Ontario. It's a step in the right direction. What's still missing is a strategic plan to close the gender gap.

Source: A Growing Concern: Ontario's Gender Pay Gap, available for download at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' website.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Trish Hennessy has long been a fan of Harper Magazine's one-page list of eye-popping statistics, Harper's Index. Instead of wishing for a Canadian version to magically appear, she's created her own index -- a monthly listing of numbers about Canada and its place in the world. Hennessy's Index -- A number is never just a number -- comes out on the first of each month in rabble.ca.

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