[Canada] Pay transparency reporting tool released in British Columbia

[Canada] Pay transparency reporting tool released in British Columbia
07 Jun 2024

In Canada, the government of British Columbia is helping employers comply with its pay transparency rules by releasing a free tool to companies, HR Reporter reports.

The Pay Transparency Reporting Tool enables employers to easily create a pay transparency report in line with the Pay Transparency Act and Regulation requirements.

Employers reportedly need to upload their data and review their input for errors and then, with a click, they can download and review a draft version of their report.

A prompt from the Pay Transparency Reporting Tool says, “Please review the Guidance for Preparing Pay Transparency Reports to ensure you understand what must be in your report. You will also be able to include general information about your organization and any constraints or limitations with your data”.

In March 2023, the provincial government introduced new pay transparency legislation requiring all employers to include wage or salary ranges in all publicly advertised jobs.

Since November 1, 2023, the rule has applied to BC Public Service and the six largest Crown corporations: ICBC, BC Hydro, WorkSafeBC, BC Housing, BC Lottery Corporation and BC Transit.

The scope of the legislation will reportedly expand in stages through 2026:

  • to all employers with 1,000 employees or more by November 1, 2024
  • to all employers with 300 employees or more by November 1, 2025
  • to all employers with 50 employees or more by November 1, 2026

Pay transparency

As of 2023, all employers in British Columbia (B.C.) must include salary or wage information on all publicly posted jobs. The move has led to a significant increase in available wage information, the B.C. government said (citing data from Indeed). Forty-nine per cent of postings on the Canada-wide website included pay details as of February 2024 while job postings in B.C. featuring pay details have now increased to 76 per cent, it added.

In 2023, women in B.C. earned 17 per cent less than men, based on median hourly wages. For Indigenous, racialised and newcomer women, the gap is reportedly higher.

Citing data from Statistics Canada (StatCan), the provincial government stated that for every dollar a man made in 2023:

  • racialised women made median earnings of 76 cents;
  • Indigenous women made median earnings of 80 cents; and
  • newcomer women made median earnings of 81 cents.

Further information on how to comply with  B.C.'s pay transparency legislation is available here.


Source: HR Reporter

(Links and quote via original reporting)

In Canada, the government of British Columbia is helping employers comply with its pay transparency rules by releasing a free tool to companies, HR Reporter reports.

The Pay Transparency Reporting Tool enables employers to easily create a pay transparency report in line with the Pay Transparency Act and Regulation requirements.

Employers reportedly need to upload their data and review their input for errors and then, with a click, they can download and review a draft version of their report.

A prompt from the Pay Transparency Reporting Tool says, “Please review the Guidance for Preparing Pay Transparency Reports to ensure you understand what must be in your report. You will also be able to include general information about your organization and any constraints or limitations with your data”.

In March 2023, the provincial government introduced new pay transparency legislation requiring all employers to include wage or salary ranges in all publicly advertised jobs.

Since November 1, 2023, the rule has applied to BC Public Service and the six largest Crown corporations: ICBC, BC Hydro, WorkSafeBC, BC Housing, BC Lottery Corporation and BC Transit.

The scope of the legislation will reportedly expand in stages through 2026:

  • to all employers with 1,000 employees or more by November 1, 2024
  • to all employers with 300 employees or more by November 1, 2025
  • to all employers with 50 employees or more by November 1, 2026

Pay transparency

As of 2023, all employers in British Columbia (B.C.) must include salary or wage information on all publicly posted jobs. The move has led to a significant increase in available wage information, the B.C. government said (citing data from Indeed). Forty-nine per cent of postings on the Canada-wide website included pay details as of February 2024 while job postings in B.C. featuring pay details have now increased to 76 per cent, it added.

In 2023, women in B.C. earned 17 per cent less than men, based on median hourly wages. For Indigenous, racialised and newcomer women, the gap is reportedly higher.

Citing data from Statistics Canada (StatCan), the provincial government stated that for every dollar a man made in 2023:

  • racialised women made median earnings of 76 cents;
  • Indigenous women made median earnings of 80 cents; and
  • newcomer women made median earnings of 81 cents.

Further information on how to comply with  B.C.'s pay transparency legislation is available here.


Source: HR Reporter

(Links and quote via original reporting)

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