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Quebec Pay Equity - new annual filing requirement

Quebec Pay Equity - new annual filing requirement


For further information or a free copy of our Pay Equity Guide contact Christine Woo at (514) 282-1836 #268 or



The Pay Equity Act became law in Quebec in 1996. This law applies to Quebec based employers in the private, public and parapublic sectors. The purpose of this legislation is to eliminate differences in compensation due to the systemic gender discrimination against employees who occupy positions in predominantly female job classes. The Pay Equity Act also applies to enterprises employing only one gender.

All employers with more than 10 salaried employees must comply with the legislation by December 31, 2010. Employers who fail to comply will be subject to fines. Starting in 2011, all employers are obligated to complete an annual Pay Equity government declaration.

A Pay Equity analysis entails an evaluation of an employer`s various work positions in predominantly female job classes, including classifying them based on a point system. The work positions have to be assigned points based on certain criteria, such as their importance to the success of the enterprise, difficulty of performance and level of expertise required.

The Commission de l’équtié salariale provides a detailed guide for the implementation and maintenance of Pay Equity at The Commission also offers a software called "Progiciel" to help enterprises with 10 to 49 employees to perform the pay equity analysis. This software is available in French, and can be downloaded at

The Pay Equity Act requires employers to complete a report annually relating to pay equity. As of March 1, 2011, this report became mandatory under the Regulation respecting the report on pay equity. This regulation requires all employers with six or more employees to complete a report on the form prescribed by the Minister of Labour, in the six months following the end of their enterprise's fiscal year. Employers who fail to submit their report may be subject to fines.  Click here for further details.

 Click here for general information regarding Pay Equity.

Contact us if you require assistance with your mandatory Pay Equity analysis.

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