A substantial compensation gap persists between men and women in Canada, according to a new study by Leger Research commissioned by ADP Canada. The results revealed that women continue to earn less than men in salary. Based on self-reported numbers, the study found that women earned an average pre-tax salary of $51,352 in 2019, while men reported an average pre-tax salary of $67,704 – a gap of 24%.

When examining additional compensation (bonuses, profit sharing), men reported receiving over double the amount that women received. In 2019, men received an average of $7,646 in additional compensation, while women received $3,250. This marked a 25% increase for men and an 17% decrease for women, when compared to 2018.

Despite the gap, many respondents felt their organization is acknowledging the bias and prioritizing pay equality. According to the findings, 68% of working Canadians believe pay equality is a priority for the management of their workplace. However, men are more likely to believe their organization walks the talk, with 79% of men believing their workplace compensates women and men equally, while only 67 per cent of women believe the same.

This sentiment was echoed when asked if Canada will achieve pay equality during their careers: men were more optimistic (53% vs 40% of women).