Statistics Canada has released data on Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day revealing that Canadian women earned 87 cents an hour for every dollar made by men in 2015.
The hourly earnings of Canadians aged 25 to 54, shows the gender wage gap has shrunk by 10 cents since 1981, when female workers earned 77 cents for each dollar earned by men.
The ratio has improved, in part, due to rising educational attainment by women,says Statistics Canada.
Statistics Canada analyst, Melissa Moyser writes in her report,
“The gender pay gap partly owes to the differential allocation of female and male workers across occupations.Women are over represented in low‑paying occupations and underrepresented in high‑paying ones.”
Like Statistics Canada’s report, the RBC Economics dispatch shows that women are underrepresented in private sector leadership roles in Canada.