FACT SHEET: #Midwives4PayEquity

What do midwives do?

  • Ontario midwives are primary health-care providers who are specialists in providing around-the-clock, on-call care for clients throughout normal pregnancy, birth and the first six weeks after birth.
  • Midwives are an integral and integrated part of Ontario’s healthcare system and produce excellent health outcomes, high levels of patient satisfaction and utilize health care resources efficiently.

What is pay equity?

  • Pay equity is fair compensation free from discrimination. 
  • Pay equity is a human right.
  • The pay equity gap in Canada ranges from about 26-30% (Equal Pay Coalition, Stats Can data) on average. The pay equity gap for Ontario's most female-dominated profession, midwifery, is at least 48% (Durber report).
  • In 2013, midwives filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleging they have faced a gender penalty in their pay from the Ontario government for almost two decades.

Why fight for pay equity?

  • Midwives working in the province of Ontario are perfectly situated to take on the pay equity fight. With the largest membership in Canada and a strong history of social activism, they are fighting for all female-dominated professions.
  • Midwives around the world are undervalued and underpaid, according to a World Health Organization study (2016).
  • It will be a landmark decision and a precedent-setting case that may change how workers in female-dominated professions in Canada are compensated.

The Fact Sheet 

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