10/08/2015 02:51 EDT | Updated 10/08/2016 05:12 EDT

Ontario Asks Public On How To Close Wage Gap Between Men, Women

TORONTO — Ontario's Liberal government says it will hold hearings across the province to get feedback on ways to close the wage gap between men and women.

Nearly 30 years after Ontario passed legislation requiring "equal pay for work of equal value," women still earn between 12 and 31 per cent less then men.

The wage gap is even more pronounced for aboriginal women, visible minorities and those with disabilities.

A government committee will conduct consultations to examine the roles of women at work to better understand how the wage gap affects them in different work places.

Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says eliminating inequity for women at work is the right thing to do, so the committee will assess ways to address systemic barriers that contribute to the wage gap.

The New Democrats say the government should enforce the existing pay equity law rather than doing more consultations, but the Progressive Conservatives want to see what ideas the committee comes up with.

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Minimum Wage Across Canada (2015)