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New Report: What We Heard – Consultations on a Modern Fair Wages Policy

This message is sent on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada 

As Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, I am committed to ensuring that all Canadians have a fair and equal chance at success.

With nearly $25 billion spent annually by the Government on the procurement of goods and services, a modern fair wages policy represents an opportunity to ensure Canadian workers are paid fairly for their hard work. 

To explore the development of a modern fair wages policy, between November 2018 and March 2019, we gathered feedback from in-person and online consultations with nearly 300 stakeholders, including members of the public, unions and labour organizations, suppliers and supplier organizations, experts and advocates.  The results of those consultations are now available in the What We Heard – Consultations on a Modern Fair Wages Policy report. The report highlights the feedback we received, divided into four themes:
• Is a fair wages policy needed?
• What is a fair wage?
• Which industries should be covered?
• What effects could a fair wages policy have?

Please contact us by e-mail if you have any questions or comments about the results.  Thanks to everyone who participated in these consultations. We rely on your input and valuable insights to help create effective policies for Canadians. 

Yours sincerely, 

The Honourable Patty Hajdu,
P.C., M.P.Minister of Employment,
Workforce Development and Labour