A study released by Statistics Canada on International Women’s Day suggests women continue to earn less than men.
The study found on average Canadian women made 87 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2015. It found the wage gap decreased, but was not eliminated with increasing levels of education.
Statistics Canada found that even with a master’s degree or a doctorate, women were making on average 10 cents less than men for every dollar.
In fact, according to the March 8 study, even in traditionally female occupations, such as teaching, nursing and clerical work, men out-earned women.
More than half of women in the work force are employed in these types of jobs.
Meanwhile, while still a concern, the ‘motherhood penalty’ appears to have less of an impact on women’s wages.
In 2015, women with children under the age of 18 earned 85 cents for every dollar earned by men who have children of the same age; compared to 79 cents in 1997.
The study did find that women were more likely to work on a part-time basis and on a voluntary basis. It found women on average worked 5.6 fewer hours per week on paid work then men.
Statistics Canada also looked at the gendered employment gap, which measures the ratio at which women are employed compared to men. It found the largest gulf in Alberta (11.3 per cent).