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B.C.'s Pay Transparency Act takes effect Nov. 1

Oct 31, 2023 4:38:41 PM
By The TPD Team

in Expert Series, Workforce Solutions, Canada

Exciting News for Employers and Job Seekers in B.C.! Did you know that the Government of British Columbia has made significant changes to the Pay Transparency laws, ushering in a new era of fairness and accountability in the job market? 

Starting November 1, 2023, these changes will impact both employers and job applicants in the province. 


What's Changing? 

  1. Expected Pay Disclosure: All employers in B.C. are now required to include the expected pay or expected pay range for a specific job opportunity in their public job postings. This means more transparency for job seekers, allowing them to make informed decisions about their career. 
  2. No More Pay History Questions: Employers in B.C. can no longer ask job applicants about their previous pay at positions with other employers. Instead, they can use existing pay history information from the employee or rely on publicly accessible data for similar positions. 
  3. Employee Rights: As of immediately, employers in B.C. cannot take adverse actions against an employee who exercises their rights, such as asking about their pay, disclosing their pay to others, inquiring about the employer's pay transparency report, or providing information to the Director of Pay Transparency. These changes aim to promote equity, transparency, and fairness in the workplace, ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive in their careers. 

What does this mean for you? 

Job Seekers: You'll have more insight into what to expect from potential employers, making it easier to find the right fit for your skills and salary expectations. 

Employers: Embrace these changes as an opportunity to foster trust and fairness in your workplace. It's a chance to attract and retain top talent! 


This requirement will apply in stages over the next four years. Check out this link for more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/gender-equity/pay-transparency-laws-in-bc

Let's welcome this progressive step toward a more transparent and equitable job market in British Columbia. Stay tuned for more updates! 

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