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Pay Equity Obligations vs Number of Employees

Companies who, during a calendar year, reach an average of 6 or more employees must meet certain requirements in order to comply with the Pay Equity Act. These requirements vary depending on the number of employees employed in the company.


Number of Employees Company Obligations
Less than 6
  • The employer must comply with Pay Equity as required by Article 19 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
More than 6
  • Complete a DEMES (annually)
Between 10 and 49
  • Complete a DEMES (annually)
  • Complete a Pay Equity Exercise (once)
  • Complete a Pay Equity Audit (every 5 years)
Between 50 and 99
  • Complete a DEMES (annually)
  • Implement a Pay Equity Program (once)
  • Complete a Pay Equity Audit (every 5 years)
100 and more
  • Complete a DEMES (annually)
  • Set Up a Pay Equity Committee.
  • Implement a Pay Equity Program (once).
  • Complete a Pay Equity Audit (every 5 years)