ACFO-ACAF is pleased to announce that following months of litigation, the Pay Equity Commissioner has denied Treasury Board’s application for multiple pay equity plans. This decision is a huge win for the entirety of the core public service, as it ensures that there will only be a single pay equity plan, enabling us to continue our efforts to reach true pay equity for women’s work.   

Back in January, ACFO-ACAF collaborated with 15 other bargaining agents to advocate for one single pay equity plan rather than the multiple plans that TBS was proposing. Having multiple pay equity plans would have allowed TBS to divide and segregate occupational groups from one another, making it much harder to achieve public-service-wide pay equity. This is a major victory for the recognition of work performed mainly by women, and the first step towards closing the wage gap that still persists! 

It is important to note that this decision pertains to the implementation of the proactive Pay Equity Act and has no implication on our joint pay equity study and FI complaint.   

Want to learn more?  

If you want to learn more about the impact of this decision, you can check out this recording of our EDI Learning Series session held on May 31, 2023. During this session, our hosts touched on multiple topics including: 

  • What pay equity really means; 
  • The history of the Federal Pay Equity Act; and 
  • How does pay equity affect my job? 

You can access the recordings of this session through the member portal at  

Next steps  

As we move forward, ACFO-ACAF will continue to represent your interests as part of the Pay Equity Committee while we work to develop a new pay equity plan that has a submission deadline of September 3, 2024. We will update the CT Community once there are any noteworthy developments.