This petition was developed as a collaboration between local midwives and my community office. A recent study found that Ontario’s Health Care industry has a gendered wage gap of 37%. Please sign now to help end this unfair reality.
To The Legislative Assembly of Ontario
WHEREAS, midwives provide expert, women-centered care before, during and six weeks following birth, and;
WHEREAS, midwifery is a female-dominated profession, with women comprising over 99% of the field and;
WHEREAS, midwives have been providing cost-effective care since 1994, despite not receiving a pay increase until 2005, and;
WHEREAS, a 2016 report found that the health care industry in Ontario has a 37% gender wage gap, contributing to this provincially systemic issue, and;
WHEREAS, in September 2014, Premier Wynne directed the Minister of Labour and the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues to collectively develop a wage gap strategy for the Province of Ontario.
We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to direct the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to work with the Association of Ontario Midwives to reinstate a pay equity lens for the profession of midwifery, and compensate midwives appropriately for the expert, women-centered, continuum of care that they provide to pre- and post-natal mothers and infants.