Here’s How Much Money the Mayor and Public Sector Workers are Making in Brampton

Published March 27, 2019 at 9:30 pm

Have you often wondered what public sector workers–including the mayor and premier–make in a year?

Have you often wondered what public sector workers–including the mayor and premier–make in a year?

Wonder no more, as the Ontario government released its latest Sunshine List–a list that reveals the salaries of public sector workers in the province who were paid more than $100,000 in 2018.

The release shows the total number of employees disclosed under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act continued to grow in 2018, increasing by 19,131 employees, or 14.5 per cent.

The province says a large portion of the increase is attributable to the broader public sector, which specifically saw an increase of 17,792 employees disclosed, or 15.4 per cent in 2018.  

In addition, the data shows that the number of employees earning more than $100,000 at the agencies that make up Ontario Health (has grown from 138 in 2003 to 1,469 in 2018, a 964.5 per cent increase.

“Releasing the Public Sector Salary Disclosure compendium is part of our government’s commitment to restoring trust and accountability for the people of Ontario,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, president of the Treasury Board. “These are your taxpayer dollars, and we remain committed to directing government spending towards front-line programs and services – such as healthcare and education.”

So, who is making big bucks in the province?

  • Premier Doug Ford: $112,770.47
  • Andrea Horwath, leader of official opposition in Ontario:  $171,037.16
  • Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie: $139,374.03
  • Former Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey: $103,564.15 (current mayor Patrick Brown’s salary does not yet appear on the Sunshine List)
  • Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed-Ward: $109,903.37
  • Oakville Mayor Rob Burton: $177,821.50
  • Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz: $111,201.67
  • Toronto Mayor John Tory: $192,487.99
  • Janet Morrison, President and Vice-Chancellor of Sheridan College: $301,215.38
  • Amrita Daniere, Professor, Vice-Principal Academic and Dean, University of Toronto-Mississauga: $228,131.04
  • Jennifer Evans, former Peel Regional Police Chief: $327,434.88
  • Stephen Tanner, Halton Region Police Chief: $292,022.01

The top three biggest earners in Ontario include Jeff Lyash, president and CEO at Ontario Power Generation Inc. ($1,746,824.96), Daren Smith, president and Chief Investment Officer, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation ($989,308.00) and Glenn Jager, nuclear president and Chief Nuclear Officer, Ontario Power Generation ($962,749.44). 

The province says that between 2003 and 2018, average salaries of all employees in the public sector, including those making less than $100,000, increased by 48.1 per cent. By 2017, the average private sector worker earned $16,049 less than the average Ontario public sector employee.

The province says this income disparity has steadily grown since 2003 and the average private sector Ontario worker’s salary in 2017 was 33.6 per cent lower than the salary for the average Ontario public sector employee.

The Treasury Board Secretariat say it has paused all pending compensation adjustments for public sector leaders, and all pending broader public sector executive compensation increases, while a full review takes place.

“With more than half of government expenses going towards wages, we will continue to review compensation costs through the lens of sustainability,” said Bethlenfalvy. “In order to protect public services, we need to consider new approaches to compensation and reform public services in a way that puts reliability and the taxpayer at the centre of everything we do. To do this, we must put structures in place that create a culture of efficiency and balance the need to attract necessary talent with respect for taxpayer dollars.”

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