Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation to conform to Public Sector Salary Disclosure and Freedom of Information

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Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation to conform to Public Sector Salary Disclosure and Freedom of Information

Ministry of Energy

QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Dec. 8 - In keeping with the McGuinty government's positive change agenda, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan today introduced amendments to the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act that would make employees of Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation and their subsidiaries subject to the same salary disclosure rules as public servants. The government is also ensuring that Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation and their respective subsidiaries are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. "We're doing things differently from our predecessors and taking government in a new direction to improve the way it works for the people of Ontario," said Minister Duncan. "We believe that transparency and accountability are the best safeguards of public service." If the Bill is passed by the Legislative Assembly, these corporations would be required to disclose the salaries and benefits paid during the last four years to employees who earned $100,000 or more a year. Disclosure for the years 1999 through 2003 would be required by March 31, 2004 if the Bill receives Royal Assent prior to March 1, 2004, otherwise, disclosure would be required within one month of the Bill receiving Royal Assent. A regulation has already been filed to ensure full application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to both Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation and their respective subsidiaries. "We're cleaning up the mess left by the former government and working hard to fix what's broken," said Minister Duncan. "We're committed to making government work better by making it more transparent and accountable to the people paying for it." The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was passed in 1996. Each spring, under this Act, the Ministry of Finance produces a compendium of all public sector employees who were paid $100,000 or more in the previous year. This disclosure applies to the provincial government, Crown agencies and corporations, and publicly funded organizations such as hospitals, municipalities, school boards, universities and colleges. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act gives individuals the right to request access to information in the custody and control of government institutions. In particular, the Act gives individuals the right to access records containing their own personal information. The Act also protects the privacy of individuals by requiring the government to follow specific rules regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. The Act applies to Ontario's provincial ministries and provincial agencies, boards and commissions designated by regulation 460 under the Act. Disponible en fran├žais. www.energy.gov.on.caFor further information: Angie Robson, Minister's Office (416) 327-6747