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2012 Ontario Public Sector Salaries Disclosed

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2012 Ontario Public Sector Salaries Disclosed

New Ontario Government Committed to Accountability and Transparency

Ministry of Finance

In keeping with the government's commitment to accountability and transparency, the salaries and taxable benefits of employees in the Ontario Public Service and the broader public sector who were paid $100,000 or more in 2012 were released today. 

For the fourth consecutive year, the average salary on the list has declined. For 2012, the average salary over $100,000 across all sectors decreased to $127,525 from $127,566 in 2011. 

The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act requires public sector organizations to disclose, by March 31, the name, position, salary and taxable benefits of their employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year.  The Public Sector Salary Disclosure is published annually.

The legislation applies to the provincial government, Crown agencies and corporations; Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One and their subsidiaries; publicly funded organizations such as hospitals, boards of public health, municipalities, school boards, universities and colleges; and organizations that receive transfer payments from the province of at least $1 million or 10 per cent of their gross revenues, provided the transfer amount was $120,000 or more. 

Quick Facts

  • Overall, the total number of employees disclosed under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act increased by 11 per cent or 8,823 employees from 79,589 in 2011 to 88,412 in 2012, which is consistent with the increase experienced in 2011.
  • The Municipalities and Services sector accounted for 38 per cent of the increase or about 3,300 employees and is not subject to the government’s compensation framework.
  • In the 2012 Budget, the government extended the compensation restraint for executives at hospitals, colleges, universities, school boards and agencies until the deficit is eliminated. The government also extended the pay freeze for MPPs for two years – for a total of five years.
  • The province also posts, on a separate website, the expense information for Cabinet Ministers, political staff, Ontario government senior management, appointees and senior executives at Ontario’s 22 largest agencies.

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Charles Sousa

“The new Ontario government remains committed to the principles of accountability and transparency. Together, we are creating jobs, strengthening the economy and building stronger communities across Ontario.””

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

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