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Ottawa, Mar 23 (Canadian-Media): Ontario government, has released on Mar 23 the salaries of Ontario Public Service and broader public sector employees who were paid $100,000 or more in 2017 In accordance with The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act (PSSDA), media reports said.
The PSSDA applies to the provincial government, Crown agencies and corporations, Ontario Power Generation and subsidiaries, publicly funded organizations such as hospitals, municipalities, school boards, universities and colleges, and not-for-profit organizations that receive public funding from Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year.
Since its enactment in 1996, PSSDA for disclosure of $100,000 salary threshold, has not changed and has not been adjusted to keep up with inflation.
If the salary threshold was adjusted for inflation, it would be $151,929 in today’s dollars, reducing the number of employees included in the compendium by 85 percent.
Proactively releasing information on public sector salaries demonstrates Ontario's commitment to openness and transparency. As part of this commitment, every disclosure dating back to 1996 is now available in accessible, downloadable, sortable formats.
The annual compendium released by the government can be found in the form of a downloadable, machine-readable format as well as in a sortable, searchable tables on Ontario.ca/salarydisclosure, making it more accessible to the public.
“Ontario’s commitment to openness and transparency includes releasing public sector salaries annually. Information is now available in downloadable, machine-readable formats. We will continue to transform government to make it more innovative, more efficient, and more accountable to the people of Ontario,” Eleanor McMahon, President of the Treasury Board was reported to state.
Eleanor McMahon. Image credit: Facebook page
Reasons for employees' appearances in the compendium, include: employees progressing in their career, natural progression through salary ranges, overtime payments, retroactive pay awards, performance payments and payments that may be required on retirement.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)