Ontario Making it Easier to Access Data and Information
News from the Government of Ontario
Posted March 25th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park, Toronto – In keeping with Ontario’s commitment to openness and transparency, the government has released the salaries of Ontario Public Service and Broader Public Sector employees who were paid $100,000 or more in 2015.
The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act requires most organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year.
For the second year in a row, the government is releasing the compendium in a machine-readable format. For the first time, the data will be available in searchable tables on Ontario.ca making it more accessible to the public. The 2014 compendium will also be available in the same format, further supporting the government’s commitment to openness and transparency.
Creating a more open and transparent government is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.
The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education.
The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- The $100,000 threshold has not changed since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was enacted in 1996, and has not been adjusted to keep up with inflation. If the threshold was adjusted for inflation, it would be $146,774, reducing the number of employees included in the Compendium by 83 per cent.
- As Ontario’s President of the Treasury Board, Minister Deb Matthews is leading the government’s efforts on openness, accountability and transparency.
- The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act 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 meet a funding threshold.
“The people of Ontario have a right to know how their dollars are being spent. Today, we are releasing the 2015 Public Sector Salary Disclosure list as part of our government’s commitment to be the most open and transparent government in the country. Ontario has the leanest government in Canada while still providing high-quality public services that people can rely on.” — Deb Matthews, President of the Treasury Board
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