‘Here Comes The Sunshine List’ – With Apologies to George Harrison

2017 Ontario Public Sector Salaries Disclosed

“Ontario’s commitment to openness and transparency includes releasing public sector salaries annually. … 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 Ontario’s Treasury Board

A News Release from the Government of Ontario

But First, A Few Introductory Comments from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

Okay, fellow Ontario citizens it is finally here – one of the most popular or unpopular lists the provincial government releases all year, depending on which way you look at it.

And is it ever busy!

It is so busy on this first Friday, March 23rd of its release that waiting for it to download the information you want is about as frustrating as waiting to cross the Peace Bridge on the first long weekend of spring.

If you haven’t already guessed, I am talking about the ‘Sunshine List’ of course – that annual inventory of virtually every public sector employee in Ontario – working for provincial ministries, municipalities and a whole raft of boards, agencies and other institutions – making more than $100,000 a year.

So if you want to get your blood pressure up, wait for a little while until some on the online traffic settles down, then click on the list to find out how many public sector employees are making how many bucks a year in the six-figure range at one of your least favourite government bodies.

If you have already been diagnosed with a cardiovascular problem, you may want to check with your doctor first.

Niagara At Large has stocked up on blood pressure pills and will be looking over the Sunshine List as soon as it gets a little easier to log on to.

We will be looking for salary lists for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and some of our other least favourite government bodies, and reporting back to you.

So Stay Tuned!

In the meantime, here is the news release from the Ontario government on the Sunshine List, which includes links you can use to log on the list when it cools down.

Ontario is a Leader in Openness, Transparency and Accountability

March 23, 2018 .

Treasury Board Secretariat

The government has released the salaries of Ontario Public Service and broader public sector employees who were paid $100,000 or more in 2017.

The government is releasing the annual compendium in a downloadable, machine-readable format. The data is also available in sortable, searchable tables on Ontario.ca/salarydisclosure, making it more accessible to the public.


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 on Ontario.ca/salarydisclosure.

Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act requires most 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.
  • 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 $100,000 salary threshold for disclosure 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 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 per cent.
  • There are a number of reasons why employees may appear in the compendium, including: employees who are progressing in their career to more challenging positions, natural progression through salary ranges, overtime payments, retroactive pay awards, performance payments and payments that may be required on retirement (e.g. to reimburse the employee for unused vacation credits).

Additional Resources to Click On (including the first link taking you directly to the Sunshine List.)

Search the list of $100,000-plus income earners.

When adjusted for inflation, the number of disclosures has remained below 20,000 for the past 10 years.

Read the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.

Read about Ontario’s Open Government commitment to make government more open, transparent and accessible.

Learn how Ontario is closing the gender wage gap in the province.

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2 responses to “‘Here Comes The Sunshine List’ – With Apologies to George Harrison

  1. I have been following this list since the early 2000s basically to see the trend to what has been happening to our health Care system and, pointedly, the shut down of Hospitals and the rising Administrative cost.
    I remember in the early 1990 when Bob Rae, then leader of the NDP and Premier of Ontario, make attempts to prevent layoffs in the Public Sector…He attempt to do so with what became known as RAE DAYS..and I recall how the MEDIA and the UNIONS ranted and raved urged when Rae and his NDP government asked the unions’ public sector menbers to take a day off so their neighbors and friends would have a pay check …
    In the past 15 or so years I have heard these poor Ontario Civil Servant souls attempt to discount the $100,000.00+++++ salaries plus perks they take home while the poorer section of the Labor force struggle to pay their rents, feed and clothe their children…..While still paying taxes that feed the Civil Servants….Each year this SUNSHINE LIST GROWS and GROWS like lava about to wipe out a city and all the inhabitants. …. and the welfare lists grows and grows as jobs are outsourced in the private sector…….Amen


  2. It appears the NPCA did not file? I can’t find anyone from there listed.
    Did David Barrick finally get docked pay for all the time he’s away on Niagara Region business?


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