In an effort to be transparent and provide greater accountability to ratepayers, the province and municipalities release a “Sunshine List” on an annual basis and show the number of public sector workers whose annual earnings are $100,000 or more.
Each year since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act (PSSDA) was passed in 1996, governments publish the names of public sector employees who were paid a salary of $100,000 or more. Organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario are required to disclose the names, positions, salaries and taxable benefits of these employees.
The Act was passed to provide accountability and allow ratepayers to compare the performance of an organization with the compensation given to the people running it.
The Act covers the Government of Ontario, crown agencies, municipalities, hospitals, boards of public health, school boards, universities, colleges, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and other public sector employers who receive a significant level of funding from the Province including not-for-profit organizations that receive $1 million or more.