2018 Sunshine List: top earners

Every year Ontario government publishes its annual Sunshine List of public sector servants, which includes nurses, teachers, police officers, and firefighters, with six-figure salaries. In Ontario, 131,741 staffers made the list this year, earning a total salary of $16,812,900,448.61 in 2017.

At the top of the Sunshine List

Topping the list for Ontario was President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Lyash who brought home $1,554,456.95 in 2017.

Following Jeffrey Lyash was President and Chief Investment Officer, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation Daren Smith, who had annual earnings of $936,089.48. Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer Glenn Jager made $858,445.43, President and Chief Executive Officer / Président et chef de la direction Bruce Campbell made $749,862.59 and President and Chief Executive Officer / Président et chef de la direction Mark Fuller round out the top-five highest-paid employees with $745,211.84 for the Ontario 2018 Sunshine List.

Breaking down the numbers

Among the 131,741 Ontario's employees, who received more than six-figure salaries 48,896 received earnings between $100,000 and $110,000 followed by 61,936 who received between $110,001 and $150,000 , 15,008 received between $150,001 and $200,000 , 3,722 received between $200,001 and $250,000 , 1,283 received between $250,001 and $300,000 , 867 received over $300,000 at Ontario.

The Sunshine List

The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, makes Ontario's public sector more open and accountable to taxpayers. The act requires organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to make public, by March 31 each year, the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in the previous calendar year.

In Ontario the Sunshine List was first published in 1996, by the Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris. Just 4,576 names appeared on the first list.

A lot has been debated about the $100,000 threshold of the Sunshine List. If the list was adjusted for inflation since 1996, the real benchmark salary would now be around $151,929.

Those in favor of the current benchmark argue that $100,000 still a lot of money. The average weekly wages for workers in Ontario is $974, which amounts to $50,600 per year. That includes overtime pay, and assumes no weeks off. This is half of the Sunshine List threshold.

For a complete list of public sector employees who made the 2018 Sunshine List, go to Sunshine List 2018 Employees List. If you wish to analyse the list by employer go to Sunshine List 2018 Employers List.

Complete list of employees in Ontario who made the 2018 Sunshine List


Total result: 131,741

SALARY NAME POSITION YEAR
$405,642.06 Tiff Macklem Dean, Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
2018
$404,960.49 Manfred Schneider Associate Professor and Associate Director, Master of Forensic Accounting, Department of Management
University of Toronto
2018
$404,803.50 Richard Florida Academic Director, Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy
University of Toronto
2018
$404,094.45 Kevin Clinton Vice President, Investment Counsel / Vice-président, Conseils en placements
Ontario Public Service Pension Board (Ontario Pension Board) / Commission Du Régime De Retraite Des Fonctionnaires De L'Ontario (Commision Du Régime De Retraite De L'Ontario)
2018
$403,480.01 Daniel Cass Vice President Medical
Providence St . Joseph ' S And St . Michael's Healthcare
2018
$403,449.80 Padraig Warde Deputy Chief: Radiation Oncology
University Health Network
2018
$403,373.56 David Soberman Professor of Marketing
University of Toronto
2018
$403,314.08 Gaetan Tardif Director, Med Prog/Phys In Chief
University Health Network
2018
$402,073.99 Michael Young Executive Vice President, Chief Administration Executive
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2018
$402,028.41 Josephine Butler Vice President, Market and Resource Development / Vice,président, Développement des marchés et des ressources
Independent Electricity System Operator / Opérateur Indépendant De Réseau D'Électricité
2018
$401,478.45 Malcolm Moffat Executive Vice President, Programs
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2018
$400,824.43 Ralph Meyer Vice President, Oncology and Palliative Care and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario
Hamilton Health Sciences
2018
$400,028.35 Stanley Zlotkin Chief, Global Child Health
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$400,000.12 John Yip President and Chief Executive Officer
Kensington Health Centre
2018
$400,000.12 Michael Scheinert President and Chief Executive Officer
Circle of Home Care Services (Toronto)
2018
$399,999.96 Feridun Hamdullahpur President
University of Waterloo
2018
$399,499.96 David Walker Executive Director and Associate Dean, Professor, Stauffer-Dunning Chair
Queen's University
2018
$399,226.45 Johnathan M. Bartlett Director and Senior Principal Investigator
Ontario Institute For Cancer Research
2018
$398,489.72 Peter Ricketts Faculty Member
Carleton University
2018
$397,095.31 Lionel Trevor Young Professor, Psychiatry and Dean
University of Toronto
2018
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All information presented in this website is based exclusively off the publicly released Sunshine Lists available for download by the Government of each province: Ontario | British Columbia | Alberta