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.

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
$396,971.25 Anne-Marie Malek President and Chief Executive Officer
West Park Healthcare Centre
2018
$396,718.48 Wendy Rotenberg Professor of Accounting and Finance
University of Toronto
2018
$396,561.00 Jacques Frémont Recteur / President
University of Ottawa
2018
$396,173.04 David Agnew President
Seneca College
2018
$395,679.28 David Goldreich Director, Rotman Commerce and Professor of Finance
University of Toronto
2018
$395,133.60 Peter Goodhand President
Ontario Institute For Cancer Research
2018
$395,109.15 Joanne Flewwelling Senior Strategic Advisor
William Osler Health System
2018
$395,048.67 Mark Crowther Professor
Mcmaster University
2018
$394,999.92 Allan Rock Recteur / President
University of Ottawa
2018
$394,095.18 Roger Schryer Authorization Training Supervisor
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$394,047.98 Malcolm Butler Faculty Member
Carleton University
2018
$393,954.53 Dr. Brant Bergstrome Psychiatrist / Director
Waypoint Centre For Mental Health Care
2018
$393,750.40 David Jaffray Executive Vice President
University Health Network
2018
$393,241.68 Rita Kandel Pathologist-in-Chief
Sinai Health System
2018
$392,933.71 John Jensen President and Chief Executive Officer/Président et chef de la direction
Metrolinx
2018
$391,943.94 Cheryl Misak University Professor of Philosophy
University of Toronto
2018
$391,500.02 Elspeth Murray Associate Dean (Master of Business Administration Programs), Director (Queen's Centre for Business Venturing), Associate Professor
Queen's University
2018
$391,314.66 Bridget Fewtrell President and Chief Executive Officer / Président et chef de la direction
Erinoakkids Centre For Treatment And Development
2018
$390,802.74 Cristina Amon Professor and Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
University of Toronto
2018
$390,686.90 David O Toole President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Institute For Health Info
2018
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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.

Data

All information presented in this website is based exclusively off the publicly released sunshine lsit available for download by the Government of each province: Ontario | British Columbia | Alberta