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
$640,021.37 Gadi Mayman Chief Executive Officer / Directeur général
Ontario Financing Authority / Office ontarien de financement
2018
$630,485.00 John Kitts President/Président
The Ottawa Hospital
2018
$628,720.44 Robert Macisaac President and Chief Executive Officer
Hamilton Health Sciences
2018
$627,004.50 Gary Newton President and Chief Executive Officer
Sinai Health System
2018
$608,600.79 Dietmar E. Reiner Senior Vice President Nuclear Projects
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$591,518.80 Mike Martelli President, Renewable Generation
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$578,977.57 Robert Vinson Radiologist/Radiologue
Woodstock General Hospital Trust
2018
$575,585.80 Murray Glendining President and Chief Executive Officer
London Health Sciences Centre
2018
$571,307.86 Charles O'Reilly Senior Portfolio Manager, Investments University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation
University of Toronto
2018
$570,547.59 Dante Morra Chief of Staff
Trillium Health Partners
2018
$556,460.58 Arthur Slutsky Vice President, Research
Providence St . Joseph ' S And St . Michael's Healthcare
2018
$546,594.99 Christopher Ginther Chief Administrative Officer
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$540,715.04 Altaf Stationwala President And Chief Executive Officer
Mackenzie Health
2018
$537,685.00 Raphael Hofstein President and Chief Executive Officer
Mars Innovation
2018
$535,164.02 Kenneth Hartwick Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President Finance
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$534,519.31 Andy Smith Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Executive, Chief Executive Officer
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2018
$532,501.92 Duncan Stewart Executive Vice President - Research/Vice-président exécutif, Recherche
The Ottawa Hospital
2018
$532,428.00 Ilse Treurnicht Chief Executive Officer / Chef de la direction
Mars Discovery District
2018
$532,416.12 Manohar Shroff Radiologist-In-Chief
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$527,346.25 Sean Granville Deputy Chief Nuclear Officer
Ontario Power Generation
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