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
$526,875.04 Alan Bernstein President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Institute For Advanced Research
2018
$525,000.00 Tom Mikkelsen President and Scientific Director/Président et directeur scientifique
Ontario Brain Institute
2018
$523,726.17 Brian Whibbs Managing Director, Real Estate / Directeur général, Immobilier
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
$519,012.95 Neil Turok Director
Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics
2018
$515,625.11 Johanne R. Bélanger President and Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Convention and Visitors Association
2018
$514,393.40 Shaf Keshavjee Surgeon-In-Chief
University Health Network
2018
$513,706.85 Shoo Lee Neonatologist-in-Chief
Sinai Health System
2018
$511,906.30 Douglas Sinclair Executive Vice President Programs and Chief Medical Officer
Providence St . Joseph ' S And St . Michael's Healthcare
2018
$509,013.19 Joshua Basseches Director and Chief Executive Officer/Directeur général
Royal Ontario Museum / Musée Royal De L'Ontario
2018
$507,975.20 Linda Rabeneck Vice President/Vice-Présidente
Cancer Care Ontario / Action Cancer Ontario
2018
$505,327.23 Edward Brown Chief Executive Officer / Chef de la Direction
Ontario Telemedicine Network
2018
$500,839.80 Charles Chan Executive Vice President
University Health Network
2018
$500,649.80 Michael Temple Radiologist
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$500,002.80 David Higgins President, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
2018
$499,678.76 Lisa Becker Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation
University of Toronto
2018
$499,080.91 Adrian Hussey Managing Director, Portfolio and Risk Analysis, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation
University of Toronto
2018
$497,580.11 Rosemarie Leclair Chair and Chief Executive Officer / Président-directeur général
Ontario Energy Board / Commission De L'Énergie De L'Ontario
2018
$495,599.59 Michael Sherar Chief Executive Officer and President/Président Et Directeur Général
Cancer Care Ontario / Action Cancer Ontario
2018
$493,885.60 Barbara Collins President and Chief Executive Officer
Humber River Hospital
2018
$492,649.80 Joao Amaral Radiologist
The Hospital For Sick Children
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