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
$490,000.00 Matthew Anderson Chief Executive Officer
Lakeridge Health
2018
$486,711.06 Mamdouh Shoukri President Emeritus
York University
2018
$486,035.42 Bruce Mccuaig President and Chief Executive Officer/Président et chef de la direction
Metrolinx
2018
$485,883.62 Andree Robichaud Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
Scarborough And Rouge Hospital
2018
$484,641.94 Mary J. Walsh President and Chief Executive Officer / Président et chef de la direction
Providence St . Joseph ' S And St . Michael's Healthcare
2018
$484,000.04 Amit Chakma President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Western Ontario
2018
$483,868.21 Grant Cleary First Line Manager, Control/Mechanical
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$482,549.88 Dave R. Williams Chief Executive Officer and President
Southlake Regional Health Centre
2018
$479,723.32 David G. Vingoe Vice Chair / Vice-président
Ontario Securities Commission / Commission Des Valeurs Mobilières De L'Ontario
2018
$479,673.72 Barbara Keenan Senior Vice President People, Culture and Communications
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$479,649.80 Dimitri Parra Radiologist
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$477,468.20 Kenneth Boss Psychiatrist/Psychiatre
North Bay Regional Health Centre
2018
$477,011.62 Julia Hanigsberg President and Chief Executive Officer
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
2018
$475,658.19 Jeffrey Turnbull Chief of Staff/Médecin-chef
The Ottawa Hospital
2018
$472,809.07 Denise Hardenne President/Chief Executive Officer
Halton Healthcare Services Corporation
2018
$472,396.70 Kumar Gupta Coroner / Coroner
Community Safety and Correctional Services / Sécurité communautaire et Services correctionnels
2018
$472,126.00 Michael Strong Dean/Professor/Medical Doctor
University of Western Ontario
2018
$470,758.45 Ehren Cory President and Chief Executive Officer/Président-directeur général
Ontario Infrastructure And Lands Corporation (Infrastructure Ontario) / Société Ontarienne Des Infrastructures Et De L'Immobilier (Infrastructure Ontario)
2018
$469,129.97 Tim Rutledge President and Chief Executive Officer
North York General Hospital
2018
$468,741.27 George Soleas President and Chief Executive Officer / Président-directeur général
Liquor Control Board of Ontario / Régie Des Alcools De L'Ontario
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