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
$446,079.30 Martin Offringa Senior Scientist
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$445,882.79 R. Paul Edmonds Chief Legal and Governance Officer / Chef des services juridiques et de la gouvernance
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
$443,149.58 Brian Duncan Senior Vice President Darlington
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$442,536.96 William Strange Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy
University of Toronto
2018
$441,261.26 Varouj Aivazian Professor of Economics
University of Toronto
2018
$440,700.16 Alan Daneman Radiologist
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$440,540.49 Marc Sougavinski CCAC Chief Executive Officer; Directeur general CASC
Local Health Integration Network - Champlain / Réseau Local D'Intégration Des Services De Santé De Champlain
2018
$440,077.35 Thomas Teahen President and Chief Executive Officer/Président-directeur général
Workplace Safety And Insurance Board
2018
$438,892.04 Meric Gertler President, University of Toronto
University of Toronto
2018
$437,773.00 Michael Manning Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer / Directeur général et agent en chef des placements
Ontario Financing Authority / Office ontarien de financement
2018
$437,532.60 Carlo Crozzoli Senior Vice President Corporate Business Development and Strategy
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$436,924.38 Michael Salter Chief, Research Institute
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$436,088.99 Francesco Guglielmi Vice President Fleet Operations, Maintenance and Training
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$435,875.02 Thomas Mccurdy Director, Financial Research and Trading Laboratory and Professor of Finance
University of Toronto
2018
$434,956.00 Robert F. Biron President And Chief Executive Officer
Scarborough And Rouge Hospital
2018
$434,874.92 William Fleissig Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation
2018
$432,958.84 Christopher Whitaker President
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
2018
$432,937.31 Marilyn Emery President and Chief Executive Officer
Women's College Hospital
2018
$431,345.04 Thomas Corr President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc
2018
$431,072.69 Steve Woods Senior Vice President, Nuclear Engineering and Chief Nuclear Engineer
Ontario Power Generation
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