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
$419,999.00 Edward H Cole Physician-In-Chief
University Health Network
2018
$419,075.39 Jeff Mainland Executive Vice President, Strategy, Quality, Performance and Communications
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$418,705.48 Jo-Anne Marr President and Chief Executive Officer
Markham Stouffville Hospital
2018
$417,935.60 Bernard Leduc Président directeur général
Hôpital Montfort
2018
$417,087.62 Anne Trafford Vice President Quality Performance Information Management and Chief Information Officer
Providence St . Joseph ' S And St . Michael's Healthcare
2018
$416,877.61 Joel Baum Professor of Strategic Management
University of Toronto
2018
$415,261.02 Rohinton Medhora President
Centre For International Governance Innovation
2018
$414,855.78 Michael Burns Chief Executive Officer/Directeur General
Canadian International Military Games Corporation
2018
$414,788.25 James Hornell President And Chief Executive Officer
Brant Community Healthcare System
2018
$412,886.23 Akbar Panju Professor
Mcmaster University
2018
$411,769.99 Bing Han Professor of Finance
University of Toronto
2018
$410,903.62 Mashalah Eshghabadi Medical Laboratory Director
Norfolk General Hospital
2018
$410,475.04 Mohamed Lachemi President
Ryerson University
2018
$409,999.90 Robert Kennedy Dean/Professor
University of Western Ontario
2018
$409,900.00 John Tibbits President
Conestoga College
2018
$409,105.69 Michel Paradis Chief Financial Officer / Chef des services financiers
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
$408,468.74 Walid Hejazi Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy
University of Toronto
2018
$407,800.02 Barry Smith President and Chief Executive Officer/Président directeur général
Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre Corporation / Société Du Palais Des Congrès de la Communauté Urbaine De Toronto
2018
$406,725.47 Richard Mclean Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Executive
Hamilton Health Sciences
2018
$406,256.64 Karim Mamdani President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Shores Centre For Mental Health Sciences
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