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
$116,501.93 Anastasios Chatzidimos Audit Supervisor/ Superviseur de l’audit
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$112,941.99 Ariane Chan Audit Director / Directeur en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$113,889.63 Audelyn Budihardjo Audit Manager / Gestionnaire en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$313,114.00 Bonnie Lysyk Auditor General of Ontario / Vérificatrice générale adjointe
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$116,498.68 Brian Wanchuk Audit Supervisor/ Superviseur de l’audit
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$119,549.15 Christine Pedias Manager, Corporate Communications and Government Advertising Review / Gestionnaire, Communications et Examen de la publicité gouvernementale
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$142,908.48 Cindy Macdonald Director, Human Resources and Office Services / Directrice des ressources humaines et des services de bureau
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$119,542.34 Denise Young Audit Manager / Gestionnaire en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$100,995.07 Dimitar Dimitrov Audit Manager / Gestionnaire en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$116,503.39 Dora Ulisse Audit Supervisor/ Superviseur de l’audit
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$116,498.68 Ellen Tepelenas Audit Supervisor/ Superviseur de l’audit
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$120,782.81 Emanuel Tsikritsis Audit Director / Directeur en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$116,321.03 Fraser Rogers Audit Manager / Gestionnaire en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$180,675.56 Hassnain Chagani Assistant Auditor General / Vérificateur général adjoint
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$154,930.89 Ioanna Gotsis Audit Director / Directeur en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$116,502.31 Izabela Beben Audit Supervisor/ Superviseur de l’audit
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$143,462.84 Kim Yk Cho Audit Director / Directeur en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$154,930.69 Laura Bell Audit Director / Directeur en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$111,827.32 Marcia Desouza Audit Supervisor/ Superviseur de l’audit
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
2018
$108,547.61 Marian D'Mello Audit Manager / Gestionnaire en vérification
Office of the Auditor General/Bureau de la vérificatrice générale 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