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
$1,554,456.95 Jeffrey Lyash President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$936,089.48 Daren Smith President and Chief Investment Officer, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation
University of Toronto
2018
$858,445.43 Glenn Jager Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$749,862.59 Bruce Campbell President and Chief Executive Officer / Président et chef de la direction
Independent Electricity System Operator / Opérateur Indépendant De Réseau D'Électricité
2018
$745,211.84 Mark Fuller President and Chief Executive Officer / Président et chef de la direction
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
$739,854.78 Scott Martin Senior Vice President Business and Administration Services
Ontario Power Generation
2018
$722,875.00 William Reichman President and Chief Executive Officer
Baycrest Centre For Geriatric Care
2018
$721,224.22 Jill Pepall Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer / Vice-présidente directrice et chef des placements
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
$719,694.40 Michael Apkon President and Chief Executive Officer
The Hospital For Sick Children
2018
$718,300.56 Peter Pisters President and Chief Executive Officer
University Health Network
2018
$715,034.64 David Pichora President and Chief Executive Officer/Président-directeur général
Kingston Health Sciences Centre
2018
$708,963.41 Maureen Jensen Chair and Chief Executive Officer / Présidente et chef de la direction
Ontario Securities Commission / Commission Des Valeurs Mobilières De L'Ontario
2018
$705,423.52 David Samuel Hillier President and Chief Executive Officer
Shepherd Village Inc
2018
$704,657.15 Barry Mclellan President and Chief Executive Officer
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2018
$686,760.63 Ozhand Ganjavi Full Professor
Laurentian University of Sudbury
2018
$683,935.43 Stephen Rigby President and Chief Executive Officer / Président et chef de la direction
Ontario Lottery And Gaming Corporation / Société Des Loteries Et Des Jeux De L'Ontario
2018
$673,541.20 Catherine Zahn President and Chief Executive Officer / Présidente-directrice générale
Centre For Addiction And Mental Health
2018
$660,450.07 Michelle Diemanuele President and Chief Executive Officer
Trillium Health Partners
2018
$660,190.20 Kevin Smith Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph's Health System
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
2018
$655,368.62 Robert Howard President and Chief Executive Officer
Providence St . Joseph ' S And St . Michael's Healthcare
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