Ontario has released its 2021 Sunshine List of public sector employees who made more than $100,000 over the past year, with power company and hospital executives among the top earners.
There are more than 244,000 people on the list who made more than six figures last year, up from approximately 205,000 in 2020 — a difference of about 19 per cent.
The province says almost 95 per cent of the growth was in the school boards sector. Specifically, it says, teachers’ salaries account for 92 per cent of the increase.
See the list of the top 50 earners at the bottom of this story.
Ontario Power Generation’s CEO, Kenneth Hartwick, topped the list, making $1,628,246.
Dominique Miniere, an executive vice-president also at OPG, also made more than $1 million, earning $1,523,519. OPG executives made up the four highest earners on the list.
Kevin Smith, president and CEO of the University Health Network, was the fifth-highest paid in the province, making $845,092.
Smith was followed by Phil Verster, president and CEO of Metrolinx, who made $838,960.91.
Matthew Anderson, CEO of Ontario Health, raked in $826,000, coming in seventh.
Penny Sutcliffe is the highest paid woman on the list. The Medical Officer of Health for Public Health Sudbury and Districts made $800,726 last year.
Other notable figures include Catherine Zahn, president and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, who made $650,455.
Doris Greenspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, who earned $565,489.68.
For a breakdown of salary brackets, click on the three categories below.
Premier Doug Ford, meanwhile, made $208,974.00 last year. The leader of the Official Opposition, Andrea Horwath, made $180,885.96.
Meanwhile, Green Leader Mike Schreiner made $125,874.00. Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca doesn’t have a seat in the legislature and does not hold a role that appears on the list.
Ford’s chief of staff, James Wallace, a former Toronto Sun and Postmedia executive, made far more than either leader, earning $333,316.90. Wallace has held the post since the summer of 2019.
The province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore made $235,314.14 for his work as top doctor last year. He took on the post in June of 2021.
Moore appears on the list twice and previously served as the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. He earned $225,708.71 for that role.
His predecessor, Dr. David Williams, the province’s former top doctor who led Ontario’s early stages of the pandemic response, made $351,807.67.
The chiefs of the province’s largest police forces each made over $300,000.
Thomas Carrique, head of the Ontario Provincial Police, made $354,343.28
The now former Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly, made $341,827.43. Toronto’s Chief of Police, James Ramer, made slightly less at $332,023.59.
Peel’s police chief, Nishan Duraiappah, earned $327,220.61.
You can access the complete 2021 Ontario Sunshine list here.