The province has just released its annual sunshine list, which reveals how much Ontario politicians made in 2020, and the salaries are nothing to blink an eye at.
The list details all individuals who are employed in the public sector with a salary of more than $100,000 a year, as part of The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act.
According to the document, Premier Doug Ford brought in an impressive $208,974.00, although, during an October press conference, he admitted he gave back $10,000 of that after failing to present the 2020 budget on time.
Health Minister Christine Elliott and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce made $105,297.90 and $165,851.04, respectively. Mayor John Tory was also listed as bringing in $197,316.08.
In 2019, Doug Ford actually introduced a pay cap for public sector employees, which was eventually passed, that reduced potential raises to only 1% increases within a three-year period.
Which employees had the highest salaries?
The top ten highest salaries among the Ontario public sector were largely from Ontario Power Generation.
Kenneth Hartwick and Dominique Miniere were paid $1,228,517.00 and $1,131,767.04 during the 2020 year, respectively. These are the only two exceeding $1,000,000 annually. Next is Sean Granville and Michael Martelli, also of Ontario Power Generation, who made $901,606.32 and $850,332.27 in 2020.
Fifth on the list was Kevin Smith, President and CEO of University Health Network, who brought in $844,992.20.
According to the Ontario press release, the pandemic created significant demands on many parts of the public service to support Ontarians.
"Staff in many sectors, notably health care, worked extraordinary hours to help keep Ontario safe. Pandemic-related payments, such as significant overtime hours and pandemic pay, resulted in higher incomes year-over-year for some employees, including the potential to surpass the $100,000 threshold," read the release.