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March 31, 2010
City of Toronto salary disclosure numbers
Under The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996, all organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario must disclose the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in a calendar year.

In 2009, the City of Toronto employed 2,071 staff who earned a salary of over $100,000. The definition of salary includes all earnings received in the year and may include payments, overtime, stand-by pay, vacation payouts, severance payments etc. This represents 4.6 per cent of the City's workforce and is an increase of 519 employees from 2008. Had the labour disruption not occurred, the City of Toronto would only have an additional 91 employees on the 2009 salary disclosure list.

As a result of the 39 day labour disruption, approximately 428 non-union employees who were responsible for providing critical services who earn less than $100,000 in their base salary, earned in excess of $100,000 in 2009 as a result of being required to work overtime. They are included in the City’s salary disclosure report.

The City of Toronto pays competitive, fair market salaries comparable to other public sector organizations that are similar in size, scope and complexity, to attract and retain well-qualified, highly skilled and experienced personnel required to manage a publicly accountable organization.

There has been a significant increase in the number of employees included on the list since the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was introduced in 1996.The main reason for this is that the earning level of $100,000 has not been adjusted to account for inflation. If adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Toronto, we would now be reporting only those employees who earned greater than $128,409. This would include only 523 City employees in 2009.

These numbers do not include employees who work in the City's agencies, boards and commissions such as the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Transit Commission and the Toronto Public Library. Agencies, boards and commissions are responsible for their own budgets and the salaries of their employees.

Media contact:
Leisa Tjoeng, Strategic Communications, 416-338-5637



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