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March 31, 2009
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 2008, the City of Toronto employed 1,150 staff whose annual salary was over $100,000. This represents 2.9 per cent of the City's workforce. An additional 400 people are also on the list who earned more than $100,000 in 2008 due to overtime, standby and retroactive payments. Combined, the 1,552 employees represent approximately 3.9 per cent of the City's workforce.

The City pays competitive, fair market salaries comparable to other major urban centres to attract and retain the highly skilled and experienced personnel required to manage a publicly accountable organization. Due to its size and complexity, the City of Toronto competes with other large organizations in seeking qualified and skilled employees to serve its residents.

Since the salary disclosure legislation was introduced in 1996, there has been a significant increase in the number of employees included on the list. This is because the earning level of $100,000 has not been adjusted to account for inflation. If it were adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Toronto, the City would now be reporting those employees who earned greater than $127,000. In 2008, that would have been approximately 327 City employees.

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:
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149,



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