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Number of Ontario teachers on sunshine list doubles in 2020
More than 23% of teachers in the province now earning more than $100,000

Author of the article:Brian Lilley
Publishing date:Mar 19, 2021 • 5 hours ago • 2 minute read • comment bubble37 Comments
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More than one in five Ontario teachers are now appearing on the provincial sunshine list — nice work if you can get it.

The annual list of provincial civil servants and those paid by the province making more than $100,000 per year was released Friday and the growth in the number of teachers on the list is staggering.


From 2019 to 2020, the number of teachers on the list more than doubled from 14,757 to 29,902.

With the number of teachers, pre-pandemic, hovering around 126,000 full-time equivalents, that’s 23% of the teachers in Ontario who are part of the exclusive club. The big jump of course came during the COVID-19 pandemic when many in Ontario were losing their jobs or losing a significant number of hours worked or weekly pay.

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At the height of the pandemic shutdowns in April 2020, the provincial unemployment rate had more than tripled from 5.2% to 17% before dropping down to 9.5% by December. While thousands of additional teachers were hired during the pandemic, other industries were not so lucky.

Transportation and warehousing jobs were down 13.8%, building support services were down 17.2% and accommodation and food services were down 26.4%.

The average Canadian working full-time hours earns $66,000 per year according to Statistics Canada, well below the average salary of teachers. In 2018, ministry officials put the average teacher salary at $92,000 in Ontario — $92,900 for high school and $89,300 for elementary — numbers that are surely higher now.


In fact, according ministry officials, some 63% are at the upper end of the salary grid, meaning this number will rise. There are also now 30 school boards across the province with salary grids that top out at more than $100,000 per year compared to just 8 boards in 2019.

While the year was a good one for teachers overall, union officials, paid over and above the school board scale, didn’t fare as well in 2020.

Harvey Bischoff, head of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation saw his annual take rise from $219,980 to $221,383. Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation saw his pay packet drop from $188,983 in 2019 to $186,416. Liz Stuart, leader of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association only saw a $348 increase to $165,727.

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Ontario Sunshine List sheds light on highest paid public servants
Ontario Power Generation President and CEO Ken Hartwick and his $1.23M salary in 2020 topped the list

Author of the article:Antonella Artuso
Publishing date:Mar 19, 2021 • 2 hours ago • 2 minute read • comment bubble6 Comments
Ontario Power Generation President and CEO Ken Hartwick earned a salary of $1.23 million and $7,540 in taxable benefits in 2020, putting him at the top of the province's latest Sunshine List released Friday, March 19, 2021.
Ontario Power Generation President and CEO Ken Hartwick earned a salary of $1.23 million and $7,540 in taxable benefits in 2020, putting him at the top of the province's latest Sunshine List released Friday, March 19, 2021. PHOTO BY ONTARIO POWER GENERATION /(opg.com)
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Almost 206,000 provincial public servants made $100,000 a year or more last year, according to the Ontario Sunshine List released Friday.

There were 257 public servants in the $400,000-plus bracket in 2020, and 7,007 who earned more than Premier Doug Ford’s $208,974 salary.


The government said the increase in the six-figure club was due to expansion in health care and education.

“We know that Ontarians are relying on their government now, more than ever, during this pandemic to keep them safe and deliver the critical services they rely on, like health care and education,” President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy said in a statement. “Our government remains committed to ensuring that Ontarians have sustainable public services now and for future generations.”

The bottom end of the list was full of teachers, registered nurses, firefighters and police officers.

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Executives were at the top of the salary heap, including brass from the electricity sector, hospital CEOs and university deans.

“Just six executives at Ontario Power Generation took home $5.5 million,” NDP MPP Peggy Sattler said in a statement. “There were huge raises at the very top, and now 17 people make more than $700,000. Meanwhile, Ford is denying frontline health care heroes a raise, including personal support workers (PSWs). He’s passed a likely-unconstitutional wage constraint law to hold back the wages of Ontario workers while allowing executive salaries to soar.”

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SUNSHINE LIST TOP 10

(Salary and taxable benefits (TB)

Ontario Power Generation President/CEO Ken Hartwick: $1.23 million ( $7,540 TB)

Ontario Power Generation President Nuclear Dominique Miniere: $1.13 million ($3,923 TB)

Ontario Power Generation COO/CNO Sean Granville: $901,606 ($2,451 TB)

Ontario Power Generation Chief Projects Officer Michael Martelli: $850,332 ($3,499 TB)

University Health Network President/CEO Kevin Smith: $844,992 ($87,503 TB)

Ontario Power Generation Sr. VP Pickering Randy Lockwood: $818,892 ($330 TB)

Ontario Power Generation Sr. VP Nuclear Dietmar Reiner: $$817,862 ($2,298 TB)

Ontario Public Service Pension President/CEO Mark Fuller: $797,474 ($638 TB)

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Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. President/CEO Stephen Rigby: $797,309 ($1,216 TB)

Unity Health Toronto President/CEO Timothy Rutledge: $776,412 ($27,975 TB)


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Premier Doug Ford: $208,974, ($316 TB)

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams: $444,344, $539 taxable benefits

Ontario Hospital Association President&CEO Anthony Dale: $433,462 ($4,706 TB)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health President&CEO Catherine Zahn: $704,491 ($60,455 TB)

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario CEO Doris Grinspun: $516,118 ($634 TB)

LCBO President&CEO George Soleas: $567,865 ($19,030 TB)

Metrolinx President&CEO Phil Verster: $742,127 ($12,824 TB)