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Province tells us who's raking in $100,000 or more (updated)

Friday, March 28, 2014   by: Bob Mihell

Ontario’s Ministry of Finance formally released its annual public salary disclosure list today.

The annual dislosure, dubbed the “Sunshine List”, reports the annual salaries above $100,000 for all public employees in the province.

The city included its own list of employees earning over $100,000 at its March 24 council meeting before the ministry’s release, as reported by earlier.

The city staff report revealed that the number of its employees making the sunshine club in 2013 was 124, up from 105 in 2012.

In Ministry of Finance data released today, however, both the Algoma District and Huron-Superior Catholic District school boards showed declines in the total number of its employees making the list.

The ADSB had 85 of its employees on the list for 2013, down from 94 in 2012. 

The H-SDSB saw their $100,000 plus earners drop also. 

In 2013, there were 44 employees earning above the benchmark, down from a total of 50 the previous year.

That downward trend was reversed, however, at the post-secondary level at both Sault College and Algoma University with substantial increases in the number of their employees earning over $100,000 at both institutions.

Algoma University reported 31 staff on the list for 2013, up from 19 in 2012.

Likewise, Sault College listed 77 staff for 2013, up from 46 in 2012.

Meanwhile, Sault Area Hospital had 50 of its public employees earning over $100,000 in 2013, down from 59 in 2012.

Below are a list of the top three earners at the public institutions above. 

The salaries they received in 2012 are provided in brackets.

Algoma District School Board

Lucia Reece director of education $193,624.74 ($174,266.58)

Joseph Maurice superintendent of education $162,846.26 ($155,904.84)

Kime Collver superintendent of education $162,846.26 ($155,905.10)

Azima Vezina superintendent of education $162,846.26 ($155,905.10)

Joe Santa Maria superintendent of business $162,846.26 ($155,905.10)

Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board

John Stadnyk director of education $194,669.42 ($187,463.60)

John Bruno superintendent of education $163,515.48 ($157,463.46)

Maria Esposito superintendent of education $163,515.48 (($157,463.46)

Sault Area Hospital

Heather O’Brien chief of staff and medical affairs $321,949.18 ($222,267.12)

Ron Gagnon president and chief executive officer $305,890.38 ($300,296.29)

Paul Mozarowski associate pathologist $238, 508.77 ($366,767.93)

Sault College

Ronald Common president $286,390.98 ($284,180.85)

Argilio Tiberi vice president academic and research $184,159.98 ($183,603.15)

Janice Beatty vice president corporate and student services $180,780.98 ($180,224.19)

Algoma University

Richard Myers president $199,000.08 ($199,000.08)

Sean Dwyer vice president finance and administration $166,000.08 ($181,840.08)

David Schantz vice president academic and research $163,000.08 ($163,000.08)

Soo Today will continue to update other local public employees on the provincial disclosure list, and offer some analysis over the upcoming days.

You can go through the full Sunshine List for yourself on the Ministry of Finance website.

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AlwaysAWinner 3/28/2014 1:56:04 PM Report

inb4 endless complaining and how people don't "deserve it" or "need it".

eadiecougs 3/28/2014 2:08:18 PM Report

Always a loser I work hard and the more I work the more they rob me Taxes,I understand that some people do get high pay because of their jobs but when You have nurses and others making 100.000 something is wrong we the middle class can't afford these high salaries anymore period.
AlwaysAWinner 3/28/2014 2:11:13 PM Report

once again it's you thinking people don't "need" the 100K. if you chose a job with bad pay, that's your own fault. some people are smart and get into industries that are growing and profitable, so they can make more than the average joe in this town.

sorry but everyone settles for what they get and ride it out for 20 years for a pension, then complain when people make more than they do

like I said before, no one to blame but yourself. taxes or not. the people who make 100K a year pay more taxes than you do, so you have nothing to complain about
euroman 3/28/2014 2:12:02 PM Report

When the Act was introduced, 100,000 was the amount established for reporting. Interesting to note that is over 140,000 in today's dollars.
euroman 3/28/2014 2:17:07 PM Report

Or, 100,000 today was 67,000 in 1996
Paddlenut 3/28/2014 2:19:10 PM Report

Here's a little perspective when we consider tax burdens.

A minimum wage earner, full timer (at the new $11/hr wage and based on a 40 hour work week for an annual salary of $22,880) will pay a total of $2175 in federal and provincial income taxes a year, less all credits.

One earning $50 000/year will pay $8550/year in taxes, less all credits.

One earning $100,000 will pay $26,440.

A 100k earner pays over 3x taxes than a $50k worker, and over 12x taxes of a minimum wage earner.

This is what we call the progressive tax rate system. Lower salaries for high-income earners are not necessarily going to reduce your own individual tax burden. This is the problem with the race to the bottom.
AlwaysAWinner 3/28/2014 2:23:23 PM Report

thats why everyone here is a joke when they complain about taxes. theyre likely making 45K a year for the rest of their life and paying peanuts compared to people who make a real wage.

when people here start making 100K a year then they can complain about taxes. until then they contribute peanuts and shouldn't be taken seriously since their complaints are usually ridiculous and whiny
crashed13 3/28/2014 2:24:13 PM Report

That's a long list. I know to plain uniformed OPPs just in town that made over $100,000.
rockbanger 3/28/2014 2:29:47 PM Report

Always a Winner

You sound like a loser...
Did your mom or dad get you your job with the government?

Do not belittle the people who make less than you.

My wage is very good and I am thankful.

My only point to you....
Calm down with your arrogant talk about people who work hard for their money and maybe do not make 6 figures.
No person is really valued by their income unless your an idiot.

Grow up
Frio 3/28/2014 2:34:13 PM Report

The people who complain the most about what somebody else is making are the same ones who settled for the jobs they decided where good enough for their lack of ambition and education.
AlwaysAWinner 3/28/2014 2:39:02 PM Report

rockbanger, why don't you tell the countless people who whine and complain about people making 100K a year? I have no issue with salary, just the people who complain about other salaries. look at the comments for the last news article about the sunshine list. pure jealousy. people on this list should be congratulated, not criticized.

it's white trash folks that complain about this list. those same people are the ones who will never be on this list and they know it
YourFutureNurse 3/28/2014 2:39:43 PM Report

eadiecougs, do your research, nurses top wage is about $40/hour (with decades of experience) but they start out at $30/hour. Factoring in 2 weeks vacation, a new nurse would have to work 60 hour weeks at $30/hour and still only end up with $96000 before taxes. Yes, they get OT on top of that after a certain amount of hours, but I'm just basically explaining that in order for a nurse to be on the Sunshine List she has to log a LOT of hours every week. If they are working over 50 hours a week they deserve to be on the list because it's a very demanding job that's emotionally and physically hard. Be more upset at the people who have CEO desk jobs overseeing other workers and making the list from working 9-5 with company vacations included!
mosquitos 3/28/2014 3:00:25 PM Report

Hey Always a Winner, I agree that people usually get what they deserve, but you can never convince me that there are not many privileged people with a horse shoe up there nose, who benefit from good fortune.
derek 3/28/2014 3:25:19 PM Report


Well said!!

Nurses work weekends, nights, shift work.. tough to do. Night shifts suck. I cannot do them let alone have someone's life depend on it. For a nurse to hit list she has worked tons of OT. The Ontario Nurses’ Association is a trade union representing 60,000 registered nurses. How many nurses are on the list??

Wait until teachers hit the list 94,500 a year right now. But we want our young people taught by professional people. Unfortunately us tax payers pay for it. Go to school for 5 years and you too can be a teacher or 4 years for Nurse.

Stop Bitching about the list people, most people on list are very skilled at there job.

100, 000 is not a lot of dough these days with high tax dollars coming off.

Beej 3/28/2014 3:28:03 PM Report

More power to them, they work hard, or at least have a bachelors or masters degree. Whether some "seduce the canine" at work or not, they had to work hard to get there in the first place.
In the case of a nurse, I wouldn't want that job for $200K a year!
Sammy1099 3/28/2014 3:35:27 PM Report

If you don’t want people complaining about what you make simple don’t work in the public sector. Comparing a $100k plus public sector employee to an individual in the private sector making the same and paying the same tax rate is BS as well. The public sector employees pay is derived from taxes so any taxes deducted off their income does not really contribute to public coffers. At the most public sector employees having income tax deduction off there pay can be considered discounted employment.

The public sector cannot be sustained particularly without a strong private sector. You need people actually contributing to the bottom line in this case government coffers from which public sector employees pay and benefit packages are drawn from. This deserves repeating once again “a public sectors employee’s income comes from someone actually generating money in the private sector”.

I have no qualms with people in the public sector making $100k plus. I do have a problem when the amount of people, particularly in Ontario in the public sector making that amount is unsustainable. After a decade plus of hostile to business policies from the Ontario liberal government and public sector job growth (AKA Vote buying) in strategic ridings the government which is “us” is now deep in the red. When this happens in the private sector you get to hear key words like “restructuring” and “downsizing”. Instead the government just raises taxes and shifts the debt burden to future generations so they can stay in power. So do people have a right to bitch? Dam right they do!

I have no problem during a booming economy increasing the public sector. That is what is done to generate employment for those who lack any marketable skills essentially hi paid welfare which is what a lot of public sector employment has become. When the economy goes into the crapper and government debt gets to unheard of levels it’s time to prune the public sector to only what is needed.
Lynds 3/28/2014 3:40:23 PM Report

LOL, Sammy...the next Adam Smith.
Sammy1099 3/28/2014 3:47:56 PM Report

Lol Lynds

Province's publicly-held debt

"Under Dalton McGuinty-led Liberal government, due to increased spending on social and energy programs and the Great Recession, the total debt has more than doubled from $132.6 billion in 2002-2003 to over $288.1 billion in 2013-2014"

Lovely hope your kids and grandkids are proud of your $100k job because they will be the ones paying for it.
Paddlenut 3/28/2014 3:53:12 PM Report

The amount of public taxpayer money relied upon by various elements of the private sector just may astound you.
Sammy1099 3/28/2014 4:05:11 PM Report

"The amount of public taxpayer money relied upon by various elements of the private sector just may astound you."

Yes it’s called infrastructure and that is what taxes should be used for. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for having a public sector; obviously people have to work for the government in order for a government to function.

I’m even all for little make work projects to get people working. That’s all fine and dandy when the economy is booming. The problem with governments is that it continues even when economically it makes no sense.

Economics 101 youy can't have more going out then coming in. Eventually it will catch up to you and bite you in the ass.
Paddlenut 3/28/2014 4:21:04 PM Report

Well I was referring to the amount of support to private sector companies in the form of grants, incentives, programs etc...what some refer to as "corporate welfare" It's a lot, but in any case, I'm not here to debate it.

There's a lot of irony out there though. Consider that the majority of expenditures is in health care. If we were all healthier, that would certainly put a dent in it! But a lot of the private sector would prefer we not be, such as big tobacco, big pharmacy, global processed food conglomerates and fast-food chains...etc...

I suppose its about what we value. I sure do want my heart-surgeon or nurse to be well-paid and content in his or her life and choice of career, in the same way that I want my private sector airline pilot to be. But I also think a pro athelete making $50 million on some contract is obscene, no matter how "good" they are.

right wing 3/28/2014 5:29:44 PM Report


Good job.

...20% of the wage earners pay 80% of the taxes and that is a fact.
Right of Centre 3/28/2014 5:31:01 PM Report

Some may be angry and bitter because of wage jealousy.

What we SHOULD be angry and bitter about is WASTE! How many redundant Sunshine List positions are there? How many are grossly overpaid, with multiple postions?

Many put in their hours to get that income, but many don't.
Snobank 3/28/2014 5:53:46 PM Report

Name some names. Who in particular should have his or her salary lowered? Don't whine generalities. Name a name and give some evidence. I'm waiting.
Bella 3/28/2014 6:10:47 PM Report

I don't get why this is any of my business? I don't want to know, it just makes me feel bitter and hostile.
Sammy1099 3/28/2014 6:12:25 PM Report


Good job.

...20% of the wage earners pay 80% of the taxes and that is a fact. "

You are naïve. $100k a year is not really all that much and is not my gripe,my gripe is the size and redundancy of the public sector. This is tolerable in a booming economy everybody should get a piece. My point is when the economy is in the crapper it’s time to revaluate some of those redundancies and nice make work projects.

Some of my relatives are millionaires and I can tell you they don’t pay anywhere near the taxes you think percentage wise. How do I know? Because they’ve told me.

" Well I was referring to the amount of support to private sector companies in the form of grants, incentives, programs etc...what some refer to as "corporate welfare" It's a lot, but in any case, I'm not here to debate it. "

Yes I know corporations and businesses get grants and incentives eventually though they give back more then they take so it is a net gain. They generate money from job creation, purchasing other products materials etc..Think about it if it wasn’t then the debt would be much worse. There will always be exception of course. Ultimately it is the bureaucrat in the public sector who is responsible to see that public money is spent wisely.
Snobank 3/28/2014 6:15:51 PM Report

Still waiting for specifics from the whiners. ...... Thought so. I'm going to a hockey game.
Sammy1099 3/28/2014 6:16:53 PM Report

"Name some names. Who in particular should have his or her salary lowered? Don't whine generalities. Name a name and give some evidence. I'm waiting. "

Its got nothing to do with who should or shouldn't it's to the point where that is irelevent the province just can't afford it anymore. I could care less if people in the public sector were making millions if we could afford it, but we can't.

In an ideal world we would all get what we want then reality comes knocking, bummer.
inferno 3/28/2014 6:18:08 PM Report

Hats off to Algoma University and Sault College for staying on track of wages, shame on the hospital and school board for such drastic increases. You should be
embarassed to see your names beside excessive increases!
Paddlenut 3/28/2014 6:32:20 PM Report

Hey Sammy

"Ultimately it is the bureaucrat in the public sector who is responsible to see that public money is spent wisely."

In my opinion it's really the political direction that dictates the spending of public money. Political parties set the agenda and bureaucrats implement it (but yes, in a fiscally responsible manner) and in theory, impartially too. Ultimately though, it's a product of the ideology of the ruling party.
ThinkAgain 3/28/2014 6:45:48 PM Report

You people make me laugh, think hard the next time you ask for a Tim Horton's coffee - and you state its not a real job.
Sammy1099 3/28/2014 6:54:19 PM Report

"In my opinion it's really the political direction that dictates the spending of public money. "

Agreed. That’s part of the problem. Any government in Ontario running on a spending cut platform will be committing political suicide.

Eventually some hard decision are going to have to be made, you just cannot function like this indefinitely. All you have to do is look at Greece for example.

My Dad used to say there are things you want and things you can afford. We can’t afford anymore public sector growth; really we can’t afford what we have. Some social programs are nice to have but do we really need them all?

Either some compromise will have to be made on barriers for resource development and policies that are not favourable to industrial development. This isn’t likely to happen because people want there cake and eat it as well. Bottom line you want all these social programs and roads hospitals etc.. You need money to pay for them.
Bad Dawg 3/28/2014 7:22:46 PM Report

I can go make $100/hr welding but being home with my family is worth more than money. I grew up with my Dad making big bucks, but gone 350 days a year and it sucked. New shiny toys aren't everything!!
Money is not everything, you people are healthy and happy in your own lives..... that's all that matters. And if you don't like your bank statement, then you are the only who can do something about it!!
Electricdude 3/28/2014 7:24:55 PM Report

Just to comment on these comments. I'm a licensed electrician. I started as a grunt digging ditches, loading material and doing many other crappy jobs for no money. I worked through it and got a great paying job. I hear all the time "oh must be nice to have a good job" Well you know what? I worked hard and EARNED it. You know what isnt nice the fact that I payed 36 000 in taxes last year. Also I had a room mate a couple years back on welfare and when it came to tax time he got 1800 back on his return. I worked all year and had to pay 500. How fair is that? This country is ass backwards most of the time. These comments are always filled with jealousy, racism or just plan sh*tty comments. If you don't like your job quit. If you can't get a job, go back to school or move from this dead beat town. So tired of the same people bitching and complaining about the same sh*t but doing nothing to better help yourself.
Beej 3/28/2014 7:29:11 PM Report

@ Bella

Electricdude 3/28/2014 7:30:45 PM Report

Also .. Well said BAD DAWG.
right wing 3/28/2014 7:47:34 PM Report


Good for you on working your way up.
Been there and done it.
...but if you paid 36,000 in taxes last year you made an absolute pile of take home and should be complaining about nothing...If not, you have a lousy accountant...I have a great one I'd be glad to send your way.
Verbatim 3/28/2014 9:57:32 PM Report

Bottom line is is what drives people...good or makes life terrible an at the same time we need it to live. The biggest problem is not the people making 100k a year or the people who complain..its the people who control the money and make you believe that its a necessity of life. They are the ones that want you to be a slave to money...a slave to them...peoples perspectives are just out of whack when it come to money
shju 3/28/2014 10:13:07 PM Report

Anyone who says money isn't everything has no money. The only thing better then money is more money.
Working Man 3/29/2014 12:37:44 AM Report

Always a Winner,

I agree with you on certain things and yet also disagree with your arrogance and disregard for other people who choose to hold other jobs.

We 'require' people to work in our grocery stores, we 'require' farmers', we 'require' people to work our fast food chains, we 'require': labourers, tradesmen, janitors, renovators etc...

Seriously dude. If you're an Electical Engineer, do you think that you don't 'require' electricians, linesmans, etc, who don't make 100grand per year?????? Think dude.. First of all, those tradesppl, they do all the grunt work 'for' the engineers. Engineers do most of the brain work, sure. But, Engineers would be worthless without trades people. And 'NO' it's not always a choice!

Some people are born with more of a tolerance regarding information and comprehension and they are gifted more towards really high education. Most aren't. Society 'needs' people who don't have that gift though. Otherwise we'd have all these smart people, but nothing would get done. We'd have all these schematic diagrams and blueprints for stuff and they would just sit there and rot....

Most homeless people, for example, have mental disorders or have bad drug problems(not exactly a choice now is it)? They don't pay any taxes but, they have a lot more to complain about than anyone...

Also, the people who make a whole bunch of money and pay more taxes is a completely irrevelant comment, as those ones make way more money... DUH???? I should not have to explain that a person with a 6figure income shouldn't have to complain about paying 6times more taxes as they take home a lot of money. That is common sense. Which obviously 'some' people don't have much of...

Do you think people 'want' to work till they're 65 and then live on next to nothing on old age pension? I'd rather hang myself than live on 20grand/yr as an old man. That would be retarded...

I have zero complaints regarding the individuals who make over 100grand per year. They deserved it! Do you even know how many doctors aren't even on that list that make 3 times that amount??? And deserve it also?

It pays to have rich parents, it also pays to have parents who influence their children towards higher education. My parents did not! But, I kinda wish they did. I only have 3 years of post-secondary education, but I wish I could have went on to become somebody more pertenant. Again, not exactly a 'choice' now is it?

So, don't be hatin 'always a winner'....

What do you even do for a living anyway? Or are you still a little teenager living at home?
David Poluck 3/29/2014 7:25:29 AM Report

A note from history..

"Let them eat cake" is the traditional translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", supposedly spoken by "a great princess" upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was made from dough enriched with butter and eggs, making it more expensive than bread, the quote supposedly would reflect the princess's obliviousness as to the condition of the people.

Entity 3/29/2014 11:35:09 AM Report

The people who argue that people on the sunshine list should be congratulated for earning as much as they do, are the same people, who in the same breath, will criticize the government for overspending.

Try reconciling that cognitive dissonance...
jessiecat 3/29/2014 2:11:15 PM Report

dirty money
Gurpy 3/29/2014 3:04:24 PM Report

Government doesn`t overspend. They just tend to throw money around and delete emails.
AHappyMan 4/4/2014 10:15:51 AM Report


My spouse is a nurse ( RPN ) at our local hospital and she makes approximately $52,689 per year ($27.02 per hour X 75 hours for 2 weeks X 26 pays in a year).

A professional athlete makes anywheres up to $7,000,000 per year which works out to approximately $3.589 per hour if they worked for 75 hours every two weeks! ( ($3589 X 75 X 26 =$6,998.550)

Although I do enjoy watching sports like most men, I would like to ask each of you this question .... which of the above do you honestly think is worth getting paid more money ... a nurse who works to save lives or an athlete who plays a game ?
Outside Observer 4/4/2014 12:58:34 PM Report

To those who complain about tax rates in Canada.

I work hard and have worked hard to get where I am. I make pretty good money for working hard. I am in a pretty high tax bracket and see lot of my salary go to taxes. But I also see the benefit of my taxes in many things, such as:

(i) the cost of a university education in all Canadian provinces is peanuts compared to the United States. Four years a Canadian school that is as good or better than an American school costs less than one year at most American schools (even public American colleges). I am eternally grateful for that with respect to my own education, and will feel the same way when it comes to my future children;

(ii) universal health care is totally worth the taxes I/we pay. A colleague of mine, who makes similar money and is in a similarily high tax bracket, recently had twins who were born VERY pre-matrurely. His kids were required to be in a preemie-ward at the hospital for over three months. He was lucky to get them into Mount Sinai, one of the best hospitals in Canada. Just to see how much it would cost, he researched how much it would cost in the U.S. In a regular hospital, it would have cost him about $1000 per day PER CHILD. At a hospital the level of Mount Sinai, it would have cost him upwards of $3000 per day PER CHILD. That's upwards of $550,000 over a three month period. He is a bit of a libertarian, but this put into perspective how amazing it is to have universal health insurance - it's something that you don't even have to worry about (as opposed to our American friends). And it's just that, INSURANCE. You may not need it, but when you do (which, at some point in your life, you probably will), you are grateful to have it.

Again, I work very hard and long hours and I get taxed in a high bracket, but based on the two perks above alone (and there are many others), I am happy to pay what I do.
switchback 4/4/2014 2:49:45 PM Report

The fact is there are lots of people locally at Essar, the fomer St. Mary's Paper, GP Flakeboard and other private sector jobs making more than $100,000 per year and yes they earn it, they all do. The only difference is their names do not have to be published.
Get an education, get a haircut, get a "real" job........GEORGE THOROGOOD.
Skuggs 4/4/2014 3:45:39 PM Report

I love listening to everyone complain about what they can change. I AM on this list and will b the first one to tell you that 100K/yr is NOT a lot of money these days, esp with car payments and mortg. etc...and paying approx $25K in tax/yr also..if you dont like what you make go back to school and other ppl who make this salary get ur heads out ur ass it aint that much bling
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