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Sunshine

Top Earners Via your Tax Dollars

The Sunshine List does not include compensation in the form of health and other benefits that taxpayers fund, nor pension contributions.

Toronto - Ontario’s Sunshine List is huge. Since it was first developed in 1996 the list has grown exponentially and now it is published in a format that’s very difficult to use and analyze. SunshineList.ca has developed an innovative tool to study the annual Ontario Sunshine List release of public sector salaries over $100,000. It is easy to use and a great for analyzing trends. Using historical data, it provides insights into trends and identifies outliers in the data that may be worth investigation.

As usual there is a keen public interest in making sure that there is accountability in the way that public funds are used to compensate an increasing number of public sector elites. It has grown from a few thousand in 1996 to 111,639 in 2015.

Every year there is a call to increase the threshold income for the Sunshine List. There are many reasons to keep it at $100,000:

Canadians’ income have been flat in the private sector for many years. The last StatsCan report shows the Ontario average wage at $50,572.

The Sunshine List does not include compensation in the form of health and other benefits that taxpayers fund, nor pension contributions.

Most employees on the Sunshine List will get an annual pension for life worth 70% of their salary.
In 2015 there were 23,000 employees over $140,000 in income, the level that would qualify employees for a $100,000 annual pension.

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