Sunshine List In Ontario For 2013 Embarrassing For Toronto Police

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says it's time to talk about raising the $100,000 income threshold for Ontario's so-called sunshine list of public sector workers, which will be released today. (CP)
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says it's time to talk about raising the $100,000 income threshold for Ontario's so-called sunshine list of public sector workers, which will be released today. (CP)

UPDATE: The sunshine list for Ontario public sector workers has been revealed.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says it may be time to raise the $100,000 income threshold for the so-called “sunshine list,” which documents the names and salaries of public sector workers.

The list — which will be released today — includes politicians, doctors, police, nurses and civil servants who all earn at least $100,000 a year. Last year, nearly 80,000 names cracked the list.

Wynne says she wants the system to remain transparent, but that because the income threshold was set almost 20 years ago, it may be time for a change.

Wynne also concedes that many people still believe $100,000 is a lot of money.

Tom Mitchell, president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation, topped last year’s list with a salary of $1.8 million. He is expected to be near the top again today.

The numbers may prove particularly embarrassing for the Toronto Police.

Nearly 3,200 officers and civilian employees — including a cadet-in-training — cracked the list, according to the Toronto Sun,

That means roughly 40 per cent of the 8,000 employees are in the $100,000 club.

Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash told The Toronto Star collective agreement pay hikes and a calendar blip is behind the increase in $100,000 earners.

Pugash says that every 11 years, employees get their biweekly pay 27 times instead of 26, pushing several hundred employees over the threshold.

Toronto police are already the highest paid in the country.

Toronto Police chief Bill Blair took in $367,719.94 in 2012 with $3,006.72 in benefits, according to the Star.

With files from The Canadian Press

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