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03/28/2014 01:29 EDT | Updated 05/28/2014 05:59 EDT

'Sunshine list' 2014: Ontario's top public earners list released

Ontario's list of public servants who take home more than $100,000 a year — the so-called Sunshine List — has been  released.

The list chronicles every public provincial servant whose paycheque exceeds six figures. This year's list was released to the public in the form of five thick binders, CBC Queen's Park reporter Genevieve Tomney reported.

CBC.ca will also publish the entire list after its release in a document you can search.

Each year the list gets longer — there were 88,412 names on last year's list — raising calls that the $100,000 benchmark should be raised. The list includes everyone from police, to school board administers, to hospital executives and municipal employees.

The Sunshine List was brought in under the Mike Harris-led Progressive Conservative government in 1996. At the time, Harris said it served as an important check on the public payroll.

The Public Salary Disclosure Act requires organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in a calendar year.

The act applies to organizations such as the Government of Ontario, Crown agencies, municipalities, hospitals, public health boards, school boards, universities, colleges, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and other public sector employers who receive a significant level of funding from the provincial government.

Since then there have been calls to raise the $100,000 salary threshold.

The Sunshine List also lays bare the salaries of the province's top bureaucrats. The heads of large provincial bodies such as Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Hydro often top the list.