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Sunshine list grows with top public sector earners

Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act is designed to ensure accountability to taxpayers.

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The Ontario government’s annual Sunshine List has been released.

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This year’s list shows 121 City of Sault Ste. Marie employees earned more than $100,000 in 2021. That doesn’t include police or fire employees.

The sum of the salaries totals a little more than $15.3 million and includes 55 positions or titles.

Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act is designed to “ensure accountability to taxpayers,” the government says. An annual list publishes what has become known as the Sunshine list of public sector employees who earn more than $100,000 in the previous calendar list.

The first list was published in 1996.

From the City of Sault Ste. Marie, CAO Malcolm White was the top earner with $217,336.10. Deputy CAOs Tom Vair and Larry Girardi were each paid $189,665.

The city’s chief financial officer Shelley Schell and the city solicitor Karen Fields both earned a little more than $171,000, while departmental directors Susan Hamilton Beach, Peter Niro and Don Elliott all earned $154,850 and Manger of Information Systems Frank Coccimiglio $152,335.

A number of other city employees also made the list, most in the managerial ranks.

Police Chief High Stevenson earned $214,239 and deputy chief Robert Maclachlan earned $177,223. In addition, a total of 124 employees, with 10 titles were listed, ranging from mid-level civilian management, to inspectors, staff sergeants and first-class constables.

Fire Chief Peter Johnson topped this list for his staff at $180,261.

In addition, there were also 73 members of the fire department, including deputy chiefs, platoon chiefs, captains and first-class firefighters that also earned more than $100,000 in 2021.

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The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board has 19 employees on the list, with CEO Mike Nadeau earning top wages of $173,165. Salaries of the individuals on the list, which includes 12 positions, totals $2.24 million.

The Algoma District Services Administration Board listed 49 people on the 2021 list, with CEO Keith Bell earning the top salary of $209,119.

The Algoma District School Board has 460 employees on the list. Topping the list is Lucia Reece, director of education, earning $210,423. Superintendents Joe Santa Maria and Joseph Maurice both earned more than $174,000 while superintendents, Brent Vallee and Marcy Bell were listed at slightly higher than $160,000.

By comparison, the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board’s listing includes 216 employees with a total salary sum of $22.8 million. Director Rose Burton Spohn earned $180,792 while superintendents Danny Viotto, Christine Durocher, Josephi Chilelli and Justin Pino each earned a little more than $154,000 each.

Algoma University has 93 employees on the list, totalling salaries of $12.58 million, with president and vice-chancellor Asima Vezina earning $236,000.

Sault College’s list included 97 names, with president Ron Common earning $287,288.

Sault Ste. Marie’s largest public sector employer, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., includes 425 employees on the list – from across the corporation at all its offices – with total salaries of $58.7 million.

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President and CEO Al Hannay earned $593,841 as the top earner.

On the health-care front, Sault Area Hospital reported 189 employees making the list, with a salary sum of $22.8 million. Former president and CEO Wendy Hansson earned $398,676 and newly appointed president Ila Watson earned $251,928 in 2021.

The Group Health Centre listed 13 employees on their annual list with a salary sum of $1.8 million. Former CEO Alex Lambert topped the list at $291,000.

In total across the province, 244,390 sector employees make the list, with the total sum of salaries more than $30 million.

The complete 2022 Ontario Sunshine List can be found at https://www.sunshineliststats.com.

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