Sunshine list of highest paid public sector workers in Ontario out today

TORONTO – 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.

The sunshine list provides the names and salaries of public sector workers — including politicians, civil servants, doctors, nurses and police — who are paid at least $100,000.

There were nearly 79,000 names on last year’s list, prompting talk of raising the income threshold which was first set almost 20 years ago.

Wynne knows not everyone would agree with raising the limit, admitting there would be resistance because many people still believe $100,000 is a lot of money.

She says what’s important is that the system is transparent so people know how much public sector workers are earning and what they’re doing for that money.

Tom Mitchell, president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation, is usually near the top of the sunshine list, collecting $1.8 million last year, followed by Clifford Nordal, CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, whose pay package topped $1.45 million.