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Government Expands Sunshine List of Publicly Funded Positions

Remuneration of higher-income earners and board members at public-sector bodies will begin to be posted online.

Approximately 150 agencies, boards and commissions are required to publicly disclose compensation information for employees who earn more than $125,000 a year in total compensation, as well as all compensation paid to any board appointees. Public-sector compensation disclosure is an accountability tool used in many other jurisdictions, including Ontario and British Columbia.

“Albertans deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent. That’s why our government is developing a new executive compensation framework to apply to agencies, boards and commissions in the future. This will ensure greater accountability, consistency and transparency for Alberta taxpayers.”

Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance

Most public-sector bodies are required to publish compensation information on their own web pages, but in some cases it may be found on the website of the government department that oversees the public-sector body. Links to the disclosure pages for each agency, board or commission will be added to the central government page as public-sector bodies have their information posted online. This work will be completed by June 30, which is the legislated deadline for disclosure.

A few public-sector bodies, including the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge, are expected to post their information on the legislated deadline of June 30. Due to the wildfires, Keyano College and Alberta Health Services in Fort McMurray have been granted an extension until September 30.

Quick facts

  • Compensation information must remain available online for a minimum five-year period.
  • While contract disclosure for public-sector bodies is not currently a requirement, it will be aligned with the work underway to standardize compensation practices in public-sector bodies. In the future, contract disclosure will apply to the same individuals as the new executive compensation framework, which is being developed. The framework is expected to be introduced by next spring.
  • Provisions in the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act and Public Sector Compensation Transparency General Regulation allow the minister responsible for the act to either conduct an audit or order an entity to self audit if one of the agencies, boards or commissions fails to publicly disclose.
  • As with last year, the salary disclosure for Government of Alberta staff will be posted online on June 30.

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