Let The Sunshine In


118 employees at the Sault Area Hospital earned over $100,000 last year . Former President and CEO Ron Gagnon topped the annual sunshine list announced yesterday by the Province.  Gagnon earned $391,512 in 2018.

Over 194 employees of the City including those at City Hall, Police and Fire Services made the list last year with the City CAO Al Horsman taking the biggest salary of $206,161 . Other high earners include Deputy CAO of public works and engineering Larry Girardi taking home $184,616. Sault Ste. Marie has just over 600 public service employees that made the annual sunshine list in total.

Former Police Chief Robert Keetch earned $210,305.49 while Fire Chief Peter Johnson’s salary was listed at $152,709.

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

The release shows the total number of employees disclosed under the Act continued to grow in 2018, increasing by 19,131 employees, or 14.5%. A large portion of the increase is attributable to the Broader Public Sector, which specifically saw an increase of 17,792 employees disclosed, or 15.4% in 2018.

In addition, the data shows that the number of employees earning more than $100,000 at the agencies that make up Ontario Health has grown from 138 in 2003 to 1,469 in 2018, a 964.5% increase.

Between 2003 and 2018, average salaries of all employees in the public sector, including those making less than $100,000, increased by 48.1%. By 2017, the average private sector worker earned $16,049 less than the average Ontario public sector employee. This income disparity has steadily grown since 2003 and the average private sector Ontario worker’s salary in 2017 is now 33.6% lower than the salary for the average Ontario public sector employee.

For the full list of all Ontario employees paid over $100,000 in 2018 go to  www.ontario.ca



  1. What do Canadians care, we sit back and take it up the ass. No sense in complaining, especially if you do it on Facebook! If you want to make change, which we desperately need, go fight the problem head on. We need to get a ssm group started to address the people, not the people that work for the people and their fat pay checks! Must be nice 👍

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