June 30, 2017
Newfoundland and Labrador Joins Other Provinces in Releasing Compensation Disclosure Information
In line with the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act (the Act), passed in December 2016, the Provincial Government today posted online the 2016 Public Sector Compensation listings. The lists includes all employees in government and specified public bodies including agencies, boards, commissions, health care bodies, educational bodies and Crown corporations who receive total compensation of over $100,000 a year.
The lists includes the name of the employee, official job title, name of the department or public body in which they are employed, and includes total compensation as well as a breakdown of base salary, overtime, shift premiums, retroactive pay, bonuses, other compensation, as well as severance where applicable.
The Act provides that an individual employee may be exempted from disclosure if it could reasonably be expected to threaten the safety or mental or physical health of the employee. There were no other grounds for granting individual employees an exemption to disclosure. In total there were 44 employees who were granted exemptions from the Compensation Disclosure list.
In addition, employees with the RNCA who qualify for the Compensation Disclosure list were granted a partial exemption. For reasons of safety associated with being a member of the RNCA, names of employees on the list from the RNCA will not be disclosed and instead each member’s name will be shown using a unique identifier. Job title and applicable compensation information will be shown as per the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act.
“The Provincial Government spends approximately $3.3 billion annually on employee salaries and benefits amounting to 40 per cent of total expenses of $8.5 billion. It stands to reason that this information should be available to the public as it is important for the people of the province to have access to information about government spending in an open and transparent way. That is why we join with other provinces in Canada in the proactive disclosure of compensation information.”
Honourable Cathy Bennett
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board
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The Compensation Disclosure list can be found on the Human Resource Secretariat website at www.exec.gov.nl.ca/exec/hrs/compensation_disclosure.html.
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Public Bodies - Public Sector Compensation Transparency Regulations
The regulations specify that the public bodies to be governed by the Act include the following:
Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities
C.A. Pippy Park Commission
Central Regional Health Authority
College of the North Atlantic
Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador
Eastern Regional Health Authority
Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission
Government Purchasing Agency
Human Rights Commission
Independent Appointments Commission
Labour Relations Board
Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority
Marble Mountain Development Corporation
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Mental Health Review Board
Multi-Materials Stewardship Board
Municipal Assessment Agency
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information
Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation
Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Care Plan
NL 911 Bureau Inc.
NL English School District
Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Provincial Information and Library Resources Board
Public Service Commission
Research & Development Corporation
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
Student Loan Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Rooms Corporation
Western Regional Health Authority
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Review Division
2017 06 30 10:15 a.m.