Compensation in the Public Sector

Last updated on February 22, 2022

To ensure a fair and transparent approach to compensation within public sector organizations, specific policies guide excluded and executive employee compensation.

Public sector employers are also required to report compensation for senior and executive employees that have an annualized base salary of $125,000 or more.

Compensation for excluded employees may include:

  • base salary 
  • holdback or bonus
  • statutory and health benefits and Pension contributions other allowances and/or payments which may include vacation payout, sick leave payout, vehicle allowance, paid parking, severance/salary continuance, retirement allowance or long-service recognition allowance, professional dues or fees, and/or administrative leaves not required by the employer for the position
  • Allowances and reimbursable expenses

The Public Sector Employers' Council Secretariat (PSEC Secretariat) coordinates the broad executive compensation disclosure on an annual basis and provides specific instructions and support to assist public sector organizations in meeting this annual statutory requirement under the Public Sector Employers Act.

The Financial Information Act requires public bodies and organizations to prepare a statement of financial information for all employees who earned more than $75,000 in cash compensation ― or total remuneration paid to the employee and total amount paid for the employee's expenses ― within six months after the end of the organization’s fiscal year.