1 federal employee on 8 wins$ 100,000

News 21 January, 2018
  • Photo Boris Proulx
    Thousands of civil servants who work in the Ottawa parliament are affecting an annual salary of $100,000.

    Boris Proulx and
    Émilie Bergeron

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    OTTAWA | The number of employees in the federal whose annual salary has crossed the symbolic threshold of $ 100,000 has exploded in the past six years, with an increase of nearly 60 %.

    More than 33 000 employees, officers or judges on the approximately 263 000 that account Ottawa who are part of this list gold, obtained by The Newspaper through the Law on access to information.

    For the fiscal year 2016-2017, and it is the eighth, or 12.7 % of all of the public service that earned in the six figures. It is much more than the 7.4 % who received wages during the year 2010-2011.


    The picture presented by the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and obtained by the Newspaper, does not take into account performance bonuses, the payment of overtime or other bonuses. Result : a large number of officials could have pocketed more than $ 100,000 last year.

    The aging of the public service may explain at least part of this increase according to the professional Institute of the public service trade union representing scientists and professionals in the federal government.

    The average salary of these professionals is close to 100 000 $ annually, and could exceed it as they gain in seniority.

    The Treasury Board Secretariat confirms that the majority of employees that affect the salary are professionals, such as engineers, judges, lawyers and senior government officials. It identifies also an increase in leadership positions with the time.

    “The control of wages in the provinces, such as Quebec, is much more severe than at the federal level “, believes for his part, Rémy Trudel, professor of public administration at ENAP.

    He sees in the increase in high-wage one more proof that the federal government did not hesitate to untie its purse for the personnel expenditures.

    All departments and agencies contacted by The Journal were insured comply with the federal standards in employment, and have advanced various reasons for these increases, such as the retention of employees of high level or large size of the organizations.


    The larger departments, such as revenue Agency, national Defence, or public Services and Procurement are also those who have the most employees in the list of the best paid.

    By contrast, smaller organizations are at the top of the ranking if one looks at the proportion of their employees who earn more than $ 100,000 per year.

    “They are probably employees, highly skilled, who have a lot of degrees,” said Pierre P. Tremblay, associate professor of public administration at UQAM.

    Compensation, including overtime hours, costs approximately 39.6 G$ per year to the canadian taxpayer, on a total budget of more than 315 G$.


    The addition of employees to more than 100 000 $ / year in 2016-2017

    • Revenue agency : 3520 employees on 40 223
    • Ministry of Justice : 1989 employees on 4461
    • National defense : 1949 employees on 23 178
    • World affairs : 1694 employees on 6061
    • Public Services and Procurement : 1429 employees on 12 894
    • Employment and social Development : 1380 employees on 23 729


    The agencies that pay the largest share of employees over $ 100,000 / year

    • Federal judges : Each of the 1151 (100 %)
    • External review committee the RCMP : 5 of 6 employees (83 %)
    • Office of the superintendent of financial institutions : 417 of 688 employees (61 %)
    • Committee oversight of information security : 13 out of 22 employees (59 %)
    • International joint Commission : 16 of the 32 employees (50 %)


    The judges at the top of the pyramid to 300 000 $

    OTTAWA | Not less than 1093 employees have earned more than $ 300 000 during the last fiscal year, which represents a dramatic increase compared to the 17 who earned a salary in this range in 2011.

    This increase of high incomes can be explained by the salary of 1082 federal judges who have passed the cap of $ 300,000 per year as a result of an increase granted by the government in 2016.

    In addition to judges, a few other leaders of organizations to reach the threshold of the base salary to more than $ 300,000 as a to the CRTC, the national energy Board or the Office of the superintendent of financial institutions, in addition to officials of the treasury Board Secretariat and the privy council Office.

    The best paid

    Of all the federal government, the chief justice of the supreme Court earn more than $ 400,000 per year, without including overtime hours or bonuses.

    The one who occupied this position last year, Beverley McLachlin, has pocketed 403 $ 800 in lieu of a base salary determined by the Law on judges.

    It is now the Quebec Richard Wagner, who paid the tidy sum this year.

    Statistics Canada calculates that it is necessary to have gained 234 $ 700 to be part of the 1 % of the highest salaries in the country. The median income of canadian households was over 70 336 $ in 2015, according to the data of the last census.