Public agencies, boards and commissions compensation framework

The Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Act enables government to develop regulations to set compensation frameworks.

A compensation regulation under the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Act establishes total compensation, including salaries and benefits, for chief executive officers (CEOs) or equivalents in 23 provincial agencies that are part of the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act.

Compensation regulation framework

The compensation regulation comes into effect March 16, 2017. It applies immediately to new hires and reappointments, and to incumbants after a two-year notice period.

These changes set salary bands for CEOs, bringing their pay in line with public sector equivalents. The changes also mandate the following:

  • eliminating executive bonuses
  • eliminating executive market modifiers, which is added pay over and above regular salary
  • capping executive severance pay at 12 months
  • aligning other executive compensation components, such as benefits like private health care access
  • eliminating perks such as retention bonuses, golf club memberships and housing allowances

Table 1 compares the 2015 compensation disclosure amount for CEOs (and equivalents) under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act with existing base salary and variable pay as submitted by public agencies in 2016.  The new base salary ranges and actual base salary amounts under the new compensation regulation are also shown.

Agency name 2015 Compensation disclosure amount1 Existing base salary4 Existing variable pay New CEO base salary range New CEO base salary5
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation $732,1032 $518,4712 N/A $223,040 – $301,760 TBC
Alberta Energy Regulator $721,680 $525,000 N/A $264,480 – $396,720 $396,720
Alberta Enterprise Corporation Board $203,982 $275,000 N/A $184,365 – $249,435 $249,435
Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission $367,125 $286,977 N/A $223,040 – $301,760 $286,977
Alberta Human Rights Commission $341,917 $258,375 N/A $184,365 – $249,435 $249,435
Alberta Innovates $284,4243 $360,000 N/A $264,480 – $396,720 $360,000
Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan $329,222 $248,200 $52,800 $184,365 – $249,435 $248,200
Alberta Pensions Services Corporation $411,617 $264,576 $73,023 $223,040 – $301,760 $264,576
Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission $658,014 $600,000 N/A $223,040 – $301,760 $301,760
Alberta Securities Commission $487,3563 $491,032 N/A $333,280 – $499,920 $491,032
Alberta Utilities Commission $529,400 $345,849 N/A $264,480 – $396,720 $345,849
Appeals Commission for Workers’ Compensation $285,945 $217,589 N/A $184,365 – $249,435 $217,589
Balancing Pool $416,739 $364,000 N/A $153,595 – $207,805 $207,805
Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation $365,169 $309,000 N/A $223,040 – $301,760 $301,760
Energy Efficiency Alberta (new agency) N/A N/A N/A $153,595 – $207,805 TBC
Health Quality Council of Alberta $405,540 $350,000 N/A $184,365 – $249,435 $249,435
Labour Relations Board $314,8362 $217,5896 N/A $184,365 – $249,435 $217,589
Land Compensation Board/ Surface Rights Board $275,731 $214,032 N/A $184,365 – $249,435 $214,032
Market Surveillance Administrator $252,572 $286,977 N/A $153,595 – $207,805 $207,805
Natural Resources Conservation Board $237,711 $217,589 N/A $184,365 – $249,435 $217,589
Travel Alberta $240,946 $230,000 N/A $184,365 – $249,435 $230,000
Workers’ Compensation Board $896,206 $475,000 $218,313 $264,480 – $396,720 $396,720

Includes base salary, bonuses, non-taxable benefits as well as non-monetary benefits such as pension contributions (employer's portion), employment insurance, CPP and WCB premiums.

Previous CEO’s salary disclosure amount

Interim CEO information reported in salary disclosure

Base salaries submitted as per Section (4) of the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Act (RABCCA).

New CEO Base Salary will immediately take effect for new hires or reappointments; or on March 16, 2019 for existing incumbents.

Existing Base Salary amount based on current incumbent’s existing base salary.

Post-secondary executive compensation

The compensation regulation for designated executives (presidents or equivalent) at Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions (PSIs) comes into effect April 15, 2018.

The regulation applies to Alberta’s 20 public PSIs that are subject to the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act (APAGA) and that are deemed designated agencies under RABCCA.

There is a two-year transition period in effect from the regulation’s effective date (April 15, 2018), or until a president’s contract is extended, amended or renewed, whichever occurs first.

By April 14, 2020, all affected public PSI presidents must have a contract that adheres to the regulation.

Post-secondary Institutions Compensation Regulation fact sheet (PDF, 370 KB)

Table 2 lists base salaries for public-sector institution presidents

Public Agency (PSI) Position Level Minimum salary Mid-range salary Maximum salary
The Governors of The University of Alberta President and Vice-Chancellor 5 $349,800 $388,700 $447,000
The Governors of The University of Calgary President and Vice-Chancellor 5 $349,800 $388,700 $447,000
The Governors of the University of Lethbridge President and Vice-Chancellor 4 $279,300 $310,300 $356,800
Board of Governors of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology President and CEO 4 $279,300 $310,300 $356,800
Board of Governors of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology President and CEO 4 $279,300 $310,300 $356,800
The Governors of Athabasca University President 3 $238,700 $265,200 $305,000
The Board of Governors of Grant MacEwan University President 3 $238,700 $265,200 $305,000
The Board of Governors of Mount Royal University President 3 $238,700 $265,200 $305,000
The Board of Governors of Bow Valley College President and CEO 2 $209,300 $232,600 $267,500
The Board of Governors of Lethbridge College President and CEO 2 $209,300 $232,600 $267,500
The Board of Governors of NorQuest College President and CEO 2 $209,300 $232,600 $267,500
The Board of Governors of Red Deer College President 2 $209,300 $232,600 $267,500
The Board of Governors of Alberta College of Art and Design President 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Grande Prairie Regional College President 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Keyano College President and CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Lakeland College President and CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Medicine Hat College President and CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Northern Lakes College President and CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Olds College President 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100
The Board of Governors of Portage College President (CEO 1 $184,000 $204,400 $235,100

Note: The title of a position in Column 2 includes any other title or name that is or may be used for that position.

Executive compensation plans

The following agencies, boards and commissions are required to submit executive compensation plans annually:

  • Alberta Management Investment Corporation (AIMCo), Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) and the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF). These large financial agencies have direct private sector counterparts, such as banks and investment firms. Their compensation must be designed for the specialized financial market in which they operate, while demonstrating alignment with government’s compensation principles.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s only fully integrated provincial health system and there is no similar organization to provide a relevant comparison of compensation. AHS will submit a compensation plan to ensure scrutiny of its compensation practices. Transparency will continue to be provided through mandated salary disclosure.
  • The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) plays a critical role as Alberta’s electricity system transitions to a capacity market. This shift requires executive continuity. In the interim, total compensation will be frozen at AESO and the agency will be required to submit a compensation plan that demonstrates how it is aligned to achieve the goals of the market transition.

Supporting documents

News: Cutting excessive post-secondary salaries (April 10, 2018)

News: Government reins in agency CEO pay and benefits (Feb 24, 2017)

News: Government to ensure consistency in executive compensation (May 18, 2016)

Designated Agencies (PDF, 460 KB)

Ministerial Guidelines (PDF, 220 KB)

Regulation Handbook (PDF, 960 KB)