Public sector body compensation disclosure
Find the compensation information for employees and board members of government agencies, boards and commissions.
Public sector bodies are required to disclose the compensation and severance paid to eligible employees, board members and appointees twice per year:
- June 30 - compensation from January 1-December 31 of the previous calendar year
- December 31 - severance from January 1-June 30 of the current calendar year
Under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act and its regulation, this disclosure applies to:
- agencies, boards and commissions governed by the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act, and any subsidiary, except those entities exempt by regulation
- independent offices of the Alberta Legislature
- employees of Covenant Health and its subsidiaries
- Compensation includes base salary, overtime, bonuses, honoraria paid to board members and taxable benefits. This category essentially reflects the income amount on the person’s T4.
- Severance reflects amounts paid or payable related to termination of employment, including retiring allowance.
- Non-monetary (other) benefits are generally non-taxable benefits including the employer’s portion of pension contributions, employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan and Workers' Compensation Board premiums.
Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and amount paid to employees who earn more than the threshold amount during a disclosure period.
|Disclosure year||Employee threshold||Disclosure period|
|June 2018 compensation||$127,765||January 1-December 31, 2017|
|Dec 2017 severance||$127,765||January 1-June 30, 2017|
|June 2017 compensation||$126,375||January 1-December 31, 2016|
|June 2016 compensation||$125,000||January 1-December 31, 2015|
Board member thresholds
Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and amount of compensation and severance paid to board members, regardless of the amount earned during the reporting period.
If no severance was paid, disclosure is not required for the December disclosure.
View compensation disclosures
Public sector bodies are required to publish information on their own web pages or, in some cases, on the website of the government department that oversees them.
Employees may apply to be exempted from having their compensation disclosed only if it could unduly threaten their safety. There are no other grounds for granting exemptions.
- Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act Exemption Policy and Process for Individuals (PDF, 173 KB)
Legislation and regulations
- Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act
- Public Sector Compensation Transparency General Regulation
- Public Sector Compensation Transparency Dissolved Public Sector Bodies Regulation
- Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act
- Independent offices of the Alberta Legislature
Resources for public sector bodies
To help prepare and publish compensation information, public sector bodies can use these resources:
- June 2018 Technical Guide on Compensation Disclosure for Public Sector Bodies (PDF, 279 KB)
- June 2018 Step-by-Step Guide (PDF, 151 KB)
- June 2018 Questions and Answers (PDF, 72 KB)
- June 2018 Nil Report (PDF, 49 KB)
- Assigned Officials for 2018 June Compensation Disclosure (PDF, 76 KB)
- December 2017 Technical Guide on Severance Disclosure for Public Sector Bodies (PDF, 137 KB)
- December 2017 Step-by-Step Guide (PDF, 147 KB)
Disclosure for government employees
The Government of Alberta is required to disclose salary and severance paid to its employees and senior officials.
Disclosure for dissolved public sector bodies
Before a public sector body is dissolved, amalgamated or otherwise ceases to exist, it must make a disclosure set out in sections 3(2), (4) and (5) of the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, as per the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Dissolved Public Sector Bodies Regulation.
If the dissolved or amalgamated agency had positions listed under Column 1 of Schedule 1 of the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Regulation, or was otherwise required to disclose employment and severance contracts, these would also need to be disclosed at that time.
If a public sector body is unable to make the required disclosure, it must provide to the responsible government department the information needed to make that disclosure, as per section 2 of the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Dissolved Public Sector Bodies Regulation.