Public Sector Body Compensation Disclosure
Find the compensation information for employees, board members and appointees of government agencies, boards and commissions.
Public sector bodies are required to disclose the information twice per year:
- June 30 - compensation for the period Jan 1-Dec 31 from the previous calendar year
- Dec 31 - severance for the period Jan 1-June 30 from the first half of the calendar year
This is a requirement under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act and its regulation, which 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 Legislature
- employees of Covenant Health and its subsidiaries
Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and amount paid to employees who earn more than the threshold during a disclosure period.
|Disclosure year||Employee threshold||Disclosure period|
|June 2016 compensation||$125,000||Jan 1-Dec 31, 2015|
|June 2017 compensation||$126,375||Jan 1-Dec 31, 2016|
|Dec 2017 severance||$127,765||Jan 1-June 30, 2017|
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.
- Compensation includes base salary, overtime, bonuses, honorariums 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 in relation 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, CPP and WCB premiums.
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.
Public sector bodies may wish to complete a Privacy Impact Assessment and an Access Impact Assessment, which would ensure compliance with both the PSCTA and the FOIP Act.
While public sector bodies are not legally required to complete a Privacy Impact Assessment or an Access Impact Assessment, the Information and Privacy Commissioner advises public sector bodies to complete both of these assessments before preparing to disclose compensation information.
Resources for public sector bodies
To help prepare and publish compensation information, public sector bodies can use these resources:
- Assigned officials in government departments (0.2 MB)
- Technical Guide for Public Sector Bodies (0.1 MB)
- Step-by-Step Guide (0.1 MB)
Employees may apply to be exempted from having their compensation disclosed only if this could unduly threaten their safety. There are no other grounds for granting exemptions.
Disclosure for physicians and other medical practitioners
The Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act applies to employees or members of government and public sector bodies, including physicians who work as employees. The Act allows for regulations enabling payments to physicians (such as fee for service payments, and payments through other funding mechanisms) to be disclosed.
To date, no regulations on physician payment disclosure have been enacted, and no decisions have been made on the possible timing, scope or content for those regulations. As such, applications for a safety exemption for non-employment payments to physicians would not be applicable at this time. It is anticipated that when regulations relating to disclosure of physician compensation are passed, a safety exemption application process for physicians will also be established. Those who wish to apply for a safety exemption may do so at that time.
Disclosure for dissolved public sector bodies
Before a public sector body is dissolved, amalgamated or otherwise cease 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 or 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.