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
- other public sector bodies identified in the regulations
Public sector bodies are required to disclose the compensation and severance paid to eligible employees and board members twice per year:
- June 30 - compensation from January 1 to December 31 of the previous calendar year
- December 31 - severance from January 1 to June 30 of the current calendar year
Public Sector Body disclosure is separate from disclosure for Government of Alberta employees.
What is disclosed and thresholds
- 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.
- Employment and/or severance contracts for:
- Designated executives under the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Regulation
- Designated executives under the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions (Post-Secondary Institutions) Compensation Regulation
- The Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Health Services
- The Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Electric System Operator
Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and amount of compensation and severance paid to employees who earn more than the threshold amount for that disclosure period.
For December disclosures, if no severance was paid, disclosure is not required.
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Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and amount of compensation and severance paid to members, regardless of the amount earned during the reporting period.
If no severance was paid, disclosure is not required for the December disclosure.
Individuals 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.
Disclosure for dissolved public sector bodies
Before a public sector body is dissolved, amalgamated or otherwise ceases to exist, it must make a disclosure, as per the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Dissolved Public Sector Bodies Regulation.
If the dissolved or amalgamated agency had positions listed under the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Regulation, or was otherwise required to disclose employment and severance contracts, these would also be disclosed.
If a public sector body is unable to make the required disclosure, it must provide the information needed to make that disclosure to the responsible government department.
Viewing compensation disclosures
Public sector bodies are required to publish information on their own web pages (if they have a website), or on the Government of Alberta website. All links to disclosure pages are included on this page: Public agencies compensation disclosure by ministry. This information is consolidated in the public sector body compensation database.
Below are links to individual disclosure pages. Information on each public sector body is added to the consolidated database as they become available. If the information for a public sector body is not yet in the database, you may view their page using the links below.
Resources for public sector bodies
To help prepare and publish compensation information, public sector bodies can use these resources:
- June 2020 Technical Guide on Compensation Disclosure for Public Sector Bodies (PDF, 668 KB)
- June 2020 Step-by-Step Guide (PDF, 588 KB)
- June 2020 Questions and Answers (PDF, 565 KB)
- June 2020 Nil Report Template (PDF, 310 KB)
- December 2019 Technical Guide on Severance Disclosure for Public Sector Bodies (PDF, 553 KB)
- December 2019 Step-by-Step Guide (PDF, 516 KB)
Disclosure for government employees
The Government of Alberta is required to disclose salary and severance paid to its employees and senior officials (separate from Public Sector Body disclosure).