Sunshine list reveals OPG CEO Tom Mitchell highest paid public sector worker in Ontario

TORONTO – Executives from Ontario’s energy agencies are at the top of the list of public sector employees being paid more than $100,000 last year.

Tom Mitchell, president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation, is the highest paid at $1.7 million, down slightly from 2011, followed by Hydro One CEO Laura Formusa at $1.04 million.

The so-called sunshine list of workers earning at least $100,000, which includes doctors, nurses, teachers, police and firefighters in addition to civil servants, increased 11 per cent last year to 88,412.

However, the government says the average salary on the list deceased by $2,000 to $125,566.

Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledges some people want to raise the $100,000 income threshold first set almost 20 years ago, but says that’s still a lot of money for most people.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the Liberals have no intention of raising the income limit for the sunshine list, which was first set in 1996.

Wynne says what’s important is that the system is transparent so people know how much public sector workers are earning and what they’re doing for that money.

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