TORONTO — The annual list of Ontario public servants who have cracked the six-figure salary mark increased by almost 11% last year.
There are 97,796 public servants on the annual Sunshine List, compared to 88,412 in 2012.
"Ontario has the leanest government in Canada while still providing high-quality public services," Finance Minister Charles Sousa said in a statement Friday.
Former premier Dalton McGuinty, who left office in January 2013, walked away with $174,694, the vast majority of it severance.
His successor, Premier Kathleen Wynne, found $198,521 in her pay packet.
Tom Mitchell, the CEO of Ontario Power Generation, which the auditor criticized last fall for its generous pensions, topped the list at just over $1.7 million with almost $6,800 in taxable benefits.
"OPG salaries are benchmarked against other utilities," OPG spokesman Neal Kelly said in an e-mail. "In the case of the CEO, the salary is well below the 50th percentile compared to peer benchmarks of other utilities of similar size and complexity, including multiple nuclear and large hydroelectric stations. In 2013, Mr. Mitchell's salary was less than 2012."