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Dec 20, 2013

Alberta introduces new salary and severance disclosure policy

Salary, benefits and severance amounts will be disclosed for public-sector employees earning over $100,000
    
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Alberta has introduced a new salary and severance disclosure that will require the province to disclosure compensation information for government employees earning more than $100,000.

Salary, benefits and severance amounts will now be publicly disclosed for all employees above the $100,000 line. Where applicable, these employees’ contract and termination agreements will also be disclosed.

“Building off our creation of Canada’s most transparent expense disclosure policy, this compensation disclosure is another significant step in support of Premier Redford’s commitment to responsible change and demonstrates our accountability to Alberta taxpayers,” said Don Scott, associate minister of accountability, transparency and transformation. 

“We continue to take concrete steps to proactively and routinely disclose information that is of public interest.” 

The disclosure system will be online at alberta.ca, and compensation information for 2012 and 2013 will be posted on the new portal by January 31, 2014. In the future, compensation information will be posed in June and December.

“This has been a priority policy and accountability issue for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) over the last few years. The guidelines presented today are a big win for taxpayers and the Alberta supporters of the CTF. This just what the CTF asked for. Alberta’s new sunshine list is now the gold-standard example for other jurisdictions to follow,” said Derek Fildebrandt, Alberta director for the CTF.

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