Nova Scotia introduces compensation disclosure act

Public sector employees who earn $100,000 or more will be posted on new website
||Last Updated: 01/05/2011

Nova Scotia's new Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act will make government spending more transparent and accountable, said Minister of Finance Graham Steele.

"The purpose of this legislation is to expand reporting of compensation to people who work for public sector bodies," said Steele.

"This will make it much easier for taxpayers to see where their money is going and to judge for themselves whether the compensation is reasonable."

Highlights of the new legislation include reporting the name and amount of compensation for people working for public sector bodies who earn $100,000 or more each year.

The information must be disclosed in an audited statement and must be posted to a publicly-accessible website.

The legislation will apply to Crown corporations, agencies, boards, and government business enterprises. It will also apply to any body designated in regulations.

"We know there is a tremendous variety of organizational structures and payment arrangements in the broader public sector, and so some time will be needed to work out exactly how this new reporting requirement will work for any given organization," said Steele.

"We are happy to work with any public-sector body to help them understand exactly what their new obligations will be."

The first mandatory report under the legislation will be for the 2011-12 fiscal year. If any public-sector body is ready to report before then, it may do so.

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