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Grey Highlands has eight staffers on Sunshine list

CAO and other Grey Highlands senior managers were on the Sunshine List
Grey Highlands town hall
The Grey Highlands municipal office.

The Municipality of Grey Highlands had eight members of staff on the 2022 Sunshine List.

A total of eight senior management of the municipality were on the list of public employees earning more than $100,000 in 2022.

By provincial legislation (Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996), the town is required to disclose to the Ministry of Finance the names, positions, salaries and taxable benefits of all employees paid $100,000 more during the year. The province publishes those disclosures, and the annual release is called the Sunshine List.

The eight Grey Highlands staff paid $100,000 or more in 2022 were:

  • Debbie Anderson-Shanley, Chief Building Official, salary: $104,679.75, benefits:  $1,347.05.
  • Michael Benner, Director of Planning, salary: $118,162.37, benefits: $1,240.07.
  • Chris Cornfield, Director of Transportation and Public Spaces, salary: $106,860.39, benefits: $1,425.20.
  • Karan Govan, Chief Administrative Officers, salary: $185,457.25, benefits: $2,208.54.
  • Michele Harris, Director of Community and Economic Development, salary: $118,776, benefits: $1,578.94
  • Raylene Martell, Director of Corporate and Legislative Services/Clerk, salary: $119,276, benefits: $1,578.94.
  • Shawn Moyer, Director of Environmental Services, salary: $125,105.56, benefits: $1,632.91.
  • Marty Wellwood, Fire Chief, salary: $100,648.65, benefits: $1,328.22

Since the Sunshine List was established in 1996, the threshold for disclosure (salaries of $100,000) has not changed. According to the government of Ontario website used for Sunshine List disclosure, the Canadian Consumer Price Index has increased by 54 per cent between 1996 and 2020. 

If the original threshold established in 1996 followed inflation, the 2018 Ontario list would have been reduced by 87 per cent (from 205,470 people in 2020 to 26,245 people). There were 4,494 people on the Sunshine List when it came out in 1996.

Based on purchasing power parity, a salary of $100,000 in 2020 is equivalent to a salary of $64,889 in 1996.