TORONTO, March 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontarians aren't getting a clear picture
of government pay practices from the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.
"Today's release of the 'Sunshine List' doesn't show tens of thousands
of high-income-earners who get all or part of their pay from working
for government," Warren (Smokey) Thomas said. "If you really want to
know how the government pays people, you should be including private
contractors and those who work for them under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act."
The percentage of government revenues that goes directly to the private
sector has risen sharply since the late 1990s. A new analysis of
Statistics Canada data by the Centre for Spatial Economics (C4SE) shows
that in 1997, 27 per cent of provincial program spending went to the
private sector. By 2010, that number was 38 per cent.
"With program spending this year budgeted at $117 billion, and 38 per
cent of that going to the private sector, we are talking about a
$44-billion ocean of money that is subject to very limited public
scrutiny and, because it involves private contracts, considerable
secrecy," said Thomas.
"Making private contractors and their employees subject to the same
rules as public employees would give the citizens of Ontario a whole
new window into the actual workings of government - and where their
Thomas first called for putting contractors on the Sunshine List on February 26.
The C4SE analysis is based on Statistics Canada's input-output tables,
information from which is only available for the 1997 to 2010 period.
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas (613) 329-1931 (cell)