A Statement on Deputy Ministers' SalariesPublished on October 21, 2019
Reports of an increase in salary for Deputy Ministers are incorrect.
MISSISSAUGA – “There are a number of inaccurate reports circulating online about a 14% pay increase for Deputy Ministers,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “As Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board, with responsibility for Internal Audit, I would like to take this opportunity to correct the record.”
“It's true that the minimum salary for Deputy Ministers increased by 14% under the previous government, from $205,000 in April 2016, to $234,000 in October 2017. However, since our government took office in June 2018, it has remained unchanged at $234,000; there has been no increase.” said Cuzzetto. “In fact, one of the first actions we took as a government was to cancel a scheduled automatic pay increase that would have seen Deputy Minister salaries raise by 11%.”
“There has been a modest increase of 2% to the maximum salary in the range for Deputy Ministers, but this is only for those Deputies who are performing at a high level of excellence. Under the previous government, as the cost of living skyrocketed, Deputy Ministers received automatic pay increases regardless of their performance. In the 2019 Budget, our government stopped that practice, and we put a system in place that puts taxpayers first,” explained Cuzzetto. “Under our strategy, modest pay increases will be provided only to leaders who deliver progress toward meeting key government objectives. This will drive a culture of excellence over entitlement. The taxpayers of Ontario expect nothing less.”
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP