Compensation Reporting

Compensation reporting is required for public sector employees with an annual base salary of $125,000 or more.

Public sector excluded and executive employees who are not covered by collective agreements are covered by specific provisions of the Public Sector Employers Act. These provisions of the Act are designed to support and coordinate reasonable compensation practices for this group of employees. Specifically, the Public Sector Employers Act addresses compensation plans, severance standards, and the accrual of vacation and sick leave.

The Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC) works with public sector employers associations to ensure that executive compensation is reasonable and fair, neither leading nor lagging the relevant labour market comparators. Public sector employers have the option to use variable incentive pay compensation plans as a way to recruit and retain employees.  PSEC guidelines and principles describe industry best practices that may assist employers in designing and implementing these pay plans.

Executive compensation plans must also take into consideration the current fiscal and labour relations environment (see Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat).

Senior Administrator Compensation

The University of British Columbia is consistently ranked among the 40 best universities (and among the top 20 public universities) in the world.

As such, UBC seeks to retain and attract the best senior administrators by remaining competitive in its compensation practices with other large research-intensive universities represented by the U15 (leading research-intensive universities in Canada), and in particular the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta, and with the global market for senior administrator talent generally.

Because every jurisdiction reports their executive compensation in a different way, it is sometimes difficult to get a true apples-to-apples comparison.

University President Compensation – Canadian University Comparators

A significant portion of “all other compensation” reported for the President of UBC pertains to taxable benefits related to housing. UBC requires the President and his family to live in the Norman A. Mackenzie House, located on the Vancouver campus. This arrangement is designed to support the integration of the President as an accessible part of the University community, and facilitates entertaining related to University business.

A significant aspect of the UBC President’s responsibilities is to forge international academic and research agreements, champion fundraising and alumni engagement, and hold high-level discussions with government, peer institutions, and provincial, national, and international academic organizations.  The President’s annual expenses report reflects the scope of the role, which entails considerable domestic and international travel.  In addition, UBC operates on two campuses, requiring the President’s frequent presence in the Okanagan.

Simon Fraser University
  • Total Compensation: $484,690
Source:  SFU Public Sector Executive Compensation Reporting Framework 2021-2022
University of Victoria
  • Total Compensation: $482,889
Source:  University of Victoria Executive Compensation Disclosure Report 2021-2022
University of Alberta

The University of Alberta reports compensation to their President in notes to their financial statements.

For 2019-2020, the President’s annual base salary was reported as $447,000, totaling $621,000 with the addition of other non-cash benefits.

Source: University of Alberta 2021-2022 Consolidated Financial Statements
[see Note 26: Salaries and Employee Benefits]

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary reports their President’s compensation in notes to their financial statements.

For 2021-2022, the President’s annual base salary was reported as $447,000, totaling $722,000 with the addition of other non-cash benefits.

Source: University of Calgary 2021-2022 Consolidated Financial Statements
[see Note 22: Salary and Employee Benefits]

University of Toronto

2020 “Salary Paid” = $438,892
Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance Public Sector Salary Disclosure

  • The value of pension and supplemental pension are not reported, and this can represent a significant employer cost. In addition, the employer’s cost of government benefits such as CPP, WCB, and EI, as well as non-taxable benefits are not reported.
McMaster University

2021 “Salary Paid” = $389,837
Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance Public Sector Salary Disclosure

  • The value of pension and supplemental pension are not reported, and this can represent a significant employer cost. In addition, the employer’s cost of government benefits such as CPP, WCB, and EI, as well as non-taxable benefits are not reported.
Queen’s University

2020 “Salary Paid” = $417,122
Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance Public Sector Salary Disclosure

  • The value of pension and supplemental pension are not reported, and this can represent a significant employer cost. In addition, the employer’s cost of government benefits such as CPP, WCB, and EI, as well as non-taxable benefits are not reported.

Financial Information Act

The BC Financial Information Act requires that public institutions publish certain supplementary information. This information is not audited by the external auditors. It includes payments to suppliers in excess of $25,000; employee salaries above $75,000; remuneration for our Board of Governors, and details of outstanding debt. This information is published annually, following the March 31 year end.