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Bill 5 Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:55am

Compensation Disclosure

On Dec. 11, 2015, the Alberta government’s Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act (2015) came into effect. The act applies to all public sector agencies, boards and commissions governed by the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act. This Act requires that the University of Calgary disclose the name, position, compensation, non-monetary benefits and severance for all employees whose total 2016 earnings plus severance exceeds a threshold of $126,375. There is no threshold for Board of Governors members; any remuneration paid by the university to a member must be disclosed. Legislation ensures that disclosure under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act is permitted by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP).

The University of Calgary is committed to keeping affected employees informed and supported through this process.

Will I be on the disclosure list?

All affected employees will receive notification of their inclusion on the compensation disclosure list, and the process to request an exemption. You can also review your earnings from your 2016 T4 slips to determine if you will be on the disclosure list. If your total earnings plus severance exceeds $126,375, your compensation may be disclosed under the requirements of this Act.

More detailed information about the legislation and its potential impact on you is now available on the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General website. As more information is provided by the Government of Alberta, this website will be updated.

Important Details:

  • Compensation is the total amount paid and the value of taxable benefits provided in a year. Compensation includes salary, allowances, supplements and other earnings included in Box 14 of the T4 slip.
  • Non-monetary benefits include employer paid benefits for supplemental health, dental, employee/family assistance program, long-term disability, pension and workers compensation. Non-monetary benefits also include the employer's portion of CPP (Canada Pension Plan) and EI (Employment Insurance) contributions.
  • Severance is the total of any remuneration paid or payable to an employee in lieu of or supplementary to notice of termination of employment and any salary or remuneration paid or payable to an employee after permanent termination of employment. Severance is reported in Box 66 and 67 of the T4 slip.
  • Employer pension contributions are not included in the threshold calculation but are included in non-monetary benefits.
  • The threshold amount for 2016 is $126,375. The threshold amount will be adjusted cumulatively from year to year by a percentage equal to the increase in the Alberta Consumer Price Index (CPI).
  • The annual disclosure must occur on or before June 30 each year and will be published on the University of Calgary website, accessible from the Government of Alberta website.
  • Section 6(2) of the Act authorizes the Minister responsible for the act, or their delegate, to exempt a public sector body from the requirement to disclose an individual's information if, in the designated Minister's opinion, the disclosure could unduly threaten the safety of that individual. There are no other grounds for granting exemptions to individuals. The deadline for application for exemption for the 2016 disclosure is November 1, 2016.