Ont. government wages soar in less than 10 years

Fraser Institute study finds they’re responsible for 75% of new program spending.

VANCOUVER — Spending on government worker wages and benefits in Ontario has increased substantially since 2005-06, hindering the province’s ability to balance its books, finds a Fraser Institute study.

How Compensation Spending Consumes Provincial Government Resources in Ontario calculates that between 2005-06 and 2013-14 (the latest year of available data), compensation spending by the Ontario government – including wages, benefits, and pensions – increased by 47.1%, faster than all other program spending (38.8%) and well beyond the combined rate of inflation and provincial government job growth (26%).

Although the public policy think tank’s study notes the government has taken steps to restrain compensation spending, compensation is still responsible for nearly 75% of new program spending from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

In 2013-14, the Ontario government spent $60.2 billion on employee compensation—or approximately 52.0 per cent of the province’s total program spending budget, up from 50.1 per cent in 2009/10.

The Fraser Institute says if compensation spending’s share of total program spending had been restricted to the 2009-10 level, the province would have saved $14.7 billion over a five-year period and sliced $4.4 billion from the 2013/14 budget deficit.

Click here for a copy of the study.

2 Comments » for Ont. government wages soar in less than 10 years
  1. Randy says:

    Typical Liberal government policy. Fill the pockets of thier friends in effort to secure your next election. Nothing worse than an acdemic or unionized public empoyee sitting back collecting huge wages and comepensation for very little contribution in return. No wonder Ontario is becoming the California or Greece of Canada. Only a mater of time before the bottom falls out and Ontario residence begin revolting against austerity thanks to the gross incompetence guided by self enriching Liberal policy. Get ready for the new tax on everything called carbon pricing. Wynn/Tudeau same cloth same buch of eletists. Is Sharia law next on the Liberal agenda. No one knows with the Trudeau hidden agenda and pandering for votes.

  2. Morris says:

    Ontario voters got just what they voted for. Perhaps the most disingenuous, incompetent and corrupt government in North America. Mealy mouthed, political hacks and Liberal retreads of the first order. Guess none of these Ontario folks ever watched any TV but Leaf games, and CBC Toronto news, terminal dreamland. The worst of the worst. At least in Quebec we held a few of our crooks up to public scrutiny. Well done Ontario !
    PS: We will send a truckload of turnips over to you, as soon as they’re ready.

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