Friday, November 8, 2013

Paying Rob Ford

With Rob Ford making the news on a daily basis for the past month or so, one issue that is rarely discussed is his compensation package.  This is particularly pertinent because several Toronto City Councillors have assured the media that the city's business goes on with or without Rob Ford.  So, with no further delay, from the City of Toronto website, here it is in all of its glory:

Salary: $175,395

Health Benefits: 100 percent employer paid

Life Insurance (two times annual salary): 100 percent employer paid

Dental Insurance:  100 percent employer paid

Long Term Disability (75 percent of salary):  100 percent employer paid

OMERS Pension Plan Participation:  Yes

Mileage Rate:  $0.54 per kilometre for the first 5000 kilometres in a year, $0.48 per kilometre thereafter.

Every four years, at the beginning of each term of Council, the remuneration level for the Mayor and City Council are reviewed to ensure that the remuneration for each is at least in the 75th percentile of the comparator group.  As well, the remuneration is increased annually on January 1st of each year by the increase in Statistics Canada's Toronto Consumer Price Index, in other words, the Mayor's salary is fully indexed to inflation, something that most of us don't have.

Severance:  According to Municipal Code Chapter 223 , if the Mayor (or Member of City Council for that matter) is not re-elected or leaves for reasons of health, death or retirement etcetera, a severance of 1/12th of the member's annual remuneration is paid for every year of service to a maximum of 12 years of service.  On top of this, the outgoing Mayor may receive an additional maximum of $3500 to be spent on outplacement, transition or retirement counselling.  I always find it interesting that not being re-elected is considered a point of eligibility for severance.  Apparently, if they win an election, they win and if they lose and election, they still win.

In addition to their own salaries, the Mayor and each member of Council is allowed to hire the following staff to an annual total of $220,409.28:

Executive Assistant: $44,007.60 to $82,628.00

Constituency Assistant: $36,199.80 to $68,468.40

Administrative Assistant Level 2: $36,199.80 to $68,468.40

Administrative Assistant Level 1: $27,682.20 to $51,979.20

So, there you go.  That's how well Rob Ford is compensated, thanks to Toronto taxpayers.


  1. Can you clarify the posted salary for an executive assistant? Your first number there looks close to half a million dollars, surely that is not right?

  2. Sorry, fat finger. Thanks for pointing it out.

  3. It dosn't look like half a million, it is correct.

  4. you think this is bad ,have a look at local Gov. of less then 100,000 people ....the money they get paid for part time job is off the map

  5. Mommas in America were discouraged in a song many years ago from letting their children grow up to be cowboys, it appears to have been a reasonable decision. Today after viewing the lifestyles associated with many careers paths, politics and the route of so called "public service" seems to offer much potential. Imagine enjoying a expense account, retreats at lavish resorts, elegant dinners, tantalizing perks, and a pension, this is followed by lucrative connections that will serve you after you later move into consulting or the private sector. More on this career choice below'

  6. How can a politician that's elected for 4 years, but not re-elected, receive a severance of 1/12th of his salary upon being defeated, covering up to 12 years of service. Doesn't that mean Ford could go away and still receive a full salary - for one or multiple years? Yikes - what a good career choice is running for office.

  7. Tell me something i don't know!
    And the premier of Ontario"s "perks"?
    Or your average politician's?
    Ah yes! They are ALL at the trough!!
    But hey, let's kick Rob Ford while he's down shall we?

    1. Nice deflection. This article is about Rob Ford He deserves to be kicked until he leaves the office he has sullied. And you should stop enabling him.

  8. So where does Price fit into his compensation?

  9. Looks like hes go a lot of money for pot & crack.