Muskoka Lakes, Lake of Bays Sunshine List salaries get big boost in 2020

·1 min read

Municipal employees part of the Ontario Sunshine List in the Muskoka Lakes and Lake of Bays townships got a significant boost to their salaries in 2020: on average, their salaries went up by 12.8 per cent and 13.3 per cent, respectively.

The list consists of public sector workers who earned an annual salary of $100,000 or more.

Both Muskoka Lakes and Lake of Bays had seven employees each on the 2020 sunshine list. This is the same number of employees on the list as last year from both townships.

Prior to that, starting in 2016, the number of employees on the list was rising year-to-year.

Last year's top earners in both townships were their chief administrative officers, Derrick Hammond in Muskoka Lakes and Michelle Norman in Lake of Bays. Hammond earned $164,612 while Norman earned $171,253. They are the only employees earning over $150,000 in their townships.

Hammond and Norman were not on the Ontario Sunshine List for 2019. Before them, the top earner in Muskoka Lakes, former treasurer Shannon Johnson, received $124,105, and in Lake of Bays, former chief administrative officer Michelle Percival, received $151,742.

Those interested in seeing more statistics can go to www.ontariosunshinelist.com.

Zahraa Hmood is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering the municipalities of Muskoka Lakes, Lake of Bays and Georgian Bay. Her reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.

Zahraa Hmood, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, muskokaregion.com