WATCH: A new study says Canada’s highest paid CEO earns about $49 million more than the average Canadian. Vassy Kapelos reports
Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday – the first official work day of the year – employees across the country will be settling back into their afternoon schedules after the holiday break, going about the everyday task of earning a living.
By that time, the 100 highest-paid Canadian executives will have earned what it takes the average employee the rest of the year to make.
An annual review of Canadian CEO compensation published Thursday indicates that by 1:11 p.m. today, the country’s top 100 execs will have pocketed somewhere around $46,635, or the average Canadian worker’s salary.
Average pay (including stock options) among corporate Canada’s chief executive ranks was $7.96 million in 2012, the latest data available.
And that considerable gulf has only widened in recent years.
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CEO pay for publicly traded Canadian companies has surged 73 per cent since 1998, according to the report, while salary gains for full-time workers have barely budged over that same time span – up a meagre 6 per cent over the same 14-year period.
The study, which was published by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said CEO earnings in the report were 171 times higher than the average Canadian income earner – up from 105 times in 1998.
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