July 3, 2018 10:08 am
Updated: July 3, 2018 3:36 pm

Ontario Premier Doug Ford freezes salaries of public service managers, reviews executive pay

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Ontario’s new premier has frozen the wages of public service managers and ordered a review of executive and management compensation in his latest effort to curb government spending.

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A memo posted on the government website Friday — the day Doug Ford was sworn in as premier — says pending pay adjustments for managers, executives and staff not covered by collective bargaining will be on hold “until the new government can put in place an expenditure management strategy.”

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The documents says merit pay for the current performance cycle will not be affected, however.

Ford had previously put the public service under a hiring freeze, except for essential frontline staff such as police and corrections officers, and halted discretionary spending such as newspaper subscriptions.

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The Progressive Conservative leader campaigned on a promise of fiscal responsibility and vowed to find billions in efficiencies each year without cutting jobs. He has also pledged to launch a line-by-line audit of government spending to help eliminate waste.

The Tories said Tuesday the wage freeze would apply until the audit and compensation review are complete.

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Under its previous leader, the party had promised to review the salaries of public sector CEOs and other executives if elected to government.

The newly ousted Liberals had imposed a five-year wage freeze on public sector executives and managers. As it lifted last year, broader public sector agencies were required to post their proposals for new executive compensation packages under a framework that capped salaries at the 50th percentile of “appropriate comparators.”

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