The Alberta Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act (2015) requires that the University of Alberta disclose the name, position, compensation, non-monetary benefits and severance for all employees whose total earnings plus severance exceeds a threshold. The act applies to all public sector agencies, boards and commissions governed by the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act. The applicable threshold is
On this website, you will find information about the requirements of the Act, definition of terms, and timelines. The website is updated as new information becomes available. Employees affected by the Act will also receive email communication leading up to the annual disclosure date.
Please note: the deadline for application for exemption from the 2017 disclosure (published on or before June 30, 2018) was November 1, 2017. Please read the Exemption Process for more detailed information and to apply.
Are you on the disclosure list?
Public sector bodies are required to disclose the information twice per year:
- June 30 – Compensation for the period Jan 1 – Dec 31 from the previous calendar year
- December 31 – severance for the period Jan 1 – June 30 from the first half of the calendar year
To determine if you will be on the disclosure list, review your earnings from your current years T4 slips. If the total earnings plus severance exceeds the threshold, your compensation may be disclosed under the requirements of this Act. Human Resource Services will notify all affected employees for the June disclosure directly to let them know that they will be on the compensation disclosure list.
- Compensation is the total amount paid and the value of taxable benefits provided in a year. Compensation includes salary, allowances, supplements and other earnings included in Box 14, 028, 104 or 105 of the T4/T4A slips.
- Non-monetary benefits include employer paid benefits for supplemental health, dental, supplemental retirement plan contributions, employee/family assistance program, long-term disability, pension and workers compensation. Non-monetary benefits also include the employer's portion of CPP (Canada Pension Plan) and EI (Employment Insurance) contributions.
- Severance is the total of any remuneration paid or payable to an employee in lieu of or supplementary to notice of termination of employment and any salary or remuneration paid or payable to an employee after permanent termination of employment. Severance is reported in Box 66 and 67 of the T4 slip. Salary paid during a notice period is reported in Box 14.
- Employer pension contributions are not included in the threshold calculation but are included in non-monetary benefits.
- The threshold amount will be adjusted cumulatively from year to year by a percentage equal to the increase in the Alberta Consumer Price Index (CPI).
- The annual disclosure must occur on or before June 30 each year and will be published on the University of Alberta HRS website, accessible from the Government of Alberta website. Terminated employees for whom a severance, period of notice or pay in lieu of notice exceeding the threshold and paid or became payable during the period January 1 to June 30 will be reported on the disclosure list each December.
- Section 6(2) of the Act authorizes the Minister responsible for the act, or their delegate, to exempt a public sector body from the requirement to disclose an individual's information if, in the designated Minister's opinion, the disclosure could unduly threaten the safety of that individual. Please read the Exemption Process for more detailed information and to apply. Please note: the deadline for application for exemption from the 2017 disclosure (published on or before June 30, 2018) was November 1, 2017.
- Disclosure under this act is permitted by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
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