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The Halifax Regional Municipality discloses the amount of compensation the municipality pays to any person of $100,000 or more in a fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). The reports are published in PDF format each year since 2016 on the Halifax.ca website here. This site does the hard work of parsing through all the data in the PDF documents and updates an interactive dashboard that's easier for citizens to consume. The raw data is available here



Regular salary and wages, including acting pay and overtime, paid in the fiscal year. This may also include lump sum payments resulting from retroactive pay adjustments (e.g. a pay increase) from the prior fiscal year. “Regular” is interpreted in the context of the individual’s classification or position and normal work schedule or as determined by a collective agreement applicable to the individual.

Other Benefits

Compensation other than salary, including:

  • retirement or severance payments, and vacation payouts

  • the value of loan or loan-interest obligations that have been extinguished and of imputed-interest benefits from loans

  • long-term incentive plan earnings and payouts

  • the value of the benefit derived from vehicles or vehicle allowances

  • the value of the benefit derived from living accommodation provided or any subsidy with respect to living accommodation

  • payments made for exceptional benefits not provided to the majority of employees

  • payments made for members in recreational clubs or organizations

  • the municipality does not pay for any recreational memberships for employees - only professional memberships associated with an employee’s job

Total Compensation

The total amount or value of all cash and non-cash salary, wages, and other benefits. More specifically, in accordance with Section 3(b) of Administrative Order 2015-006, compensation is defined as the total amount or value of all cash and non-cash salary, wages, payments, allowances, bonuses, commissions, and perquisites (i.e. a benefit you are entitled to as a result of your position), other than a pension, pursuant to any arrangement, including an employment contract.

Fiscal year

The municipality’s fiscal year is April 1 to March 31.