Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Finance, Dwight Duncan (R) listen to Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley deliver the throne speech inside the Legislative chamber at Queen's Park in Toronto November 22, 2011.
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There are five volumes of the Sunshine List covering 2011 - available online and it is now common to find registered nurses, teachers, firefighters and police officers making $100,000 or more a year.
There are 78,901 people on the list, an increase of 7,339 over 2010. Ontario Power Generation has 7,849 names on the list - 413 of whom make more than $200,000.
One shift manager at OPG actually makes more than $296,000, higher than several vice-presidents.
OPG boss Tom Mitchell is the top earning public servant on the chart with a $1.8-million annual salary.
Hydro One has 3,299 names on the list, including president Laura Formusa, who made $961,000 in 2011, not including benefits.
Hospital CEO salaries are also at the top end of the scale with some execs earning more than $700,000 a year.
Former London hospital president Cliff Nordal made $1.4 million last year after a healthy payout.
Nordal was making more than $700,000 before his severance package from St. Joseph's Health Care Centre bumped him up.
He was one of 18 hospital employees in Ontario to make
more than $500,000 in 2011.
All of them were presidents except for one radiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children.
In total, 7,905 hospital workers make over $100,000.
A salary of $100,000 in the 1990s, when the Sunshine List was first released, is equivalent to $138,364 today.
Ontario is currently struggling with a $16-billion deficit.
Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has signalled he will provide no extra money in his coming budget for doctor and teacher raises.
"As Ontario confronts the challenges brought about by the current economic environment, doctors, nurses, teachers and every person in Ontario who delivers a public service of any kind here in the province have a role to play," Duncan said in a statement.
"By working together, we will eliminate the deficit and build the rock-solid foundation families need to support their jobs, their schools, their health care and their future."