Pursuant to Bylaw 15254 Disclosure Bylaw, Members of Council are required to file an annual disclosure statement disclosing the names of people, corporations, or partnerships in which the Council member has an interest.
In 2012, Council established an Independent Council Compensation Committee, comprising five citizen members appointed by the City Manager. The mandate of the Committee was to review and make recommendations on the remuneration provided to Members of Council, following research and public consultation.
The March 22, 2017, federal budget announcement indicated the intention to change the Income Tax Act to require the salaries and allowances of MLAs, school trustees, and municipal mayors and councillors to be fully taxable, starting no later than January 1, 2019.
At the April 11, 2017, City Council meeting, a motion was passed to align current practice with proposed federal legislation changes, effective October 24, 2017, (the 2017 municipal election).
Salaries are adjusted effective the first pay period of each year. The percentage increase or decrease is calculated using the percentage change in the 12 month average of the Alberta Average Weekly Earnings values from September of the previous year against the same value for the year prior, as reported by Statistics Canada. The 2017 decrease is 2.49%.
Following is the salary that Members of Council are eligible to receive. Currently, one third of the salary for Mayor and Councillors is tax exempt, as allowed by the Municipal Government Act and the federal Income Tax Act.
The fully taxable equivalent, which Members of Council will be eligible to receive effective October 24, 2017, is also shown (To be reviewed by August 2017, pending establishment of an Independent Council Compensation Committee). There will be no material net salary differential, i.e., no salary advantage for the Mayor and Councillors.
*Effective October 24, 2017
* To be reviewed by August 2017, pending establishment of an Independent Council Compensation Committee.
|City of Edmonton||Council Member|
|Long Term Disability||0%||100%|
All members of Council receive an annual $500 flexible Health Care Spending Account.
|Mayor||$1,204.78 per month (1/3 tax exempt) or the choice of a City-owned vehicle|
|Councillors||$601.35 per month (1/3 tax exempt)|
Vehicle allowance amounts are indexed by the increase or decrease in the City of Edmonton mileage rate from January 1 of the previous year to January 1 of the current year. The change becomes effective in July of each year. The fully taxable equivalent is $1,522.68 (Mayor) and $717.07 (Councillors) per month. The fully taxable allowance will become effective October 24, 2017. There will be no net benefit for the Mayor and Councillors.
Members of Council have the option to participate in one of the following retirement contribution options:
a. 11% contribution by the City of Edmonton to elected official's total annual salary to support retirement; or
b. 12% contribution by the City of Edmonton directed to Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Defined Contribution Pension Plan.
The City of Edmonton Members of Council will be provided with a transition allowance, upon the conclusion of their service, equal to three weeks salary for each year served, to a maximum of 36 weeks.
Members of Council are provided with parking permits for reserved stalls in City Hall, valued at $3,780.00 per year. Councillors' receive complimentary parking at Stanley Milner Library or Canada Place parkades, which they may or may not choose to use. They are also provided with complimentary permits for metered parking on City-owned property and restricted residential parking.
Members of Council are offered City transit passes and may or may not choose to accept them. They are valued at $94.50 per month ($1,134 per year).
Employee Savings and Discounts
Members of Council may take advantage of savings and discounts offered to all City employees, including a 50% discount for admission to City recreation facilities.