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Independent Council Compensation Committees were established in 2006, 2012 and 2017 to review and make recommendations on Council remuneration. History and reports are linked below.

Salaries

Salaries of members of Council 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 2018 decrease is 0.08%.

Following are fully-taxable salaries that Members of Council are eligible to receive in 2018:

Mayor $200,586.51
Councillors $113,325.78

 

Following is an outline of previous years’ salaries. Prior to October 24, 2017, salaries of the Mayor and Councillors were one-third tax exempt. On August 29, 2017, Council approved the recommendation of the 2017 Independent Council Compensation Committee to have salaries made fully taxable.

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Fully Taxable Salary Effective October 24, 2017
Mayor $163,928 $169,681 $176,145 $177,695 $173,269 $200,747
Councillors $93,057 $96,323 $99,994 $100,873 $98,362 $113,416

*The fully taxable equivalents of 2017 annual salaries prior to October 24, 2017 were $218,199.94 (Mayor) and $116,728.60 (Councillors).

Benefits

  City of Edmonton Council Member
Alberta Health 0% 0%
Major Medical 70% 30%
Dental Plan 65% 35%
Long Term Disability 0% 100%
Life Insurance 50% 50%

 

All members of Council receive an annual $500 flexible Health Care Spending Account.

Vehicle Allowance

Mayor $1,204.78 per month  (or the choice of a City-owned vehicle)
Councillors $601.35 per month

Vehicle allowance (fully taxable) 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.

Retirement Benefit

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.

Transition Allowance

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. If the transition allowance is paid out prior to January 1, 2019 (when the Revenue Canada change occurs), it will be one-third tax free.  If the transition allowance is paid out after January 1, 2019, it will be fully taxable.

Parking

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. They are also provided with complimentary permits for metered parking on City-owned property and restricted residential parking.

Transit Passes

Members of Council are offered City transit passes and may or may not choose to accept them. They are valued at $97 per month ($1,164 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.   

Independent Council Compensation Committee History and Reports

Committee History

2017 Council Compensation Review Final Report 

2012/2013 Council Compensation Review Final Report

2006 Council Compensation Review Final Report

For More Information

Office of the City Clerk

3rd floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB  T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-496-8178
Fax 780-496-8175
Email city.clerk@edmonton.ca

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