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In 2012, Council established an Independent Council Compensation Committee, comprised of 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, (following the 2017 municipal election).  The motion directed that remuneration for Edmonton's Mayor and Councillors, including annual salary, annual retirement benefit, annual car allowance and transition allowance, become fully taxable effective October 24, 2017.

On June 27, 2017, Council established an Independent Council Compensation Committee with a narrow mandate to review the salaries of Council in light of economic changes, recent federal tax legislation eliminating the non-taxable option, and current municipal comparables.  The Committee provided a report with recommendations, which Council approved on August 29, 2017.

Salaries

Following are salaries 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. These salaries were recommended by the 2017 Independent Council Compensation Committee.  The change will not result in any net benefit for the Mayor and Councillors.

  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 are $218,199.94 (Mayor) and $116,728.60 (Councillors).

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, implemented in January 2017, was 2.49%. 

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 (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.

Effective October 24, 2017, the fully taxable vehicle allowances will be $1,204.78 per month (Mayor) and $601.35 per month (Councillors).

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), then it will be one-third tax free.  If the transition allowance is paid out after January 1, 2019, then 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, 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.

Transit Passes

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.     

Independent Council Compensation Committee

2017 Council Compensation review final report

2012/ 2013 Council compensation review final report

2012 Council compensation questionnaire results

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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