City Policy C563 establishes guidelines for Members of Council in accepting and disclosing gifts and honoraria as elected officials (Bylaw 18483 Council Code of Conduct replaces the policy effective June 26, 2018).
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 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:
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|
*The fully taxable equivalents of 2017 annual salaries prior to October 24, 2017 were $218,199.94 (Mayor) and $116,728.60 (Councillors).
|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 (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.
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. If the transition allowance is paid out prior to (when the Revenue Canada change occurs), it will be one-third tax free. If the transition allowance is paid out after , it will be fully taxable.
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.
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.