Monday, June 26, 2023

SOFI report shows one million dollar increase to civic payroll totals for 2022

The city's report on employee remuneration will be reviewed at tonight's Prince Rupert City Council session and as the Council members work their way through range of material to be made available, they may take note of a new benchmark that has been reached with this years annual account for the taxpayers of the city.

That of the City of Prince Rupert recording $17,556,885 when it comes to compensation and taxable benefits for the city's work force, that for both city hall staff and unionized workers outside of the Third Avenue West facility.

That makes for an increase of $1,082,159 from the report one year ago.

The report for Council provides for the latest roll call of city staff members that have jumped into the upper tiers of the salary schedules over the course of the last 365 days, with some new names and increasing numbers making their way onto the listings for this year.

Those findings come from the annual release of the report on Civic Employee Remuneration and Expenses, a document which is included as part of this years Statement of Financial Information for 2022.

The annual listings of those employees making more than $75,000 is required to be disclosed by the municipality as part of the Financial Information Regulations, the statement is usually released as part of the large final stream of financial information that is delivered each June.

This year finds 85 names listed in the 2022 SOFI disclosures as part of the latest report of those making more than 75,000 dollars.

That compares to the 84 names list in the 2021 SOFI report,  88 names of 2020,  77 names recorded in 2019 and the 74 that were accounted for in 2018.

With 85 the benchmark for 2022, this years report continues to highlight an increasing level for civic employment in the city over the course of half a decade, with retirements and departures at the top end, balanced by other new hirings under the 75,000 dollar reporting mark.

By comparison, In 2015 the SOFI report listed 52 municipal employees as making 75,000 dollars or more, 37 of them accounted for in the 100,000 plus listings.

The 2022 report notes of 41 employees on the payroll making over the $100,000 mark.

Travel and Training expenses  coming out of COVID in 2022 held much the same volume as a year before, with the two categories combined coming to $219,767 which is a slight decrease from 2021 when the total came to $220,439

Salaries for 2022 that were provided to those working in the upper level of Civic Administration included:

City Manager Robert Buchan
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $235,115 
Other remuneration -- $11,385
Training and Related travel expenses -- $0
Business Travel and Other expenses -- $33,836
(Salary and Expense amounts make for a decrease from the numbers recorded by former City Manager Robert Long in last years report)

City Financial Office Corinne Bomben
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $182,127
Training and Travel expenses -- $6,027
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $4,220
( Salary and Expenses marks an increase from the totals of 2021)

Director of Operations Richard Pucci
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $176,627
Training and Travel Expenses $0
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $46,285
(Salary and Expenses make for an increase from last years report)

Manager of Economic Development and Transportation Paul Venditelli
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $137,370
Training and Travel Expenses $0
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $45,258
(Salary and Expenses mark an increase from the 2021 report)

Corporate Administrator Rosa Maria Miller
Remuneration and Taxable Benefits -- $135,672
Training and Travel Expenses $8,142
Business Travel and Other Expenses -- $267
( Salary and Expenses mark an increase from the 2021 report )

As it is with the expenses review for the elected City Council members; the City does not provide for a larger breakdown of expenses that are claimed by civic employees.

Among the list of  85 names that make for this years list  one of the largest blocks comes from the membership of the Prince Rupert Fire/Rescue Department, along with members of the roster of  911 Fire dispatchers who all are listed as part of the SOFI report for the past year.

The total salaries and expenses from those Fire/Rescue listings accounted for over 3 million dollars for 2022,

The remainder of the positions that are listed from the SOFI report span a number of departments from both civic administration and operations.

The total remuneration for employees making over 75,000 dollars in the last year came to $10,074,588 an increase of roughly $245,000 from the year before. 

Those civic employees making less that the $75,000 mark  in 2022 totalled $7,264,127 an increase of $833,772 from the year before.

The list below provides a better understanding of the remuneration pattern over the last decade, with the Total Employee Remuneration and Taxable Benefits noted as follows:

2022 --  $17,556,885
2021  -- $16,474,726
2020 -- $15,138,518
2019 -- $15,615,159
2018 -- $15,076,582
2017 -- $14,210,870
2016 -- $13,563,909
2015 -- $13,575,579
2014 -- $12,708,559
2013 -- $12,305,600
2012 -- $12,884,077
2011 -- $12,409,305
2010 -- $12,099,475

The most recent update on employment noted that in total the City of Prince Rupert employs approximately 259 full and part time employees and staff members.

The full documentation on Civic salaries and other element of the SOFI release can be found as part of the City Council Agenda Page  for Monday's session, the listings are published from pages  115-160

Not listed as a department, but included as a payment to suppliers is payment of $4,545,670 to the Receiver General for Canada for RCMP E Division. That marks the amount that the City of Prince Rupert pays to the Federal Government for its contract policing agreement with the RCMP.

This years review makes for an  increase of 551,372 in policing from last years report.

Once the Statement of Financial Information report is received by City Council this Monday, it will become part of the permanent record of Financial information that is archived on the city website  offering up an opportunity to make year to year comparisons when it comes to City payroll spending.

You can compare this years notes and amounts above, with those of the past seven years from our archive pages below:

2022 (report year 2021)
2021 (report year 2020)
2020 (report year 2019)
2019 (report year 2018)
2018 (report year 2017)
2017 (report year 2016)
2016 (report year 2015)
2015 (report year 2014)
2014 (report year 2013)

The Review of civic compensation is one of a number of reports for Council,  as we review the data from each, you can review the other notes on those below:

More items of note on the City's budget process can be reviewed here, while our archive of articles on City Council Discussions can be found here


  1. There should be public disclosure on travel and other expenses.
    Over $3,000 a month in some cases with no explanation. 3 employees racking up $125,000.00 in one year’s expenses seem a little rich to me.

    Public transparency would be appreciated. That is enough money to fix the stairs without robbing from a park!

  2. The "Financial Information Act" has very specific requirements about what has to be disclosed in the annual report that must be made available to the public.

    However, if you make a request under the "Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act" the City will have to provide details about the travel expenses incurred by particular employees. Personal privacy exemptions do not apply to "information ... about expenses incurred by the third party while travelling at the expense of a public body". It's best to be as specific as possible about what information would be helpful, such as the dates, purposes and places of travel. I would not bother asking for details about, for instance, how much was spent on breakfast, lunch etc, since public employees are subject to travel policies that set out maximum amounts. The public body can require payment of fees if the request is so detailed or specific that collecting the information takes more than three hours. All of this is set out in the legislation.

  3. Meanwhile port employees rack up over a million dollars in travel expenses…

    1. Suspect you have conflated employees with administrators and officials. But hey, everyone can dig in and grab a calculator to verify with you ... NCR

    2. Why do you continue to suppress comments about PRPA executive pay when it is publicly accessible information?

    3. What suppression? I literally just offered up the link to the Port's Financial information. If you have further documentation share a link, if it's legit, it gets approved.

      Or, as always, you are more than free to move away from your role as vexatious correspondent and create your own journal to share your views and your preferred ad hominem approach to making them. NCR