Nova Scotia is now the fourth province in Canada that requires public sector organizations to disclose salaries over $100,000.
A number of large public sector entities have already complied with the Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act, introduced in 2010 by the NDP.
Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald told reporters Thursday she expects all organizations to be in compliance later this fall.
“By Sept. 30 of this year, public sector organizations are required to disclose individual compensation of more than $100,000,” MacDonald said.
About 35 organizations released information about those salaries Thursday afternoon. They include a number of organizations that commonly appear on the front page including district health authorities, school boards, and economic development outfits.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. CEO Stephen Lund, for instance, took in a salary of $225,000 in 2011-12. Trade Centre Ltd. CEO Scott Ferguson was paid $174,494 over that same period.
Universities are also subject to the new regulations.
Colin Dodds, the president of Saint Mary’s University, took in $291,094 last year, while David Smith, who resigned from the financially troubled Nova Scotia College of Art and Design earlier this year, was paid over $241,000.
Bret Mitchell, who oversees the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, was compensated to the tune of $226,488. Steve Snider, head of Halifax Harbour Bridges, made over $148,000.
Under the legislation, public sector entities have six months from the end of the fiscal year in March to release salary information.
A full list of organizations falling under the act can be found at novascotia.ca/finance.