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What Oshawa councillors earned, spent at the regional level in 2018

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article, and also the printed version in the March 27 edition of The Oshawa Express, incorrectly stated Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter’s regional expenses for 2018. Carter received $6,000 in remuneration for sitting as chair of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation. His 2018 expenses in this role were $1,490.42 to attend an annual conference. The Express regrets the error. 

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

What Oshawa councillors earned fulfilling their regional duties last year has been publicly released.

The 2018 remuneration totals were released recently for all members of regional council.

Regional councillors currently earn a base salary of $56,178, plus an additional $6,000 stipend if they are a member of the police services board, or a chair of a standing committee.

As of April 1, these rates are expected to increase by 1.95 per cent.

On top of their base salaries, councillors also receive a number of stipends for sitting on committees, mileage claims, and other expenses which can be related to attending conferences, conventions, and meetings is on behalf of the region.

Some councillors can also choose to receive payments as opposed to participating in the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.

As 2018 was an election year, there was some turnover, and a total of 44 people served as regional councillors in 2018.

Of those 44, a total of 23 did not claim any mileage in 2018, including six from Oshawa – Brian Nicholson, Tito-Dante Marimpietri, Rick Kerr, Joseph Kolodzie, and Bob Chapman.

Former Oshawa Mayor and current regional chair John Henry didn’t claim any mileage as a councillor, but did claim $461.09 in mileage in his new position.

 

Overall remuneration for Oshawa regional councillors in 2018 is as follows;

 

John Aker

Salary – $51,764.38

Lieu of pension payment – $9,581.31

Severence – $16,396.61

Mileage – $141.88

Other expenses – $362.70

 

Dan Carter

Salary – $62,552.28

Lieu of pension payment – $4,922.52

Mileage – $106.4

Other expenses – $1,490.42

 

Bob Chapman

Salary – $23,958.78

Lieu of pension payment – $7,451.54

Severance – $38,187.66

Mileage – $0

Other expenses – $119.80

 

John Henry (now regional chair)

Salary (councillor) – $51,764.38

Salary (regional chair) – $16,000

Lieu of pension payment – $4,922.52

Mileage (councillor) – $0

Mileage (regional chair) – $461.09

Other expenses – $500

 

Joseph Kolodzie

Salary – $22,338.07

Lieu of pension payment – $2,010.43

Mileage – $0

Other expenses – $0

 

Amy McQuaid-England

Salary – $51,764.38

Lieu of pension payment – $9,581.31

Mileage – $8.88

Other expenses – $0

 

John Neal

Salary – $56,445.88

Lieu of pension payment – $4,922.52

Mileage – $246.65

Other expenses – $1,804.29

 

Nester Pidwerbecki

Salary – $57,323.72

Lieu of pension payment – $5,761.58

Mileage – $141.88

Other expenses – $3,476.09

 

Doug Sanders

Salary – $51,764.38

Lieu of pension payment – $8,137.32

Mileage – $141.88

Other Expenses – $0

 

Rick Kerr

Salary – $4,681.50

Mileage – $0

Other expenses – $20.44

 

Tito-Dante Marimpietri

Salary – $4,681.50

Mileage – $0

Other expenses – $0

 

Brian Nicholson

Salary – $4,681.50

Mileage – $0

Other expenses – $0