The face of the highest paid municipal elected officials in Quebec has changed significantly since 2020. The mayors of Montreal and Quebec both find themselves in the top 5 for the first time since 2017.
With a salary of $211,864, Valérie Plante comes second just behind the mayor of Varennes. Bruno Marchand, for his part, occupies fifth place with a salary of $193,754.
Several candidates for the 2021 elections have promised to lower their mayoral salaries after the publication of our list.
This is notably the case of the mayor of Longueuil, Catherine Fournier, who reduced her salary by more than $60,000 upon taking office and of Mayor Stéphane Boyer who reduced his salary by $20,000.
“MMe Fournier made political capital by lowering his salary, thinks Danielle Pilette, professor specializing in municipal management at UQAM.
Danielle Pilette, professor specializing in municipal affairs, following the meeting between members of Union Montréal, in Montreal, this Saturday, March 16, 2013.
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These reductions allow Valérie Plante and Bruno Marchand to join the top 5 of the highest paid elected officials for the benefit of the cities of Longueuil and Laval.
This decision to lower their salaries is up to the municipalities, according to Martin Damphousse, president of the Union of Municipalities of Quebec.
“It’s a political choice that these people are making, not many of them have made this choice,” he believes.
According to Marc Chartrand, senior advisor on total compensation at Gallagher, the youth movement among mayors has an influence on their compensation.
“When you are young and have five or ten years of experience in the job market, you are not in the same situation as when you are 55 and go into politics,” says -he. .
Marc Chartrand, senior compensation advisor at Gallagher.
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Accumulation of functions
The combination of functions allowed them to receive higher salaries.
“The reason why it was high is the sum of the different levels of remuneration,” summarizes Mr. Chartrand.
Danielle Pilette, for her part, is surprised to see the mayor of Shawinigan so high in the ranking.
“Shawinigan is a municipality that is experiencing great difficulties,” recognizes the professor.
Anticipate an increase
Due to inflation, several municipal agents have already benefited from significant salary increases since 2022.
For example, in Montreal, elected officials received a 6.7% increase in 2023.
According to Danielle Pilette, municipal elected officials should align with increases in their employees’ collective agreements if inflation is very high.
“Even if inflation is high, we must set an example,” she believes.
Wage freeze for 2024 in Montreal
- The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, has asked that the salaries of Montreal elected officials be frozen in 2024.
- Normally, the remuneration of Montreal’s 103 elected officials is automatically indexed according to inflation to prevent them from having to vote for a salary increase themselves.
- In 2023, the latter saw their salary increase by 6.7%.
- According to current inflation, Montreal elected officials could have seen their salaries increase by another 5%.
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