For leaders in the healthcare network, the pandemic has paid off. Some of them saw their salaries increase by 80% in 2020 compared to the previous year, TVA Nouvelles has learned.
At the North Shore’s Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS), the salary of the highest-paid manager in 2021 is around half a million dollars, more than double that of the prime minister.
The sometimes remarkable increase in salaries is mainly due to the overtime that senior employees (heads of the Integrated Health and Social Service Centers and the Integrated University Health and Social Service Centers) worked during the pandemic.
Unlike health workers, they did not receive “COVID bonuses” during the recent critical period.
The data obtained by TVA Nouvelles was provided by 16 of the 22 CISSSs and CIUSSSs in the province upon receipt of requests for information.
Per the explanations provided, salaries include amounts claimed in expense reports, but these represent only a few thousand dollars of the total and in most cases have remained lower or similar to those claimed prior to the health crisis.
Among the entire payroll provided to TVA Nouvelles, the CISSS de la Côte-Nord wins the award for the largest increase. The highest-paid top executive has earned nearly $200,000 more for the year ended December 31, 2020 than before the pandemic.
Closely followed by the Director of Public Health of Montreal, affiliated with the CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, rising from $283,460 a year before the pandemic to $464,580 for 2020. It must be said that Mylène Drouin experienced her share of challenges at the onset of the pandemic while multiple cases of COVID-19 emerged in the metropolis.
The salaries of the CIUSSS executives working in the east of the island of Montreal and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean are not left out: the director of professional services of the first received $ 164 000 more in 2020 than before the pandemic, while the director for professional services of the second institution in 2020 received almost $60,000 more than before the crisis.
Notable: In 2021, several managers saw their salaries return closer to 2019 levels.
For comparison, Quebec Premier François Legault earned $205,793 in 2020-2021, while his health minister Christian Dubé earned $168,282.