Rankings of salary increases: up to 70% increase for promoted senior civil servants

Several senior civil servants are benefiting from generous salary increases of up to 16% this year. This increase even reaches 70% for state mandarins who have obtained a promotion, such as the new boss of the SAQ.

Jacques Farcy easily wins the prize of the holder of a higher job having benefited from the largest increase in his remuneration in 2023-2024.

The former president and CEO of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC) saw his salary jump from $311,000 to $528,000 in the last year, not counting the bonuses he will receive in these new positions. This is much more than her predecessor, Catherine Dagenais, who earned $466,000 annually, before bonuses.

The remuneration of François Legault’s former deputy minister, Yves Ouellet, also increased by 28% after his appointment as CEO of the Financial Markets Authority last summer. The one who now supports the Prime Minister, Dominique Savoie, also benefited from an increase in her working conditions after leaving Christian Dubé’s team for the Executive Council.

Secretary General and Clerk of the Executive Council, Dominique Savoie.

Archive photo, Simon Clark

Moving from Eric Caire’s ministry to will also have been profitable for senior civil servant Kathleen Munger. As assistant deputy minister in Christian Dubé’s team, she now receives $228,000 per year, an increase of nearly 22% in her emoluments.

Appointed big boss of the québécois de la langue française at the end of February, Dominique-Valérie Malack now earns $216,000 annually. This is almost 16% more than her salary as assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of the French Language.

The former president of the CAQ not to be outdone

Former MP and ex-president of the CAQ Stéphane Le Bouyonnec is not to be outdone. First hired by François Legault’s Executive Council, he was able to benefit from an increase of more than 12% this year. Now Deputy Minister of Cybersecurity and Digital Affairs, he receives nearly $254,000.

Photo Marc-André Gagnon

But even without promotion, many civil service leaders will see their remuneration skyrocket this year. Assistant Deputy Minister for State Exemplarity in Jean-François Roberge’s ministry, Geneviève Lajoie – not to be confused with the author of these lines – obtained an increase of $30,000 in one year.

Around a hundred mandarins in the state benefited from an increase of 5% or more in their basic salary in 2023-2024, show figures updated yesterday by the government.

Legault now earns $270,000

Remember that in addition to senior civil servants, deputies and ministers will benefit this year from an increase in their remuneration of at least 30%, which they voted for last June.

François Legault therefore saw his salary increase from $208,000 to more than $270,000 to lead Quebec. The emoluments of its ministers now reach more than 230,000 annually.

Last year, it was the Prime Minister’s right-hand man who topped the list of largest salary increases. A faithful comrade in arms of the head of the CAQ, Martin Koskinen received an increase of $71,000 in one year, to reach a base salary of more than $300,000.

List of salary increases for senior civil servants

Name Body Job 2024 2023 % increase
Jacques Farcy Quebec Liquor Society Member of the board of directors and CEO 528 215 311 006 70%*
Yves Ouellet Financial Markets Authority Member of the board of directors and CEO 494 422 387 580 28%*
Dominique Savoie Ministry of Executive Council Secretary General and Registrar 387 580 310,063 25%*
Kathleen Munger Ministry of Health and Social Services Assistant Deputy Minister at the General Directorate of Financing, Resource Allocation and 228,642 187,657 22%*
Dominique‐Valérie Malack Quebec Office of the French Language Member and CEO 216,587 187,521 16%*
Geneviève Lajoie Ministry of the French Language Assistant Deputy Minister for State Exemplarity 216,587 187,521 16%
Jessy Baron Ministry of Tourism Deputy Minister 227,416 196,897 15%*
Dominic Marcotte Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief of Protocol 158,674 138,899 14%
Philippe Ethier Integrated health and social services center of Lanaudière Member of the board of directors and CEO 224,792 198 159 13%
Nadine Koussa Legal Services Member and vice‐president (lawyer) 178,448 158,415 13%
Stéphane Le Bouyonnec Ministry of Cybersecurity and Digital Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer 253,942 226 140 12%*
Alexandre Vezina Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Energy Assistant Deputy Minister for Regional Economic Development and Entrepreneurship 185,905 166,420 12%*

*The person changed position and/or organization during the year.

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