Top CRA executives pocket $35000 a year in performance pay

Top executives at the Canada Revenue Agency have been taking home substantially more performance pay than executives in other government departments, CBC News has learned.

An analysis of numbers provided by the CRA reveals that officials in the EX-4 and EX-5 categories — the top two tiers — have been receiving twice as much “at risk” pay than other federal government executives. While the top average “at risk” pay in the rest of the public service for 2015/16 was $18,000, CRA’s top executives pocketed an average of $35,000.

When “at risk” pay and bonuses are combined, the top CRA executives still outpaced their colleagues in other departments that year by 33 per cent.

While most government executives are eligible for both “at risk” pay and bonuses, CRA’s executive performance pay system only provides for the one category of  “at risk” pay.

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