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Remuneration of elected officials

The remuneration of elected officials is governed by the Act respecting the remuneration of elected municipal officers. Under this Act, the municipal council must adopt a by-law to determine its remuneration and expense allowance. In some cases, additional remuneration is added to compensate for additional functions.

Updating the remuneration levels of our elected municipal officers

Like many other cities in Quebec, Saint-Lambert’s City Council has undertaken to update the remuneration levels of its elected municipal officers for 2019 in light of recent legislation passed by the Quebec and Canadian governments. Among other things, the changes include the federal government’s taxation of expense allowances, effective January 1, 2019. This latest decision causes a real rollback in elected officers’ overall remuneration. 

To take this into account, Saint-Lambert City Council has decided to adjust the basic remuneration of the mayor and city councillors for 2019. Its aim is to ensure that their work continues to be remunerated at the same level as before this legislative amendment. In order to maintain the new remuneration level in the future, City Council also plans a similar adjustment in keeping with variations in the average consumer price index. 

Notice of motion
At the council meeting of August 26, 2019, item 3.1 will present a project concerning the remuneration of elected officials.

Elected municipal officers play a bigger and more important role than in the past

Regardless of city size, elected officers bear increasing responsibilities. To do their work well, they have to take on a heavier workload than before, particularly in an agglomeration context, as is the case for Saint-Lambert.

[unofficial translation] “Historically, nearly 100% of municipal powers concerned property services: public safety, roadworks, potable water, property assessment, land use planning and development, and waste management. Today, these same property services represent no more than 56% of municipal powers, while personal and business services represent 44%. These include public safety, public transportation, environmental protection, leisure activities, parks, culture, libraries, community activities, social housing, immigrant reception, support for the homeless, economic development and municipal courts,” explained the UMQ in its Guide sur la rémunération des élus municipaux, published in 2015.

Elected officers are also called upon to manage more complex demands and to meet higher expectations from citizens. They remain accessible, such that citizens do not hesitate to question them, both in the performance of their political duties and in public places or at their personal residences. For many citizens, therefore, they serve as a reliable reference point for obtaining information or making a complaint.

[unofficial translation] “The relationship with citizens has become more demanding. The population is less and less homogenous, needs are increasingly diversified and requests are ever-more urgent: new arrivals, new types of families, an aging population, etc. In short, expectations of municipalities are very high, thus opening the first doorway to requests from citizens,” continues the UMG in its Guide sur la rémunération des élus municipaux.

Moreover, access to information and the speed of exchanges generated by the social media places added pressure on elected officers. Citizens are increasingly informed and expect to receive precise answers quickly from their elected officers.

In addition to their regular duties, elected officers have to sit down with their counterparts at various regional tables on a regular basis and to participate in numerous community activities. 

Comparative study

A benchmark study of the total cost, in 2018, of remuneration of elected officers, by person, in 25 cities of comparable size puts the remuneration of Saint-Lambert’s officers into perspective. 

CitiesPopulation 
(2017)
Mayor
SalaryExpense
allowances
Total 
1Varennes121 62080 767 $15 787 $95 554 $
2L'Ancienne-Lorette117 08877 798 $15 310 $93 108 $
3Baie-Comeau121 39276 358 $15 785 $92 143 $
4Dorval19 57969 155 $16 595 $85 750 $
5Deux-Montagnes17 93168 700 $16 595 $85 295 $
6Rivière-du-Loup19 76766 085 $16 595 $82 680 $
7La Prairie24 94865 980 $16 595 $82 575 $
8Beloeil22 17864 556 $16 476 $81 032 $
9Mont-Saint-Hilaire18 81062 297 $16 476 $78 773 $
10Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures119 36963 219 $15 495 $78 714 $
11Joliette20 00860 743 $16 595 $77 338 $
12Saint-Basile-Le-Grand16 94456 870 $16 595 $73 465 $
13Sainte-Sophie16 05356 436 $16 595 $73 031 $
14Saint-Lazare119 91356 539 $14 951 $71 490 $
15Candiac20 98753 806 $16 595 $70 490 $
16Sainte-Catherine117 26754 500 $15 787 $70 287 $
17Saint-Lin-Des-Laurentides21 08846 325 $23 162 $69 487 $
18Pincourt15 26545 903 $22 951 $68 854 $
19Kirkland21 13249 384 $16 595 $65 979 $
20Mont-Royal21 19848 780 $16 595 $65 375 $
21Beaconsfield19 95747 780 $16 595 $64 375 $
22Westmount20 64843 934 $16 476 $60 410 $
23Sainte-Marthe-Sur-Le-Lac118 36742 667 $15 662 $58 329 $
24L'Assomption22 41937 618 $16 476 $54 094 $
25Saint-Lambert22 49033 153 $16 476 $49 629 $

Note 1: Remuneration for 2013 or 2014

CitiesCouncillor
SalaryExpense
allowances
Total 
1Dorval22 739 $11 237 $33 976 $
2La Prairie21 732 $10 866 $32 598 $
3Beloeil20 332 $10 166 $30 498 $
4Candiac18 965 $9 462 $28 427 $
5Sainte-Catherine118 170 $9 085 $27 255 $
6Sainte-Sophie18 146 $9 073 $27 219 $
7Varennes117 446 $8 723 $26 169 $                        
8Kirkland17 343 $8 672 $26 015 $
9L'Ancienne-Lorette117 116 $8 558 $25 674 $
10Joliette16 949 $8 474 $25 423 $
11Mont-Royal16 260 $8 130 $24 390 $
12Beaconsfield15 920 $7 960 $23 880 $
13Saint-Lin-Des-Laurentides15 440 $7 720 $23 160 $
14Pincourt15 300 $7 650 $22 950 $
15Westmount14 645 $7 322 $21 967 $
16Deux-Montagnes14 337 $7 168 $21 505 $
17Rivière-du-Loup13 760 $6 880 $20 640 $
18Saint-Lambert13 319 $6 660 $19 979 $
19Sainte-Marthe-Sur-Le-Lac112 962 $6 480 $19 442 $
20Baie-Comeau112 866 $6 433 $19 299 $
21L'Assomption11 963 $5 981 $17 944 $
22Saint-Lazare111 962 $5 981 $17 943 $
23Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures111 776 $5 911 $17 687 $
24Saint-Basile-Le-Grand10 911 $5 456 $16 367 $
25Mont-Saint-Hilaire10 336 $5 168 $15 504 $
Note 1: Remuneration for 2013 or 2014

Proposed remuneration

The table below shows the current remuneration and expense allowances of Saint-Lambert’s mayor and councillors, and those projected in the draft by-law (dated of August 26, 2019).

MayorCouncillor
CurrentProjectedCurrentProjected
Salary33 152,76 $42 199,32 $13 057,96 $15 483,08 $
Allowance16 476 $16 767,00 $6 528,98 $7 742,24 $
Total49 628,76 $58 966,32 $19 586,94 $23 225,32 $
Difference+ 18.8%+ 18.6%

This increase offsets the losses brought about by the taxation of expense allowances. It also includes indexation of 2%. To maintain this remuneration level in the future, an adjustment will be made each year, beginning in 2020, in keeping with variations in the average consumer price index. 

Comparing these changes with those in comparable cities, the mayor’s remuneration would rank 23st out of 25, and that of councillors would rank 13th out of 25. As these data do not take into account the updating planned for the other cities, the remuneration levels of Saint-Lambert’s officials will remain below the average. 

The purpose of these changes is therefore to maintain remuneration levels comparable to those prior to the legislative amendments and for the years ahead.

CitiesPopulation 
(2017)
Mayor
SalaryExpense
allowances
Total 
1Varennes121 62080 767 $15 787 $95 554 $
2L'Ancienne-Lorette117 08877 798 $15 310 $93 108 $
3Baie-Comeau121 39276 358 $15 785 $92 143 $
4Dorval19 57969 155 $16 595 $85 750 $
5Deux-Montagnes17 93168 700 $16 595 $85 295 $
6Rivière-du-Loup19 76766 085 $16 595 $82 680 $
7La Prairie24 94865 980 $16 595 $82 575 $
8Beloeil22 17864 556 $16 476 $81 032 $
9Mont-Saint-Hilaire18 81062 297 $16 476 $78 773 $
10Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures119 36963 219 $15 495 $78 714 $
11Joliette20 00860 743 $16 595 $77 338 $
12Saint-Basile-Le-Grand16 94456 870 $16 595 $73 465 $
13Sainte-Sophie16 05356 436 $16 595 $73 031 $
14Saint-Lazare119 91356 539 $14 951 $71 490 $
15Candiac20 98753 806 $16 595 $70 490 $
16Sainte-Catherine117 26754 500 $15 787 $70 287 $
17Saint-Lin-Des-Laurentides21 08846 325 $23 162 $69 487 $
18Pincourt15 26545 903 $22 951 $68 854 $
19Kirkland21 13249 384 $16 595 $65 979 $
20Mont-Royal21 19848 780 $16 595 $65 375 $
21Beaconsfield19 95747 780 $16 595 $64 375 $
22Westmount20 64843 934 $16 476 $60 410 $
23Saint-Lambert222 49042 199,32 $16 767,00 $58 966,32 $
24Sainte-Marthe-Sur-Le-Lac118 36742 667 $15 662 $58 329 $
25L'Assomption22 41937 618 $16 476 $54 094 $
Note 1: Remuneration for 2013 or 2014
Note 2 : Projected remuneration for 2019

CitiesCouncillor
SalaryExpense
allowances
Total 
1Dorval22 739 $11 237 $33 976 $
2La Prairie21 732 $10 866 $32 598 $
3Beloeil20 332 $10 166 $30 498 $
4Candiac18 965 $9 462 $28 427 $
5Sainte-Catherine118 170 $9 085 $27 255 $
6Sainte-Sophie18 146 $9 073 $27 219 $
7Varennes117 446 $8 723 $  26 169 $               
8Kirkland17 343 $8 672 $26 015 $
9L'Ancienne-Lorette117 116 $8 558 $25 674 $
10Joliette16 949 $8 474 $25 423 $
11Mont-Royal16 260 $8 130 $24 390 $
12Beaconsfield15 920 $7 960 $23 880 $
13Saint-Lambert215 483,08 $7 742,24 $23 225,32 $
14Saint-Lin-Des-Laurentides15 440 $7 720 $23 160 $
15Pincourt15 300 $7 650 $22 950 $
16Westmount14 645 $7 322 $21 967 $
17Deux-Montagnes14 337 $7 168 $21 505 $
18Rivière-du-Loup13 760 $6 880 $20 640 $
19Sainte-Marthe-Sur-Le-Lac112 962 $6 480 $19 442 $
20Baie-Comeau112 866 $6 433 $19 299 $
21L'Assomption11 963 $5 981 $17 944 $
22Saint-Lazare111 962 $5 981 $17 943 $
23Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures111 776 $5 911 $17 687 $
24Saint-Basile-Le-Grand10 911 $5 456 $16 367 $
25Mont-Saint-Hilaire10 336 $5 168 $15 504 $
Note 1: Remuneration for 2013 or 2014
Note 2 : Projected remuneration for 2019

Timeline

For this type of project, the City is required to take these regulatory steps: 

  • Notice of motion and tabling of the draft by-law: August 26, 2019
  • Publication of a public notice announcing the anticipated date of adoption of the by-law: September 4, 2019
  • Adoption of by-law: October 22, 2019
  • Publication of a public notice announcing the date of its coming into force: October 30, 2019

This by-law will be retroactive to January 1, 2019.

Comments and questions

Any comments or questions on this topic can be sent to City Council at mairie@saint-lambert.ca

Previous remuneration

2018

Below are summary details of the remuneration of elected officials for 2018.

Names of elected officialsRemuneration
(excluding social
security contributions)
Expense allowanceAgglomeration
(attendance fees)
Réseau de
transport
de Longueuil (RTL)
Communauté
métropolitaine
de Montréal

(CMM)
Total
Pierre Brodeur, maire$33,152.86$16,576.44$14,069,25$35,690.32$5,702.35$105,191.22
Francis Le Chatelier $13,057.92$6,528.96$2,100.00--$21, 686.88
David Bowles$13,057.92$6,528.963,150.00--$22,736.88
Loïc Blancquaert$13,057.92$6,528.96$850.00--$20,436.88
Philippe Glorieux$13,057.92$6,528.96---$19,586.88
Bernard Rodrigue$13,057.92$6,528.96---$19,586.88
Julie Bourgoin$13,057.92$6,528.96---$19,586.88
Brigitte Marcotte$13,057.92$6,528.96---$19,586.88
France Desaulniers$13,057.92$6,528.96$2,100.00--$21,686.88

2017

Below are summary details of the remuneration of elected officials for 2017. The municipal elections took place in 2017.

Names of elected officials

Global remuneration
(excluding social security
 contributions and including CMM, RTL and agglo)

Expense allowanceDeparture allowanceTotal
Pierre Brodeur, maire$8,990$2,164-$11,154
Francis Le Chatelier $1,705$852-$2,557
Philippe Glorieux$1,705$852-$2,557
Bernard Rodrigue$1,705$852-$2,557
Julie Bourgoin$1,705$852-$2,557
Loïc Blancquaert$1,705$852-$2,557
Brigitte Marcotte$1,705$852-$2,557
David Bowles$13,758$6,879-$20,637
France Desaulniers$1,705$852-$2,557
Alain Dépatie, maire$60,671$16,476$25,510$102,657
Jean Bouchard$12,053$6,027$2,004$20,084
Martin Smith$11,353$5,677$2,004$19,034
Boris Chassagne$12,053$6,027$2,004$20,084
Dominique Lebeau$12,053$6,377$2,004$20,434
Jean-Pierre Roy$11,353$5,677$2,004$19,034
Hugues Létourneau$11,353$5,677$2,004$19,034
Martin Croteau$11,353$5,677$6,011$23,041