Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.52
Liaison Tori Grant
Submission Date June 28, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of Calgary
PAE-11: Sustainable Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 7.92 / 8.00 Justin Brown
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of employees working on campus (including contractors):

Number of employees (including contractors) that the institution ensures earn sustainable compensation:

A brief description of how the institution ensures that its lowest-paid workers (including contractors, if applicable) receive sustainable compensation:

The U of C has not formally evaluated or defined a sustainable wage level as defined above but many initiatives at both the local and national level have proposed such a standard. Vibrant Communities Calgary (VCC), a local organization, defines a living wage to be $13.00 (plus benefits) or $14.50 (in lieu of benefits). The wage is based on Statistics Canada 2012 Low Income Cut-Off (LICO).

Benchmarking against this standard, over 99% of the 5893 regular salaried employees at the University earn at or above this standard. Of the remaining casual employee groups (Sessional Instructors and casual/hourly support staff), over 82% are paid over the living wage threshold of $14.50. This excludes a few non-employee groups and unclassified, contract-type employees. Typically, employees that are lower than the threshold work on a very casual basis.

Compensation decisions are primarily guided by the two collective agreements governing Support Staff and Academics. The salary scales are negotiated with the unions as part of the collective bargaining process. The collective agreements are readily available to employees and the public and can be found on the University’s website.

Management and Professional Staff (MaPS) are not governed by any agreement, however there is an established compensation system, guidelines and corresponding salary range that demonstrate earnings significant above what would be considered a sustainable wage level. Current salary ranges for MaPS are available to the public and published on our website.

Based on a review of other institutional STARS submissions, it has come to our attention that clarification of the criteria specified in this credit may be needed. Our approach to this credit reflects our interpretation of the intent of this credit, providing transparent disclosure of our compensation program but avoiding penalizing our credit performance relative to the responses of our peer institutions.

The most recent year total compensation for the institution’s lowest-paid workers (including contractors, if applicable) was evaluated to ensure that it was sustainable:

The website URL where information about the institution’s compensation policies and practices is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:



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