Paycheques are going to be fattening up for some workers in Ontario, right in time for Christmas.
According to the Toronto Star, there are 8,500 managers, deputy ministers and executives in the civil service who are getting a pay increase.
Individual amounts will vary from position to position, but the average is about $14,705 each, over the next four years.
The first installment is expected to arrive in the next couple of weeks, with 5% raises retroactive to the spring.
The paper says the hikes are due to a long-standing salary freeze, which in some cases, left some of the managers making less than their unionized staff.
In a statement to the Star, Treasury Board President Liz Sandals said, “We need the ability to attract highly skilled and talented people into public life.”