The CBC doubled the number of employees that earn six-figure salaries in recent years, according to a new report.
The report by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) shows that between 2015 and 2022, the CBC added 511 employees to the list of staff that earn an annual salary of $100,000 or more.
“Taxpayers don’t need all these CBC employees making six-figures,” said CTF’s federal director Franco Terrazzano. “What value are taxpayers getting from all these extra CBC staffers with big salaries?”
More than 200 employees were added to the list during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a yearly growth of roughly 13.5%.
The CTF contrasted CBC’s “good times” with what appears to be a difficult financial period for the journalism industry, recently witnessed in January when Postmedia announced layoffs for 11% of its editorial staff, and in the last couple years when Bell Media laid off hundreds of broadcast employees.
It’s not the first time the CTF has criticized CBC’s finances.
Last November, Terrazzano criticized the CBC’s decision to pay-out $51 million in bonuses and pay raises during the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021.
“If the CBC has enough money lying around to hand out millions in bonuses and raises during a pandemic, then taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to fork over more money,” he said at the time.
According to the CTF’s Wednesday report, taxpayer funding to the CBC has increased by $203 million per year since 2014.