City of Guelph severance payments

The City takes its obligations to protect the privacy of current and former employees seriously.

Our employees work hard and are committed to serving the citizens of Guelph. However, like any large employer, we sometimes find ourselves having to dismiss an employee from service.

Historically, the City has not published the sum of severance payments to former employees. We recently received a request for this information filed under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We have provided the requestor with this information, and are sharing it here.

While these severance costs are not insignificant, they average at about 0.75% of the City’s total compensation budget. The City has a financial reserve to fund severance payments.

City of Guelph severance payments from 2013 – 2017

Item 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
compensation: wages and benefits $1,123,332.20 $984,826.35 $1,207,412.10 $902,645.54 $356,419.30
number of employees dismissed 9 8 12 9 6

Note: A severance payment that continues beyond the year in which an individual is dismissed is accounted for and reflected in the year the individual is dismissed.

For more information

David Godwaldt
General Manager, Human Resources
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2848