Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Members of Parliament and Senators received an automatic increase in pay on April 1, 2020.

Back in 2005, Jean Chrétien’s government lobbied for an increase in Senator and MP wages. The annual yearly adjustment that was implemented is based on data from both private and public sector wage settlements, as recorded by Employment and Social Development Canada.

In 2018, MPs earned $175,600. In 2019 the increase was $3,300 per year, bringing the basic salary to $178,900. This year MPs will see a 2.1% increase for total earnings of $182,656. Senators, which are paid $25,000 less than MPs, by law, will receive a 2.4% wage increase for a base salary of $157,656.

In 2018, individuals making more than $175,000/year were in the top 2-percent of the country’s earners.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, a citizens advocacy group, has requested that MPs donate their pay raises to charity in order to give back to Canadians during a time when up to 44% of Canadian households have reported job losses or layoffs due to COVID-19. Dan Albas, the MP for Nicola Valley, is among those who will donate their raise.

“With millions of Canadians being thrown out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis, we think it’s a terrible time for politicians to be getting a raise,” reads a statement on the Federation’s social media.

“There was no time to cancel the pay hike because Parliament was not sitting – so we asked MPs to donate their raise to charity instead. So far, 154 out of 338 MPs have confirmed they’ll donate their raise to charity.”

Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrew Scheer, will be donating their raises. Closer to home, Cathy McLeod of Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo has also agreed to donate her raises, as has Tracy Gray of Kelowna – Lake Country.

For a complete list of MPs who are donating their wage increase to charity, follow the link below: