Government salaries and benefits comprise approximately 42 per cent of the province's spending.
Of the Alberta government's $54.3 billion in total spending, 50 per cent was on wages and benefits for government workers.
Government workers in Ontario receive higher wages and more generous benefits than similar workers in the private sector.
Government workers receive 9.4 per cent more, on average, in wages than Canadians in the private sector.
A large government debt burden can negatively affect economic growth.
Ontario's net government debt has grown approximately 121 per cent since 2007/08.