Update: Third reading carried for both bills this past week and both have now received Royal Assent.
For Bill 48, the Ministry of Education issued the release Government Continues to Improve Education, which outlines the amendments made to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 (OCTA), as well as the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 (ECEA), the Teaching Profession Act (TPA), and the Education Act.
For Bill 66, the Ministry of Education sent a memo on April 4 to the sector entitled, "Legislative and regulatory updates to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the Education Act." The memo refers to a "series of proposed regulatory amendments" posted for public input and commentary. OPSBA will review the regulatory amendments and share with the work teams.
For more details see Proposed Regulatory Amendments.
The OPSBA submissions for Bill 48 and Bill 66 can be found on our website under Advocacy and Action.
On April 4, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy delivered a luncheon speech at the Canadian Club called, "The Path to Balance: Protecting What Matters Most." He announced "the government's intention to consult with Ontario public sector employers and bargaining agents about how to achieve reasonable public sector compensation growth." The government has invited public-sector employers and bargaining agents that cover thousands of workers from teachers to nurses to provincial police to participate in consultations, asking them to consider different approaches to managing compensation.
The news release, Ensuring Sustainable Public Sector Wages to Protect Front-Line Services, was released as well as a backgrounder that includes the consultation questions.
Coinciding with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2019, Health Minister Christine Elliott, Education Minister Lisa Thompson and Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod made an announcement at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and issued the news release Province Consulting with Parents on Enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program. The government is launching public consultations for a needs-based approach to autism treatment funding following a string of protests by parents and advocates upset with the initial age- and income-based policy announced nearly two months ago. Beginning in May, the government "will engage in public consultations through an online survey and telephone town halls. These consultations will help inform how our government can better support children and youth with autism who have complex needs, including through additional direct funding. A new advisory panel will be made up of parents with lived experience, autistic adults and experts from a range of disciplines like psychology, behavioural analysis, rehabilitation services, education, developmental pediatrics and research." The panel will review the consultation results and report back to the minister with advice later this summer.
On March 29, the Ministry of Education issued memo B11, Interim Changes to Education Development Charges (EDC). Regulation amendments were filed on March 29, 2019 to allow for "modest EDC rate increases while the government continues to review the EDC framework." This follows last fall's announcement (Memo B15, Temporary Cap on Education Development Charge Rates) that froze the EDC rate and the creation of working group for the review. OPSBA continues to advocate for a revised regulation that allows more local flexibility for capital and renewal costs.
Ontario Reg. 20/98: Education Development Charges - General
On March 18, the government issued the news release, Government Saving the People of Ontario a Billion Dollars Annually. The announcement states the government's intention for efficiencies and central procurement practices across broader public sector organizations, which includes education. OPSBA, along with COSBO and OASBO, will be working with the Ministry of Education to provide supports to the sector.
On April 8, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham was joined by Executive Council members and OPSBA senior staff in an Advocacy Day at Queen's Park.
OPSBA Advocacy Day provided an opportunity for OPSBA representatives to build on collaborative relationships with provincial stakeholders â€“ both MPPs and political staff.
OPSBA Advocacy Day featured meetings and conversations with all four political parties â€“ the Progressive Conservatives, New Democrats, Liberals and Greens. President Abraham and Executive Director Rusty Hick also met with staff from the Premier's Office, the Ministries of Education and Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Treasury Boards Secretariat.
We will continue to strongly advocate to the government and opposition parties the best interests and needs of Ontario's public school system, which serves more than 1.3 million elementary and secondary students. OPSBA's priorities were re-introduced and time was taken to emphasize the success of public education from each of our member boards.
The OPSBA 2019 elections will be held as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which takes place from July 4-7, 2019 in Toronto. OPSBA is looking forward to welcoming you to OPSBA's 31th Annual General Meeting.
All nominations received by the nomination deadline of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, will be published in the OPSBA Election Handbook.
Positions to be decided through the election process at the Annual General Meeting and at the accompanying regional meetings are as follows:
Please note the following important guidelines if you are considering running for President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President or Regional Vice-President.
Note: All Election material is available on the AGM and Program page of the OPSBA website!
Please see the following updated OPSBA summaries indicated below for information regarding Ministry of Education 2018 B and SB Memoranda.
2019 B Memoranda (funding policy, financial matters)
2019 SB Memoranda (administrative information, clarification on financial matters)
2018 B Memoranda
2018 SB Memoranda
2017 B Memoranda
2017 SB Memoranda
B and SB Memoranda
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Ontario youth are being invited to participate in a Future of Aviation competition to provide ideas and concepts of what their future could look like. Whether they see themselves with a career as an aircraft or space ship pilot, a remote pilot flying drones, in other areas of aviation, or as a passenger/consumer, these age-appropriate competitions offer students the opportunity to be limitless with their imaginations and come up with innovative ideas that might someday become a reality.
Details on the competition can be found at: https://www4.icao.int/futureaviation/Future
A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. Headquartered in Montreal and with Canada being one of only 10 countries in the world to host a United Nations headquarters, ICAO serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 190 Member States.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released video of a training session on its new Policy on accessible education for students with disabilities. Some of the key elements of the policy include:
The videos are available in English, with both English and French captioning options and each video features ASL translation.
View the videos on YouTube now at http://bit.ly/2FAueV0.
MPPs returned to the Legislature on March 18 after their constituency
MPPs continued Third Reading debate on this legislation. On February 25, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham and Executive Director
Rusty Hick presented to the Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding the
bill and its proposed amendments. This legislation was introduced on
October 25, 2018.
Prior to the March Break, this legislation was referred to
the Standing Committee on General Government. Public hearings were held on
March 18, 2019. The bill had clausal review and was sent
back to the House for Third Reading. OPSBA sent a written submission to the
Committee responding to proposed amendments in Schedule 3 that affects the Education
Act and the Child Care and Early Years Act. This legislation was
introduced on December 6, 2018.
On March 15, 2019
Education Minister Lisa Thompson issued the news release, 'Back-to-Basics'
Math Curriculum, Renewed Focus on Skilled Trades and Cellphone Ban in the
Classroom Coming Soon to Ontario. The announcement includes the
government’s plans for many areas in education, including: e-learning, the
Grants for Student Needs (GSN), Technology/Broadband, Cellphones, the Education
Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), Math Curriculum, Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, Skilled Trades, Financial Literacy,
Indigenous Education and the Health and Physical Education (H&PE)
curriculum. Included in this announcement were details for a next phase
for consultations regarding Hiring Practices and Class Size, with a feedback
deadline of May 31, 2019.
For these two
consultations, OPSBA’s Labour Relations team will take the lead and work with
our member boards via HR leads (senior negotiators) and the
Association’s Labour Relations Steering Committee. OPSBA’s Executive Council
and Board of Directors will discuss the input to this extended consultation at
their next meetings. The Education Program and Policy Development Work Teams
will also be discussing the other pieces at their upcoming meetings.
Following the announcement, OPSBA issued the news release, OPSBA
welcomes continued engagement but has class size concerns and a separate statement
about proposed secondary class sizes.
Ministry Memo B8: New Vision for Education
Ministry Memo B9: Next Phase of Consultations on Hiring Practices and Class Sizes
On March 21, Minister
of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod issued the news
Enhancing Support for Children with Autism. The ministry will reopen
consultations on how to provide autism treatment services to children with the
most complex needs. Under the “enhanced” program, families with children with
autism under the age of six will still receive $20,000 annually and those with
children six and over will receive $5,000. However, the funding will no longer
be connected to a family’s income. The government’s goal remains to clear the
province’s 23,000-child long waitlist for services.
In response to this and restating concerns about
class size, OPSBA issued the following statement:
“Following today’s announcement regarding enhanced support for children with
autism, we look forward to the government taking a similar second look at
proposed secondary class size changes during the consultation process that has
been established. Raising class size averages from 22 to 28 will have a
dramatic and harmful effect on both students and staff in secondary schools
across Ontario. We will continue to seek every opportunity to consult with the
government on the impacts of any proposed changes to public education.”
1:00 p.m. Laurie Scott, MPP, Minister of Labour
1:20 p.m. Keynote Speaker: JAIME WATT
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Jaime has been involved in governance education and thought leadership throughout his career. He is a guest lecturer at a variety of Rotman School programmes at the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer at the Ivey School of Business at Western University. He regularly provides expert opinion in challenging governance situations.
A highly regarded speaker, Jaime appears often as a public affairs commentator in the media. He is a regular contributor to the CBC, including: The Weekly with Wendy Mesley, The House with Chris Hall, and its flagship news program The National. He also writes a weekly column for The Toronto Star and is a Policy Magazine contributing writer.
There is still time to register for OPSBA's premier labour relations and human resources professional learning opportunity.
The 2019 Education Labour Relations and Human Resources Symposium takes place April 4 and 5 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.
The Symposium is designed to provide professional development in the areas of labour relations and human resources to trustees, directors of education, senior human resources officials and labour relations staff. Additionally, senior school board decision makers are provided with opportunities to share ideas and strategies, learn about next and best practices, and explore practical solutions to the challenges faced by Ontario school boards.
Presentations will cover a wide range of relevant topics, including:
For more information, including a program outline and hotel information, visit the Symposium webpage.