Lieutenant Governor of
Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, has invited Doug Ford to assume the position of
Premier of Ontario and form a new government. Premier-designate Ford indicated
that he and his cabinet will be sworn in on June 29, 2018. There are many
predictions that he will have a much smaller cabinet of 18 to 20 people, down
from the 30-member Liberal cabinet. There is also speculation that some
portfolios could be eliminated or combined.
At his first press conference as premier-designate, Ford
said his top concern is protecting Ontario jobs and said, “My job is to protect
every single job in Ontario, which is affected more than any other province. I
have to protect the autoworkers, which is a massive industry, and my priority
is to protect the steel and aluminum workers.” On June 14, Ford met with
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Canada's Ambassador to the
United States David MacNaughton.
The 40 NDP MPPs is the party’s largest since the 1990s and
includes new representatives from Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa, Kingston,
Kitchener, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and the north. It also includes North America’s first Tibetan elected official,
Parkdale-High Park’s Bhutila Karpoche; Kingfisher First Nation MPP Sol Mamakwa,
who will represent Kiiwetinoong; and Métis MPP Guy Bourgouin who will represent
Ontario Liberal Party president Brian Johns announced the
Liberal caucus has unanimously endorsed Liberal MPP John Fraser as the
recommended candidate for the position of interim leader. Fraser represents the
riding of Ottawa South, which he first won in a 2013 by-election to replace
Dalton McGuinty. Kathleen Wynne will stay on as a third-party MPP. She and the
other six Liberal MPPs will be serving as independents after the party’s
failure to achieve official party status, unless the PCs choose to pass
legislation lowering the threshold. Ontario's first Green MPP, Mike Schreiner,
will also sit as an independent.
The 73 new MPPs — representing
59 per cent of the legislature — will take part in orientation sessions. Much
of the current activity at Queen’s Park is focused on the logistics of moving
Minsters and their staff and preparing new offices. Of note, there are now more
female MPPs than there were before the election. Ontario now has 49 female
MPPs, comprising 39.5 per cent of the House.
Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education
July 4 – 5, 2018
CSBA Congress 2018
July 5 – 7
1181 Hollis StreetHalifax, Nova Scotia
NOW. Early Bird registration ends this
week - at midnight on Friday, June 15.
We have been able to secure a few rooms for July
5, 6 and 7 at the conference rate at The Westin Nova Scotian
Hotel. If anyone needs rooms on those nights,
please contact us before Wednesday, June 13. The rooms must be
booked or released by then. The hotel
cut-off date for CSBA Congress 2018 was Monday, June 4.
OPSBA issued a media release on June 8 regarding the election results.
The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, was elected in yesterday's provincial election, securing a majority government with 76 seats. The New Democratic Party of Ontario, led by Andrea Horwath, won 40 seats and will form the official opposition. The Liberal Party of Ontario, led by Kathleen Wynne, captured seven seats. Wynne was re-elected in her Don Valley West riding, however, she announced last night that she was resigning as leader of the party. Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, won his seat in the riding of Guelph.
Eight seats are required for official party status in the legislature. With only seven seats, the Liberal Party loses official party status and with that, the loss of funding for administrative staff and research activities, as well as designated time to speak in the legislature.
In the coming days and weeks, OPSBA will be contacting the new government to establish meetings to share and discuss education priorities. On June 8, Kathleen Wynne announced the transition of power would occur on June 29, 2018.
The current parliamentary calendar indicates the Legislative Assembly of Ontario will resume on Monday, September 10, 2018. OPSBA will continue to provide information and updates to members.
OPSBA would also like to congratulate those successful trustees candidates who will now become MPPs. We thank them for their contribution to public education. This includes:
Number of Seats
Percentage of votes
PC Party of Ontario
Ontario Liberal Party
Green Party of Ontario
For a full list of "unofficial" results for all 124 electoral districts, please visit Elections Ontario.
OPSBA has also created an overview summary of the activities and results of our advocacy for Education Day. Today's media release and the Education Day summary are posted on the OPSBA website.
Results from the Student Vote election (slightly different outcome) are also available.
In 2009, with the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of
Commons, June was declared National Indigenous History Month. Each June,
Canadians are invited to celebrate the heritage,
diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by taking part in National Indigenous
History Month events and festivities.
National Indigenous Peoples History Month is a time to acknowledge
the role Indigenous peoples played, and continued to play, in the development
of Canada, to honour Indigenous heritage and to celebrate Indigenous cultures.
It is also an opportunity to reflect on the strength of present day First
Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, and their hopes for the future.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples
Day. June 21 was chosen because of the
cultural significance of the summer solstice - the first day of summer and
longest day of the year, the rebirth of Mother Earth - and because many Indigenous
Peoples communities mark this day as a time to celebrate their heritage.
Setting aside a day for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples is part of the
wider recognition of their primary and founding place within the fabric of
Canada and their ongoing contributions as First Peoples. This is a special day
to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements
of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.
It was in 1982 that the National Indian Brotherhood (now the
Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of June 21 as National
Aboriginal Solidarity Day. This call was renewed in 1995 when The Sacred
Assembly, a national conference of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people chaired
by Elijah Harper, called for a national holiday to celebrate the contributions
of Indigenous peoples. In 1996, National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed by
former Governor General Roméo A. LeBlanc.
This has now become a day in the Canadian calendar
when First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples express pride in their
rich diverse cultures with their families, neighbours, friends and visitors.
National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for the Ontario Public School
Boards' Association, its member boards and for all of Canada to honour the
traditions, cultures, languages and contributions of First Nation, Métis
and Inuit peoples.
We offer a warm thank you to the First Nations trustees who
serve on OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees'
Council and school boards across the province. We send greetings and
good wishes to First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, parents,
teachers and communities on this day of celebration.
Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Resources
Peoples Day Learning Resources
range of contemporary and historical resources and Ontario events
The 2017-18 OPSBA Annual Report is now available on the OPSBA website. Check it out
today to learn more about OPSBA’s advocacy to advance our priorities in the
past school year!
OPSBA Media Release, OPSBA extends congratulations to new PC government, Jun. 8, 2018
OPSBA Media Release, Cathy Abraham elected President of OPSBA, Jun. 4, 2018
School board group urges Doug Ford to keep sex-ed curriculum he says he’ll repealRob Ferguson, The Star, Jun. 8, 2018Premier-designate Doug Ford is running into fresh flak for his plan to scrap Ontario’s updated sex education curriculum, a key election promise to appease the social conservative wing of his PC party.More ...
Waterloo Region trustee wins support to lobby for rights for kids with ADHDLisa Rutledge, Cambridge Times, Jun. 6, 2018A Waterloo Region public school trustee’s bid to secure more supports for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is about to receive some provincewide attention.More ...
Abraham elected OPSBA PresidentTim Durkin, Quinte News, Jun. 4, 2018The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Cathy Abraham has been elected President for the 2018-19 school year at its Annual General Meeting held on June 1, 2018, in Niagara Falls.More ...
Retiring Peel school board chair honoured for 3 decades of dedicationPam Douglas, Brampton Guardian, Jun. 3, 2018Janet McDougald, retiring Peel District School Board chair, was awarded the Dr. Harry Paikin Award of Merit Friday (June 2) for her lasting impact on public education.More ...
Rural school closures hit Ontario hard, major parties promise changeNicole Thomson, CTV News Toronto, Jun. 2, 2018Sara van Ravenswaay was devastated when her high school in rural southwestern Ontario was closed last year, months before she was set to begin Grade 12.More ...
New Report Identifies Key Factors in French as a Second Language (FSL) Teacher Shortages in OntarioThe Asian Connections, Jun. 2, 2018The FSL-Labour Market Partnership Committee has officially released its report entitled, Understanding Perspectives Regarding the French as a Second Language Teacher Labour Market Issue.More ...
There are 9 days left until
Ontario's next general election on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The Elections
Ontario website includes a listing of all 124 electoral districts as well
as other election oriented information.
Advanced polls were open last Saturday, May 26.
Details for the dates, times and locations of advanced
polling stations can be found on your Voter Information Card. If you choose to
vote at an advance poll, you will be asked to take an oath and sign a document to
confirm you will vote only once.
You can vote in person on election day from 9:00 A.M. to
9:00 P.M. at your assigned voting location.
To vote, you will need to bring one piece of identification
that shows your name and current residential address. If you are on the Voters
List, bring your Voter Information Card and one piece of identification that
shows your name. If you are not on the Voters List, bring one piece of
identification that shows both your name and current residential address.
All election resources and
related information can be
found at: Resources for the 2018 Ontario
Provincial Election. Please continue the discussion of education issues on social
media and use the hashtag #OntEd18
OPSBA Media Release, New Report Identifies Key Factors in FSL Teacher Shortages, May 29, 2018
All candidates forum to focus on educationStu Campaaigne, My North Bay Now, May 22, 2018In light of the essential role that it feels education will play in the upcoming provincial election, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association has declared Wednesday to be Education Day.More ...
School bulletin with LHS 75, Ron Felsen and Shelley LaskinThe South Bayview Bulldog, May 10, 2018easide High School 75 occurs in 2020 — all those years since the 1945 upheaval of peaceful pastures at Eglinton East and Hanna Rd. It’s been good. Now the Leaside High School Alumni Association will meet Tuesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the school to make plans. The meeting is open to LHS alumni. No doubt there will be a warm welcome from the committee headed by Larry Hurd. Also on board are Earl Manners, Barb Wasson Dafoe, Lynda Green, Catherine Rooney, Elaine LeBlanc, Caroline Miller, Nick Mitchell, Simon Stevenson, Jeannette Plonka (principal). More are needed.More ...
OPSBA Declares May 23 Education DayPort Stanley News, May 9, 2018Toronto, May 9, 2018 - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) has
declared May 23 Education Day in the province of Ontario. On this day, candidates
from the four major provincial parties have been invited by local school board trustees
throughout the province to share their views and answer questions on issues affecting
public education.More ...
It’s official – On May 8, Premier Kathleen Wynne asked
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell to dissolve the final session of the
41st Parliament of the Province of Ontario, effective as of 2 p.m. The writ
will be issued naming Thursday, June 7, as the date of Ontario's next general
OPSBA will continue to post
answers the answers to our Priorities Questionnaire from the four main
political party leaders. The NDP and Liberal Party have shared their
answers and we expect replies from the PC and Green parties soon. Once all
platforms are released, we will cross reference their education pledges with
our priorities. All election resources and related information can be found at: Resources for the 2018 Ontario
And don’t forget we need your local
support for OPSBA Education Day on Wednesday, May 23,
2018. Trustees and boards can choose to participate in
Education Day activities anytime during the week of May 22-25, 2018. Resources
can be found on our webpage.
Please send us the details for any local plans.
On May 3, 2018, Ontario
Regulation 7/07 Student Trustees was filed and posted. This updated
regulation allows student trustees to have one to two year terms, staggered
terms and moves their election date. This regulation filing follow recent
updates and additions to other governance-related matters including Code of
Conduct, Honoraria and Electronic Meetings. Attached is the memo sent to
Directors of Education about these four regulations. All governance-related
submissions, memos, and letters are posted on our website’s School
Board Governance section.
Ministry memo re Regulatory Amendments, may 7, 2018
The writ of election is set for May 9, 2018, with
the next provincial election on June 7, 2018. As of today, there are three sitting days before
the writ and 35 days before the election.
the Ministry provided an update on the revised Pupil Accommodation Review
Guideline (PARG) and on integrated planning initiatives. The final PARG
is now posted on the ministry’s website. Following response to the initial fall
2017 engagement and the second phase of consultations in March 2018, the
province made revisions to the PARG which included:
ministry will be working with its partner ministries and education and
municipal stakeholders to develop templates (including initial staff report and
economic impact assessment templates) and other resources before fall 2018 to
support boards in conducting pupil accommodation reviews. Until these resources
are developed, the moratorium on pupil accommodation reviews will remain in
place unless they are related to coterminous board joint use initiatives.
There are no changes currently planned for Community Planning and Partnerships
Guideline (CPPG). The ministry will be updating it within the next year. Until
then, school boards should continue using the existing CPPG.
Ministry also announced that they are launching a new engagement focused on the
challenges facing education planning in urban areas this fall, which will include:
will follow up with the ministry to get more information and clarity about
school closure moratorium timelines, input into templates, the connection of
the Voluntary Integrated Planning and Partnerships Initiative (VIPPI) and Community
Hubs, funding timing, and participation in the Urban Student Accommodation
Engagement. We will also ask to see what was communicated to our municipal
2018 - OPSBA Submission: Feedback
on Draft Revisions to Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community
Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG) Submission
On April 20, 2018, two regulations regarding governance were
updated, filed and now posted.
All recent governance-related submissions, memos and letter
are posted on our website’s School
Board Governance section. This includes the Fall 2017 OPSBA Submission re:
Governance-Related Issues, the March 26 memo from the Minister of Education to
stakeholders, the OPSBA follow-up letter
(April 5, 2018) and the Ministry’s letter of response (April 20, 2018).
OPSBA has contacted the four main
political party leaders and shared a series of Association priority-related
questions for the four parties to answer. The NDP and Liberal Parties have shared their
answers and these are posted on our web site. All election resources and
related information can
be found at: Resources for the 2018 Ontario
vying for school board trustee positions are able to file their paperwork as of
May 1. Candidates have until July 27 at 2 p.m. to file their papers with
municipal clerks. Note: this is a much shorter campaign period compared to the
created a Frequently Asked Questions document to provide best practices and
suggestions regarding use of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) by
current trustees who are running for re-election. This can be found at: Social
Media Use Q&A.
All candidates are welcome to submit their profiles to TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org
Please include your name, school board and ward. You may also include a photo,
a brief biography, your email address and website address with your profile.