OPSBA’s Work Teams and Ad Hoc Committees develop policy positions as well as responses to government legislation and regulations. These positions and responses are vetted and refined by Executive Council and the Board of Directors prior to being accepted as Association policy. This is a process that ensures effective, comprehensive and sensitive responses to major government announcements and significant education issues.
A major strength of the Association is the lobbying capacity OPSBA has built over a number of years, establishing successful and mutually respectful relationships with individuals and organizations at the core of the major issues affecting education in Ontario. We concentrate on implementing strategies that support a strong unified public education system and that promote the confidence of parents and the taxpayers of the province in the effectiveness of our public schools.
Our advocacy work is described in detail in our Key Work and Annual Report documents.
To learn more about the focus of our work in our six key priorities, please visit the links below:
July 25, 2018 - OPSBA Letter to Minister of Education re Health & Physical Education CurriculumMay 24, 2018 - OPSBA Response to Rowan's Law Potential RegulationsApril 26, 2018 - OPSBA Response to Proposed Amendments to the Education Act: Bill 31, Schedule 9April 4, 2018 - OPSBA Response to the New Vision for Student Transportation in Ontario discussion paperMarch 23, 2018 - OPSBA Feedback on Draft Revisions to Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline (PARG) and Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline (CPPG)February 9, 2018 - OPSBA Response to Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety) Regulatory Posting and OPSBA Submission (February 27, 2018) to the Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 193, Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety) January 31, 2018 - OPSBA Letter to Nova Scotia Education Minister re: Nova Scotia school boardsJanuary 16, 2018 - OPSBA 2018 Pre-Budget Consultation Submission
December 5, 2017 - OPSBA Brief to the Ministry of Education Regarding 2018-19 Education Funding Engagement Guide / GSNNovember 30, 2017 - OPSBA’s Submission re: Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017 (and President Laurie French and Executive Director Rusty Hick's speaking notes)November 24, 2017 - OPSBA Submission to the Sector Engagement regarding Governance-Related IssuesNovember 8, 2017 - Letter to Minister Mitzie Hunter regarding a request for review of Education Development Charges regulationSeptember 19, 2017 - Letter to Ministry of Education staff regarding the legalization of cannabisJuly 26, 2017 - Letter to federal Minister Bennett and provincial Minister Zimmer from the Indigenous Trustees' Council re: challenges faced by Nishnawbe Aski Nation studentsJuly 20, 2017 - OPSBA Submission re: Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs ActJuly 14, 2017 - OPSBA Submission Re: Education Accessibility Standard EngagementJune 29, 2017 - Joint School Board Submission to the Ontario Human Rights Commission regarding an update of the Guidelines on Accessible EducationJune 16, 2017 - OPSBA Submission re: the Rural and Remote Education Review and Discussion PaperMay 15, 2017 - OPSBA Submission re: Bill 114, Anti-Racism ActApril
26, 2017 – OPSBA Submission re: Bill 65, Safer School Zones ActApril 3, 2017 - OPSBA Submission re: Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation ActMarch 17, 2017 - OPSBA Response to the Ministry Consultation on the Well-being Engagement PaperMarch 8, 2017 - Joint Association Submission to Standing Committee on General Government re: Bill 92, School Boards Collective Bargaining Amendment Act, 2017February 10, 2017 - Joint Association Letter to Min. Hunter re: consultation on the School Boards Collective Bargaining ActFebruary 1, 2017 - OPSBA Submission regarding Building a Better Future - Early Years and Child Care Discussion PaperJanuary 11, 2017 – OPSBA Brief to the Ministry of Education Regarding
2017-18 Education Funding Engagement Guide / GSN
November 28, 2016 - OPSBA Submission regarding Bill 45, Election Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016November 23, 2016 - OPSBA Submission regarding before-and-after-school care for kindergarten to Grade 6 draft policies and guidelines for school boardsOctober 20, 2016 - OPSBA Submission regarding proposed amendments to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change's Safe Drinking Water Act, Ontario Reg. 243October 11, 2016 - OPSBA Submission to the Consultation re: Gender and Sex Information on Government IDs and FormsMay 12, 2016 - OPSBA Submission on Bill 181, Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016April 1, 2016 - OPSBA Response to the Regulatory Registry Consultation Document Regarding the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and the Education Act January 27, 2016 - OPSBA Brief to the Ministry of Education Regarding 2016-17 Education Funding
December 18, 2015 - Joint School Board Association Submission to the Premier's Special Advisor on Community Hubs December 10, 2015 - OPSBA Submission on Proposed Reforms to O. Reg. 444/98 - Disposition of Surplus Real Property December 10, 2015 - OPSBA Letter Regarding the Reinstatement of the Federal CensusNovember 4, 2015 - OPSBA Submission on Bill 113, Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015October 30, 2015 - OPSBA Submission to the Municipal Legislation Review July 24, 2015 - OPSBA Submission to the Municipal Election Act Review July 15, 2015 - OPSBA Submission to the Quebec Election Systems Study PanelJune 26, 2015 - OPSBA Submission to the Premier's Special Advisor on Community Hubs May 22, 2015 - OPSBA Feedback on the Regional Internal Audit Initiative May 14, 2015 - OPSBA Submission to Toronto DSB Governance Advisory Panel May 11, 2015 - OPSBA Response to the Regulatory Registry Posting related to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 April 21, 2015 - Letter to Chair of the Standing Committee on General Government regarding Bill 45, Making Healthier Choices Act, 2015 April 14, 2015 - OPSBA letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Liz Sandals regarding the members of the Community Hub Framework Advisory Group March 12, 2015 - OPSBA Submission Re: Bill C-597, An Act to Amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) January 21, 2015 - OPSBA Brief Re: 2015 Pre-Budget Consultations
December 17, 2014 - OPSBA Brief to the Ministry of Education re: 2015-16 Education Funding Consultation Guide and GSN ConsultationDecember 10, 2014 - Letter to Hon. Colin Campbell re: Student Transportation Competitive Procurement Review December 5, 2014 - OPSBA Brief to the Ministry of Education re: Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline changesNovember 26, 2014 - Joint School Board Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government re: Bill 8, Public Sector Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 November 19, 2014 - OPSBA Submission re: Bill 10, Childcare Modernization Act, 2014 October 24, 2014 - OPSBA Member Board Information Re: 34+ Credit Strategy ImplementationOctober 15, 2014 - OPSBA Letter to the Minister of Education re: Trustee Honoraria May 23, 2014 - Joint School Board Sector Submission to Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act April 29, 2014 - OPSBA Submission re: Proposed Changes to Ontario's Fire Code Requirements April 9, 2014 - OPSBA Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy re: Bill 135, Ryan's Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools), 2013 March 31, 2014 - OPSBA Submission/Open Letter to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs on Bill C-23, Fair Elections ActMarch 19, 2014 - OASBO Presentation to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills regarding Bill 69, Prompt Payment Act, 2013 February 28, 2014 - OPSBA Submission re: the Proposal to Amend Regulation 262 under the Day Nurseries Act - Child Care Modernization Document February 26, 2014 - OPSBA Submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly re: Bill 122, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014 January 24, 2014 - Education Partner Submission to Minister Sandals re: Bill 135: Ryan's Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools) January 22, 2014 - OPSBA Submission to Minister Sousa re: 2014 Pre-Budget Consultations January 22, 2014- OPSBA Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs re: 2014 Pre-Budget Consultations January 10, 2014 - OPSBA Submission to the Land Use Planning and Appeal System Consultation and the Development Charges Consultation