OPSBA Advocacy Days at Queen's Park

OPSBA hosted its first Advocacy Day at Queen's Park in April 2019. These days of meetings with MPPs and their staff are crucial in helping us increase awareness of our positions on key issues among government decision-makers, as well as the media and general public.

OPSBA's Advocacy Priorities

The Whole Child and Student Well-Being

Indigenous Education

Education Funding

 Advocacy Day Slideshow

November 25, 2019

More than 50 public school board trustees and student trustees from all regions of the province were in Toronto on November 25, 2019, to take part in OPSBA's second Advocacy Day. The day began with a news conference that released the results of polling and research done in partnership with Nanos Research. This initiative bolstered OPSBA's advocacy position on key issues, such as the importance of investment in public education, Indigenous Education, curriculum, mental health supports and the importance of electing trustees. 

Overwhelmingly, Ontarians support public education and see it as an investment for the future.  

Other highlights from the polling include:

  • Nine in ten Ontarians say it is important or somewhat important to invest in special education
  • Seven in ten Ontarians support or somewhat support having a mandatory Indigenous education curriculum
  • Nearly two-thirds of Ontarians think funding for education should be set based on number of students and inflation rather than overall provincial spending
  • Just over four in five Ontarians support or somewhat support school boards having more autonomy to ensure their budgets reflect local needs
  • Nine in ten Ontarians say it is important or somewhat important to invest in school maintenance and repairs

Some highlights of the day included:

  • OPSBA Table Officer Meeting with Minister Lecce
    A breakfast meeting between the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and the OPSBA Table Officers.

  • OPSBA participates in a press conference in the Queen's Park Media Studio.The OPSBA/NANOS news conference – which was carried live on CP24 and reported on favourably by several media outlets including the Toronto Star and CTV.

  • Attendance in Question Period, where many individual trustees were recognized by their local MPPs, and OPSBA was formally welcomed by all parties.
  • Meetings with 54 MPPs - 24 PC, 23 NDP, three Liberal, one Green, and one Independent.
Meeting with members of the PC caucus
Meeting with Toronto NDP MPPs.

  • An evening reception attended by many MPPs, the Deputy Minister of Education and two Assistant Deputy Ministers, and featuring remarks from Minister Lecce, Education Critic for the Official Opposition Marit Stiles of the NDP, Liberal Education Critic and former Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Leader of the Green Party, Mike Schreiner.
Former Premier Kathleen Wynne chats Ellen Chambers (left) and Jennifer Kitowski (right) of OPSBA's Board of Directors.OPSBA BOD members Arlene Morell and Jake Skinner with Minister Monte McNaughton

April 8, 2019

OPSBA's Executive Council at the April 2019 Advocacy Day at Queen's Park.

On April 8, 2019, OPSBA President Cathy Abraham was joined by Executive Council members and OPSBA senior staff in the Association's first Advocacy Day at Queen's Park.

OPSBA Advocacy Day provided an opportunity for OPSBA representatives to build on collaborative relationships with provincial stakeholders – both MPPs and political staff.

OPSBA Advocacy Day featured meetings and conversations with all four political parties – 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 Board Secretariat.