The Legislative Assembly of Ontario remains on summer recess and resumes on October 28, 2019. Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced that the Fall Economic Statement will be presented on November 6, 2019.
Local Government Week 2019 – October 20-26 – #LocalGovWeek
Local Government Week (LGW) will be held October 20-26. LGW aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities. Due to the Federal Election on October 21, we expect the announcement to be somewhat low key with Ministry of Municipal
Affairs and Housing tweets and a possible news release. OPSBA’s Policy Development Work Team (PDWT) discussed LGW earlier this school year when details were scarce. With this new information, OPSBA will be running a social media campaign to promote LGW to highlight the long advocacy history of trustees and the importance of their work. OPSBA resources have been updated to include current information and these resources are available on our website. We know many trustees visit their schools regularly and we ask trustees to determine locally if a school visit to either a Grade 5 or Grade 10 class is appropriate at this time and to follow board protocols for setting up these visits. Visits can also be scheduled after the official LGW.
Proposed Regulations re Education Development Charges (EDCs) and Notice by School Boards Prior to Acquiring Land
The Ontario Association of Business Officials (OASBO) submission includes a reference to OPSBA as part of their consultation process. The OPSBA submission focuses on our continued advocacy for an increase in the charges to cover the actual costs of sites and the flexibility to support boards experiencing areas of growth.
- October 10, 2019, OPSBA Letter to Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce re September Board of Directors’ Meeting
- October 10, 2019 News Release, Ontario More Than Doubles Mental Health Funding for Students
- October 8, 2019, Memo SB19, District School Board Enrolment Projections for 2020-21 to 2023-24
- October 7, 2019 Statement, Joint Statement by the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions on Mental Illness Awareness Week