Today, Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, issued the following statement about a tentative labour agreement with the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO):
“We have entered into discussions with our education partners to build upon the gains we’ve made in Ontario’s publicly-funded education system and to continue to give students the best educational experience possible. Our goal with respect to any collective agreement is an agreement that promotes stability in the sector, is consistent with our fiscal plan, and achieves positive results for students and for those who work in the education system. The recent round of discussions with AEFO and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (composed of the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario, and the Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques) were extremely collaborative and productive, and have resulted in a tentative agreement for a new two-year contract from September 2017 to August 2019.
This tentative agreement, if ratified, allows us to stay focused on what matters most: our students. We are still realizing the benefits from the last round of labour negotiations. We are focusing on our shared priorities and building upon the gains we’ve made in Ontario’s publicly-funded education system. These gains include the highest graduation rate in the province’s history, strong literacy and reading results, and equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need today for tomorrow’s rapidly-changing world.
Today’s news is proof to Ontario’s youngest learners and their parents that the adults involved in their education are working together and are focused on their path to success.”