Ontario Teachers Collective Agreement 2020
December 20, 2021
The Ontario Teachers Collective Agreement 2020: What You Need to Know
The Ontario Teachers Collective Agreement 2020 was recently ratified by the province`s teachers unions and Education Minister Stephen Lecce. The agreement represents a significant milestone for Ontario`s education system, as it sets the terms of employment for thousands of teachers across the province.
So what exactly does the Ontario Teachers Collective Agreement 2020 entail? Let`s take a closer look.
One of the most significant changes in the new agreement is the salary increases for teachers. The agreement provides for a 1% increase in each of the first two years of the contract, followed by a 1.5% increase in the third year. This represents a modest increase for teachers who have seen relatively stagnant wages in recent years.
Another important change in the agreement is a commitment to reducing classroom sizes. The new agreement includes measures to reduce average class sizes from the current 22 students to 23 students in high schools, and from 23 students to 24 students in elementary schools.
In addition, the agreement includes a cap on the number of students in any given class. For elementary schools, the cap is set at 29 students, while for high schools, the cap is set at 33 students.
Finally, the new agreement includes provisions for improving education for students with special needs. The agreement commits to hiring more special education teachers and making more resources available to support these students.
The agreement also includes a commitment to reducing wait times for students who require assessments for special needs programs. This is a significant improvement for families who have struggled to access the resources they need to support their children.
Overall, the Ontario Teachers Collective Agreement 2020 represents a positive step forward for Ontario`s education system. The agreement provides much-needed increases in teacher salaries, a commitment to reducing classroom sizes, and measures to improve education for students with special needs.
But there is still work to be done. Many teachers and parents have raised concerns about the lack of concrete measures to address the ongoing issues surrounding online learning, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For now, Ontario`s teachers can take heart in the fact that their work is being valued and recognized. The Ontario Teachers Collective Agreement 2020 is an important step towards ensuring that educators across the province are able to provide the best possible education for their students.