Catholic teachers ratify new contract with the province

Took 50 meetings to get the deal done

Ontario’s Catholic teachers have ratified the tentative deal reached last month with the province.

“This was a particularly difficult round of negotiations, in which the government was seeking to implement significant cuts to publicly funded education,” said Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) President Liz Stuart. “Our bargaining team put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to reach an agreement that will
allow Catholic teachers to continue providing high-quality education over the long term.”

The agreement was reached by OECTA, the government, and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) on March 12. The bargaining process included more than 50 meetings.

OECTA says it was able to secure funding for programs and supports for vulnerable students, ensure no student has to participate in mandatory learning, and enhance processes related to the reporting of violence in the classroom.

Catholic teachers engaged in their first-ever province-wide strike action during the process.