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Broader Public Service Negotiations

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Broader Public Service Negotiations

Ministry of Finance

The McGuinty government is committed to protecting the vital public services Ontario families rely on as it balances the budget by 2017-18.

Compensation for the broader public sector accounts for more than 50 per cent -- over $55 billion -- of all government spending in Ontario. Of this amount, $35 billion goes to the Ontario Public Service, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and school boards. Approximately $23 billion goes to the rest of the broader public sector, including universities, colleges, hospitals and long-term care homes.

As it enters into negotiations over new collective agreements, the government has informed broader public service employers that there should be no increases in compensation in new collective agreements, which should be for two years or more. This includes wages, performance pay and benefits. Any movement through an established grid must be fully offset from within the total compensation package.

Compensation restraint will result in the following savings:

Compensation Restraint, $ Billions

Sector

Wage Bill

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Ontario Public Service, OMA, School boards

$35 B

$0.9 B

$2.1 B

$3.0 B

Cost Avoidance of 2 Per Cent Increase, $ Billions

Sector

Wage Bill

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Rest of BPS

$23 B

$0.5 B

$0.9 B

$1.4 B



Broader Public Service Employers

The government's announcement will affect approximately 1,025,000 employees in the broader public sector, not including municipal employees. Of this total, 725,000 are unionized.

The following employees are included in broader public service negotiations:

  • Hospital nurses and support staff
  • School board staff
  • Nursing home and long-term care workers
  • University faculty and support staff
  • Ontario Public Service staff
  • College academic staff
  • Provincial utility workers
  • Children's Aid Society staff
  • Community living centre staff

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