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The government will consult with Ontario public sector employers and bargaining agents on how compensation growth can be managed in a way that results in wage settlements that are modest, reasonable and sustainable.

Who is Ontario inviting to participate in consultations?

Restoring sustainability to Ontario's finances while preserving critical front-line services will require a disciplined approach to managing compensation growth across the provincial public sector.

This Spring, the government will consult with Ontario public sector employers and bargaining agents on how compensation growth can be managed in a way that results in wage settlements that are modest, reasonable and sustainable.

How will feedback be used?

Feedback received through the consultations, from public sector employers and bargaining agents, will directly inform the government's next steps on responsibly managing growth in compensation. Examples of these next steps could include measures such as:

  • Voluntary agreement to wage outcomes lower than the current trend;
  • Trade-offs that will lead to reductions in compensation costs; and
  • Consideration of legislative measures.

The government is exploring all potential measures around compensation growth across Ontario's public sector. At this point, no decisions have been made and no measures have been ruled out.

It's part of our efforts to ensure every taxpayer dollar is invested wisely.

Invitation to Ontario public sector employers and bargaining agents

April 4, 2019

RE:                 Ontario Public Sector Consultations

Today, the President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, announced the Government's intention to consult with public sector employers and bargaining agents. I am writing to request your participation in the government's consultation on how to manage Ontario public sector compensation growth. Managing compensation growth across the provincial public sector is a critical element in restoring sustainability to Ontario's finances while preserving critical front-line services.

Through these consultations, the government is seeking your feedback on how to manage compensation growth in a way that results in wage settlements that are modest, reasonable and sustainable. Feedback received through these discussions will directly inform any next steps taken to manage growth in compensation costs. To assist in engaging in a constructive dialogue, I have attached four guiding questions that will be used to facilitate those discussions. 

Consultation opportunities for your organization are scheduled to take place on [date] at [facility name and address] in Toronto. Please notify us if an alternate date would be preferable, and we will work with your organization to reschedule accordingly. Teleconference options will be made available, in the event that this location would require extensive travel.

Please confirm your attendance by April 12, 2019, including the names and titles of representatives who will attend on behalf of your organization. Please confirm your attendance to PSconsultations@ontario.ca and advise whether you require French language services or any accommodation to participate in the consultation.

Feedback is welcome in person during the scheduled consultation session, and in writing. Any questions or written responses can be sent to PSconsultations@ontario.ca by May 24, 2019

I hope you will accept this invitation to participate in this important discussion.

Sincerely,

Karen Hughes

Deputy Minister, Treasury Board Secretariat

Secretary of Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet

Cc.  Chiefs of Staff

        Deputy Ministers

        Marc Rondeau, Associate Deputy Minister, Centre for Public Sector Labour Relations and Compensation, Treasury Board Secretariat

Attachment: Ontario Public Sector Consultation — Questions

  1. Elements of collective agreements could help or hinder our overall ability to achieve sustainable levels of compensation growth; and collective agreement provisions that work well in one sector may have unintended consequences in another. Are there any aspects of the collective agreement(s) in your organization(s) that affect the ability to manage overall compensation costs?
  2. Potential opportunities to manage compensation growth could take different forms, for example, growth-sharing or gains-sharing, as identified in the September 2018 line-by-line review of government spending. Are there any tools to manage compensation costs that you believe the government should consider?
  3. While no decisions have been yet made, the government is considering legislated caps on allowable compensation increases that can be negotiated in collective bargaining or imposed in binding arbitration. We wish to engage with you in good faith consultations on this option and invite your feedback. What are your thoughts on this approach?
  4. Many different approaches to managing compensation growth and overseeing collective bargaining are in place in other jurisdictions, including other Canadian provinces. Are there any tools applied in other jurisdictions which you think would work in Ontario? If so, what is the proposal and how would it work?

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