Statement from the President of the Treasury Board on the Government's Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act
TORONTO - Today, Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, issued the following statement regarding the government's Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019:
"This legislation enables the government to manage public sector compensation growth in a fair, consistent, and time-limited manner. It supports our ongoing efforts to restore the province to a position of fiscal health and demonstrate respect for taxpayers' dollars. Since public sector compensation represents roughly half of all government spending, totalling approximately $72 billion per year, any conversation about restoring fiscal sustainability must include it. We must all do our part.
"Our government conducted a series of good-faith consultations with public sector employers and bargaining agents on managing compensation growth responsibly. During that time 23 in-person sessions took place. These sessions were attended by 68 employer organizations in sectors covering more than 2,500 collective agreements and 57 bargaining agents who collectively represent over 780,000 workers across all sectors of Ontario's public service.
"This legislation protects the vital, front-line public services that the people of Ontario depend on every day. We are taking a reasonable, fair and time-limited approach to managing public sector compensation to ensure that we can continue to invest in the key programs that all Ontarians expect and deserve."