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Briefs and Submissions

OSSTF/FEESO is often asked to provide input on a number of topics, government bills and positions and societal trends.

The Federation also routinely comments on topics that are pertinent to the membership. In this section there are the latest briefs and submissions made to government and other bodies on a variety of subjects that deal with education, social and public policy issues.

They reflect OSSTF/FEESO policies and positions.

The most recent submission can be found as a Related Attachment at the bottom of the page.

Past Briefs and Submissions

2022-2023

Submission to the Standing Committee of Finance and Economic Affairs - Pre-Budget Hearings – February 2023
OSSTF/FEESO is very concerned that public education continues to be underfunded. The government continues to shortchange Ontario’s students. In its 2023 Pre-Budget submission to the Ontario government, the Federation included thirty-one recommendations, all of which focused on strengthening publicly-funded education and rebuilding the province. Now is the time to invest in our greatest asset, the students in Ontario’s public education system. The economic payoff is indisputable.

Submission on Bill 36, Progress on the Plan to Build Act - November 28, 2022
OSSTF/FEESO calls on the government to invest in our future—the many diverse students in Ontario’s public schools and postsecondary institutions. Our submission proposal includes six recommendations that will protect and build up one of the province's most valuable assets: Ontario's world-class publicly-funded education system.

Submission to the 2023-2024 Education Funding Consultations – November 15, 2022
OSSTF/FEESO is very concerned that public education continues to be underfunded. The government continues to short-change Ontario’s students, with the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario projecting annual shortfalls in education funding totalling $6.0 billion through 2027-28. Our submission is contained in two parts. Part A responds directly to the Funding Engagement Guide and the questions posed by the Ministry of Education, and Part B, which provides additional submissions on education funding.

OSSTF/FEESO Submission to the Ministry of Education on Modernizing Education – March 1, 2022
OSSTF/FEESO recognizes the need for publicly funded education to evolve to meet the needs of all who rely on it and is committed to working with families, community leaders, elected leaders, and various stakeholders who seek to strengthen and enhance publicly funded education in Ontario. Our submission provides various suggestions focused on building a better future that moves beyond the status quo and was made in response to questions asked at the Ministry Initiatives Committee (MIC) meeting on February 10, 2022.

OSSTF/FEESO Submission – Policy/Program Memorandum No. 81 (PPM 81), Provision of Health Support Services in School Settings 2021-22 Review
Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No. 81 provides a framework for the delivery of health supports/services in schools, and outlines responsibilities for the administration, training/direction, and related consultation of these supports/services. The Federation believes the draft revisions in PPM 81 do not improve or build upon the current and successful examples of direct school-based rehabilitation service delivery by school boards. If implemented, the government proposed revisions will privatize public services and result in a less efficient use of resources and a reduction of service for all students.

OSSTF/FEESO Submission to the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee on Bill 43 - Build Ontario Act
OSSTF/FEESO presented its submission on Bill 43 - Build Ontario Act to the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee on January 21, 2022. Education is the cornerstone of economic growth. OSSTF/FEESO strongly believes Bill 43 will lead to less funding for public education and further exemplifies the provincial government’s inadequate investment in Ontario’s future.

OSSTF/FEESO Submission to the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee on 2022 Pre-Budget Consultations – January 20, 2022
OSSTF/FEESO is pleased to provide its submission to the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee on 2022 Pre-Budget Consultations. The global pandemic has revealed the deep levels of inequities in society and highlighted the crucial role education plays in maintaining a strong and vibrant community. OSSTF/FEESO strongly believes that now is the time to invest in and enhance Ontario's publicly-funded education system in order to rebuild the province and the people living in it.

2021

OSSTF/FEESO Submission to the 2022 – 2023 Education Funding Consultations – November 15, 2021
OSSTF/FEESO provided its submission to the Ontario Ministry of Education for the 2022-2023 Grants for Student Needs on November 15, 2021. Our submission contained two parts. Part A responds directly to the Funding Engagement Guide and the questions posed by the ministry, and Part B, which provides additional submissions on education funding.

OSSTF/FEESO Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government Bill 13, Supporting People and Business Act, 2021 – November 11, 2021
OSSTF/FEESO provided its submission to the Standing Committee on General Government outlining our concerns regarding Bill 13, the Supporting People and Businesses Act. The bill includes proposed governance changes to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and removing government oversight of two key aspects of the appointment of supervisory officers at Ontario public school boards.

OSSTF/FEESO Submission on Proposed Legislative Changes in Bill 254, Protecting Ontario Elections Act – March 29, 2021
OSSTF/FEESO is pleased to make a submission regarding Bill 254, Protecting Ontario Elections Act. While the bill makes some minor improvements to the Ontario’s election laws, specifically around voting equipment, vote counting equipment, and advance polls, we believe that this bill is fundamentally flawed and represents an infringement of Ontarians’ ability and right to freely participate in elections.

OSSTF/FEESO Pre-Budget Submission to the Ontario Ministry of Finance – Feb, 13, 2021
OSSTF/FEESO is pleased to make a 2021 budget consultation submission in advance of the 2021 budget. This budget consultation submission contains two parts, first the kindergarten to grade 12 sector, followed by the post-secondary sector with recommendations for both.

2020

OSSTF/FEESO Submission to the 2020 – 2021 Education Funding Consultations
OSSTF/FEESO is pleased to provide its submission to the Ontario Ministry of Education for the 2020 – 2021 Grants for Student Needs. OSSTF/FEESO strongly believes that with the appropriate political direction, savings can be found for reinvestment into Ontario’s world-renowned education system. However, recent education funding cuts must be reversed to ensure our students have the best possible outcomes.

OSSTF/FEESO Pre-Budget Consultation Submission – January 17, 2020

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