Collective bargaining in Ontario’s education sector is a two-tier bargaining process that involves both central and local bargaining.
School Boards Collective Bargaining Act Process Map
The School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA) became law in 2014 and was amended in 2017. It serves to formalize a collective bargaining process that has evolved into a two-tier structure for central and local bargaining.
Employer Bargaining Agencies
The SBCBA designates each of the four school board/ trustees’ associations as the statutory employer bargaining agency for their respective school boards at the central tables. This school board representation at a central table is: Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA), representing English-language Catholic boards; Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario (ACÉPO), representing the French-language public boards; Association francoontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC), representing the French-language Catholic boards; and Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), representing English- language public boards.