Toronto—July 24, 2015—The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) appreciates the opportunity provided today to dialogue with the premier, the minister of education, Ontario’s trustee associations and our teacher affiliates, on the collective bargaining process.

This morning’s discussions reaffirmed OCSTA’s view that negotiations must resume in order to continue focusing on achieving acceptable agreements, prior to the start of the school year.

“OCSTA continues to be willing to meet and we look forward to resuming discussions with OECTA (the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association). We are confident that we can arrive at an agreement that remains focused on the best interests of students and families,” said Kathy Burtnik, OCSTA President.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents all English Catholic school boards and collectively educates 545,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Sharon McMillan, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations

Tel: 416-932-9460, ext. 232 / cell: (416) 460-7937 / E-mail: