Annual Business Plan 2016-2017 to 2018-2019

Provincial Schools Authority

Contents

Mandate
Strategic Overview
Environmental Scan
Overview of Activities
Resources
Risk Assessment and Management
Performance Measure

This is the business plan for 2016-2017 to 2018-2019 for the Provincial Schools Authority, an agency of the Ministry of Education.

Mandate

The Provincial Schools Authority (PSA) was established as an agency of the Ministry of Education (EDU) in 1975 under the Provincial Schools Negotiations Act. The PSAPSA is the employer of record for teachers, principals and vice-principals employed in provincially operated schools, none of whom are Crown employees.

The Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA) and the Ministry of Education negotiate the collective agreement, on behalf of the PSA, for all teachers employed in provincially operated schools that are represented by the Provincial Schools Authority Teachers (PSAT).

The PSA is also the employer of record for principals and vice-principals in provincially operated schools who do not have a collective agreement. The PSA reviews and advise on the terms and conditions of employment for principals and vice-principals.

In 2016-2017, there are approximately 205 teachers and approximately 15 principals and vice-principals.

Strategic Overview

The PSA aims to perform its role as the employer of record for teachers, principals and vice principals working in provincially operated schools in a fair, equitable and efficient manner and in compliance with the Provincial Schools Authority Act.

The PSA will enlist the assistance of the Treasury Board Secretariat, Employee Relations Division as needed in any negotiations concerning collective bargaining, the PSAT collective agreement and other labour related issues.

All matters relating to administration in respect of teachers are the responsibility of the Deputy Minister who delegates this to the Executive Director of Provincial Schools Branch (PSB). The Executive Director of PSB oversees and is responsible for the day to day operations including all issues related to teachers and students.

Environmental Scan

Teachers employed by the Provincial Schools Authority teach students who are part of the public education system but for various reasons or needs, cannot be accommodated in a District School Board program. The vast majority of these teachers are employed in schools directly operated by the Ministry of Education. These schools provide direct education to elementary and secondary school students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision, deafblind, and severely learning disabled. The schools also provide outreach services and teacher in-service for school boards. The remainder of the PSA employees work in the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services teaching students who cannot attend regular schools.

Overview of Activities

The PSA addresses issues related to the terms and conditions of employment of teachers, principals and vice principals employed in provincially operated schools. Activities include:

  • Receiving and deciding on leave applications from teachers, principals and vice-principals in an equitable and efficient manner and in compliance with the terms of employment for each group;
  • Hearing PSAT grievances at second step in a timely manner; and
  • Resolving grievances in a fair and equitable manner and in compliance with the PSAT collective agreement.

During PSA meetings, members discuss issues regarding the employment of teachers, principals and vice-principals working in provincially operated schools.

In 2016–2017 the PSA will continue to operate pursuant to the terms of the 2014–2017 PSAT Collective Agreement. It is anticipated that the parties will again engage in collective bargaining in 2017–2018.

Resources

The PSA consists of a Board comprised of five (5) members: a chair, a vice chair and three additional members. This agency has no permanent staff.

The PSA budget is provided by the Provincial Schools Branch of the Ministry of Education from its base budget. The allocation is $30,000 annually. These funds are intended for:

  • Travel expenses incurred by members coming to meetings or hearing grievances;
  • Services (including interpreters and translators Provincial Schools has both English and French speaking schools); and
  • Costs associated with the administration of the collective agreement including arbitration hearings.

Risk Assessment and Management

  • The term for three of the PSA members expires in March 2017. The Ministry will work with the public appointments secretariat to ensure members are reappointed or that these positions are filled in a timely manner.

Performance Measure

The PSA aims to meet two to three times a year during a normal operating cycle to discuss issues raised by PSAT.