Annual Business Plan 2017-2018 to 2019-2020

Provincial Schools Authority

Contents

Mandate
Strategic Overview
PSA Environment
Overview of Activities
PSA Members and Budget
Risk Management
Performance Measure

This is the annual business plan for 2017-2018 to 2019-2020 for the Provincial Schools Authority, an agency of the Ministry of Education.

Mandate

The PSA was established as an agency of the Ministry of Education (EDU) in 1975 under the Provincial Schools Negotiations Act. The PSA is the employer of record for teachers, principals and vice-principals employed in provincially operated schools. These employees are represented by 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 advises on the terms and conditions of employment for 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 (formerly the Provincial Schools Negotiations Act).

All matters relating to administration in respect of teachers are the responsibility of the Deputy Minister of Education who delegates this duty to the Executive Director of the 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. The Executive Director works in cooperation with the PSA Chair to ensure effective and efficient fulfillment of the PSA’s mandate.

As the employer of record, the PSA ratifies the collective agreements between the parties during central and local negotiations in accordance with the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act 2014 (SBCBA). The SBCBA establishes a system of collective bargaining in the Ontario education sector.  It identifies union and management representatives and their roles and responsibilities, including the role of PSA and the Ministry of Education during bargaining with provincial school employees.  The PSA will continue to operate pursuant to the terms of the current 2014-2017 PSAT Collective Agreement until a new agreement is reached. It is anticipated that the parties will engage in collective bargaining in 2017-2018.

The PSA enlists the assistance of the Treasury Board Secretariat, Employee Relations Division as needed on matters related to collective bargaining and administration of the PSAT collective agreement.

PSA Environment

The PSA is the employer of record of teachers, principals and vice-principals who work in provincially operated schools. In 2016-2017, there are approximately 205 teachers and approximately 16 principals and vice-principals.

The Provincial Schools Authority is the employer of record for teachers who 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 to students who have severe learning disabilities. The schools also provide outreach services and teacher in-service for school boards.

The PSA is also the employer of record for teachers who work in the schools operated by 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.
  • Ratifying agreements reached between the parties at the central and local   negotiations tables.

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

PSA Members and Budget

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. Below is a list of appointees:

Position Incumbent Appointment Date Expiry Date of Appointment Council

Chair

Louise Sirisko

March 3, 2016

March 3, 2019

Vice Chair

Demetra Saldaris

March 3, 2016

March 3, 2019

Member

Anita Bennett

March 26, 2009

March 19, 2017

Member

Terry Angle

April 6, 2011

March 19, 2017

Member

Sandy Palinski

March 19, 2014

March 19, 2017

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 reserved for:

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

Risk 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.
  • It is anticipated that collective bargaining for the PSAT Collective Agreement will take place in 2017-2018 and as such the PSA will require timely, accurate advice on labour relations and negotiations issues.

Performance Measure

  • The PSA aims to meet two to three times a year during a normal operating cycle to discuss issues raised by PSAT. PSA also aims to hold joint meetings with PSAT executives (two to three times per year) so that updates can be provided and that items can be discussed and addressed in a timely manner. There are times during collective bargaining when these meetings may be put on hold.