Annual Report 2016-2017

Provincial Schools Authority

Contents

About the Provincial Schools Authority (PSA)
The PSA and Provincial and Demonstration Schools
Members of the PSA
PSA Activities

About the Provincial Schools Authority (PSA)

The Provincial Schools Authority (PSA) was established as an agency of the Ministry of Education 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. This means the PSA is responsible for all matters relating to the employment of teachers in provincially operated schools.

  • 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 Deputy Minister of Education is responsible for all matters relating to the PSA and delegates this responsibility to the Executive Director of the Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch (PDSB), Ministry of Education. The Executive Director oversees and is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization including all issues related to teachers and students. The Executive Director is also involved in developing, negotiating and implementing the terms and conditions of employment for Principals and Vice-Principals on behalf of the PSA.

The PSA meets as needed and makes decisions with respect to leave provisions of the Provincial Schools Authority Teachers (PSAT) Collective Agreement and may hear grievances.

The PSA and Provincial and Demonstration Schools

Provincial and demonstration schools offer the Ontario curriculum at the elementary and secondary levels as well as specialised integrated programming for students who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision, deafblind and who have a severe learning disability. The schools also provide outreach services and teacher in-service for school boards. Provincial and demonstration schools are located at five sites: Belleville, Brantford, London, Milton, and Ottawa (French-language).

In 2016-2017, there were approximately 202 teachers and 12 principals and vice-principals working in provincial schools and outreach programs. These teachers are employed in schools and outreach programs directly operated by the Ministry of Education, PDSB, or at the Ontario Correctional Institute operated by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Teachers, principals and vice-principals in these schools are classified as employees of the PSA. Their salaries are paid directly by the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Members of the PSA

Historically, the PSA members have been Ontario Public Service employees and do not receive remuneration for their PSA services. The PSA must seek the appointment of a new chair every three years. The vice chair and members may be reappointed.

Membership as of June 30, 2017 is as follows:
Position Incumbent Appointment Date Expiry Date of Appointment
Chair Ms. Louise Sirisko March 3, 2016 March 3, 2019
Vice Chair Ms. Demetra Saldaris March 3, 2016 March 3, 2019
Member Ms. Anita Bennett March 8, 2009 March 18, 2020
Member Mr. Terry Angle November 20, 1996 March 18, 2020
Member Currently vacant*    

* The agency and the Ministry of Education are working towards filling the vacant member position.

PSA Activities

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

PSA 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.

The PSA strives to improve relations with the representatives of its employee groups by reducing the turnaround times for leave applications, grievance hearings, and the communication of decisions made as a result of grievance hearings. The PSA meets with PSAT executives to share information and discuss items of concern in a timely manner.

PSA Expenses

PSA expenses are funded by the Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch. These funds are intended for:

  • Travel expenses incurred by members coming to meetings or hearing grievances.
  • Services (including interpreters and translators).
  • Costs associated with the administration of the collective agreement including arbitration hearings.

In 2016-2017, the PSA incurred no such expenses.