Labour Updates

In Ontario, we have a two-tier collective bargaining process for school boards and their staff. It involves central (provincial) and local bargaining processes for staff groups, including teachers and support staff.

In August 2019, provincial and local contracts for all education workers in the province of Ontario expired. In the SCDSB, this means that all our unionized groups are at different stages of contract negotiations at the provincial and local level.

Unionized groups that represent SCDSB staff are:

Our priority during any job action is the safety of our students. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the status of negotiations and our schools whenever possible. As a board, we respect all our staff members and value their work. We remain committed to reaching fair, negotiated agreements with all our employee groups.

Latest update - as of April 4, 2020


Ontario Council of Education Workers (OCEW) reaches a tentative settlement of central terms

On April 4, 2020, the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA), comprised of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA), and the provincial government reached a tentative settlement of central terms with the Ontario Council of Education Workers (OCEW). 

No details of the tentative agreement have been released as of this date. 

Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) members are part of the OCEW group. OPSEU includes educational assistants, secretarial support staff and computer network technicians in the SCDSB.

The parties have agreed to ratify the tentative settlement by May 4, 2020.


ETFO reaches tentative agreement (March 20, 2020)

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the provincial branch of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) and the Ontario government reached a tentative agreement at the Central Bargaining Table. For additional details please view the press release from OPSBA.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, ETFO has agreed to suspend job action while awaiting ratification of the deal.

For ongoing updates, visit the 
labour updates page on the SCDSB website, or follow us on social media (Twitter: @SCDSB_Schools or Facebook: 

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Labour updates are issued on our website, Facebook (, Twitter (@SCDSB_Schools) and on the labour updates information line at 1-877-728-1187.