ONTARIO GOVERNMENT PROPOSES NEW PUBLIC SECTOR COMPENSATION RESTRAINT LEGISLATION

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT PROPOSES NEW PUBLIC SECTOR COMPENSATION RESTRAINT LEGISLATION On July 8th the Ontario legislature reintroduced as Bill 8 that amends the Ombudsman Act, see:  http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=3000 The Bill was carried on first reading.   (PDF: http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/bills-files/41_Parliament/Session1/b008.pdf) Originally introduced on March 24, 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 179, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014. If passed, Bill 179 would give the government the authority to create comprehensive compensation frameworks for certain employers in the broader public sector (“BPS”), and would implement a number of measures to enhance “accountability and transparency” in the government and the public sector. COMPENSATION RESTRAINT – A NEW STATUTE Bill 179 would effect changes to the compensation restraint measures contained in Part II.1 of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 (“BPSAA”) [these changes were introduced in the 2012 Budget, and implemented by Bill 55]. To accomplish this, Bill 179 would enact a new statute called the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 (“BPSECA”) which would complement the BPSAA. But for one significant addition, the BPSECA would primarily apply to the same BPS organizations that are currently subject to Part II.1 of the BPSAA – hospitals, school boards, universities and colleges, Hydro One, the Independent Electricity System Operator, the Ontario Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation (collectively, “designated employers”). Of significance, the BPSECA would also apply to libraries. Schedule 9 sets out that local boards as set out in the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act (including library boards) would be subject to the Ontario Ombudsman.  The BPSECA would also apply only to “designated executives”. This term is defined in a similar...

Introducing the New Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport

The Honourable Michael Coteau Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister responsible for Pan/Parapan American Games Michael Coteau was first elected to the legislature in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East. He was re-elected in 2014. Coteau currently serves as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. He was appointed Minister of Citizenship and Immigration in February 2013. Prior to entering government, Coteau served as a school board trustee for almost eight years. As a trustee, Coteau worked to make schools more accessible to community groups that run after-school programs for children. He also served as the Vice-Chair of the Toronto District School Board and helped bring forward nutritional changes that increased awareness around student hunger and resulted in healthy food programs. In addition, he is a champion of the integration of technology in education. Coteau is former CEO and Executive Director of a national literacy not-for-profit, Alpha Plus. He was also on the board of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and on the board of the Toronto Lands Corporation. He has also worked as an ESL teacher and curriculum director. Coteau and his wife, Lori, live in Toronto with their two daughters, Maren and...