Today, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement in response to the ratification of the central agreement with teachers represented by the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) and the Conseil des associations d’employeurs (CAE), composed of the Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC) and the Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l’Ontario (ACÉPO):

“I would like to congratulate AEFO, ACÉPO and the AFOCSC for the ratification of the 2019-22 central agreement.

Like our deals with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Education Workers’ Alliance of Ontario (EWAO), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Council of Educational Workers (OCEW) our primary objective to reach good deals with our teachers’ unions that advance the priorities of students and parents. Our government remains committed to providing high-quality French-language education in the province.

Teachers and education workers play a critical role in promoting positive learning environments for students in all corners of our province — they provide a safe and stimulating educational environment that promotes growth and learning.

Our government demonstrated an unwavering commitment to reaching deals that will protect our children’s futures and invest in their potential. We now have tentative central agreements with everyone and have delivered seven ratified deals to date.”