Please find attached OCUFA Budget Analysis 2012 released on March 27, 2012.
As you will see, this is an “austerity budget” which will have a profound effect on the university sector as well as many other sectors, and on the province generally.
In light of the minority government situation, the Budget Bill on which the Ontario Budget is based will likely have further changes if it is to get support to pass in the Legislature. Currently, the government and the NDP are in negotiations regarding potential changes to the budget legislation.
There are a number of budget proposals regarding collective bargaining and compensation, pensions, and the intention to use “policy levers” to enhance “efficiencies” in higher education about which OCUFA is seeking more information and clarification. The government has also signalled its intention to consult in each of these areas, We will be meeting with government officials in the near future on all these issues, and will provide you with updates. We are also working with the opposition parties to register our concerns.
Please let me know if you have any questions or require further information.
Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
83 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 1S8
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229