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Collective Bargaining Agreement Expirations – Summary 2017

  • Issued: April 2017
  • Content last reviewed: April 2017

Expiration Overview

The Ontario Collective Bargaining Agreement Expirations report provides an overview of the expected collective bargaining activity in Ontario for 2017[1]. The key findings of this report are summarized as follows:

  • Collective bargaining activity for 2017 will involve 2,111 collective agreements covering 324,046 Ontario-based employees.
  • Public sector agreements account for 42% of all agreements expiring in 2017 and cover 66% of all employees.
  • Of the 882 agreements in the public sector, 643 agreements covering 189,012 employees are in the provincial sector.
  • Over 40% of the collective agreements expiring in 2017 will occur during the months of March and December.
  • In terms of the number of employees covered, bargaining activity will be concentrated in the months of March, September, and December. Approximately 30% of workers will be affected in the health and social services sector.
  • Key negotiations in the broader public sector (BPS) for 2017 include hospitals (March, September, October and December, covering 55,400 employees), Government of Ontario (December, covering 37,100 employees), Liquor Control Board of Ontario (March, covering 7,600 employees), long-term care homes (March and December, covering 5,500 employees), universities and colleges (April, June, August, September and December, covering 46,300 employees), and various municipalities (March and December, covering 4,800 employees).
  • In the private sector, key negotiations include Winners Merchants Intl. (January, covering 1,500 employees), Cami Automotive Inc. (September, covering 2,700 employees), Metro Ontario Inc. (November, covering 9,400 employees), and Bruce Power Lp. (December, covering 2,600 employees). Under federal jurisdiction, expiries include Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and The Institute of Communications Agencies (ICA) (June, covering 12,000 employees), Bell Canada (November, covering 4,900 employees), and Canada Post (December, covering 3,200 employees) and Canadian Pacific Railway (December, covering 1,600 employees).
  • Major unions representing the largest number of employees covered by agreements expiring in 2017 include Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), and Unifor.

[1] Expiries exclude the 2014-2017 settlements in the education sector under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act (SBCBA), 2014. This accounted for the collective agreements of the nine central parties, covering 279,486 employees. This was due to the nine central parties having returned to the table and reached two-year extensions of their collective agreements in early 2017, following amendments by the province to the SBCBA (2014) (passed as of March 23, 2017). If ratified, these will expire in August of 2019.

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