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Ontario Collective Bargaining Agreement Expiries 2018

  • Issued: April 2018
  • Content last reviewed: April 2017


The Ontario Collective Bargaining Agreement Expirations report provides an overview of the expected collective bargaining activity in Ontario for 2018. The key findings of this report are summarized as follows:

  • Collective bargaining activity for 2018 will involve 2,051 collective agreements covering 392,320 Ontario-based employees.
  • Public sector agreements account for 44% of all agreements expiring in 2018 and cover 68% of all employees.
  • Of the 906 agreements in the public sector, 637 agreements covering 146,088 employees are in the provincial broader public sector (BPS), including provincially funded organizations.
  • Of the collective agreements expiring in 2018, more than half (53%) will expire during the months of March and December.
  • Of the total number of employees covered by agreements expiring during 2018, 27% are in health and social services, 23% are in public administration, and 21% are in transportation, communication, and utilities.
  • Key negotiations in the public sector for 2018 include hospitals (March, covering 60,000 employees), long-term care homes (March and December, covering 4,300 employees), universities (April, June, July, and August, covering 14,000 employees), developmental services (March, covering 11,300 employees), various municipalities (March and December, covering 11,100 employees), police services boards (December, covering 11,100 employees), Toronto Transit Commission (March, covering 10,500 employees), Government of Ontario – Ontario Provincial Police (December, covering 9,000 employees), Ontario Power Generation Inc. (March and December, covering 8,700 employees), Hydro One Inc. (March, covering 5,400 employees), and Metrolinx – GO Transit (June, covering 1,900 employees). 
  • In the private sector, key negotiations include various hotels (January, covering 4,600 employees), Pharma Plus Drugmarts Ltd./Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd. (January, covering 3,300 employees), G4S Security Service Canada Inc. (February, covering 3,800 employees), Metro Ontario Inc. (August, covering 6,800 employees), Motion Picture Studio Production Technicians (February, covering 2,600 employees), Windsor Casino Ltd. (April, covering 2,800 employees), Garda Canada Security Corporation (June, covering 3,000 employees), Bombardier Aerospace (June, covering 2,400 employees), Securitas Canada Limited (Ontario) (June, covering 2,300 employees), Paladin Security Group Ltd. (June, covering 1,700 employees), Canadian Media Production Association (December, covering 18,400 employees), and Paragon Protection Ltd. (December, covering 3,000 employees).
  • Under federal jurisdiction, expiries include Treasury Board of Canada (April, June, August, September, November, and December, covering 54,000 employees), Canada Post (January, March, and December, covering 19,400 employees), Garda Security Screening Inc. (March, covering 2,100 employees), and Bell Technical Solutions Inc. (May, covering 1,700 employees).
  • Major unions representing the largest number of employees covered by agreements expiring in 2018 include Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) (covering 63,200 employees), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) (covering 46,100 employees), and Unifor (covering 31,600 employees).  

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