Ontario Reducing Class Sizes, Boosting Special Education

New Labour Agreements Ensure Stability for Brampton Students and Families

NEWS April 27, 2017

Ontario is boosting its support for Brampton students and families by reducing class sizes,

providing new support for students with special education needs, and ensuring labour stability

for at least two more years.

The province has reached negotiated agreements with all teachers and education workers in

Ontario. The agreements have now been ratified and provide an additional two years of stability

for students and parents.

Local Brampton area students will benefit from the province’s investment in smaller class sizes

for students in full-day kindergarten (FDK) and Grades 4-8. FDK classes, which are supported

by a teacher and an early childhood educator, will now be capped at 30 students next school

year, falling to 29 students in 2018-19, and average no more than 26 students per class within

each school board. Support will also be provided to ensure that for students in Grades 4-8, all

school boards have average class sizes of 24.5 or fewer students.

Additionally, local school boards in Peel Region, which includes Brampton, will receive funds to

hire 99 more teachers and 195 more education workers to support students with special

education needs and other students at risk.

Reducing class sizes, boosting support for students, and bringing stability to the education

system is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday




“Students and families in Brampton will continue to benefit from Ontario’s strong investment in

education. Thanks in part to extended agreements with teachers and education workers, the

government is investing in smaller class sizes, additional special education staff and local


— Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton-Springdale


“Through the agreements reached with our partners, Ontario’s students and families will

experience smaller class sizes, more staff in special education and a focus on local community

needs. I am proud of our continued progress to provide students with a world-class, publicly

funded education system.”

— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education




 Per-student funding is projected to increase by $432 compared to 2016-17.

 There will also be an increase in funding for community use of schools, enabling school

boards to reduce rental rates for space used by the community after classroom hours.

 Additional accountability measures are being added to ensure about $25 million is used to

support programs to improve Indigenous student achievement and well-being.



 2017-18 Grants for Student Needs

 Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario

 Labour Agreements

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