OCUFA’s 2017 pre-budget submission, which sets out OCUFA’s priorities for the Ontario Budget (PDF), is now available.
OCUFA’s recommendations include:
- Increasing per-student funding for Ontario’s universities to match the average for the rest of Canada;
- Making a commitment to supporting faculty renewal, including full-time faculty hiring that brings Ontario’s student-faculty ratio in line with the rest of Canada and replacing retiring faculty with tenure-stream positions;
- Ensuring fairness for contract faculty by strengthening employment and labour laws;
- Rejecting the use of punitive performance-based funding in the renewed university funding model; and
- Establishing a new higher education data agency to collect, analyze, and disseminate key information on Ontario’s universities.
- Providing greater clarity about criteria for solvency exemption to support the success of a multiemployer jointly sponsored pension plan (JSPP) for the university sector.
OCUFA President Judy Bates presented these recommendations to the Ministry of Finance on January 9 and to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on January 19.