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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. What is an Executive Compensation Program?

An Executive Compensation Program sets out the rationale and compensation parameters for executive level positions in our Board. This approach balances the need to manage compensation costs with our need to attract and retain the executive talent we seek. In addition, our Executive Compensation Program meets the intent and goals of the Ministry of Education and Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) to ensure responsible executive compensation management in the Broader Public Sector.

Q. What are the requirements of the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act (BPSECA) and the Ontario Regulation 304/16 – Executive Compensation Framework?

The government introduced the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act (BPSECA) in 2014 and Ontario Regulation 304/16 – Executive Compensation Framework which requires Ontario broader public sector designated employers to develop an Executive Compensation Program, including an Executive Compensation Framework, to ensure a responsible, transparent, and consistent approach to setting executive compensation in the broader public sector.

Q. How was the Executive Compensation Program developed?

In consultation with Mercer (Canada), an independent consulting firm that specializes in executive compensation, an Executive Compensation Steering Committee comprising the four publicly-funded trustee Associations, Supervisory Officers and Directors of Education Associations developed the Executive Compensation Framework for use by all 72 publicly funded Ontario Public School Boards. The local framework was developed based on this sector framework.

Q. What positions will the Executive Compensation Program be applied to?

The Executive Compensation Program applies to all Supervisory and Executive Officers which includes the Director of Education, Associate Director, Superintendents of Instruction, Chief Financial Officer, Superintendent of Human Resources and Executive Officer.

Q. Why is the Executive Compensation Program needed?

Recently, there has been difficulty attracting and retaining executive talent at school boards, due
to the compensation compression resulting from executive compensation freezes and increasing Principal and Teacher salaries through negotiations.

Q. Why are you seeking community feedback?

Community input is an important step in this process.  Ontario Regulation 304/16 – Executive Compensation Framework requires designated public sector employers to post their Executive Compensation Program on their public website for a period of 30 days for consultation.

Q. How will the community feedback be used?

All input from the community feedback will be considered in the review of the Executive Compensation Program. Based on the input received, we will be better positioned to further refine and implement our Executive Compensation Program. We will also be better positioned to meet the requirements of this new legislation.

Q. How can school boards justify executive salary increases when schools are being closed across the province?

Closing a school is one of the most difficult decisions school boards must make. These are not easy decisions nor are they taken lightly. School boards require highly skilled and highly principled leaders to lead the organization in providing, promoting, and enhancing public education. Student achievement and success is a critical public service and requires innovative leadership to further advance the current public education system.

Q. Where can I find more information about executive compensation in the Ontario broader public sector and the legislation?

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