The Public Sector Compensation Restraint to Protect Public Services Act, 2010 prohibits compensation increases for non-bargaining employees in the broader public sector for two years. Each employer captured under this Act must provide the Minister of Finance with a compliance report for the period ending March 31st, 2011 and for the period from April 1st, 2011 to March 31st, 2012. The compliance report is available on the ServiceOntario Central Forms Repository at: www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/.
Broader public sector employers should send signed compliance reports to the appropriate government sector ministry early enough to allow ministries to submit these reports to the Minister of Finance. Signed compliance reports for the restraint period from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012 must be received by the Minister of Finance on or before May 1, 2012.
The Public Sector Compensation Restraint to Protect Public Services Act, 2010 sets out measures which are part of the government's plan to protect services for the public. The Act received Royal Assent on May 18, 2010.
For employees who do not collectively bargain compensation, the Act prohibits increases to rates of pay, pay ranges, benefits, perquisites and other payments in effect on March 24, 2010, before the beginning of April 2012, unless permitted by specified exceptions.
The Act applies to Ontario Public Service (OPS) staff who do not bargain collectively as well as most non-municipal employees in the broader public sector who do not bargain collectively, including political and legislative staff. All the organizations noted below are covered under the Act:
The Act does not apply to municipalities and local boards of municipalities as defined in subsection 1(1) of the Municipal Act, 2001, other than local boards of health.
Some organizations are covered if they received a significant amount of funding from the Province. The Act applies to an employer if the organization is an authority, board, commission, corporation, office or organization of persons, other than one described above, that meets the following conditions:
The Public Sector Compensation Restraint to Protect Public Services Act, 2010 requires that each employer subject to the Act provide the Minister of Finance with a compliance report which includes a statement from the highest ranking officer confirming compliance with the Act throughout the reporting period.
Compliance Reports are to be forwarded to the ministry that provides the bulk of an employer's public funding. Each funding ministry will identify a contact person who will receive the forms.
The compliance report and further information on broader public sector compensation restraint are available online at: www.ontario.ca/compensation
All organizations covered by the Act are required to submit a compliance report for the restraint period from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012 no later than May 1, 2012.
If an organization is uncertain if it is covered by the legislation, it should seek direction from the Public Sector Compensation Restraint Board. The Public Sector Compensation Restraint Board (the PSCRB) is an adjudicative tribunal established under section 14 of the Act. Employers, employees, office holders and the Minister of Finance may apply to the PSCRB for an order declaring whether the Act applies to an employer, employee or office holder.
The Public Sector Compensation Restraint Board can be reached at: