Merit Over Seniority in Teacher Hiring Process

Published on October 16, 2020

Minister Lecce announced the government is revoking Regulation 274, which sets the hiring policy for teachers in the province. Instead of seniority, teacher hiring in Ontario will now be dictated by merit, diversity, and the unique needs of schools and communities. This approach is needed more than ever as it also supports school boards in hiring teachers to meet their local needs and increase distancing in the classroom.

The Ministry of Education will implement an interim teacher hiring policy that will provide school boards with guidance, as boards develop local policies that meet the directives set out in a ministry Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM). The PPM will provide clear and transparent processes and principles that boards will use in finalizing their teacher hiring policies.

For too long, our newer and younger educators have been left behind, and they deserve opportunity for progression. Now more than ever, this regulation is undermining the ability of principals to quickly hire qualified teachers.

These principles include promoting Diversity, equity and human rights; Qualifications and merit; Enhanced teacher employment mobility; Fair and transparent processes; and Monitoring and evaluation.

We will not defend the status quo - we are taking action to restore a hiring meritocracy that serves our students. The government is giving school boards more flexibility so they can hire the best, most qualified candidates, while ensuring that students can better see themselves reflected in the educator at the front of the classroom.

We have heard consistently from stakeholders that this regulation needed to be changed. The province is driving transformational change, and bringing fairness and equity to Ontario’s education system.

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