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Proposed Executive Compensation Program

In 2014, the Government of Ontario began the process of developing public sector compensation frameworks to ensure a transparent and consistent approach to executive compensation. This applies to all Ontario public sector designated employers, such as universities, colleges, hospitals and school boards, including the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB).

In the education sector, a competitive, fair, and responsible Executive Compensation Program is vital for attracting and retaining the talented, innovative leadership required to ensure continued progress and success in advancing student achievement for all. The OCSB’s proposed Executive Compensation Program balances the need to manage compensation costs and the need to attract and retain the executive talent we seek. In consultation with the Government of Ontario, the OCSB has developed its proposed Executive Compensation Program, which meets the requirements of the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act.

As part of the Government Regulations, all Ontario broader public sector employers are required to conduct a 30-day public consultation on their proposed Executive Compensation Program. We invite you to read the proposed Executive Compensation Program and to provide feedback as part of the public consultation process. We have included frequently asked questions on this webpage to assist in your review. We will be accepting feedback until 4.30 pm on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Following the consultation process, a review of the input provided, approval by the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education, the final Executive Compensation Program will be posted. All feedback is appreciated and will be kept on record.

Handwritten signature of Elaine McMahon
Elaine McMahon
Chair of the Board

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Complete the online form below, or email Communications@ocsb.ca. Please contact 613-224-2244 Ext 2328 should you require this information in an alternate format.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

At the OCSB, the Executive Compensation Program applies to all Supervisory Officers which includes the Director of Education, Superintendent of Business and Financial Services, Superintendent of Human Resources Services and the Superintendents of Education.

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 consulting?
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 input from the public consultation be used?
All input from the public consultation 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. They 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?