Lise Vaugeois MPP, Thunder Bay–Superior North

Government of Ontario

Government must get deal with education workers that ensures students have vital supports: MPP Jamie West

Published on November 17, 2022

QUEENS PARK — Ontario NDP Labour Critic Jamie West was back in the legislature Thursday advocating for the Ford government to get a deal with education workers that makes sure students get the vital supports they need.

“Education workers are the caring adults who are fighting for our kids to get the supports they need in schools, especially those kids who are most vulnerable,” West said. “Families rely on education workers to keep schools running safely and effectively – this includes the early childhood educators who help our youngest students and the educational assistants who help provide personal care to students who need it.

“By refusing to invest in our schools, the Ford government is leaving our schools badly under-supported, and is driving workers away.”

The Financial Accountability Office (FAO) confirmed this week that the government will spend around $400-million less than needed in education this year.

West spoke about the Staddon couple from Sudbury, who reached out to share how important education support workers have been to their children June and Chaz, who both have autism.

“Education workers help keep kids like June and Chaz safe, successful and happy at school each and every day,” West said. “The government must stay at the table with education workers and get a deal that ensures our students get the supports and services they need to thrive.”