Announcements: Mandatory Retirement in the Post-Secondary Sector

(Letter from Michael Conlon, Executive Director OCUFA (April 15, 2019)

Dear colleagues,

Following our review of the budget document on Friday, we have been further looking into the details of the different provisions and changes in the Ontario budget bill. We have identified a new amendment to the Ministry of Training, Education and Universities Act in the budget bill which proposes the addition of a new and problematic section to the Act, allowing the Minister to make regulations governing the “reduction, limitation and alteration of compensation due to certain individuals” – these individuals being defined as employees older than 65 who are eligible to collect a pension.

This is of course in line with what we had heard from the Ministry in February regarding their interest in a policy that would address the matter of individuals working past the age 65 and collecting pension while employed. While the language in the budget document itself is pretty vague on the government’s plan, the budget bill (the extended piece of legislation) includes more detailed language.

We have attached the proposed language of the bill to this email for your information. OCUFA is currently actively working with different partners and seeking legal opinion on how best to respond to this new provision. We will keep you all updated as more information becomes available to us.

Regards,

Michael Conlon, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

To read the proposed language of the Budget Bill click here

(Comment from Kayll Lake, President QUFA (April 22 2019)

Dear QUFA members,

QUFA would strongly object to any attempt to re-engage mandatory retirement in the postsecondary sector in any way, shape, or form. Efforts to pressure faculty to leave the University, on the basis of their age, would constitute a violation of human rights. At no time has Queen’s Administration suggested that senior colleagues present any problems in terms of renewal. Moreover, QUFA has recently negotiated a very good phased retirement program, for those who wish to take it up.

Of course, the government of Ontario was elected to be the defenders of the public purse. Based on HEQCO data (for 2016) the cost to the Ontario government to re-engage mandatory retirement in the postsecondary sector is about $25 million a year in lost tax revenues.

Regards,

Kayll Lake, Ph.D
President QUFA

To review the HEQCO expenditures document click here