Dear Home and School Members:
Like most organizations, the costs of doing business have increased while revenues have decreased. This needs to be addressed in order that OFHSA remains financially viable and continues to be an independent voice of advocacy in our education system. Therefore, your OFHSA Board of Directors (volunteers who take on a variety of duties to keep the Federation running) is seeking your input.
We would like you to take this survey to your members, either electronically or at your association’s next meeting, as time permits.
Please send your association’s collective feedback to: email@example.com or online survey by Wednesday, February 21, 2018,
in order that the board of directors has time to compile responses and prepare proposed fee changes prior to the OFHSA Annual Meeting package being sent. It is very important that all members have a say as we consider fee changes.
What does your membership fee go towards?
OFHSA prides itself in supporting our members and advocating for the well-being of children and youth at the school, school board, provincial and federal levels.
We have an Executive Secretary, OFHSA’s single paid employee, who can assist our members with the day-to-day operations from our office, which has costs to run (rent, phone, data charges, photocopier, office supplies and equipment, computer hardware and software).
OFHSA is required to have an annual financial audit, which is presented to all members at the Annual Meeting.
There are costs associated with representation to the Canadian Home & School Federation and Ministry of Education consultations/committees.
There are costs of mailings, printed materials, awards, and other general costs of doing business.
The majority of the membership fee goes towards member liability insurance, which costs approximately $115 per association per year.
Consider the following:
The minimum membership requirement to start a new association is currently 6 members per association with a current $15 membership fee per member.
There are also associations that depend on Life Members, who do not pay annual fees, to meet the minimum members.
Approximately one third of associations do not collect enough membership fees to even cover the cost of their liability insurance.
Membership fees have remained unchanged for 15 years. Our annual government grant funding, which is not guaranteed, is not enough to make up the revenue shortages. It has not increased in at least 12 years and there are strict conditions on how it can be spent.
The OFHSA Board of Directors is currently exploring potential solutions to these financial challenges. Fee changes need to be presented and voted upon by the membership at the OFHSA Annual Meeting. Fee changes would take effect for the 2018-2019 year.
Fee changes under consideration:
a) Membership fee increase from $15 up to $25 per member
b) Annual association insurance fee to be introduced (up to $100 per association)
c) Increase minimum number of members per association (new and existing)
d) Combination of a, b and c (e.g. $20 membership fee and $50 association insurance fee; remain at $15 with a minimum of 10 members, etc.)
e) Charge an annual fee for Life Members or discontinue offering this type of membership.
OFHSA needs everyone’s input in order to secure the financial viability of the Federation. Please send OFHSA the opinions of your members and put forward any additional suggestions your association may have. Your OFHSA Board of Directors thanks you for taking time to help us find a solution to maintain the level of commitment and service you are accustomed to.
- In 2018, Ontario is investing $784 million in 79 new and renovated schools. This investment will also create more than 2,700 new licensed child care spaces for children aged 0-4.
- Ontario is providing $10.8 million to help build a new school building for Dennis Avenue Community School, and $4.5 million for a four-room addition at the nearby George Syme Community School. Each project will include five new child care rooms with space for 88 children.
- Since 2013, the government has invested $9.1 billion in capital funding to support more than 160 new schools and more than 460 additions and renovations.
- Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in new capital funding over five years to support the creation of 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, other public spaces and communities.
Ministry of Education
Earlier this fall, the Premier and Minister of Education announced a review of Ontario’s student assessment practices. Led by the Minister’s Education Advisors, the independent review aims to ensure that Ontario’s student assessments are culturally relevant, able to measure a wider range of learning, and better reflect student well-being and equity.
Over the next several weeks, the Advisors will be holding public engagement sessions across the province to seek input on how to improve student assessment.
We request that your organization share the below invitation with your members and networks to support us in inclusive outreach to parents/caregivers, youth, teachers/educators, and community members that may wish to participate from the diverse communities across Ontario.
All members of the community are welcome to attend a public engagement session, at the below times:
- 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Open House
- 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Roundtable Meeting
Meeting locations, dates and links to register for the public session are below. Child minding will also be provided.
- Ottawa, November 22 – Register Here
- Ottawa French Session, November 22 – Register Here
- Barrie, November 27 – Register Here
- Sudbury, November 30 – Register Here
- Sudbury French session, November 30 – Register Here
- Windsor, December 4 – Register Here
- Hamilton, December 5 – Register Here
- Toronto, December 8 – Register Here
- Toronto French Session, December 8 – Register Here
- Thunder Bay, December 12 – Register Here
Note: Advance registration is not required, but does help us with planning and preparations. During registration, there will be an opportunity to advise of any accommodation needs that will support your ability to fully participate in the engagement session in your region.
The input gathered directly from parents/caregivers, students, teachers/educators, officials, business leaders and the broader community will be used to help develop recommendations for improving Ontario’s assessment practices.
More information on the engagement program and other ways to give input can be found: OntarioALearningProvince.ca
Dr. Carol Campbell
And on behalf of
Dr. Jean Clinton, Dr. Michael Fullan, Dr. Andy Hargreaves, Dr. Carl James and Kahontakwas Diane Longboat
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