Gravelle issues statement on ONTC GCA meeting

Monday, December 09, 2013   by: Kate Adams

Minister Gravelle issued this statement following today's meeting with the GCA.

Office of the Hon. Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

"I was pleased to meet with representatives from the General Chairpersons Association today at the union’s request.

It was a valuable discussion as our government moves forward to find a sustainable solution for the ONTC.

I believe there is clear consensus that status quo is not an option. We continue to work with the ONTC and the Minister’s Advisory Committee to examine all options including restructuring, alternative service delivery, partnerships or finding new owners for the ONTC business lines.

Transforming the ONTC is a complex undertaking, where different lines may require different solutions, and we are considering a number of options to ensure we meet the diverse needs of those who rely on these services.

We remain committed to moving forward in a way that makes sense, and facilitates community input into the process.

Certainly, our government recognizes the vital role unions have in the necessary transformation of the ONTC and I continue to emphasize the importance of strong relationships throughout this process.

I continue to encourage the ONTC and its unions to engage in constructive dialogue about changes to the ONTC’s current operations that balance the interests of employees with the need to provide sustainable and affordable public services.

And, I will again affirm our government’s commitment to respecting the collective bargaining process between the ONTC and its unions.

I also want to take this opportunity to once again express my appreciation to the employees of ONTC for their continued commitment to quality services to northeastern Ontario communities."

– Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

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