Supreme Court decision a victory for children, teachers and public education

November 10, 2016

Ottawa – Today’s Supreme Court of Canada landmark decision is not only a victory for students of British Columbia, but it is also an important decision for all students and teachers in the country, according to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF). The decision restores class size, class composition and specialist teacher ratios that were stripped from teachers’ contracts in 2002.

“Kudos to the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) for its staunch commitment and determination to see justice prevail,” says CTF President Heather Smith. “This decision sends a message to any provincial/territorial government wishing to strip away teachers’ rights through legislation.”

Today’s decision, rendered from the bench only minutes after the hearing ended, overturns the B.C. Court of Appeal’s 2015 ruling in favour of the government, and restores the original decision in the union’s favour by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin.

Founded in 1920, CTF is a national alliance of 17 teacher organizations which represent 231,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of the 32-million member Education International. @CanTeachersFed



Heather Smith, CTF President


Francine Filion, Communications Director,
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