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Contract extension gives Ontario teachers raises, more than $275-million in funds

Contract extensions agreed to by Ontario’s teachers and education workers come with more than $275-million in additional funding as well as four-per-cent raises.

Contract extensions agreed to by Ontario's teachers and education workers come with more than $275-million in additional funding as well as four-per-cent raises.

All central education unions have now ratified agreements to extend their contracts to 2019 – past the next provincial election.

The deals were set to expire this August, and the two-year extensions mean the Liberal government won't have to contend with contentious teacher bargaining ahead of the election.

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High school, elementary, English Catholic and French teachers as well as support staff will get four per cent in salary increases over the two years.

They will also get a one-time payment for professional development, supplies and equipment equivalent to a 0.5-per-cent salary increase.

The deals come with $219-million in new funding for hiring, which the government says could support about 875 teachers and between 1,600 and 1,830 education workers.

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