Ontario Public Service
The Government of Ontario employs more than 60,000 public servants in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), which includes ministries, agencies and Crown corporations. About half of them are represented by OPSEU. These members help the government develop and deliver a vast number of policies, programs and services for the people of Ontario.
The Correctional Bargaining Unit is comprised of two Ministries, The Ministry of the Solicitor General (Corrections) and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, (Youth Justice Division). Both Corrections and Youth Justice have a respective MERC team. Our bargaining unit is comprised of some 9000 members, including correctional officers, youth services officers, probation officers, probation and parole officers, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation officers, volunteer coordinators, cooks, chaplains, recreation officers, trade workers, administrative assistants among others. Corrections supervises adults in 25 Correctional facilities and 119 Probation Offices. Youth Justice supervises youth in 6 Youth Centres and in 64 Probation Offices. Corrections workers joined OPSEU in 1968 when the Province took over county jails.
OPSEU members who work for the ministries and agencies of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) provide the services that Ontarians depend on every day to keep our communities safe and improve our quality of life. We are the backbone of every public service the province of Ontario provides: education, health care, social services, public safety, transportation and infrastructure, labour standards, food and water safety, consumer rights, protection of the environment and natural resources, and human rights and accessibility, to name just a few. The Unified Division of the OPS includes most of the OPSEU members who work for the Ontario Public Service, with the exception of the Corrections Division.