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Majority of Ontarians believe Ford Conservatives are on the wrong track for education, particularly Kindergarten

August 15, 2019

When it comes to Kindergarten through Grade 12 education, 61% of Ontarians believe the Doug Ford Conservative government is on the wrong track, according to a poll conducted for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

The poll shows widespread concern among Ontarians about possible changes to Ontario’s visionary Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) program. Seventy-one per cent of Ontarians agree that the team of Kindergarten teacher and designated early childhood educator is important to the success of the program with 76% believing that FDK needs to have a teacher in the classroom on a full-time basis.

“The fact that a majority of Ontarians trust teachers more than the Ontario government to protect the interests of students speaks volumes about how out of step this government is with the real needs of students and families,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. Only 16% of the public trust the government to protect the interest of students compared to 51% for teachers.

The poll was conducted between July 25- August 2, 2019 through an online survey panel by Innovative Research Group with a representative sample of 1879 Ontarians. The results can be viewed at

“As educators, we continue to stand with parents and community organizations to defend Ontario’s world-renowned education system and stop the Ford Conservatives’ damaging cuts to public education,” added Hammond.

“As these results indicate, Ford is not governing ‘for the people’ as he purported in his election campaign. His government is more intent on offering tax breaks for corporations than investing in our students and their future.”

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at

For more information, contact ETFO Media Relations:
Valerie Dugale, 1-888-838-3836 x2331, cell: 416-948-0195,
Denise Hammond, 1-888-838-3836 x2772, cell: 416-948-2428,