UPDATE: Bill 115 To Be Repealed on January 23rd
The education minister has announced Bill 115 will be no more as of Wednesday.
The controversial teachers' contract legislation has led to one-day walk-outs in the province's public elementary schools in the weeks before it imposed deals on unions without ones.
Laurel Broten tells Newstalk 1010 the Putting Students First Act accomplished its goal to get collective agreements in place while addressing Ontario's deficit and isn't needed anymore.
Despite the Bill being repealed, all contracts are still in place.
Broten urged union heads to "return to stability in schools," pointing to the reinstatement of extracurricular activities. By repealing the act, she says the province is addressing a key concern of both public elementary and high school teachers.
The education minister was able to repeal Bill 115 while the legislature was prorogued because the legislation gave her the power to do so.
Meantime, the head of the province's high school teachers' union says repealing Bill 115 is a step in the right direction.
President of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher (OSSTF) Ken Coran says it alleviates some concerns and repairs some of the wrong-doings the Bill created.
But Coran says he's looking towards the future, which includes setting up a meeting with whoever wins the Liberal leadership race.
He says those with the most delegate support - Sandra Pupatello, Kathleen Wynne and Gerard Kennedy - are former education ministers, so he hopes there would be an open dialogue with them to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.
The province's public school teachers unions said they would be reviewing actions - such as not participating in extra curriculars - before March 1st.