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Representatives of school boards across B.C. and the union representing teachers in the province have ratified a three year agreement.

According to a statement issued on Friday, members of the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) have entered into the agreement under government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.

The agreement, which covers 45,000 teachers who work across 60 school districts in the province.

It encompasses the period from July 1st, 2019, to June 30th, 2022 and promises general wage increases of 2 per cent per year.

In 2020, the agreement provides a 1 per cent wage increase to the top step of the teacher salary grid in each district.

During the negotiation, the mediator also outlined a process for how to support successful bargaining negotiations in future years.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced B.C., like many other provinces and countries, to suspend in-class instruction, forcing teachers and educational assistants to find ways to continue delivering education to students across the province.

In a special address on April 28th, Dr. Bonnie Henry took time to thank educators for the important work they are doing.

“Thank you for creating virtual classrooms, and making time for extra connections with your students,” said Dr. Henry.