The Ford government’s plan to reduce teaching positions in Ontario will have widespread effects on the education system, the provincial teachers union says.

According to the four-year plan, by 2022, Ontario’s education system will have nearly 3,500 fewer teachers.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said the losses will be as a result of attrition and voluntary packages. The total anticipated savings for those positions being phased out is said to be $851 million, though it’s not clear how that number breaks down.

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