Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Conciliation is a process by which a Union or an employer can ask the Ontario Ministry of Labour for help in resolving their differences so that they can reach a collective agreement. Either party may apply to the ministry. If parties are in negotiations, they must use, the government’s conciliation services before they can get into a position to engage in a strike or lock-out. The process of Conciliation is not binding.
The conciliation officer informs the Ontario Minister of Labour that a collective agreement was unable to be effected. The minister would then generally issue a notice informing the union and the employer that he or she “does not consider it advisable to appoint a conciliation board”. This notice is known colloquially as the “no board”. The bargaining parties must wait seventeen days after a “no board” report before engaging legally in a strike or a lockout.
Source: Ontario Ministry of Labour