Ontario English Catholic Teachers


Health Experts Show Need for Provincial Health and Safety Protocols in Schools

In August, Ontario’s four major education unions, the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) requested a meeting with the Minister of Labour to discuss concerns with the government’s “Guide to Re-Opening Ontario’s Schools.”

Experts share their views on province’s flawed return to school plan

In the aftermath of the disappointing decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to dismiss, on jurisdictional grounds, the health and safety complaints regarding the re-opening of schools, Ontario’s four major education unions gathered, to make public, information that would have been presented at the hearing.

OECTA Statement on Federal Government Funding for School Reopening
“Catholic teachers recognize that even though education is clearly a provincial responsibility, the federal government has stepped up to help supplement the Ford government’s incomplete school reopening plan. We thank them for responding to the serious and sincere concerns of students, parents, and educators. However, we need to make sure that rather than letting the Ford government off the hook for their lack of leadership, Ontarians are intensifying the pressure on Premier Ford and Minister Lecce to finally live up to their responsibility to protect our communities.
Free Mental Health Literacy Course for Elementary Teachers

School Mental Health Ontario recently released a new MH LIT – Mental Health in Action literacy course. This course provides elementary educators with basic knowledge and information related to mental health, social-emotional learning, strategies to enhance student mental health, and everyday practices for use in the classroom. The free course will help you to:

OECTA Statement on the New Math Curriculum

“We all want to help students excel in math. But the revised math curriculum represents a significant change, one that will require a great deal of time, resources, and supports for teachers to understand and master..."

Education Unions’ Joint Statement On Introduction of Ontario Math Curriculum

TORONTO – The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) released the following statement today.

Statement from OECTA President Liz Stuart on “Synchronous Learning”

“It is disappointing that the government continues to disregard the input of professional, frontline teachers. Our Association has been trying to work collaboratively with the Ministry of Education, to help respond to the COVID-19 emergency in a way that respects students’ diverse learning needs. Most especially, we have conveyed to them the many equity, privacy, and security issues that are created with the use of live video or audio.

OECTA Responds to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over our lives so quickly it can be difficult to comprehend just how much has changed.
COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 emergency is taking its toll on everyone. From health concerns, to economic shocks, to the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation, we are all affected.

OECTA Statement on Reaching Tentative Agreement
OECTA has reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association and the Government of Ontario on central terms for a new collective agreement.
OECTA Statement on Bargaining
Liz Stuart, President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, has issued the following statement on the status of contract negotiations with the Ford government.
Spring AQ Registration is Now Open
Registration closes on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Courses start on Monday, March 30, 2020 and end on Friday, June 19, 2020.
Statement from OECTA President Liz Stuart on February 24 Negotiations
Catholic teachers have met more than 40 times with the government and the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association, made significant progress with the trustees on major issues, and offered flexible solutions to the government to help protect publicly funded education in Ontario.
OECTA to Enhance Administrative Job Action
The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that members will be enhancing their administrative job action beginning Tuesday, February 11.
Catholic Teachers to Launch Job Action

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that unless a tentative agreement is reached, members across the province will be taking administrative job action beginning Monday, January 13.

Cuts Hurt Kids

See the cuts the government has made so far...

Education Unions Launch Charter Challenge Against Ford Government
TORONTO – Today, four unions representing teachers and education workers across Ontario’s publicly funded education system have filed court challenges against the Ontario government’s Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act.

Yesterday, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce once again attempted to mislead the public about the government’s education cuts.

Responding to the Government’s Cuts to Education

The Association has made many attempts to engage the Ford government in genuine dialogue about how our schools work and what our students need to succeed, but their regressive education agenda is being driven entirely by their desire to cut spending on public services.

OECTA Response To HPE Curriculum Announcement

We will need some time to review the specifics of the new curriculum documents, but it is unfortunate that the Ford government’s haphazard approach has resulted in so much chaos and confusion.

Joint Statement on Education in Ontario

Teachers and education workers in Ontario have formed a common front to defend a strong publicly funded education system that is of high quality and accessible to all.

Rally for Education

Tens of thousands of teachers, education workers, parents, and concerned community members came together on Saturday April 6 at Queen’s Park in Toronto to defend high-quality publicly funded education, and the optimal learning conditions that all students need and deserve! Check out our photo gallery of the event. See what people are saying about the rally on social media.

More Education Cuts Hurting Ontario’s Most Vulnerable Students

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) is extremely alarmed by a government memo to school boards, recommending that boards stop hiring teachers and other staff, including hiring needed to fill vacancies for retirements and leaves, pending further announcements on education funding.

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Government Needs To Explain Real Plans For Ontario College Of Teachers

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) is greatly concerned about proposed changes to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) contained in Bill 48, the Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, which threaten to transform the OCT from a self-regulatory body into an arm of the government.

Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Following the government’s decision to revert to the old Health and Physical Education curriculum, there has been a great deal of misinformation and confusion about how teachers should proceed when the school year begins.

New Report from Labour Law Experts on OECTA Grievance Settlement

New analysis from Lancaster House, a leading publisher on labour, employment, and human rights law, offers important perspective on the recent grievance settlement between the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and the Government of Ontario.

Pharmacare: A Plan for Everyone

Canadians are rightly proud of our universal health care program. It enables everyone to get the care they need, regardless of their employment status or economic circumstance.