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Catholic Teachers Demand Safe Schools Now

TORONTO – In response to the Ford government’s incomplete and inadequate back-to-school plan, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has launched Safe Schools Now, a new campaign calling on the Ford government to invest in and implement the safety measures called for by education and public health experts for a safe and sustainable school year.

Ontario’s Teacher Unions Support Mandatory Vaccinations in Schools
Today, the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) issued the following statement in support of mandatory vaccinations in schools:
Ontario’s teacher unions respond to Ford government’s inadequate back-to-school plan

TORONTO, ON—Today, the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) issued the following statement in response to the Ford government’s release of its back-to-school plan

Catholic teachers recognize talented young authors

TORONTO – Fifty-eight students in publicly funded Catholic schools across Ontario, from Kindergarten through Grade 12, have been recognized by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) for excellence in writing.

Ford government’s survival more important than Ontarians’ Charter rights
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) respond to reports that the Ford government plans to invoke the notwithstanding clause and annul Justice Edward M. Morgan’s recent decision, striking down restrictions on third-party advertising during elections:
Education unions win major victory for Ontarians with Charter challenges to Bill 254
TORONTO, ON—The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) have won their constitutional challenges against the Ontario government’s Bill 254, Protecting Ontario Elections Act, 2021. They issued the following statement:
Catholic teachers condemn Islamophobic attack in London
Catholic teachers are deeply saddened by the horrific Islamophobic attack in London, Ontario that claimed the lives of four family members, and left the fifth, a nine-year-old boy, in the hospital with serious injuries.
Pink Listing of Toronto Catholic DSB

In accordance with its Handbook, Policies, Strikes, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association is “Pink Listing” the Toronto Catholic District School Board, due to impasse with local bargaining under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, 2014.

Education unions file charter challenge over Bill 254

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) have individually filed constitutional challenges against the Ontario government’s Bill 254, Protecting Ontario Elections Act, 2021.

Statement on Passage of Provincial Budget

The Ford government’s 2021 budget, which passed in the legislature today with almost $1 billion less for publicly funded schools, favours austerity at the cost of student well-being.

Media Advisory

ETFO holds press conference alongside education partners to share concerns about government’s plan to make virtual learning permanent

Catholic Teachers Elect New President

Delegates to the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) Annual General Meeting have elected the Provincial Executive for 2021-23.

Joint statement on Ontario budget from unions representing education workers

Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) released the following statement today in response to the Ontario budget announcement.

OTF, Affiliates call for immediate suspension of EQAO’s online literacy test pilot

Ontario’s publicly funded education system should not be subjected to a poorly timed experiment in large-scale, online assessment, especially during a pandemic. Yet, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is forging ahead with plans to administer the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

Prioritizing front-line education workers during the vaccine rollout – letter from education affiliates

We are writing on behalf of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Ontario School Board Council of Unions - CUPE Ontario, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) and the more than 250,000 education workers we collectively represent.

OECTA Statement Calling for Province-wide School Closures

“Premier Ford’s rhetoric about a province-wide crisis, including skyrocketing cases for children and youth, does not align with his government’s decision to keep some schools open and allow in-person learning for students with special education needs in others without putting in place all necessary safety measures.

Education Unions Call for Comprehensive Plan from Ford Government

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.

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.
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.

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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.
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