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PRS Matters #92 – What is ETFO’s PRS Department?

This issue of the PRS Matters, What is ETFO’s Professional Relations Services (PRS) and How Can it Assist me as an Educator?, provides important information about the role of the Professional Relations Services at the ETFO’s provincial office as well as outlines supports and services that are available to ETFO members.


It is available on the ETFO website and by clicking here.


For more information, please contact staff in Professional Relations Services (PRS) at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836.

PRS Matters #86 – Members as Witnesses

prsThis issue of PRS Matters Bulletin, Members as Witnesses in Formal Proceedings, contains important information and advice for members who have been asked or compelled to participate in a formal proceeding.


It is available on the ETFO website and by clicking here.


For more information, please contact staff in Professional Relations Services (PRS) at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836.

PRS Matters #87 – 2015 HPE Curriculum

prsThis volume of PRS matters includes important advice for all members regarding the revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum.


It is available on the ETFO website and by clicking here.


For more information, please contact staff in Professional Relations Services (PRS) at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836.

ETFO Wins Bill 115 Charter Challenge

charterThe Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and other education unions have won a major court victory at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice today.  The court found that the Ontario government’s Bill 115 imposed in the fall of 2012 was a violation of the collective bargaining rights of education unions.


In his decision, Justice Lederer ruled that the passage of the Putting Students First Act infringed upon union members’ rights to meaningful collective bargaining under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  He also determined that the process the government engaged in was “fundamentally flawed.”


“This is a total vindication of our pursuit of democratic rights on behalf of our members,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond.  “ETFO and its legal counsel acted as the lead in launching the Charter challenge in the fall of 2012 because, by imposing the terms and conditions of our members’ contract, the Ontario government abrogated teachers’ collective bargaining rights, including their right to strike.”


Bill 115 blatantly interfered with lawful collective bargaining activities in the education sector for three years.  It put the actions of the government beyond the review of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, outside the reach of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and even above the courts. In response, the Charter challenge was launched by ETFO as well as the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).


Justice Lederer did not comment on a remedy for the parties.  The parties are now required to meet to determine a remedy.  If they are unable to reach agreement on a remedy, the matter will be referred back to Justice Lederer for a decision.

AQ/ABQ Subsidies Available!

aqOnce again, the Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), is providing a subsidy of up to $450 to teachers who successfully complete additional qualifications courses in Mathematics or Technology.


The subsidized mathematics courses are:

  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 1
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Part 2
  • Mathematics, Primary and Junior – Specialist
  • Mathematics, Grades 7 and 8
  • Mathematics, Intermediate/Senior (ABQ)
  • Mathematics, Honours Specialist
  • Any undergraduate mathematics course that is prerequisite to the AQ/ABQ courses listed above

The subsidized technology courses are:

  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 1
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Part 2
  • Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction, Specialist
  • Teaching and Learning through e-Learning

Update on Oct 27, 2016:  The current funding available for subsidizing Technology AQ courses is nearly depleted.  If you apply for a subsidy for a Technology AQ course, there is no guarantee that you will receive the subsidy at this time.  However, should additional funding become available, your application will remain on file to be considered at that time on a first come, first served basis.


The subsidy also includes:

  • Kindergarten Part 1
  • Kindergarten Part 2
  • Kindergarten, Specialist

Click here for FAQs and more information on the programs and subsidies.


In order to receive a subsidy, OTF requires the following:

  • a completed application form – course must have been successfully completed on or after February 1, 2016; and
  • proof of successful course completion.

Ready to apply?  Click here to begin your application!

PRS Matters #85 – Duty to Report

prsAll members should be familiar with their duty to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the Children’s Aid Society (CAS).  Members who fail to meet this duty can face charges under the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) and a finding of professional misconduct by their professional College.


Read about a member’s duty to report under the Child and Family Services Act in the bulletin, available here.


For more information, please contact staff in Professional Relations Services (PRS) at the provincial office, 1-888-838-3836.

PRS Matters #84 – Allegations

prsThis PRS Matters bulletin contains important information and advice for all members regarding allegations and the support available to assist members who are the subject of an investigation involving CAS and/or the police.


It is available by clicking here.


For more information, please contact staff in Professional Relations Services (PRS) at the provincial office, 1-888-838-3836.