A to Z of being an OT → Being an ETFO Member

ETFO’s Events Management Portal

The portal is your entry point to ETFO events, including applying to attend the many workshops, symposiums, and union events that Federation offers to all teachers, including OTs.

ETFO’s Events Management Portal

ETFO’s Resource Book for New Members

The Welcome to ETFO resource is for all new members who have recently joined ETFO. It was developed to provide you with helpful information as you begin your teaching career, and to outline the work of your organization as well as the services available to you

ETFO’s Resource Book for New Members

The History of ETFO

This short video titled “It’s Elementary” depicts the history of ETFO and its predecessor organizations: OPSMTF and FWTAO. During the past 130 years, teachers have made great gains in workplace equality, wages, pensions, and working conditions through both political action and collective bargaining.

The History of ETFO

Professional Relations Services (PRS)

This website presents some video clips around member well- being and mental health, taking pregnancy and parental leaves and health and safety.

Professional Relations Services (PRS)

A Member’s Guide to Long Term Disability

This provides information for members and is intended to be a general overview of what’s involved in applying for LTD.

A Member’s Guide to Long-Term Disability

Occasional Teacher AQ course

ETFO makes its AQ offerings a superior learning experience by:

  • having courses developed by educators who understand the realities of today’s classrooms;
  • developing course content that is practical, well-grounded in effective practice, and has an appropriate balance between theory and practice;
  • recognizing the delicate work/life balance of teachers; and
  • reviewing courses regularly and updating them to make certain that the key learning, course activities, and resources remain current.

Our AQ courses are respectful of teacher professional judgement and honour adult learning principles.

Occasional Teacher AQ course

ETFO ID Union Number

Your ETFO ID number is listed on the front of your membership card beneath your name. If you have misplaced your membership card, contact the provincial office at 1-888-838-3836 during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and ask for Member Records/Fees.

Update ETFO Member Information 

Know Your Local Collective Agreement

The best thing a member can do to ensure that her or his negotiated rights are being upheld is to read, and ponder the implications of, the collective agreement.  In practical terms, this is where the answers to many employment-related questions can typically be found, such as: What is the schedule for pay cheques? Do I have to do before school duty? What happens if the buses are cancelled? What is the process for requesting a leave?  How much preparation time do I receive? If the grievance process is to be applied, what are time lines to observe? What should happen during my LTO list interview process?

Which local(s) are you a member of?  Algoma Occasional Teacher Local, Avon Maitland Occasional Teacher Local, Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local, Durham Occasional Teacher Local, Grand Erie Occasional Teacher Local, Greater Essex County Occasional Teacher Local, Halton Occasional Teacher Local, Hamilton-Wentworth Occasional Teacher Local, Hastings & Prince Edward Occasional Teacher Local, Kawartha Pine Ridge Occasional Teacher Local, Keewatin-Patricia Occasional Teacher Local, Lakehead Occasional Teacher Local, Lambton Kent Occasional Teacher Local, Limestone Occasional Teacher Local, Near North Occasional Teacher Local, Niagara Occasional Teacher Local, Ontario North East Occasional Teacher Local, Ottawa Carleton Occasional Teacher Local, Peel Occasional Teacher Local, Rainbow Occasional Teacher Local, Rainy River District Occasional Teacher Local, Renfrew County Occasional Teacher Local, Simcoe County Occasional Teacher Local, Superior-Greenstone Occasional Teacher Local, Thames Valley Occasional Teacher Local, Toronto Occasional Teacher Local, Trillium Lakelands Occasional Teacher Local, Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local, Upper Grand Occasional Teacher Local, Waterloo Occasional Teacher Local, York Region Occasional Teacher Local

The answers to many of your questions will depend on your local.

Know Your Local Collective Agreement

Occasional Teacher Locals

Every public district school board in Ontario has an occasional teacher local within its public elementary panel.  Each local has a president, executive members, committees, and other positions. Members have the right to vote and hold office in their local in accordance with its constitution. Each local is responsible for providing local professional learning, access to ETFO’s professional learning programs, providing up-to-date communications, access to professional relations services from the ETFO provincial office, negotiating for the best possible language within local collective agreements to improve working conditions and dealing with many other issues that make employment as a teacher the best professional experience possible.

Occasional Teacher Locals

ETFO Member

This page outlines the rights and responsibilities of being an ETFO member.

ETFO Member