The local is proud to announce that they have been successfully in an arbitrated decision surrounding Preg/Parental Leave and applying to LTOs. It has been recognized that members who are on a statutory leave of absence still have the right to apply for Long-Term Occasional Positions and obtain the benefits that those positions provide. This also allows those members the ability to move back into an LTO position at the completion of their leave. The local is in the process of discussing a remedy for those that were not allowed to apply to LTOs, while on Preg/Parental leave, in the 2016 spring round of LTO staffing.


Grand River Collegiate Institute (175 Indian Road, Kitchener)

The Carousel of Workshops 2017 is coming!  Mark your calendars for this great day of workshops!

P. D. Day Attendance
All full-time LTO’s are required to attend and are to register for the session to which their school has been assigned, either morning or afternoon. You are required by your employer, the Board, to attend what is planned for the day. The remainder of the day will be for self-directed activities at your worksite.

If you are ill, have a bereavement, or are using a Family Care Day, you must use EasyConnect and report your absence – indicating that a substitute teacher is not required.

Due to limited capacity, schools have been assigned to a specific session and registration will take place on caroMore details about registration will be coming shortly.

Part-time LTO’s (combined 0.5 FTE or above) should register for the session which their school has been assigned and spend the remainder of your FTE at your worksite.

For example, if you are FTE 0.6, you would attend the session at the Carousel of Workshops, to which your school has been assigned and also owe .1 to the Board by working at the school for that .1 time period).

Part-time LTO’s (less than 0.5 FTE) have the option of:

  • working on curriculum related activities at their worksite  OR
  • attending the Carousel of Workshops during their school’s assigned time
  • Please note that part time LTO’s will be required to register regardless of their choice


ETFO offers financial support to members and others for: doctoral and master’s scholarships and AQ bursaries for men and women; bursaries for members of designated groups and Aboriginal education; and bursaries for sons and daughters of ETFO members. The deadline for applications is April 30th of each year.

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calThank you to those that have noted corrections in this year’s pocket calendar.  We are working with a new publisher and are trying to have these corrected for next year.

Please note the following correction:

Carousel of Workshops will be held May 5, 2017 (not April 7 as published)


Funding of subsidies for Technology AQ courses has returned. Any applications received will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

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

ETFO Provincial is responsible for providing your ETFO membership (affiliate) number. They can also provide a replacement card.

ETFO Phone Numbers: 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836 or email The Members’ Records department at