Equity Statement

Information for Ontario Teacher Candidates

Welcome to OSSTF/FEESO

OSSTF/FEESO is a strong, independent union that uses its knowledge and power to balance both the protective and professional concerns of its membership. All our expertise and resources are focused on helping educational workers achieve their goals and helping students succeed in strong, well funded public education institutions. We play a leading role in defending equitable access to high quality education in Canada and around the world. Simply put, we are committed to protecting and enhancing public education.

Under Related Attachments below, you will find a Welcome Letter from provincial OSSTF/FEESO President Paul Elliott. As a teacher candidate in an English-language Intermediate/Senior or Technological Education program at an Ontario faculty of education, you are an Associate Member of OSSTF/FEESO and this entitles you to information such as that which you will find in this section of the provincial website. This information has been put together as a sort of “OSSTF/FEESO 101 for Teacher Candidates”. You will find a wealth of information here about what it means to be a member of OSSTF/FEESO and about the services that we provide for members. You also have access to the electronic versions of our monthly newsletter, Update, and our magazine, Education Forum, which is published in late October, February and May. You may subscribe to the digital versions of these two publications for free by going to our “Go Green” section, clicking on “Non-members” and filling in the form there.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend an OSSTF/FEESO Certification presentation at your faculty. If you attend that session, and if you are in a consecutive pre-service program, you will receive an application form for a Letter of Assessment. This Letter of Assessment, once the Certification Department has assessed your academic and/or technical credentials, will tell you what pay “group” you will be in when you are hired for a Long Term Occasional or permanent teaching position at a public secondary school.

Feel free to explore this section of the website as well as the rest of the provincial website.

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