ETFO Media Release: Ontario Education Minister creates further chaos in schools, reopens door to nepotism and cronyism in teacher hiring practices

Toronto, ON – Education Minister Stephen Lecce is creating further chaos in Ontario’s schools and reopening the door to nepotism and cronyism by scrapping a regulation that ensures fair hiring practices for teachers, according to the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

“At a time when the government should be focused on the safety of students and staff, they are looking to divert attention away from the crisis they have created in schools,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “The Ford government is using the COVID-19 pandemic as a smokescreen to undermine a fair and transparent process that ensures students receive the
best instruction possible. By reducing the requirements around qualifications and experience, the government is opening the door to people who may not be qualified to be in a classroom.”

“Teachers should be hired based on their qualifications and experience, not on who they know or what connections they have,” added Hammond. “The regulation provides a fair and predictable pathway to long-term and permanent employment in Ontario’s public school boards for qualified educators including recent graduates.”

“Given that many more teachers have been hired this fall to provide in-class and distance learning, there is no reason to scrap the regulation. Instead of focusing on the health and safety of students and educators, the government continues to create chaos and instability in our schools.”

Regulation 274 was introduced in 2012 to minimize bias in the school boards’ hiring process for long-term and permanent occasional teachers. It ensures that only qualified educators are interviewed for vacant positions.

A government study commissioned after the regulation came into effect in 2012 included a detailed review of literature that clearly demonstrated that teachers with more experience are better at their jobs. It also reported that the regulation had not had a negative impact on hiring for diversity. It can be viewed here.

ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. Its Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at

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Project Overseas 2021

The application form for Project Overseas 2021 is now open and closes October 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Since 1962, Project Overseas has assisted teacher organizations in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Caribbean. This is a voluntary position that is financially supported by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Each year, 16 ETFO members are selected to participate in Project Overseas.

ETFO members who are selected to participate in Project Overseas present professional learning workshops to teachers in host countries. In July, participants attend CTF’s training in Ottawa prior to their international placements which typically last between three to five weeks.

For more information about Project Overseas and to access the application form, visit the Project Overseas 2021 webpage on ETFO’s website

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World Teachers’ Day 2020

We’d like to wish a happy World Teachers’ Day to our amazing ETFO occasional teachers and other local educators! You tirelessly provide our students quality opportunities to grow into the very best they can be.

THANK YOU for all you do as the heartbeat of public education here in Algoma District!

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PRS Matters #109: Providing Private Instruction

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a number of challenges as plans are developed to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year. As a result of these challenges, some families are contemplating alternative education programs for their children including what is known as a “learning pod.” This bulletin offers some considerations for members who may be approached by parents, guardians, or other organisations to lead a learning pod and/or provide private instruction to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PRS Matters 109 (PDF, 574 KB) PRS Matters 109 (PDF, 574 KB)

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