No person shall be engaged, appointed, employed or retained as a teacher or principal in any school unless that person possesses a valid certificate of qualification issued pursuant to the regulations.*
* The Teacher Certification and Classification Regulations (Chapter E-0.1 Reg. 2, as amended)
The Canadian Teachers Federation periodically publishes “Teaching in Canada.” The latest version, including addresses for information concerning teacher certification in each province, may be found at the web address above
(a) an offer, an acceptance or a notice of confirmation must be in writing, in the prescribed form, and may be sent by ordinary mail, registered mail or by fax or other electronic transmission, or may be delivered personally; and
(b) the date of an offer, an acceptance or a notice of confirmation:
(i) if sent by ordinary mail or delivered personally, is the date of receipt by the addressee;
(ii) if sent by registered mail or by fax or other electronic transmission, is the date it is sent
(2) Subject to subsections (3) and (12), a teacher is deemed to have entered into a contract of employment with a board . . . where the board . . . makes an offer . . . and the teacher accepts the offer on or before the fourth day following the date of the offer.
(3) When accepting the offer, the teacher shall state the class and number of the valid certificate of qualification, issued pursuant to the regulations, then held by him or her.
(12) For the purposes of this Act, the offer, acceptance and notice of confirmation mentioned in this section constitute a contract of employment of a teacher by the board of education . . . .
Offer/Acceptance/Confirmation Offer sent by regular mail Offer received by regular mail
Offer/Acceptance/Confirmation Offer sent by regular mail Offer received by regular mail Period in which the Acceptance must be received
Offer/Acceptance/Confirmation Offer sent by email or fax
Offer/Acceptance/Confirmation Offer sent by email or fax Period in which the Acceptance must be received
Do not resign a position until you have been offered a contract with a new employer, in writing, and have accepted, in writing.
Do not sign a contract in which the amount of time assigned to you may be varied from semester to semester or year to year. Any such amendment must be by mutual consent at the time the change is proposed.
Do not sign a contract which specifies any condition, such as signing a mutual agreement to terminate the contract, or providing for supervision duties or extra-curricular activities. Contact the STF.
Do not sign a contract immediately when under pressure. You are entitled to four days to respond under the Education Act . Contact the STF if you are uncertain about the appropriateness of a contract.
Do not sign an amendment to a contract without contacting the STF to determine how the amendment may affect your pension status or other benefits, and to clarify your legal rights.
Do not resign for reasons of illness or pregnancy. Consult the STF.
Collective Agreements: The Conditions of Employment
a collective agreement is a legal agreement between a group of workers and their employer
bargaining units must meet criteria defined by provincial laws
representatives of the workers group are selected by the membership to negotiate on their behalf
representatives of employers are selected to represent employer interests