More Opportunities, Better Supports For Young Teachers
McGuinty Government Helping Young Teachers Build Their Careers
Ontario has some of the best teachers in the world, and that's why the government intends to make a regulation that would ensure fair hiring practices are applied in every school board in the province.
Since coming to office in 2003, the McGuinty government has been a strong supporter of Ontario's young teachers. And with the province's recently signed agreements with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA) and the Association des Enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the government continues that support with even more training and work opportunities for young teachers.
As a result of our initiatives and these agreements, new teachers will benefit from:
- A fair, consistent and transparent approach to hiring of long-term occasional teachers and permanent teachers.
- A 32 per cent increase in the number of retirement applications, meaning more opportunity for young teachers to step into the classroom and launch their careers.
- Less competition with retired instructors returning as supply teachers. Beginning in September, retired teachers will be limited to a maximum of 50 supply teaching days a year, down from 95 supply teaching days, and only in the early part of retirement.
- Greater autonomy for teachers in applying diagnostic assessments, allowing teachers to individualize the support they provide to their students.
- Protection of 10,000 teaching positions, the majority of which are held by young teachers with little seniority.
- A 1.5 per cent pay cut for all teachers that will allow the youngest and lowest paid teachers to continue to move through the salary grid for their experience and qualifications.
- A restructured sick-leave plan that would provide income protection for serious illness on day one of employment, as well as improved maternity leave provisions.
The requirement for fair hiring practices and greater teacher autonomy in diagnostic assessments are components of the agreements signed with OECTA and AEFO that would benefit Ontario's education system, including students. In addition to the regulation on fair hiring practices, the Ministry of Education will work with our education partners to develop a policy directive on diagnostic assessments that will also be applied across the sector.
By supporting Ontario's young teachers, the McGuinty government is ensuring students benefit from the talent, dedication and creativity that these teachers bring to the classroom. This will help protect the gains Ontario has made in education over the past eight years and ensure that schools have the talented professionals they need to continue to provide a world-class education system.
- Under paragraph 26 of subsection 11 (1) of the Education Act, the Minister of Education is provided authority to make regulations governing the appointment of teachers, subject to the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
- Since 2003, the McGuinty government has funded the hiring of more than 13,600 new teachers.
- In addition to the agreements signed with OECTA and AEFO the province also recently signed an agreement with the Association of Professional Student Services Personnel.
- The New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) provides orientation, mentoring and professional learning opportunities that help new teachers start their career with confidence.
- The Building Futures program provides support and guidance to new teacher candidates about to embark on their teaching careers.
“We know the tremendous value that young teachers bring to the classroom. By supporting them, we're giving committed teachers a chance to do what they do best - bring excellence, new ideas and a fresh perspective to the classroom to help our students succeed.”