Professional Relations Services (PRS) Bulletins

These bulletins are written by ETFO Professional Relations Services’ staff and are designed to keep members informed on a variety of important legal and professional issues impacting on education workers.

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Member Protection

Here are some of the areas in which PRS staff provides support to ETFO members:

  • Teacher Performance Appraisals (TPA), Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) Performance Appraisals (DPA), Professional Support Personnel (PSP)/Educational Support Personnel (ESP) Evaluations and Occasional Teacher Evaluations
  • Annual Learning Plans/Professional Learning Plans
  • CAS/Criminal allegations related to employment responsibilities
  • Difficulties with students, other staff, parents and school administrators
  • Duty to Report and obligations under the Child and Family Services Act
  • Ethics and professionalism
  • Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) complaints 
  • College of Early Childhood Educator (CECE) complaints
  • Continuous Professional Learning Program (CPL)
  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Maternity and parental leaves
  • Human Rights/Harassment/Discrimination
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Resignations and terminations
  • Return to work/accommodation issues 
  • Mental health and sick leave
  • Professional Judgement 
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board matters (WSIB) 
  • Health and Safety
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Professional Boundaries

CAS/Criminal Allegations       

If you are contacted by the police or Children’s Aid Society (CAS) regarding an allegation against you:

1. Do not participate in or consent to an interview.
2. Make no statement to anyone regarding the allegation/charges.
3. State that: “I am willing to cooperate but I am unable to comment until I contact my Federation and legal counsel.”
4. Call your local at 613-221-9135 or your president, Pat Dixon, directly at 343-552-4758


5. Call ETFO Professional Relations Services staff at 416-962-3836 or 1-888-838-3836 and state that your call is urgent. also has other services for ETFO members