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Who We Are

ETFO represents approximately 83,000 members that include public elementary teachers, occasional teachers, education support personnel, professional support personnel and designated early childhood educators. ETFO provides protective and professional services for members and promotes equity and social justice within the education system and the broader society. ETFO is a social justice and equity seeking organization.

Every organization has objectives that define its purpose and guide its work. The objects of ETFO are contained in the organization’s Constitution.

The objects of the Federation shall be:

3.1 to regulate relations between employees and employer including but not limited to securing and maintaining, through collective bargaining, the best possible terms and conditions of employment;

3.2 to advance the cause of education and the status of teachers and educational workers;

3.3 to promote a high standard of professional ethics and a high standard of professional competence;

3.4 to foster a climate of social justice in Ontario and continue a leadership role in such areas as anti-poverty, non-violence, and equity;

3.5 to promote and protect the interests of all members of the Federation and the students in their  care;

3.6 to promote and defend the health and safety of members in the workplace; and 

3.7 to co-operate with other organizations in Ontario, Canada and elsewhere, having the same or like objects.

ETFO Priorities for 2023-2024

While the programs and services of ETFO are designed with these objects in mind, each year at the Annual Meeting the membership sets the priorities of ETFO for the upcoming school year.

  • To protect the local and provincial collective bargaining rights of all members.
  • To defend publicly funded public education.
  • To serve the needs of the membership.
  • To provide for the professional development of members.
  • To advocate for social justice in the areas of peace, anti-poverty, non-violence, equity, and anti-racism.
  • To fight against anti-Black racism.
  • To advocate for the economic and labour rights of all workers.
  • To support international assistance and co-operation.
  • To advocate for the care and protection of the environment and actively engage in climate action.
  • To actively engage members in the Federation and labour movement.
  • To advocate for and protect the health and safety of members, both physically and psychologically.
  • To advocate for the elimination of violence in publicly funded schools.