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ETFO's Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Last updated: November 12, 2021

Note: Useful occupational health and safety references are posted on

As we all pull together to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, ETFO is working to keep our members, employees and others safe.


ETFO has reached out to the Ministry of Education and will continue to work with them as necessary to ensure that our schools are safe places for our students, and for the educators who work with them. We are also working to ensure that our members’ rights are upheld during these unprecedented times.


In light of developments and Government decisions pertaining to organized events and social gatherings, ETFO will continue to offer programs to members virtually until the new year.

Please contact your local ETFO representative with any questions related to the impact of COVID-19.

We are grateful for your patience and support during this period of rapid change.

Emerging Equity Issues in a COVID-19 World

Equity and Women’s Services (EWS) has provided an overview of some of the ways in which different groups have been impacted by COVID-19. In the following documents, members will learn more about these issues and community partners who are working towards solutions while also providing useful resources for members.

Mental Health Resources

ETFO has created a list of mental health resources to support educators:

For specific resources supporting conversations about anti-Black racism from School Mental Health Ontario:

  1. Supporting The Mental Health And Well-Being Of Students Who Will Return To School Remotely
  2. Supporting Mentally Healthy Conversations About Anti-Black Racism With Students


We are living in unprecedented times. The pandemic and other world issues have us watching the headlines and wondering “When is this going to end?” As a result of this uncertainty, on some days we may feel positive and hopeful while on other days we might feel overwhelmed, tired, anxious and impatient. In this twelve-minute webinar, mental health educator Sue-Ann Maislin provides practical tips on how to stay resilient during these challenging times.


In these two short videos, created in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Dr. Donna Ferguson shares tips and resources that support the mental health and well-being of ETFO members:

Mental Health with Dr. Donna Ferguson: Maintaining optimal mental health, particularly during the pandemic:


Mental Health with Dr. Donna Ferguson: Talking about stress, anxiety and panic:


Health Resources

Ontario Ministry of Health

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ontario Public Health Units

Ontario Public Health Units List and Links
Social Media
Twitter - @ONTHealth
Facebook - @ONThealth

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Ontario
Santé publique Ontario
Social Media
Twitter - @PublicHealthON
Facebook - @PublicHealthON

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada
Agence de la santé publique du Canada
Social Media
Twitter - @PHAC_GC
Facebook - Public Health Agency of Canada

World Health Organization

World Health Organization (WHO)
Social Media
Twitter - @WHO
Facebook - @WHO


Coronavirus (COVID-19) : Information for plan members
Coronavirus (COVID-19) : Information pour les membres

Employee Assistance Program

All employees are encouraged to access the resources and supports provided in your local Employee Assistance Program.

Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario

24/7 Free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling.  Funded by the Government of Ontario.
Social Media
Twitter - @ConnexOntario
Facebook - ConnexOntario