ETFO Standing Committees

International Assistance Committee

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has 21 standing committees.

  1. Aboriginal Education
  2. Annual Meeting
  3. Anti-Racist Education
  4. Awards
  5. Collective Bargaining
  6. Disability Issues
  7. Early Years
  8. Education Support Personnel (inactive)
  9. Gender Issues (inactive)
  10. Human Rights
  11. International Assistance
  12. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Members
  13. New Teachers
  14. Occupational Health and Safety
  15. Occasional Teacher
  16. Pension (inactive)
  17. Political Action
  18. Professional Development/Curriculum
  19. Professional Relations
  20. Status of Women
  21. Teacher Education/Faculty Liaison

Joining a committee is one of the many ways you can make your voice heard, and influence the actions of the Federation by making recommendations directly to the Executive. At the same time you will have an enjoyable experience working with other members in an area that interests you.

Applicants for committees are reviewed by the Selection Committee for Standing Committees, which then recommends candidates to the Executive. The Selection Committee is chaired by ETFO's Vice-President David Clegg. The Selection Committee is elected by the Representative Council from members of the Representative Council.

Generally, standing committees have five members, and an assigned staff officer. All committees also base with one of the released officers. Members may sit on the committee for two consecutive two-year terms. Most committees meet twice a year in Toronto, and hold one teleconference. ETFO pays all expenses related to committee participation.

OTF Committee

A ppointments ETFO also appoints representatives to standing committees of the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF).

OTF committees seeking members are:

  • Ontario Teachers' Insurance Plan (OTIP)
  • Pension Adjudication
  • Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO)

Contact First Vice-President Ruth Behnke for more information on OTF committees.

Applications for both ETFO and OTF committees will be mailed to ETFO stewards in February and are also available at www.etfo.ca. Completed applications must be received at For more information on ETFO's standing committees, ask your ETFO steward for the ETFO Reference Book 2003-2004, or call Vice-President David Clegg at the provincial office.provincial office by April 2.