What's the OCT (Ontario College of Teachers)?

Do you have a teacher you remember fondly? Most everyone has. Usually it was someone who made a profound difference in your life, sometimes with the smallest of actions. Perhaps it was a moment of caring. Maybe they saw potential in you that you hadn’t seen yourself. Might be that their belief and commitment to your success were all you needed to achieve. 

Teachers do that. They change lives. 

The Ontario College of Teachers has the only publicly accessible database of licensed teachers – life’s difference-makers – in the province. 

At oct.ca > Find a Teacher, you can see where they received their initial teacher preparation, when they entered the profession, and what additional qualifications they acquire throughout their careers to stay current as professionals. 

Maintaining current records is one of the responsibilities of The Ontario College of Teachers. We regulate Ontario’s teaching profession in the public interest – your interest. 

The role of the College is to:
set the standard for great teaching
approve the programs that people take to become teachers and to remain current throughout their careers
license teachers who meet Ontario’s high expectations for certification
investigate complaints against those who cross professional boundaries

Resources for parents and families

Students benefit from great teaching and the excellent preparation of teachers, and teachers benefit from well-informed and involved parents.

Here are three easy ways to connect with the College:

  • Find a Teacher: See why we can all take great pride in teacher professionalism in Ontario.
  • The Standard: Sign-up for our e-newsletter geared specifically to parents and members of the public.
  • Professional Standards: Learn about the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession (care, trust, integrity, and respect) and see the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession to understand how teachers’ good work is inspired and guided.

Within our province, the Ontario College of Teachers is one of about 40 self-regulating organizations that govern professionals such as doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers and early childhood educators. Governing almost 240,000 members makes us one of the largest such organizations in Ontario.

The College’s work is open and accessible. It’s all part of protecting the public interest – in other words, your children, their welfare, and opportunities for learning.

Visit the College website at www.oct.ca to learn more about how the Ontario College of Teachers sets the standard for great teaching. Please note that all materials, presentations and resources produced by the Ontario College of Teachers are also available in French.

Visitez notre site à www.oeeo.ca pour découvrir comment l’Ordre des enseignantes et des enseignants de l’Ontario fixe la norme pour un enseignement de qualité. Veuillez noter que tous les documents, présentations et ressources de l’Ordre sont également disponibles en français.

Congratulations to Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations

The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations is celebrating it's 100th birthday this year! The OFHSA is: 

An independent voice of parents actively supporting public education at the school, school board, and provincial level.

An organization of volunteers committed to ensuring that the education, health, safety and social well-being of children and youth are a priority for all.

A network of members providing support, training, resources and advice developed over a long history of involvement.

Their Motto: "The Best for Each Student"

For more information see www.ofhsa.on.ca

Consultations on the Future of Experiential Learning in Ontario

The Minister of Education is inviting Ontario's education stakeholders to review the Ministry's discussion paper on "Experiential Learning" and provide feedback.




This is a chance for all parents to provide their comments and thoughts.

You can send your comments to your OAPCE Regional Director, to the OAPCE office email, or directly to the Ministry.

Let's work to ensure our Catholic parent voice is heard!


Deadline for submission is April 1, 2016.

OTIP Teachers Awards 2016

The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) are proud sponsors of the OTIP Teaching Awards.

For many years, these awards have recognized the excellence of our teachers in publicly funded education. There are three categories of awards: elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher and beginning teacher in the first five years of teaching. A teacher may be nominated by anyone – professional colleagues, students, parents, or the general public.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 awards. The deadline for receipt of nominations is March 31, 2016. Further information is provided on the attached PDF and is also available atwww.teachingawards.ca. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Healey at OTF: Jason.healey@otffeo.on.ca.



OAPCE Board of Director Meeting

On January 9 and 10th, we had a great OAPCE Board of Director meeting.  We discussed many issues, and had presentations from the following:




Discussions were also held about our current projects, and the upcoming 2016 Convention in Toronto.  Registration details will follow soon!

EatRight Ontario Kids Recipe Challenge

Enter the 2015 EatRight Ontario Kids Recipe Challenge!


In support of healthy eating and to encourage parents and kids to have fun in the kitchen, EatRight Ontario has launched the EatRight Ontario Kids Recipe Challenge.  Teachers!  This is a great classroom activity to do with your students.


Who can enter: Ontario students in grades 1-8


What to do:

Kids need to create an original, kid-friendly recipe for breakfast, school lunch, snacks and dinner.  Traditional family favourites and recipes from around the world are encouraged!


Prizes: Participants have a chance to win prizes like iPods, gift cards and cookbooks! All winning recipes will be posted on the EatRight Ontario website.


Deadline: December 7, 2015


For more information and to download entry form: www.eatrightontario.ca/contest.