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Attention All Occasional Teachers

If you qualified for benefits, under Article 14 of our current Collective Agreement and received confirmation of your enrolment please do the following:

• Access your TCDSB email and look for a message from OTIP dated September 15. This email is extremely IMPORTANT as it requests a reply about coverage and also explains the next steps in enrollment with OTIP. TOTL was not aware of the termination of coverage by the TCDSB and its carrier Great West Life until after the fact. TOTL will continue posting updates to both its website and Facebook page as soon as they become known to us.

TOTL understands the confusion, the frustration felt by all OTs affected as we too, your executive, were also caught unaware.
KEEP all RECEIPTS as the coverage will be retroactive to September 1, 2017 once the plan is in place.


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PD Registration packages have been sent out to all OT’s deadline is September 15th at 5:00p.m. if you need an additional copy of the registration form you can download it here.

Occasional Teachers’ Benefits Plan Confirmations Sent Out

If you qualified for benefits as per Article 14, received the enrollment form, sent it back before August 25, 2017,  check your TCDSB email for confirmation that you are insured for 2017 – 2018.

Occasional Teachers’ Benefits Plan Participation

In accordance with the local terms of the Toronto .Occasional Teachers’ Collective Agreement Article 14.01 (a):
“An occasional teacher is entitled to participate in the beneflf plans set out in this clause effective September 1,provided the occasional teacher has worked at least fifty (50) days for the Board in the previous school year, and the occasional teacher is available for work as required by Article 7.”

Since you have worked 50 or more days during the 2016/2017 school year, and subject to Article 14.01 requirements, you are eligible to participate in the Dental and Major Medical Plans effective September 1, 2017. However, should your eligibility according to Articles 14.01 and/or 7 change at any time,benefits coverage will cease.

Consistent with the central terms of the collective agreement and given that all permanent and LTO teachers have moved to the Provincial Benefits Trust, we continue to work with the Provincial Transition Committee to find a similar plan for Daily Occasional Teachers, while ensuring cost neutrality to the Board. We will keep you apprised of developments in this regard.

If you choose to enrol in either or both of the plans, you must do the following:
• Complete the Benefit Enrolment form (currently being mailed to you) and provide it to the attention of the Benefits & Compensation Department on or before August 25, 2017.

*There will be no extension for benefit enrolment for the 201712018 school year beyond August 25, 2017.

Please note: If you are an occasional teacher without certification from the Ontario College of Teachers, unfortunately you do not qualify for benefit participation under this agreement.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Benefits & Compensation Department at (416) 222- 8282, extensions 2151, 2219, 2220 or 2324.

To the Attention of all TOTL Members on the Long Term Occasional List 2016-2017 School Year

TOTL wishes to assess whether the School Board fully respected the provisons of the Collective Agreement and Reg. 274 with respect to the assignment of long term occasional positions and daily occasional work in the 2016-2017 school year.

Accordingly, TOTL requests that you identify yourself and provide details of your situation if you believe that you were insufficiently assigned to long term work and/or daily occasional work.  Details shoudl include your qualifications and availabilty to work, the number and length of any long term assignments and the number of daily occasional assignments.

This information should be promptly forwarded by email to [email protected] as soon as possible, but NO LATER THAN July 7th, 2017.


TOTL wishes to thank Mark Moffett, Margherita Di Fonzo and Mary Frijio from the H.R. Department of TCDSB for taking the time to come to the General Meeting on April 19th to explain, clarify and answer questions about SEMS/Smartfind.  More than 70 OT’s were in attendance and all found it most worthwhile.


Looking Ahead

All 4 PD Workshops  for 2017 -2018 have been have arranged. Look for complete details in your summer newsletter. Registration will be very early in September. Do not miss out.

Memo #8


The latest OT Roster dated March 2017 is available on the TCDSB web site.  Please check for accuracy (date of hire, days worked, and ranking). Any concerns should be sent to Mary Frijio at the TCDSB for further clarification  and/or resolution.

Memo #9 – Information regarding interviews for the LTO List


Collective Agreement Has Been Extended to 2019

Please note that the Collective Agreement between the TCDSB and TOTBU  is NOW AVAILABLE online for downloading here or on the TCDSB website