Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters.
At its June 8–9, 2017 meeting, College Council:
- welcomed the reappointments of Jean-Luc Bernard, OCT (July 18, 2017, to July 17, 2019), Godwin Ifedi (March 19, 2017, to March 18, 2020), Elizabeth Edgar-Webkamigad, OCT (March 19, 2017, to March 18, 2020) and Ronna Warsh (April 16, 2017, to April 15, 2020) as public appointees to Council;
- received the Registrar’s quarterly report to Council;
- received a quarterly report from the Chair;
- approved the professional advisory Responding to the Bullying of Students for distribution to all College members;
- supported continuing the practice of inviting public presentations related to the College’s mandate to Council as a standard Council item;
- accepted the December 31, 2016, audited financial statements of the Ontario College of Teachers;
- reappointed KPMG as College auditors for the 2018 fiscal year;
- approved a policy for Council members’ use of laptop computers for College business;
- referred the publication of discipline decisions on third-party websites to staff for further research to be reported to the Investigations and Discipline committees and to Council for consideration;
- approved adding four full-time positions to the Investigations and Hearings Department to address increased workloads and timelines; and
- recommended to the Minister of Education that the Teachers’ Qualifications Regulation be amended to allow applicants who previously held certification in another Canadian jurisdiction, but whose certificate/licence is not in good standing solely because of non-payment of fees, to apply to the College without having to reinstate their certificate/licence in good standing from their originating province or territory.
The College regulates the teaching profession in Ontario
in the public interest by setting and enforcing high ethical
and professional standards for its members.
To be trusted to regulate the teaching profession.
The Ontario College of Teachers commits to:
- protect the public interest;
- quality, excellence and professionalism;
- honesty and integrity;
- accountability and transparency;
- efficiency, effectiveness and fiscal responsibility;
- inclusivity and respect for diversity; and
- respectfulness and teamwork between the College Council, staff
and stakeholder community, each respecting the other’s role.
- Broaden membership engagement in the work of the College, and
in particular, engage members in non-traditional settings, including
retired teachers, and First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers.
- Develop strategies to facilitate the ongoing professional
learning of members.
- Develop a comprehensive, long-term communication plan
that includes other regulators and leverages the College’s
website and other communication vehicles to:
- inform the public about the objectives and
processes of self-regulation;
- develop, among the public, an appreciation of
the value of self-regulation; and
- improve the transparency of the College.
- Enhance Council and committee effectiveness and
- professional development on good governance;
- clarification of the appropriate roles of
Council members and staff;
- streamlining and improving Council’s processes;
- identification, review and improvement of committee practices;
- implementation of formal accountability measurements; and
- periodic third-party review