September 1997


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Letter to John Snobelen, Minister of Education and Training
Committee Responsibilities
New Teachers Qualifications Regulations
Election Review Committee
First Certificate Issued
College Bylaws
1996 Financial Statements


The announcement of the new Grades 1 to 8 curriculum by the Minister of Education and Training in June raised concerns among members of the College Council about the consultative process for the implementation of new curriculum. At its June 20th meeting, Council directed Chair Donna Marie Kennedy to write to the Minister and discuss this issue. The Chair’s report on the meeting with the Minister can be read by clicking here.

June 24, 1997

Hon. John Snobelen
Minister of Education and Training
22nd Floor, Mowat Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto ON M7A 1L2

Dear Minister:

The Council of the College has asked me to express our concern that the College was not consulted about the implementation of the new Ontario Curriculum Grades 1 to 8 before you announced it on June 13. The quality and availability of professional learning for teachers who must start delivering this new curriculum in 10 weeks is an important issue. We recognize that our short history means that this consultation would have required some effort on the part of your Ministry. Nevertheless, some specific discussions with our staff might have provided practical advice on the implementation of the new policy document.

The College of Teachers recognizes the Ministry’s mandate to develop curriculum. Ensuring that teachers have the training and support to do an outstanding job of teaching this curriculum to our students is a key part of the College’s mandate. Your implementation plans for Secondary School reform will provide an opportunity for the College and the Ministry to work collaboratively on appropriate implementation and professional learning plans.

We would like to arrange a meeting soon with you and your officials to discuss how we can establish an appropriate consultative process on matters affecting the College’s mandate.

Could you please ask your staff to contact the Registrar, Margaret Wilson, with dates when you would be available to meet with us. Thank you for your interest in these matters.


Donna Marie Kennedy

cc. Veronica Lacey

Council Members Take On
Committee Responsibilities

The ongoing work of the Ontario College of Teachers is directed by eight committees of the College Council. At their first official meeting in May, Council elected members to each of these statutory or standing committees. Other ad hoc or special committees will be struck as the need arises.

Chair of Council
Donna Marie Kennedy

Vice-Chair of Council
John Cruickshank

Executive Committee
Manages and directs the affairs of the College between meetings of Council.

Donna Marie Kennedy (Chair)
John Cruickshank (Vice-Chair)
Sandi Bell
Paul Charron
Michel Gravelle
Marilyn Laframboise
Kathleen McFadyen
George Merrett
Harry Mulvale
Cecilia Reynolds
Clarice West-Hobbs

Investigation Committee
Reviews the results of an investigation regarding the conduct or actions of a College member. The committee considers investigations relating to matters of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity. The committee will investigate complaints made by a member of the public, a member of the College, a school board, the Registrar or by the Minister of Education and Training.

Harry Mulvale (Chair)
Jackie Breithaupt
Doug Carter
John Cruickshank (Vice-Chair)
Lynn Daigneault
Michel Gravelle
Alfred Lorenzi

Discipline Committee
Determines if a registrant is guilty of professional misconduct or incompetence. The Committee may hear matters referred by Council, the Executive Committee or the Investigation Committee. The committee may also hear an application from a member for reinstatement or for a variation of an earlier ruling.

George Merrett (Chair)
Pierre Calvé
Larry Capstick
Paul Charron
Wayne Cornack
Solette Gelberg
Nancy Hutcheson
Donna Marie Kennedy
Marilyn Laframboise
Kathleen McFadyen (Vice-Chair)
Karen Mitchell

Fitness to Practise Committee
Determines if a registrant is incapacitated and, if so, ensures that the member receives appropriate treatment while protecting the public. The committee may hear matters referred by the Council, Executive Committee or Investigation Committee. The committee may also hear an application from a member for reinstatement or for a variation of an earlier ruling.

Marilyn Laframboise (Chair)
Nicholas Myrhorod (Vice-Chair)
Cecilia Reynolds
Frances Thorne
Clarice West-Hobbs

Registration Appeals Committee
Provides applicants with an opportunity to appeal a decision of the Registrar rejecting their application for membership.

Michel Gravelle (Chair)
Jackie Breithaupt
Doug Carter
George Merrett
Nicholas Myrhorod (Vice-Chair)

Accreditation Committee
Acts as an advisory committee to the Council on the development of criteria for the accreditation of providers of pre-service and in-service teacher education programs. The committee ensures that student teachers and practising teachers are involved in experiences that allow them to achieve the standards expected by the College.

The committee forms panels to implement the accreditation procedures for pre-service, in-service and additional qualification programs and providers.

Cecilia Reynolds (Chair)
Pierre Calvé
Larry Capstick (Vice-Chair)
Wayne Cornack
Lynn Daigneault
Donna Marie Kennedy
John Slade
David Somer
Frances Thorne

Standards of Practice and Education Committee
Acts as an advisory committee to Council on the development of pre-service and in-service standards of practice and the establishment of a provincial professional learning framework to maintain standards of practice and promote continuing competence among members of the College.

Clarice West-Hobbs (Chair)
Liz Barkley
Sandi Bell
Margaret Dempsey
Frances Hill (Vice-Chair)
Diane Leblovic
Harry Mulvale
William Rogers
Anthony Saldanha

Finance Committee
Acts as an advisory committee to the Council on the financial affairs of the College.

Paul Charron (Chair)
John Cruickshank
Solette Gelberg (Vice-Chair)
Frances Hill
Anthony Saldanha


New Teachers Qualifications Regulations

For decades, teaching qualifications were outlined in Regulation 297 – Ontario Teachers Qualifications, a regulation made under the Education Act. With the establishment of the Ontario College of Teachers as a self-regulatory body for teachers in Ontario, the responsibility for teacher qualifications has been transferred to the College.

The final proclamation of the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 and the filing of Regulation 184/97 – Teachers Qualifications - on May 20, 1997, enabled the transfer of the teacher education and certification functions from the Ministry of Education and Training. If you are already qualified in Ontario, you remain qualified under the new regulation.

Regulation 184/97 — Teachers Qualifications:

  • provides a "concordance" between the ministry’s system of qualifications and the College’s system of qualification
  • enables the College to deem all those who hold Ontario Teacher’s Certificates or Letters of Standing issued by the Ministry to hold the corresponding Certificate of Qualification issued by the College
  • enables existing teachers to become members of the college
  • ensures that persons who completed their program of professional education at a faculty of education in 1996/97 are able to become members of the College
  • outlines how new members will qualify for the College’s certificates of qualification and registration
  • sets out the process and qualifications a person must complete to obtain basic and additional qualifications from the College, including Principal’s and Supervisory Officer’s qualifications
  • defines the process for qualified individuals to register as members of the College.

Almost identical

Regulation 184/97 is almost identical to Regulation 297. Some important differences are:

  • replacement of deputy minister and minister with Registrar and College to indicate the change in responsibility
  • provisions to update technical studies qualifications to reflect existing ministry curriculum in Broad-Based Technology
  • two minor housekeeping changes regarding additional qualifications (addition of qualifications in Religious Education and Actualisation linguistique en français/ Perfectionnement du français (ALF/PDF), change from Latin and Greek to "Classical Studies")
  • the inclusion of Part 5, which outlines the process for attaining qualifications as an academic Supervisory Officer
  • changes to the names of the certificates.

Change of certificate names:

Former Name New Name
Ontario Teacher’s Certificate Certificate of Qualification
Ontario Teacher’s
Record Card
Temporary Letter of Standing Interim Certificate
of Qualification
Provisional Letter of Standing Certificate of Qualification

Certificate of Qualification
(Limited, Restricted)

Permanent Letter of Standing Certificate of Qualification

Amendments to other related regulations made under the Education Act were also filed on May 20,1997 - Regulation 181/97 revoked Regulation 292 – Fees for Ministry Courses; Regulation 182/97 amended Regulation 309 – Supervisory Officers; Regulation 183/97 revoked Regulation 297 and created a new regulation – Letters of Permission.

Copies of the gazetted version of Regulation 184/97 are available from the College library for $3.40 – call (416) 961-8800 ext. 679 or 1-888-534-2222 toll-free in Ontario.


Election Review Committee

Five recently-elected members of Council have examined how the College conducted its first election and developed proposed regulations and bylaws to govern future elections.

Larry Capstick, Doug Carter, Lynn Daigneault, Frances Hill and George Merrett were elected to the Election Review Committee at Council’s June 20th meeting. They are to report back to Council at the September meeting.

College Chair Donna Marie Kennedy and Registrar Margaret Wilson present new grad Luci Loisi with the first Certificate of Registration in the College. Luci applied for membership in the College after receiving her BEd from the University of Toronto. She holds a BA from York University and did her OACs at Don Bosco High School in Etobicoke. She is qualified to teach French and Individual and Society at the Intermediate/Senior level and is on the supply list for the York Region Separate School Board.


College Bylaws

The activities of the Ontario College of Teachers are governed by three categories of legislative authority. The first, the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 (the Act), provides the statutory authority for the College’s activities. The Act describes what is required by law and what is permitted. Regulations made under the Act further define the extent of the College’s authority. Bylaws govern the administrative and day-to-day business of the College.

Bylaw 2 is the general bylaw of the College and governs such things as:

  • the conduct of Council, committee and annual meetings
  • the naming and responsibilities of officers of the College
  • banking and finance
  • conflict of interest
  • executive delegation
  • the College publication.

Bylaw 3 is the fee bylaw. It outlines procedures related to the annual membership fee, application and evaluation fees, and other fees and penalties.

The register

Bylaw 4 describes the register. It sets out the information that must be kept in the register – in addition to that prescribed in the Act – and the information that may be removed. The name shown on the register is the member’s name used at registration. In addition, the register contains:

  • the member’s registration number
  • a notation of a finding of professional misconduct or incompetence (if directed by the Discipline Committee)
  • the date of issue of the member’s certificates of qualification and registration and the expiration date, if applicable
  • the member’s basic and additional qualifications as entered on the member’s Certificate of Qualification
  • the program of teacher education completed by the member and entered on his/her Certificate of Qualification.

Members are required to notify the Registrar in writing of any change in the information that is kept in the register.

Bylaw 5 is the forms and format bylaw. Among other things, it sets out the format to be used in filing a formal complaint.

Information must be provided

The information that must be provided by a member to the College is set out in Bylaw 6. It includes:

  • the member’s business and home address and telephone number
  • the member’s date of birth and social insurance number
  • the member’s gender
  • whether the member prefers to use English or French in his/her dealings with the College
  • the member’s full name and former names, if any
  • the member’s country of citizenship
  • a description of previous teaching experience and the identity of any other jurisdiction in which the member is authorized to teach
  • a description of any academic program and any program of professional education, including programs leading to additional qualifications, completed by the member.

If there are changes to the information provided, the member must notify the Registrar in writing within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

The complete text of the bylaws is available by clicking here.


April 25, 1997

Auditors’ Report

To the Members of the Ontario College of Teachers

We have audited the balance sheet of the Ontario College of Teachers as at December 31, 1996 and the statements of operations and members’ deficit, and changes in financial position for the period then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the College’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we plan and perform an audit to obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.

In our opinion, these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the College as at December 31, 1996 and the results of its operations and the changes in its financial position for the period then ended in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Coopers & Lybrand
Chartered Accountants
Toronto, Ontario


Ontario College of Teachers
Balance Sheet as at December 31, 1996

Current assets
$ (000s)
Account receivable
Deferred election costs (note 3)
Deferred membership registration costs (note 3)
Capital assets (notes 3 and 4)
Liabilities and Members’ Deficit
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
Balance due to the Province of Ontario (note 5)
Deferred lease inducement (notes 3 and 6)

Members’ deficit


$ 3,156

Approved by the Council



For the period ended December 31, 1996

Revenue 1996
$ (000s)


Salaries and benefits
Professional services
Printing and communications
Other administrative expense
Excess of expenses over revenue for the period 649
Initial establishment costs transferred
from the Province of Ontario
(note 2)
Closing members’ deficit

$ 1,353



For the period ended December 31, 1996

Cash was provided by (used in):
Operating activities
$ (000s)
Excess of expenses over revenue
Net change in non-cash working capital
Investing activities  
Deferred membership registration
Deferred election costs
Leasehold improvements
Office furnishings and equipment
Initial establishment costs transferred from
the Province of Ontario


Financing activities  
Province of Ontario loan
Leasehold improvement allowance
Net increase in cash during the period
Cash position - Beginning of period
Cash position - End of period
$ 415



For the period ended December 31, 1996

1. Ontario College of Teachers’ Mandate
The Ontario College of Teachers (College) was established by an Act of the Ontario Legislature, which was proclaimed on July 5, 1996.

The College is an independent, self-regulating professional body with authority to license and regulate the practice of teaching in Ontario.

The affairs of the College are managed and administered by a Council comprised of 31 members, of whom 17 are members elected by the membership.

2. Initial Fiscal Period
Pursuant to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, the College assumed liability for costs attributable to its establishment amounting to $704,000. Approximately one half of this cost comprises expenses of the Ontario College of Teachers Implementation Committee, which reported to the Minister of Education and Training in September 1995. The balance relates to the project to support the passage of Bill 31 through the Legislature, preparing plans for the College’s establishment and reporting to teachers on progress through the Professionally Speaking newsletters from September 1995 to July 1996.

During the period ended December 31, 1996, the College organized the nomination and election process for the first Council and made preparations to become fully operational in 1997.

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
The financial statements of the College have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The more significant aspects are:

Deferred election costs
Governing Council elections are held every three years.
The cost of conducting these elections is deferred and amortized over the three-year term of the elected members.

Deferred membership registration costs
To establish an initial registry of members, the College launched a campaign to acquire names and addresses of Ontario teachers and validated eligibility against the Ministry of Education and Training records. This initial cost will be amortized over six years commencing in 1997.

Capital assets
Capital assets are recorded at historical cost. Amortization is provided on a straight line basis over the estimated useful life of the assets as follows:

Computer equipment ... 331/3% per annum
Furniture and equipment... 10% per annum
Leasehold improvements... over the remaining term of the lease

Deferred lease inducement
As described in note 6, the College will amortize lease inducements over the term of the lease.

Not for profit
As a not for profit professional membership organization, the College is not liable for income taxes.

4. Capital Assets

Leasehold improvements
$ 1,537,564

The College has contracted with an architectural design firm to design, furnish and manage construction of its premises at 121 Bloor Street East. At December 31, 1996, the capital asset costs reflect the completion of demolition and partial occupation of one floor. As these premises were not fully occupied until January 1997, amortization of these costs is to commence in the 1997 fiscal year.

The estimated cost to complete the facility is $2.4 million for leasehold improvements and $1.1 million for furnishings and equipment.

5. Balance Due to the Province of Ontario
The Province’s financing of College operations was being phased out at December 31, 1996. Pursuant to the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, the ministry will, by order, direct repayment according to a schedule, including interest, from the date of the order. At December 31, 1996 no repayment order had been made.

6. Commitments
Premises lease arrangements
In September 1996, the College entered into a long term lease agreement, which expires November 30, 2012. The lease is for office space at 121 Bloor Street East, Toronto. In addition to a rent free period until November 30, 1997 (valued at $615,300), the College obtained an allowance for leasehold improvements of $2,356,891, which is repayable out of rental payments. The first half of the allowance was received in this fiscal period.

The estimated annual rental payments, including a provision for operating costs under the lease agreement, are as follows:

  $ (000s)
Years ending December 31  
2001 – 2012
$ 17,481

In accordance with guidance provided by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the College will be reporting an average rental cost for premises over the term of the lease agreement and will be amortizing the benefit of the lease inducements over the same period commencing in 1997.

7. Subsequent Events
The College continued to prepare for full operation in the early part of 1997. Employment contracts have been signed with approximately 65 staff. Computer and other office equipment valued at $575,000 has been leased with annual lease payments over a maximum of four years.