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Celebrating ETFO's 20th Anniversary

"United. Inclusive. Strong." What better way to say in a few words what ETFO and its 83,000 members have aspired to be since the Federation's inception in 1998!

As the largest union of teachers and education professionals in the country, ETFO has fought for and won improved wages and better working and learning conditions. It has shaped today’s profession by reaffirming our democratic bargaining rights, enshrining teachers’ rights to use professional judgement and making equity and social justice a priority.

With its members, ETFO has the power to positively impact publicly-funded public education in Ontario. With its Building Better Schools, ETFO continues to build Ontarians’ support for a high quality public education system.

Learn more about ETFO’s history and its work over 20 years to build a better and more equitable future for members, students and families.

20th Anniversary Videos



20th Anniversary Gala Video Anniversary Gala Video20th Anniversary Gala Video"My ETFO is...": In honour of ETFO’s 20th Anniversary, we’ve been asking members, local leaders and provincial leaders past and present what ETFO means to them. This is what they said….
ETFO - Celebrating Our First 20 - Celebrating Our First 20ETFO - Celebrating Our First 20It started with a handshake in 1998 and now Canada's largest education union has turned 20. Hear from past and current presidents, general secretaries and members on why the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to collective bargaining, professional learning/curriculum and social justice and equity.

​Updated "It's Elementary" Video



History of Ontario Public Elementary Teachers and Their Federations of Ontario Public Elementary Teachers and Their FederationsHistory of Ontario Public Elementary Teachers and Their FederationsIt's Elementary is a brief history of Ontario's public elementary teachers and their federations. It is an updated version of the It's Elementary video that was released on the occasion of ETFO's 10th anniversary in 2008.

​Updated "It's Elementary" Book

It’s Elementary: A brief history of Ontario’s public elementary teachers and their federations is a comprehensive history of ETFO and its predecessor organizations. At this time only the first chapter, dealing with 2009 to 2018, is available as an AODA accessible Word document. The rest of the book—published in 2008—is a legacy publication (i.e., there is no Word version) and is posted in its original form and as part of the 2018 edition.

Chapter One - ETFO's Second Decade 2009 to 2018.pdfChapter One - ETFO's Second Decade 2009 to 20182018-08-17 12:00 AM4024 KB
It's Elementary - 2008 Edition.pdfIt's Elementary - 2008 Edition2018-12-04 12:00 AM8991 KB
It's Elementary - 2018 Edition.pdfIt's Elementary - 2018 Edition2018-12-04 12:00 AM11755 KB
Chapter One - ETFO's Second Decade 2009 to 2018.docxChapter One - ETFO's Second Decade 2009 to 20182018-08-17 12:00 AM67 KB