The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is the professional and protective organization representing 83,000 teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals employed in Ontario’s public elementary schools. All public elementary teachers in Ontario are active members of ETFO provincially, and are also members of one of 76 ETFO locals across the province.
ETFO is a catalyst for promoting dialogue and action on equity and social justice in classrooms, schools and communities. Along with professional resources and training on human rights issues to assist members in building inclusive classrooms, ETFO publicly promotes social justice causes and supports coalitions and grassroots groups with similar aims. Its overseas programs advance education interests and the rights all people, especially women and girls.
When ETFO collectively bargains to address member working conditions, our efforts also directly improve student learning conditions, particularly with issues like class size and more supports for students with special needs. ETFO’s Building Better Schools education agenda, community outreach initiatives and government advocacy continue to address the challenges that our members, students and school communities face.
As the largest teacher union in Canada, ETFO actively supports and works with its sister teacher federations, the Ontario Federation of Labour and Canadian Labour Congress to promote union and workers' rights and to advance a social justice agenda. That includes advocating for progressive policies to counter income inequality as well as promoting strong public services.
ETFO's locals and members have a tremendous impact on students and schools. The Federation provides professional learning/curriculum support, equity training and professional relations services to enhance members' working lives and uphold their collective bargaining rights. Locals are key to maintaining productive relationships between members, school administrators and school boards. ETFO provides training, resources and mentoring to foster strong local leadership and strengthen organizational capabilities.