Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is a national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations that represent nearly 232,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.
CTF speaks out whenever the interests of teachers and students are at stake. We liaise with federal departments and organizations whose work affects education, children and youth; we strive to keep private interests out of public schools; and we work hard to educate governments and citizens about the potential for harm to public interests in international trade agreements.
CTF supports teachers in the collective bargaining process. When Member organizations head into negotiations, we provide information from across the country on teacher salaries, pensions, and the full spectrum of benefits. Our research on education issues like workload, demographics, testing, and funding helps our Member organizations provide stronger representation for teachers. CTF support places teacher negotiators among the most effective and respected in the country.
CTF advances teacher interests by holding seminars and conferences on educational issues. As a national clearinghouse for education research, we provide data collection, analyses, and reporting on trends and issues in education to teacher organizations.
CTF offers teacher opportunities or international exchange and volunteer service to colleagues in developing nations through Project Overseas. Since 1962, Canadian teachers have been volunteering their time and expertise to improve teaching performance and school management in over 50 countries of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. CTF sponsors many other programs of direct support for teachers and teacher organizations in developing countries.
CTF assists all teacher organizations across Canada in difficult times. In Quebec, British Columbia, Ontario and the Northwest Territories, the CTF Defence Fund and the collective solidarity of 232,000 teachers have been mobilized to assist and support teachers in their struggles. Teacher solidarity benefits not only teachers but also students, parents, and public education overall.
CTF gives teachers:
- Increased influence with government
- Better salaries and working conditions
- Professional development opportunities
- Service opportunities
- Direct protection in hard times