• To be a visible national voice for teachers
  • To act as a strong advocate for public education
  • To bring public attention to the need for all members of school communities to work, learn and live in a safe and healthy environment
  • To focus public and professional attention on necessary conditions for teaching and learning
  • To advocate for social justice issues

Canada's copyright law has become clearer and easier for teachers and students to follow. As a result of federal copyright legislation passed by the House of Commons in June 2012 and a Supreme Court decision brought down in July 2012, rules have been set for the educational use of both publicly available and copyright protected materials

Teachers should know that the copyright law has changed with respect to what can be used in class lessons. Although these changes offer greater latitude to use copyright-protected works, the education community must be aware of the details and parameter of the new copyright law to avoid the risk of copyright infringement.

For more than a decade CTF has been part of an Education Coalition of national education organizations, advocating for the rights of teachers and students in the federal government’s copyright reform process. The CTF works closely with Education Coalition partners to develop educational materials for teachers on matters relating to education and copyright.

To help educators determine whether copying requires copyright permission or is permitted without permission because it falls within the Fair Dealing Guidelines, an on-line tool developed by the Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) is now available:

Copyright Decision Tool

Teachers should know the Fair Dealing Guidelines and understand the extent of “a short excerpt.” All educators should have a copy of Copyright Matters!, a helpful handbook to explain education and copyright issues.