December 05, 2016
OTTAWA – In a December 1st letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation urged him and the Premiers to focus on child and youth mental health at their First Ministers’ Meeting on December 9, 2016, in Ottawa. Child and youth mental health has been identified as a top priority by Canadian teachers from across Canada.
November 16, 2016
Ottawa (Ontario) – The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) are proud to launch a new teacher resource that aims to educate students across the country about residential schools and set them on the path to reconciliation.
November 15, 2016
OTTAWA – Leaders of 17 provincial and territorial teacher organizations are pleased that clauses and provisions in signed collective agreements cannot be removed at the whim of legislative powers as a result of a landmark decision rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) on November 10.
November 10, 2016
Ottawa – Today’s Supreme Court of Canada landmark decision is not only a victory for students of British Columbia, but it is also an important decision for all students and teachers in the country, according to the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF). The decision restores class size, class composition and specialist teacher ratios that were stripped from teachers’ contracts in 2002.
October 31, 2016
OTTAWA – The 11th annual Media Literacy Week kicked off today in Ottawa with students from across Canada coming together to learn new digital media production skills. The event, held at the Canadian Museum of Nature, was hosted by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), with opening comments by the Honourable Patty Hajdu. Minister of Status of Women.
October 25, 2016
Teachers, apply today for Imagineaction funding to involve your students in Media Literacy Week 2016!
October 14, 2016
OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to release a new teacher resource entitled Truth and Reconciliation: What is it about?, a classroom discussion booklet developed by CTF and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The booklet is now available through CTF’s Publications Catalogue.
October 12, 2016
A new study released Oct. 5 by Education International (EI) reveals how profits come before students and how legal standards in education have been disregarded by an edu-business operating in Uganda.
October 07, 2016
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to announce that the Dominica Association of Teachers is the 2016 recipient of the CTF Norm Goble World Teachers’ Day Award. This award is granted annually to a CTF partner organization for its World Teachers’ Day (WTD) activities. 2014 was the first year for this award.
October 05, 2016
OTTAWA – Unions representing half a million Canadian educators are urging the President of the Republic of Turkey to cease the systemic persecution of education and public sector workers since the failed coup this summer.
October 03, 2016
OTTAWA – Teachers, educators and professors will hold a rally on Oct. 5, World Teachers’ Day, across the street from the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, to protest against the suspension of over 28,000 education workers and tens of thousands of other public sector workers since the failed coup this summer.
September 30, 2016

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to release a discussion booklet for Grades 5-12 titled — Mental Health Stigma: Challenging it Together! The booklet was developed to help teachers open up classroom discussions on mental health stigma to increase students’ comfort level when talking about mental health.

July 21, 2016
OTTAWA – The suspension of 15,200 teachers, the license revocation of 21,000 private school teachers, and the forced resignation of 1,500 university deans throughout Turkey are in violation of several international conventions and recommendations pertaining to the education sector.
July 15, 2016
MONTRÉAL – Delegates attending the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) Annual General Meeting in Montréal have elected today Mark Ramsankar, of The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), as the new President-Designate. Ramsankar will take over the presidency at the end of CTF President Heather Smith’s term in July 2017.
July 14, 2016
MONTRÉAL – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) presents today its three awards to four meritorious recipients: the Special Recognition Award, the Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award and the Public Education Advocacy Award at its Annual General Meeting currently underway in Montréal.
July 14, 2016
MONTRÉAL – Delegates attending the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) unanimously approved yesterday the return of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) as a CTF Member. The 31,000 BCTF members unite with their 200,000 counterparts from coast to coast to coast and form a stronger and united national body of teachers.
July 12, 2016
OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will hold its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Montréal, July 13-15, 2016, at Le Westin Montréal. The theme of the AGM will be “Public Education: Wellness in our Schools”, flowing from that of the Canadian Forum on Public Education which will take place just before the AGM.
July 08, 2016
OTTAWA – The Canadian Forum on Public Education will gather over 160 educators, mental health advocates, school counsellors and psychotherapists, school board and government representatives to examine the wellbeing of Canadian schools July 11-12 in Montréal.
June 29, 2016

Ottawa – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will be sending 54 teachers to 11 African and Caribbean countries to work with teacher colleagues in those countries as part of its Project Overseas (PO) program which marks its 55th anniversary this summer.

June 24, 2016
Ahead of the North American Leaders’ Summit, the CTF has written to Prime Minister Trudeau asking that he address human rights violations characterized by violent suppression of legitimate protest by encouraging dialogue at the national and local levels so that the voice of teachers is heard and listened to.
June 21, 2016

OTTAWA – A pan-Canadian survey of nearly 1,900 teachers reveals a high need for quality information and education resources on Aboriginal language and culture in elementary and secondary classrooms across the country. The majority of all teachers surveyed report three of four examined resources in their school pertaining to the integration of Aboriginal content and perspectives into the curriculum are either barely sufficient or insufficient.

June 07, 2016
OTTAWA–The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is appalled a Canadian researcher was arrested and questioned by Ugandan police over two days because of false accusations made by an edu-business operating in that country.
May 17, 2016

OTTAWA – On this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to release a new resource guide entitled Sexual and Gender Minorities in Canadian Education and Society 1969-2013 – A National Handbook for K-12 Educators.

May 06, 2016

OTTAWA – Join us for the 2016 Canadian Forum on Public Education — Wellness in our school: Time to act! organized by the Canadian Teacher’s Federation (CTF) July 11‑12 in Montreal. The forum will provide an overview and generate deep discussions on wellness in Canadian schools from a variety of perspectives within the education community and mental health professionals.

May 04, 2016

The Canadian Red Cross has established an emergency fund to support families affected by the devastating fires in Fort McMurray where 29,000 residents have been forced to flee for their safety.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association has urged its members to donate to the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation echoes this appeal to all its Member organizations.

Here’s the link to the Red Cross

Heather Smith

Cassandra Hallett DaSilva
Secretary General

April 28, 2016

OTTAWA – MediaSmarts, Canada’s leading centre for digital and media literacy and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF), today announced this year’s theme for Media Literacy Week, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, will focus on hands-on media creation for children and teens.

April 25, 2016
Educators and supporters of public education are invited to join a global social media campaign in support of publicly funded education and to pressure Pearson to change its business practices.
April 21, 2016

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to launch today a new tool for early childhood education in Francophone minority settings. The launch takes place during the meeting of Tripartite Committee coordinated by the Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones (FNCSF), April 20-21 in Montréal.

April 19, 2016

OTTAWA – For the first time in its history, a sitting Prime Minister has addressed the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) Board of Directors in Ottawa. The CTF teacher leaders of 16 teacher organizations from across Canada welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to their meeting at their national office today, on his six-month anniversary of being elected to power.

April 05, 2016
As part of its ongoing study Young Canadians in a Wired World, MediaSmarts, Canada's centre for digital and media literacy, partnered with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and its Member organizations to survey online more than 4,000 teachers across Canada about technology use in their classrooms. The findings, released in the report Connected to Learn: Teachers' Experiences with Networked Technologies in the Classroom, show a high adoption of various technologies in Canadian classrooms, while highlighting the challenges and barriers for teachers and students alike.
March 22, 2016
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is optimistic about several initiatives included in today's federal budget that spell out more investment in families, children and youth.
“The federal budget is a welcome signal of support, providing some relief for low-income Canadian families,” says CTF President Heather Smith.
March 16, 2016

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is part of the Education International delegation and Global Trade Union Women delegation at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York which started March 14.

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March 14, 2016
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is seeking an educational leader to join its team in the pivotal role of Deputy Secretary General. Collaborating with and reporting to the CTF Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General is a key member of the CTF leadership team.
February 29, 2016

WINNIPEG – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and The Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS) are pleased to announce the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women Canada will speak this evening at the CTF/MTS Women’s Symposium in Winnipeg.

February 23, 2016
About 100 participants from across the country representing teacher organizations, educators, Indigenous women, labour and women’s groups will gather in Winnipeg to explore Social Justice Education at the Heart of Women’s Rights, Feb. 28 to March 1, 2016.
February 02, 2016
Canadian organizations representing 468,000 educators at all levels as well as support and professional staff in the education system are adding their voices to the global teacher unions’ call to their governments to carve out education from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Education International (EI) affiliate organizations in the 12 countries involved - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam - have written their governments demanding to carve education from the deal.
January 08, 2016
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and the Direction des ressources éducatives françaises (DREF) of the Manitoba Department of Education are proud to launch a new teacher resource designed to help students in French-language schools in minority settings to improve their oral proficiency.