Registrar’s Message

The year 2011 was one of great progress and innovation for the College and I am very proud to share with you a report on the activities of the College this past year.

College initiatives to support Ontario teachers throughout their careers and help them carry on their excellent work on behalf of Ontario students have advanced significantly this year.

Online activities

This online annual report provides a wealth of statistical information about Ontario Certified Teachers dating back to 1998.

You can access detailed information on Ontario teachers including key demographic data, teacher qualifications, and where and how Ontario teachers are educated.

Given the explosion in the use of electronic communication and social media - and because the use of e-communication is a reality in Ontario schools - it was time for the College to launch its Facebook page – which we did at the beginning of June.

This platform offers an exciting new way for us to communicate with members, the public and stakeholders, and to inform them about our activities and mandate.

On our Facebook site, you can learn more about the College’s activities, participate in discussions and interact with us and our Facebook followers.

Providing meaningful learning experiences to students can only be accomplished in a climate of care and compassion. We are proud of our members who know that a caring environment helps students feel comfortable, capable and curious. That’s why the College works to increase opportunities for our members to be heard and to communicate with us so that we can help them develop learning experiences for students that are relevant and inspiring.

Reviewing our practices

At the core of the College’s work is the protection of the public interest. At the heart of this interest is the welfare and the safety of Ontario students. It is essential that students are safe in the care of our members.

Nothing is more important.

That’s why the College regularly asks independent experts to review key aspects of the College’s practices to ensure that we continue to serve the public interest effectively and to inspire public confidence in the education system.

Our commitment to ongoing review and continuing improvement led us to commission the Honourable Patrick J. LeSage, former Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, to review our investigation and disciplinary procedures and outcomes, and our dispute resolution program.

The College has asked him to complete his review by May 31, 2012. His report will be made public by the College and we look forward to the recommendations and the opportunities they will provide for continuous improvement.

Supply and demand of teaching positions

Last summer, for the tenth consecutive year, the College surveyed teachers in their first five years in the profession. The Transition to Teaching study presents an in-depth look at the early careers of new members.

Our study, made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Education, is part of the College’s efforts to better understand the realities faced by our newest members.

The survey reveals that the job market is becoming increasingly tighter. More new teachers are unemployed in their first school year than ever before.

Many of those with jobs are underemployed and more are taking up alternate work, mainly as a stopgap measure while they stay committed to becoming established in their education careers.

Almost one in three education graduates of 2010 who looked for jobs in the 2010-11 school year said they had no success at all. They reported not even being able to find supply teaching days in their first school year as Ontario Certified teachers.

The effects of the weakening employment market are also now being felt by many new French-language teachers.

The unemployment picture is most serious for new teachers who are also new Canadians. Most are unemployed in their first year following Ontario certification. Three in four say they were in the job market and could find no teaching work at all, not even supply teaching.

The good news is that despite the slow start to their careers, most of those who participated in the survey plan to stay in teaching and expect they will be continuing with their teaching careers five years from now.

In fact, our latest results of our annual survey of members show just that.

Our survey – conducted in July – tells us that Ontario certified teachers are loyal to their profession and to practising in the province. Teachers indicate that they are committed in the longer term to the profession with over half of the respondents declaring their intention to teach in Ontario until they retire.

College Council

In October 2011, Jacques Tremblay, OCT, resigned from his duties as a Council member and Chair of the College’s Discipline Committee.

He first filled an elected position on Council in 2004 and was the French-Language Public Board – Elementary and Secondary representative.

Council appointed Monika Ferenczy, OCT, to fill the vacancy in the French-Language Public Board Elementary or Secondary position effective December 2.

Council also appointed Allyn Janicki, OCT, to fill the Southcentral region full-time position vacancy created by the resignation of Brent Hamelin in January.

I would like to close my report by expressing my appreciation to the College Council and employees for their work in regulating Ontario’s teaching profession in the public interest. Their dedication to excellence is a source of inspiration and motivation for me and their example guides my own pursuit of excellence. I thank them for their guidance and support.

Michael Salvatori
Michael Salvatori, OCT
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer