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Ontario College of Teachers

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The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) is the governing body for teachers in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a teacher in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2013

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2015

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2015

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received7,38140835779308,939
Applicants who became members10,686352454909012,401

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,225385451874010,935
Applicants who became members8,31934147162509,756

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,627413560931010,531
Applicants who became members8,585314548683010,130

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,5874646841,048011,783
Applicants who became members8,130354712893010,089

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Teachers)

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,4924791,0241,339012,334
Applicants who became members9,2692891,0591,067011,684

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,4664941,3421,665012,967
Applicants who became members9,0804411,3781,258012,157

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009
Audit Report

In a July 2009 guide to help regulators conduct reviews of their entry-to-practice requirements, the OFC drew attention to certain promising practices of the OCT:

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,5873931,5691,717012,266
Applicants who became members8,9493461,6481,292012,235

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

In July 2008, the OCT invited the Fairness Commissioner to participate in a discussion about possible regulatory amendments to the college’s certification requirements. The proposed amendments included the consolidation of certificates, elimination of the requirement for one year of successful teaching experience as a condition of certification for teachers educated outside Ontario and the introduction of an orientation to the Ontario education system as a condition for certification. OFC staff attended the discussion, and the Commissioner provided the college with written feedback.

The Commissioner noted that the harmonization and simplification of registration practices are beneficial, and that bridging programs often provide valuable education and resources to internationally trained individuals. However, bridging programs that are compulsory for registration may create barriers if their costs are prohibitive or if they fail to recognize the qualifications of internationally trained individuals.

In August 2008, the college briefed the OFC on its proposed fair registration practices regulation. OFC staff offered feedback and expressed support for any initiative that would make registration practices fairer.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,5484851,8301,850013,713
Applicants who became members9,1644071,7441,456012,771

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the OCT to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the Ontario College of Teachers are listed below.

  1. Measuring clarity of registration information

    This practice offers an approach to measuring clarity...

  2. Monitoring fairness in third-party language proficiency assessments

    This practice provides an approach to monitoring transparency...

  3. Providing an acceptable alternative to structured practical training

    This practice describes an approach to providing alternatives...

  4. Providing comprehensive resources about required documentation

    This practice offers applicants an array of resources...


Quick Facts

Number of Teachers243,204
Number of Internationally Trained Teachers39,011

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2015

Ontario192,166
Other Canadian Provinces12,027
USA22,313
Other International16,698
Unknown0
Total243,204
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)16%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Teachers, 2015

Largest NumberIndia
Second Largest NumberAustralia
Third Largest NumberU.K.
Fourth Largest NumberPakistan
Fifth Largest NumberJamaica
Number of Applicants460

The Ontario College of Teachers falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the OCT for further information about your ability to practise as a teacher in Ontario.

Action

Effective September 2015, the Government of Ontario is lengthening teacher certification programs from one year to two.

Following the OFC's advice, the Ontario College of Teachers developed and implemented a communication plan to explain the resulting changes in its registration requirements and processes. The communication plan helps to ensure that this transition does not take applicants by surprise.

July 2013