The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario was created on July 1, 1998 by the amalgamation of two predecessor organizations:

  • the Federation of Women Teachers’ Associations of Ontario (FWTAO), and
  • the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation (OPSTF).


Each year at the Provincial Annual Meeting the membership sets the organization’s priorities for the upcoming school year.


While the programs and services of ETFO are designed with these objects in mind, each year at the Annual Meeting the membership sets the priorities of ETFO for the upcoming school year.

    • To protect the local and provincial collective bargaining rights of all members.
    • To defend publicly-funded public education.
    • To serve the needs of the membership.
    • To provide for the professional development of members.
    • To advocate for social justice in the areas of peace, anti-poverty, non-violence, equity, and anti-racism.
    • To fight against anti-Black racism.
    • To advocate for the economic and labour rights of all workers.
    • To support international assistance and co-operation.
    • To advocate for the care and protection of the environment and actively engage in climate action.
    • To actively engage members in the Federation and labour movement.
    • To advocate for and protect the health and safety of members, both physically and psychologically.

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