Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham


Information for OTBU Members during the COVID-19 School Closure

OTBU Update - March 27, 2020

This update includes the following items and the full message can be viewed by clicking here.

1. Salaries for the March 13 to April 5 school closure period
2. Salaries for the period beyond April 5th
3. Supporting Students for the duration of the shutdown
4. Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Announcement

This update includes information regarding the CERB and the full update can be viewed by clicking here.
OTBU Update - March 31, 2020

This update includes the items listed below and the full update can be viewed by clicking here.

1.  This Afternoon’s Announcement by the Minister
2.  How to Access the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
3.  Access to Strike Pay
4.  This month’s issue of INPRINT 13
5.  District 13 President’s Memo

OTBU Update April 1, 2020

This update includes the items listed below and the full update can be viewed by clicking here.

1. Expectations for Remote Learning Next Week
2. Communication with Students
3. Role of Department Heads
4. Video Conferencing with Students

2020 Annual Meeting

The OTBU Annual Meeting is usually held on the last Thursday in May.  Active members are invited to this annual dinner meeting to review and revise the Bargaining Unit's Constitution and to elect our Executive Officers.

The Annual Meeting for 2020 will be held on Thursday, May 28th. For more information regarding the OTBU Annual Meeting, visit the Annual Meeting link located on the District 13 OSSTF website located under the OTBU menu.

2020 District Annual Meeting

The District Annual Meeting will be held on May 7, 2020. Information about this years' District Annual Meeting can be found on the home page.

Pay Schedule

The Pay Schedule for Secondary Occasional Teachers can be found at this link.

Contact Us

Email: avril.burns@d13.osstf.ca
Phone: 905-668-7100
Board Courier: D13 OTBU, 601 Palace St., Whitby, ON

Member Contact List

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Send a message from your personal email to avril.burns@d13.osstf.ca, and put "Subscribe" in the subject line.

General Meetings

General meetings for next year are scheduled for the following dates:
1 October 2019, 
4 February 2020, 7 April 2020, 5 May 2020

Employment Insurance for Occasional Teachers 

The number of hours required to qualify for employment insurance varies according to the unemployment rate in a region. Similarly, the number of hours accumulated determines the eligible number of weeks of EI Benefits.  We reached an agreement with the Board during the last round of bargaining that the Board will continue to report each teaching day as 8 hours, whether day to day, extended, or LTO.  Click here to use the EI postal code search tool to confirm the number of hours required in each area.

Reference codes are not being issued this year. Please complete your application without using a reference code. More information can be found by clicking here.

School Boards send ROEs (Record of Employment) directly to EI for all teachers. Teachers can see them by logging onto their Service Canada account. They will be transferred after the last OT pay of the year, the third week in July.  They are all transferred at the same time regardless of when your last day worked was.

Click here to review the information on Service Canada's EI main page before beginning an EI application.  For help and information, visit your local Service Canada office, or contact them at 1-800-206-7218.

Click here to go to the online EI Application site.


Supply Renewal Forms

The annual Supply Status form, whereby you indicate your desire to remain active on the supply list for next school year, is now available in Employee Self Serve.  The deadline to submit the Supply Status Form is June 30th.  Failure to return the form on time will result in removal from the Occasional Teachers' Roster.

Offence Declaration

Your annual Offence Declaration will also be completed through Employee Self Serve. You  have until September 15th to complete the declaration, but complete it  as soon as possible to ensure that your name is not removed from the Occasional Teachers' Roster.



Occasional teachers working their first two LTO contracts of 97 consecutive days are eligible to participate in the New Teacher Induction Program.  This program offers access to professional development opportunities as well as a mentor. Information on the NTIP program can be found on the Staff Portal on the following pages:

In particular, look for the document titled NTIP Resource Handbook. Page 5 of this document includes a flowchart showing eligibility for NTIP. To access pages posted on the Portal you will need to login using your computer username and password.

Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit

The Occasional Teachers' Constitution can be found here.

The Occasional Teachers' Collective Agreement documents can be found here.


Benefits Plan

Occasional Teachers who have worked at least 90 days in the secondary panel this school year will be given the opportunity to participate in the new Pay-In-Lieu of Benefits Agreement.  For information regarding the new Pay- In- Lieu Agreement, click here.

Regulation 274 Updates

Click here for information regarding Regulation 274 including LTO interview debriefing instructions, hiring flowcharts, accessing posting information and Frequently Asked Questions.

DDSB Procedure 5127: Management Process for Risk-of-Injury (Ri) Behaviours

This newly published Board Procedure outlines the requirements and expectations for schools and staff regarding the management and documentation necessary for students with Risk-of-Injury (Ri) Behaviours.  Included within the document are requirements to notify occasional staff as well.  In particular, see section 8, Notification of RI Behaviours and Staff Absence.   The document can be found on the Board Portal.

School Information

The following information may be useful:

Bell times and pay dates

Area maps

Occasional Teachers and Incident Reporting

Access this resource for occasional teachers on how to report and respond to serious incidents.