Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham


Professional Development Opportunity

Register by clicking the link: Registration Link

2020 – 2021 General and Special Meetings

All general meetings will be virtual, until further notice. Invitations to attend will be sent to teachers on our Member Contact List.

Date  Description 
 Tuesday, 6 Oct 2020  2020 OTBU Annual Meeting - Dinner
 Tuesday, 3 Nov 2020  General Meeting
 Tuesday, 8 Dec 2020  Holiday Extravaganza – Festive Dinner   
 Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021  Snack n Chat – Information Night  
 Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021  General Meeting
 Tuesday, 2 Mar 2021  General Meeting
 Tuesday, 13 April 2021  General Meeting CANCELLED
 Thursday, 6 May 2021  D13 District Annual Meeting – Dinner
 Thursday, 27 May 2021  2021 OTBU Annual Meeting – Dinner 

Member Contact List

Receive up to the minute information by adding your name to our Member Contact List.

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

Benefits Plan Options

OTBU Members within an LTO or Extended Occasional assignment of 90 calendar days or more:

The recent Central agreement added a provision allowing OTBU members within an Extended or Long Term assignment of 90 calendar days to join the OSSTF benefits plan.  This provision will take affect after our Local Agreement has been negotiated and ratified.  For information regarding the Central plan, click here. Registration information to come.

Daily OTs:

If you do not qualify under the conditions above, Occasional Teachers who have worked at least 90 days in the secondary panel in the prior school year will be given the opportunity to participate in the Pay-In-Lieu of Benefits Agreement for the subsequent year.  For information regarding the Pay- In- Lieu Agreement, click here.

Benefits questions can be directed to District 13 Benefits Officer, Nicole Bléau at nicole.bleau@d13.osstf.ca.

2020 District Annual Meeting

The District Annual Meeting will be held on November 30, 2020. Information about this years' District Annual Meeting can be found on the home page.

Benevolent Council

Benevolent Council exists for the purpose of providing assistance to active members who find themselves in extreme financial need due to: (a) prolonged illness; (b) accident; or (c) extreme emergency.

More details can be found on the Benevolent Council page under the useful information menu on the District 13 OSSTF website. 

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

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.

How to maintain your position on the Secondary Occasional Teacher Roster

Towards the end of each school year, the Board reviews the Roster to ensure that teachers are eligible to remain in the coming year. In addition to remaining a member in good standing of the OCT, there are three conditions that each teacher must meet in order to maintain their position on the DDSB Secondary Occasional Teacher Roster.

Minimum Number of Days Worked

The minimum number of days worked in a secondary school is five days per year. The names of all teachers who fail to meet the minimum required number of days will be removed from the Roster in July. 

     Supply Renewal Forms

The Supply Status form can be found on the DDSB Employee Self Serve Portal and is usually active as of May 30th.  Failure to return the form by the June 30th deadline will result in removal from the Roster.

     Offence Declaration

The Offence Declaration will also be available on the Employee Self Serve Portal, usually by May 30th. Failure to complete the declaration by the September 15th deadline will result in removal from the 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 DDSB Spark using 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.


Regulation 274 Updates

Effective October 29, 2020, Regulation 274 has been revoked. Hiring practices will be per the DDSB's Hiring Policies and Practices.

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.


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