1. How do I contact the PEOT office?
  2. When does EasyConnect start calling?
  3. Can I be requested for a specific assignment?
  4. How do I get on the Priority List?
  5. What is the current rate of pay?
  6. What is the salary grid for teachers?
  7. When and how do I get benefits?
  8. What happens if my job changes when I arrive at the school?
  9. What do I do if my planning time is removed?
  10. What should I be doing on my planning time?
  11. How do I get a QECO rating?
  12. When are my OCT fees due?
  13. How do I pay my OCT fees?
  14. What do I do if contacted by the Children’s Aid Society or the Police?
  15. What do I do if the principal wants me to meet with parents that is not interview related?
  16. What about mandatory retirement?
  17. What is Sabrina’s Law?
  18. What is the difference between a Criminal Record Check and an Offence Declaration?
  19. How do I apply for EI?
  20. When should I use my board email?
  21. Who can I contact for counseling services?
  22. What social media platforms is PEOT using?
  23. Can I accept a job offer and then change my mind to accept another one?
  24. How do I get my Part 2 or Specialist AQ approved?
  25. I just started an LTO, who will write the report cards?
  26. Excess Teachers – How does this work?

1. How do I contact the PEOT office?

Visit us at: 5805 Whittle Road, Unit# 103, Mississauga ON L4Z 2J1
Phone us: 1-877-877-9937, (905) 568-9937
Fax us: (905) 568-1627
E-mail us: info@peot.ca

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2. When does EasyConnect start calling?

The system calls out each evening (except Fridays and Saturdays) between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and each morning (except Saturdays and Sundays) after 6:00 a.m.  On Sundays, the system calls out between 1:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. You may sign into EasyConnect 24 hours a day, seven days a week to see if there are jobs available on the job board for you to accept. Please note that EC does not call you when a job is cancelled, but you will receive an email message.  You should check your email confirmations for a cancellation notice before going to the school.

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3. Can I be requested for a specific assignment?

A person entering an absence can put in an absence as a Manual Fill within EasyConnect.  EasyConnect will not call you but you should receive an email confirmation of your job assignment.  It is best if a person pre-arranges this with you so that you are aware.  Another method is to use, First Contact.  In this case EasyConnect will call you first for the assignment before it moves on to other OTs.

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4. How do I get on the Priority List?

Unlike PAM in the past, EasyConnect does not call out using priority lists.  However, schools may still maintain their own lists of Occasional Teachers they may request for job assignments.  You can speak to the office manager or Admin about being on their list of OTs to call.

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5. What is the current daily rate of pay?

The current rate of pay, as of September 1, 2020, is $246.00, and is based on the teacher’s A1 zero year’s experience grid rate. Take the A1 zero rate and divide by 194 for your daily rate.

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6. What is the salary grid for teachers?

Salary Grid as of August 31 2019

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7. When and how do I get benefits?

OTs who are doing daily work are not eligible for paid benefits but may wish to join OTIP’s Occasional and Casual Members’ (OCM) Benefits plan and pay the premiums themselves. Contact OTIP at 1-866-783-6847 for more information.
OTs who are in an LTO which is known to be longer than 58 teaching days are eligible for enrollment into ETFO’s Employee Life and Health Trust (ELHT) through OTIP.  The Board will send your LTO information to OTIP who will in turn send you an email with your enrollment information.  All questions should be directed to either OTIP at 1-866- 783-6847 or ETFO ELHT support at 416-962-3836.  Daily OTs are not eligible for enrollment in the ELHT.

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8. What happens if my job changes when I arrive at the school?

The job that you accepted through the PAM system – for a particular teacher, grade or subject – is your job and you have the job number to prove it. What happens if you are told when you get to the school that your job has changed depends on many factors. If you are comfortable with the new assignment and wish to do it you may go ahead. However, if you feel uncomfortable or for any reason do not wish to do the new assignment you do not have to do it. Speak to the principal, explain why you do not wish to take the new assignment – for example, you may be unprepared for an assignment that means you will spend much of the day outside – and ask that the original job be reassigned to you. If you and the principal cannot work something out you may leave the school without working, but in that case you will not be paid for the day. You may, of course, phone into the PAM Help Desk and see if there is another job in a nearby school that you can accept.

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9. What do I do if my planning time is removed?

The only time that a principal should be removing your planning time is when there is an insufficient number of OTs in the school to cover the number of teachers absent. In that case a principal may ask you to give up a planning time or part of a planning time to assist the other teachers in the school in covering a class.
If a planning time is removed for any other reason you should discuss it with the principal and point out that according to our current Collective Agreement planning time is not to be removed. If the principal insists, then do what you have been asked to do under protest and call the PEOT Local immediately.

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10. What should I be doing on my planning time?

When you have a planning time during the day, it is not a break but a time for you to do the work that the classroom teacher would have done. If they ask you to mark, you mark. If they ask you to prepare something, you prepare. You are there to ensure that the curriculum of the teacher you are replacing continues. You do not leave the school no matter when the planning time is. If the request in the planning time seems ‘odd’ (covering another class) double check other day plans to see if the instructions are consistent with the previous week. Otherwise, you do go against your Collective Agreement.

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11. How do I get a QECO rating?

Call or email QECO (see Important links on our web). You have 5 months from the beginning of an LTO to have your QECO rating upgraded in order to receive retroactive pay.

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12. When are my OCT fees due?

OCT fees are due January 1st of each year. The fees must be paid by April 15th each year or your certificate to teach will be suspended and it will cost you extra money to be reinstated. 

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13. How do I pay my OCT fees?

If you are in an LTO, the board will deduct your fees automatically.  If you are doing daily work, you must ensure you pay your fees by April 15th.

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14. What do I do if contacted by the Children’s Aid Society or the Police?

If you are asked to speak to the CAS about an incident you should state that you are willing to co-operate but you are not able to meet or to give a statement until you have had a chance to consult with your union. You should contact your Local office or the Professional Relations Services at ETFO immediately. PRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week 1 -888-838-3836.

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15. What do I do if the principal wants me to meet with parents that is not interview related?

You need to say that you are willing to co-operate but that you need to contact your union first. Telephone your Local office immediately and arrange a convenient time for you to meet with the principal, the parents and your union representative present.

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16. What about mandatory retirement?

The bill on ending mandatory retirement has received royal assent, which means that retiring at 65 years of age is no longer mandatory (Bill 211). The legislation does not take effect until December 12, 2006. Note, the law does not prevent employers from discontinuing access to benefits at age 65.

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17. What is Sabrina’s Law?

Sabrina’s Law was initiated from the death of a child, named Sabrina, who died from an anaphylactic reaction. The government has now mandated every Board to provide training to every employee in contact with children. This law came into effect January 1, 2006.

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18. What is the difference between a Criminal Record Check and an Offence Declaration?

A Criminal Record Check contains an individual’s personal criminal history and is prepared by police using national data from the Canadian Police Information Centre.
An Offence Declaration is a written declaration signed by an employee listing all of the individuals convictions for offences under the Criminal Code, Canada, up to the date of the declaration. Offence Declarations are required on an annual basis and every time an employee transfers from one location to another
If you have any questions about this process, please contact

Janet Stretton,
Criminal Record Check Assistant, at 905 890 1010, extension 2488 or

Lisa Cruickshank, Employee Relations Officer, Criminal Record Checks, Professional Certification, extension 2408.

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19. How do I apply for EI?

In the summer and during the breaks you can apply for EI online at Service Canada.  The Board automatically forwards your Record of Employment (ROE) to Service Canada.  EI has been denying those on long term assignments in recent years.

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20. When should I use my board email?

Your board email is your business email and is the email the board (your employer) will use to communicate with you (its employees).  When you are contacting the union with a question, you are not communicating with your employer, therefore, you should NOT be using your board email, ESPECIALLY, if your question is of a personal nature or you have an issue with the board.   Also, when you are sending an email, please do not use the released officers’ board emails either.  We all have a PEOT email and those should be used when communicating with the local. 

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21. Who can I contact for counseling services?

There are a variety of services available to you as OTs.  The Board’s HOMEWOOD HEALTH has free counselling and advice on various life issues such stress, financial, and mental well being.  Please call 1-800-663-1142 if you need any kind of counselling.  Their website is www.homeweb.ca it is all confidential.

Children and teens can also reach out to counsellors at Kids Help Phone who are available 24/7 via phone, text, or online chat.  www.kidshelpphone.ca  also has several online resources you can access. You can access their services by calling 1-800-668-6868 or by texting CONNECT to 686868.

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22. What social media platforms is PEOT using?

Please follow us at peot_local on Instragram.  You must provide your name as listed with the board in your request to confirm you are an active member with PEOT.  Updates are also posted on FB.   Seach for the handle peotlocal and request to be added.  Again, if your FB name is not what the board has, please send your proper name through FB message.

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23. Can I accept a job offer and then change my mind to accept another one?

When you accept a job offer verbally, it is binding. If you accept a job offer, the board will not allow you accept another offer later that day or within the next few days since they consider you unavailable since you are already in an assignment.

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24. How do I get my Part 2 or Specialist AQ approved?

If you are planning on taking Part 2 of an AQ course or the Specialist, please send your AQ forms (if a signature is required)  to Pauline Holman at Pauline.holman@peelsb.com .  She will verify your experience and then get a superintendent to sign it.

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25. I just started an LTO, who will write the report cards?

You are in an LTO because the permanent teacher is off on a leave.  This makes you the classroom teacher and you will be responsible for the report cards.  The teacher should have left you their assessment data for you to use.  Questions may be directed to your Administration.

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26. Excess Teachers – How does this work?

It is all dependent on the permanent teacher’s seniority, not the LTO teacher’s.  This process is part of the Peel Teacher Local agreement with the board.  Once teachers are declared excess to a school, they are notified by the principal. IF there are positions within the board they (by seniority order) are usually given a choice of where they want to teach. When they choose the new assignment, the LTO is notified and asked if they want to continue in this assignment.  The LTO can say yes or no.  If the answer is no, then the person is out of an LTO and has to apply for others.  If yes, they are moved to the teacher’s new assigment to continue.  This whole process has nothing to do with the LTO, other than saying yes you want to stay in the LTO or no you don’t want the LTO. 

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