Feb. 1, 2021


Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario Supports Temporary Teacher Certification  

TORONTO: The Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO) welcomes the Ontario College of Teachers' (OCT) initiative to begin issuing temporary certification for qualified Faculty of Education students to help relieve teacher shortages in Ontario’s schools. To address labour needs and high rates of staff absenteeism, the Ministry of Education has worked with OCT to introduce a new temporary certificate. This will allow school boards to employ eligible teacher candidates when there are no Occasional Teachers available from their current lists.  

Since the beginning of the pandemic, teacher shortages across the province have placed additional pressures on the Principals and Vice-Principals who are responsible for the safe operation of our schools. In order to support a safe and supportive learning environment, CPCO has been advocating for a program that responsibly recognizes the ability of qualified Faculty of Education students to enter the classroom and support our students. 

“In many regions of our province, teacher shortages are at critical levels and, more than ever, we need additional teachers to support our students during this extraordinary time,” said Blaine MacDougall, CPCO President. “By creating a pathway for qualified Faculty of Education students to enter the classroom, this announcement provides much-needed support to our administrators and ensures that every student receives uninterrupted learning opportunities on a daily basis.”  

CPCO will continue working with its partners to advance constructive solutions that support administrators in their efforts to create a safe learning and working environment. 

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CPCO represents 2,100 Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals, who lead over 1,300 schools in 29 Catholic district school boards in Ontario.  

For more information, please contact: 

Hannah Yakobi
Marketing & Communications Manager
Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO)
416-948-2726 (cell)