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Ontario College of Teachers

Ontario College of Teachers

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416-961-8800

The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) is the governing body for teachers in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a teacher in this province.

 2019

2019

Teachers - FairRegistrationPracticesReport2019.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2019
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received4,3783522461,10006,076
Applicants who became members4,51431315654205,525

 2018

2018

Teacher-Fair_Registration_Practices_Report_2018.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2018
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received4,9974392591,05306,748
Applicants who became members4,68233317247005,657

 2017

2017

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2017
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received4,65136523874806,002
Applicants who became members4,38839523853105,552

 2016

2016

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2016
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received3,03743320966604,345
Applicants who became members2,59737519543303,600

 2015

2015

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received7,38140835779308,939
Applicants who became members10,686352454909012,401

 2014

2014

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,225385451874010,935
Applicants who became members8,31934147162509,756

 2013

2013

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,627413560931010,531
Applicants who became members8,585314548683010,130

 2012

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,5874646841,048011,783
Applicants who became members8,130354712893010,089

 2011

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Report on Entry-to-Practice Review, 2011

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Teachers)

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,4924791,0241,339012,334
Applicants who became members9,2692891,0591,067011,684

 2010

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,4664941,3421,665012,967
Applicants who became members9,0804411,3781,258012,157

 2009

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009
Audit Report

In a July 2009 guide to help regulators conduct reviews of their entry-to-practice requirements, the OFC drew attention to certain promising practices of the OCT:

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,5873931,5691,717012,266
Applicants who became members8,9493461,6481,292012,235

 2008

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

In July 2008, the OCT invited the Fairness Commissioner to participate in a discussion about possible regulatory amendments to the college’s certification requirements. The proposed amendments included the consolidation of certificates, elimination of the requirement for one year of successful teaching experience as a condition of certification for teachers educated outside Ontario and the introduction of an orientation to the Ontario education system as a condition for certification. OFC staff attended the discussion, and the Commissioner provided the college with written feedback.

The Commissioner noted that the harmonization and simplification of registration practices are beneficial, and that bridging programs often provide valuable education and resources to internationally trained individuals. However, bridging programs that are compulsory for registration may create barriers if their costs are prohibitive or if they fail to recognize the qualifications of internationally trained individuals.

In August 2008, the college briefed the OFC on its proposed fair registration practices regulation. OFC staff offered feedback and expressed support for any initiative that would make registration practices fairer.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCT in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,5484851,8301,850013,713
Applicants who became members9,1644071,7441,456012,771

 2007

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the OCT to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Quick Facts

Number of Teachers234,053
Number of Internationally Trained Teachers38,539

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2019

Ontario184,292
Other Canadian Provinces11,222
USA21,803
Other International16,736
Unknown0
Total234,053
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)16%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Teachers, 2019

Largest NumberIndia
Second Largest NumberU.K.
Third Largest NumberJamaica
Fourth Largest NumberNew Zealand
Fifth Largest NumberAustralia
Number of Applicants616

The Ontario College of Teachers falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the OCT for further information about your ability to practise as a teacher in Ontario.

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