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Salary Expectations

Teacher salaries in Ontario, as elsewhere in Canada, are generally based on a combination of years of post-secondary education and years of experience. Additional allowances are paid to teachers with administrative responsibilities, such as department heads in secondary schools.

In Ontario, teachers’ salaries are determined by each school board through negotiation with the local teachers' federation. If you have been employed as an elementary teacher in a school board, you will need to contact the Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) to determine where you fall on the salary grid. If you are employed in a public secondary school, this evaluation is done by the Certification Department of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF Certification).

Consideration of your post-secondary education for salary purposes will include any post-secondary education you have undertaken, as well as your initial teacher training and any additional teaching qualifications you may have acquired.

In addition to salary, teachers’ collective agreements provide for a number of employment benefits including:

  • Compassionate leave
  • Supplementary medical insurance
  • Cumulative sick leave
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Maternity leave
  • Retirement gratuities
  • Sabbatical and study leave
  • Life insurance
  • Dental insurance