COPA is a recognized centre of excellence in the field of violence prevention through the promotion of equity and social inclusion. Over 120,000 children, youth and adults have received at least one of COPA's unique and effective school-based assault prevention programs. COPA is a Francophone non-profit organization, working in both French and in English. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary!
COPA provides a wide range of multimedia educational resources, training, professional development, network building and consultation throughout the province in response to requests from schools, boards and communities.
COPA’s unique approach is based on individual and collective empowerment. It is supported by an analysis founded on principles of equity and inclusion to effect positive social change. COPA works to recognize human rights, especially those of children and other marginalized groups.
COPA works with provincial and local organizations and institutions across Ontario, such as school boards, parent groups and teachers’ unions, women’s groups, cultural and community centres, health centres and settlement agencies.
At COPA we believe that every child has the right to be safe, strong and free. We hope that the site supports you to make that true for all children.
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Founded by the Teaching Profession Act of 1944, the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) is the professional organization representing teachers in Ontario. It is made up of four affiliated groups, sometimes referred to as "professional associations" or "teacher unions":
- L'Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens
AEFO represents all teachers who work in the French language (also known as "francophone") publicly funded schools in Ontario.
- The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
ETFO represents all teachers who work in the public elementary English language schools in Ontario.
- The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
OECTA represents all teachers who work in the Catholic English language schools in Ontario.
- The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
OSSTF represents all teachers who work in the public secondary English language schools in Ontario.
All teachers who work in Ontario's publicly-funded school system belong to one of these four organizations as well as OTF.
OTF's responsibilities include promoting and advancing the cause of public education, raising the status of the teaching profession and promoting and advancing the interests of teachers. OTF also represents teachers and all other members of the Teachers' Pension Plan in the administration of the Plan and management of the pension fund, and acts as the link between teachers and the Ontario Ministry of Education. OTF's affiliates are responsible for negotiating teachers' salaries and benefits, protecting teachers' working rights and ensuring that all demands on teachers are made fairly.
The Safe@School project is funded entirely by the Ontario Ministry of Education.