About OECTA

Mission Statement

Recognizing our uniqueness as teachers in Catholic schools, we are an Association committed to the advancement of Catholic education. As teacher advocates, we provide professional services, support, protection and leadership.

Statement of Principles

We will:

  • Promote Catholic values
  • Foster the growth of confident, competent professionals
  • Support our members in collective bargaining
  • Promote spiritual growth in our members
  • Establish and exercise our rights at all levels of educational decision-making
  • Build solidarity through actions that foster trust and collegiality
  • Assist our members to grow professionally by providing access to information and resources.

Objectives of OECTA

1. To promote the principles of Catholic education;
2. To develop a greater understanding among parents, teachers and students;
3. To work for the moral, intellectual, religious and professional perfection of its members;
4. To improve the status of the teaching profession in Ontario;
5. To secure for teachers a leading role in education;
6. To co-operate with other teacher organizations in improving the standards of education;
7. To promote the completion of the Catholic school system;
8. To represent members in all matters related to collective bargaining.

OECTA Pledge

I pledge to work for the goal of Christian education which is to co-operate with Divine Grace in forming the true and perfect Christian. I promise to obey the rules and regulations of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association and to fulfill my duties as a member.

OECTA Prayer

“Creator God, we praise you, the source of all life.

Renew our faith and guide us in our ministry as Catholic teachers. Let us touch the hearts and minds of those with whom we work.

Lord Jesus, share with us your counsel, so we may choose knowledge over ignorance, wisdom over waste, peace over injustice, community over isolation and service over domination.

Holy Spirit, nurture our growth. Inspire us to give birth to the creative powers within us. Let us come to the fullness of life promised in the Gospel.

Amen.”