Substitute Teachers

Questions about your employment or the Collective Agreement? Contact Catherine LeBlanc, the Local's Executive Staff Officer, at 780-455-2164 or email!

Information Update for Supply Staff - March 19, 2020

The Alberta Government has cancelled all classes indefinitely across the province. This means that Edmonton Public Schools was closed to all students effective March 16, 2020. Schools are working collaboratively to develop strategies to provide instruction remotely. We appreciate this information has raised many questions. 

We are exploring next steps and options for supply staff, lunchroom supervisors and true hourly staff. We will be able to communicate additional information in the coming days. We appreciate your patience as we work through these challenging and ever changing circumstances. Please continue to check Connect News for updates.

In the meantime, Records of Employment (ROE’s) for all supply staff/Lunchroom Supervisors/True Hourly will be sent electronically to Service Canada on or around March 20, 2020. 

Instructions on eligibility and how to apply for EI are provided here: Teaching Staff

Service Canada has signaled potential changes. Review the latest updates on the Service Canada website. Service Canada indicated that reference codes are no longer required for school-related Employment Insurance (EI) applications

Records of employment will reflect days worked included in the March 20, 2020 pay.

The upcoming pay periods for days worked are:

  • Substitute Teachers - February 19 to March 10 paid on March 20, 2020

You will need to report to Service Canada any time worked after the above pay period end dates that will be paid on April 3, 2020.  

Further information:

General Meetings

The Substitute Teachers’ Committee hosts general meetings for all substitute teachers each year. These meetings are an opportunity for substitute teachers to network with colleagues, as well as hear presentations on issues applicable to them. Agendas and Minutes for the General Meetings can be accessed by contacting the Local's office (; 780-455-2164). Information is posted as it becomes available.

Substitute Teachers' Committee Members

The committee members for the 2019-2020 school year are:

Tara Baycroft, Chair
Sam Cheng
Patrick McCaw
Alexandra Schoen
Kevin Smyth
Michael Sookochoff
Heather Wright

A copy of the Returning Officers' Report from the September 24, 2019 election is available HERE.

Notices/Minutes (notices and minutes are posted as they become available):

May 23, 2019 Minutes
September 24, 2019 Notice
September 24, 2019 Minutes
February 20, 2020 Notice
February 20, 2020 Minutes
May 21, 2020 Notice

Substitute Teachers' Appreciation Night - March 12, 2020

Join your colleagues for a game night at the Table Top Cafe on 124th Street. The committee will pay for your cover and one drink. Food is available at 15% off. Parking, if you register your plate, is free. Sign up through Eventbrite.

Workshop - Inquiry-Based PD Growth Plans - May 21, 2020

The Local Substitute Teachers' Committee has joined forces with the Local PD Committee to offer this workshop to our substitute teacher members and all members on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 4:30-5:30 pm (the Substitute Teachers' General Meeting will follow at 5:30 pm). Sign up through Eventbrite

Substitute Teachers' General Meeting - May 21, 2020

The Substitute Teachers' General Meeting will follow the Inquiry-Based PD Growth Plan Workshop at Barnett House on Thursday, May 21st. Committee elections and CSR representative elections will also be held at this meeting. Sign up through Eventbrite

Standard First Aid & CPR Training and Re-certification - June 6-7, 2020

The Substitute Teachers' Committee is subsidizing Standard First Aid & CPR Certification (two days) and Standard First Aid & CPR Re-Certification (one day) on June 6th & 7th. The cost for the two-day Certification course on June 6th & 7th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm is $50 (+gst) and the link to sign up is HERE. The cost for the one-day Recertification course on June 6th from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm is $40 (+gst) and the link to sign up is HERE. Once you are on the event page, follow the registration procedure (Username: AB Teachers Association; Password: ABTeachers). The courses will take place at Second Chance CPR & First Aid, 11710 Kingsway Avenue. Please note that as a substitute teacher with Edmonton Public Schools you are eligible to claim the amount through your PD Fund. 

Professional Development Survey

The Substitute Teachers' Committee wants to hear from you and what type(s) of Professional Development you want! Click HERE to complete the survey through Survey Monkey.