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Sexual Abuse Prevention Program FAQs

What is the sexual abuse prevention program?

The Ontario College of Teachers has partnered with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection on the development and deployment of an online sexual abuse prevention program. It will be available starting on January 3, 2022.

Completion of the program is a new requirement to be eligible for certification by the College. Individuals who are members of the College as of January 3, 2022 must successfully complete the program by August 31, 2022. Applicants and re-applicants must successfully complete the program to be eligible for certification by the College. Successful completion of the program requires passing the assessment component with a minimum score of 80 per cent. Multiple attempts can be taken if necessary.

This program, and related content such as the Professional Boundaries professional advisory, are firmly anchored in the College’s Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession and will be familiar to Ontario Certified Teachers.

The program consists of a series of video modules, each with a distinct focus on subjects that include how to recognize when a student may be disclosing that they have been abused and how healthy relationships with trusted adults can help individuals who have experienced abuse successfully recover.

It will take approximately three hours to complete. It can be completed all at once or taken over multiple sessions. The program concludes with an assessment component that requires a minimum score of 80 per cent for the program to be considered complete. It can be taken multiple times if necessary.

When and how can I take the program?

College members can access the program by logging into the Members Area.

Applicants can access the program by logging into the application status page if your application has been submitted.

What supports will be available to people who may be personally impacted by taking this program?

First and foremost, the program’s objective is to improve student safety. However, it is understood that this is a very sensitive issue that may cause discomfort for some. The program will include appropriate content warnings as well as contact information for a crisis centre should they be required.

Before taking the program, individuals are encouraged to consider the best way for them to complete it. Factors to consider are:

  • Whether it would be preferable to complete it alone, in a group, or with a trusted person.
  • Whether it would be preferable to complete it all at once or in multiple sessions with breaks between modules.
  • Whether it would be preferable to complete it without listening to the survivor testimonials. These segments are not required to pass the assessment.
Why is this program mandatory?

The governing legislation of the Ontario College Teachers was recently amended to include the requirement that all Ontario Certified Teachers and applicants successfully complete a sexual abuse prevention program to better protect the interests, safety, and well-being of students.

Who must complete the program and when is the deadline?

All individuals who are members of the College, including those who are retired, as of January 3, 2022 are required to complete the program by August 31, 2022.

All applicants and re-applicants, including internationally educated teachers (IETs), who complete their application before January 1, 2022 and are certified by the College are required to successfully complete the program by August 31, 2022.

All applicants and re-applicants, including internationally educated teachers (IETs), who complete their application on or after January 1, 2022 are required to successfully complete the program in order to be eligible for certification.

OCTs certified on or after January 3, 2022 under the Ontario Labour Mobility Act (OLMA) are required to successfully complete the program within one year of their College certification date. OCTs certified prior to January 3, 2022 under the OLMA are required to successfully complete the program by August 31, 2022.

How much will this cost for members and applicants to take?

The program will be offered to members and applicants at no cost.

What happens if I do not successfully complete the program?

Successful completion of the program requires a score of 80 per cent on the assessment component. If an individual who is a member of the College on January 3, 2022 does not complete the program by August 31, 2022, that will be reflected in a notation on the public register and their Certificate of Qualification and Registration. Prior to August 31, 2022, the notation will read that the program is “to be completed.” After August 31, 2022, the notation will read that the program is “incomplete.” Once the program is completed, the notation will read “completed.” Applicants and re-applicants who do not successfully complete the program will be ineligible for certification. The program and assessment component can be taken multiple times if necessary.

When is the deadline to complete this program?

Individuals who are members of the College as of January 3, 2022 have until August 31, 2022 to successfully complete the program. Individuals who have not completed their application for certification before January 1, 2022 must complete the program to be eligible for certification.

OCTs who are certified under the Ontario Labour Mobility Act (OLMA) after January 1, 2022 must complete the program within one year of their College certification date. OCTs who are certified under OLMA prior to January 1, 2022 must complete the program by August 31, 2022. As of January 3, 2022, their certificates and public register pages will read that the program is “to be completed.” If the program is successfully completed, the notation will read “completed.” After the applicable deadline noted above passes and the program has not been completed, the notation will read “incomplete.”

When is an application for certification considered complete?

A complete application includes the receipt of all required documentation and fees by the College. Please see the Registration Guides to learn what documents and applicable fees are required to complete your application for certification with the College.

Why are you adding notations to the public register and Certificate of Qualification and Registration?

The governing legislation of the Ontario College of Teachers requires completion of the program or failure to complete the program to be noted on the public register and each OCT's Certificate of Qualification and Registration. These notations will serve to further the College’s mandate to protect student safety and well-being. The notations will be added when the program becomes available on January 3, 2022.

How was the program developed and who is administering it?

The program is developed in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), one of Canada’s premier youth safety organizations. The College is augmenting C3P’s established expertise with our existing legislative requirements, provincial and organizational standards, and policies.

Learn more about C3P.

Who developed the program and what are their qualifications?

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has more than 30 years of experience working with the public, private and non-profit sectors to create safer environments for children and youth across Canada.

Learn more about C3P.

What happens if a teacher is on leave?

If the individual is a member of the College on January 3, 2022, they are required to complete the program by August 31, 2022.

How much time upon return (if there is any) from leave would teachers have to successfully complete it?

See above.

What, if any, reminders or notices will the College send to members?

The College will be actively promoting the program in our monthly newsletter, Your College and You, on our external website, on social media, through our mobile app, via direct email and in the password-protected member area.

Will the French version be quality checked by Ontario educators for context and culture and language?

The sexual abuse prevention program was developed by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in both English and French. It has been available nationally for some time. The College has reviewed the program in both languages.

I have already taken the Commit to Kids program. Do I have to take it again?

Yes. This version of the Commit to Kids program includes additional content from the College to contextualize the material, as well as links to existing resources and professional advisories.

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