Participating Employers

You must contribute to the plan if you are qualified as a teacher and employed in any of the following ways:

  • in any capacity:
  • as a teacher:
    • in a school (within the meaning of the Education Act) in Ontario
    • outside Ontario under a teacher exchange system authorized by the Ministry of Education
    • by the Minister of a Ministry of the Government of Ontario
    • in a school or a class operated by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Ontario government ministry

For pension plan purposes, you are considered to be employed in education if you work as a teacher for an Ontario government ministry. For example, you are employed in education if:

  • you are seconded from a board of education to teach for a ministry; or
  • you teach at a school operated by the Ministry of Education.

Defining "teaching" in other circumstances isn't always easy. For example, teaching inmates for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is considered teaching, but marking papers for a credit course is not, unless you also are required to communicate with students as part of your job.

If you are a retired member of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan who works in any capacity for any participating employer, there are limits on the number of days you can work without affecting your pension. See Working after retirement for more information.

If you have any questions or if you are uncertain whether your position is covered, please contact us.