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Who We Are

The Communications and Political Action Committee (CPAC) leads and encourages participation in political action events, including elections within their schools.  We also promote participation of schools in the provincial Student Achievement Awards and encourage schools to take advantage of the Excellence in Education Grant.  The committee contributes to planning ways to engage the membership, engage the community and bring us all together in solidarity.

Excellence in Education Grant

The main goal of the Excellence in Education Grant is to support and promote the outstanding work of the secondary students of the YRDSB within the community.This school year, $250 has been allotted for each school.  Requests will be approved on a first come, first served basis.  Grant applications must be submitted one month prior to the event.

Guidelines ~ Application form ~ Reimbursement request form
Photo release form (if submitting photos with students)

Sample Sponsorship Poster for Display

Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards is a writing and creative arts competition, which is open to all public secondary school students in Ontario.  There are eleven categories and eleven prizes of $1000 each.  

Each year there is a new theme and some members in English and Art departments incorporate this opportunity into a class project, allowing the students to peer-review and select a class winner.  If you have any questions about this opportunity, please reach out to your school CPAC representative, the District 16 T/OT CPAC chair, or check out the OSSTF provincial resources for student achievement awards.

Political Action


Updates to PA activities and often unique and timely.  Updates on Political Action will generally be found in the upcoming events or latest news segments on the home page.

Social Media

#osstf #onted

Be sure to follow us on at least one of our social media platforms.

On our socials you will find updates, reminders, and key events happing with our bargaining unit.

See the links at the top of the page to be directed to our platforms.

Toronto-York Region Labour Council
OSSTF D16 T/OT is an affiliate of the Toronto-York Region Labour Council.  The Labour Council is a central group for Labour Unions to organize collectively around a vision of economic and social justice.  The labour council will often amplify messages of political action events, election endorsements and organizes the Labour Day March in Toronto.  Check out their website and/or follow them on social media.


York Communities for Public Education 


Ontario Federation of Labour

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