Eligibility for ServiceTop of page

To access the services of the Association, a substitute teacher must first become an active member of the Association. Active membership is automatically granted to a substitute teacher the first time during a school year that he or she is employed as a substitute. The substitute teacher remains an active member until the end of the school year or until he or she is no longer on the approved substitute roster of the school board, whichever occurs first.

Direct Services Top of page

As an active member, a substitute teacher is eligible to receive the following direct services:

  • Copies of The ATA News and The ATA Magazine
  • Upon request, copies of Association monographs and pamphlets
  • The right to borrow materials from the ATA library
  • Advice and consultation on all issues related to employment
  • Consultation on Employment Insurance and help in launching appeals
  • Legal advice and assistance in dealing with criminal charges that may arise in the course of teaching

Indirect ServicesTop of page

In addition, substitute teachers receive a number of indirect services:

  • Eligibility to participate in specialist councils, teachers’ conventions and local professional development activities
  • Access to ATA scholarships and fellowships
  • Representation through the collective bargaining process
  • Eligibility to be a delegate at the Annual Representative Assembly, Summer Conference and regional conferences
  • Eligibility to serve on committees at the local level
  • Eligibility to serve on ATA committees at the provincial level, to become an ATA instructor or consultant, and to represent the ATA on the committees of external organizations