Educational Assistants Posting/Allocation Info

The following documents are to assist and provide information for Educational Assistants working at Trillium Lakelands DSB regarding the Posting/Allocation/Bumping process.

Click the link below to access the documents (PDF):

Collective agreement

Your collective agreement sets our your rights and responsibilities at work.  If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment, please talk to your steward or a member of the executive.


CUPE Central Agreement


CUPE Extension Agreement September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2019


Custodial Maintenance Collective Agreement


Office Clerical Technical/Educational Assistants Collective Agreement

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CUPE Constitution and CUPE 997 By-Laws

By-Laws and the CUPE Constitution are documents that outline the  rules and procedures that CUPE is governed by.

Click the links below to view the selected document in PDF format:

By-Laws Review:

Your CUPE  997 Executive acted on recommendations made by CUPE National regarding some required changes and some suggested best practices for our CUPE 997 By-Laws.  As a result your executive is recommending the by-law amendments posted on our website ( under Resources>CUPE Constitution and CUPE 997 By-Laws.

 These proposed by-law amendments will be presented, debated and voted on at the October 15, 2016 General Membership Meeting to be held at Macaulay Public School on Cedar Lane in Bracebridge.  The start time for the meeting is 10:00 am.  All CUPE 997 Members are welcome to attend.

Download the proposed CUPE 997 by-law amendments

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Group Benefits

CUPE represented Education Workers in Ontario will move to a new Provincial Benefits plan as of February 1, 2018.  Please click the links below for all of the updates regarding this new Provincial Benefits Plan:

CUPE Benefits Trust Website

Benefits Until January 31, 2018

CUPE 997, Permanent Members, half time or greater are eligible for Benefits as outlined in the Schedule of Benefits and in the EAP brochure (both below).  In most cases benefits extend to the eligible Member’s family.

The Employer shall pay 100% of the premium costs associated with the Extended Health Program and Basic Life and AD&D coverage.  The Employer shall pay 80%, and eligible employees shall pay 20%, of the premium costs associated with the Dental Plan.

For more information or any assistance please consult Article 22-Group Benefits and Appendix B of the Collective Agreement or contact the CUPE 997 Office.

The employer and the employee equally share the cost of the EAP program

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Member Discounts







CUPE 997 Members are eligible for some corporate discounts in addition to Edvantage (located under Resources/OTIP).  The following links will take you to these discounts:







As a member, you have access to the following OTIP products and services:

OTIP Group Benefits

OTIP makes it easy for you to find the forms you need online or get answers to questions. By logging in to our secure self-service tools, you can review your benefits, update your information, or make a claim. Click here to log in.


OTIP Car & Home Insurance

Get the protection you need and the value you deserve with exclusive group savings on auto and home insurance. And you can save even more with OTIP’s special discounts. Click here to get a quote today, and see how much you could save!


OTIP Retirement Health, Dental and Travel Insurance

OTIP offers health, dental and travel insurance for retirees. The Retired Teachers Insurance Plan (RTIP) offers the most flexible health, dental and travel insurance available to the retired education community. Simply choose the plan that best meets your needs. Click here to learn more about RTIP.


OTIP Bursary Program

OTIP offers 12 academic bursaries of $1,500 every year. The bursary program promotes post-secondary education for our insured members and their relatives by investing in their future. Click here to learn more about the OTIP bursary program.

The CAREpath Navigation System, Survivor Support Program and Cancer Information Line help those living with cancer navigate the complex heath care system so they can receive the best treatment and support. Click here to learn more about CAREpath.



A savings program available exclusively to Ontario’s education community. Get discounts on travel, electronics, clothing and more! Click here to start saving.


A web-based mental health care program that guides members and their care provider (whether it be a counsellor, psychologist, or family physician) to identify emotional and mental health issues as early as possible. Getting the right diagnosis and treatment helps members feel better sooner. Click here to learn more about FeelingBetterNow®.



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Permanent CUPE 997 members and  temporary CUPE 997 Members who have worked a minimum number of hours are eligible for an OMERS pensions.

If you have questions about your pension, or about your eligibility to join the plan, please talk to your steward or a member of the executive or click the link below for more information.

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Fact sheets

We have provided a list of Fact Sheets below that address a number of Frequently Asked Questions.  These documents provide information & clarification regarding TLDSB Policies/Procedures and Collective Agreements and other items relating to our employment with the Trillium Lakelands DSB.

Please click on the bulleted items below to access the PDF file:

Fact Sheets applicable to all CUPE 997 Members:

Fact Sheets applicable to OCTEA Members:

Fact Sheets applicable to Custodial Maintenance Members:

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PD Fund

Article 26.01 of the Collective Agreement

“On September 1 of each year, the Board will provide an annual non-cumulative sum of $16,000 (sixteen thousand dollars) for Professional Development purposes, which fund may be accessed by employees from both the Custodial/Maintenance, and Office Clerical, Technical and Educational Assistants Bargaining Units.”

The purpose of the CUPE 997 Professional Development Fund is to enhance the skills, knowledge and personal growth of CUPE 997 Members.

Click the links below to view the selected document in PDF format:

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Student Bursary

Each year CUPE 997 is proud to be able to select through a random draw, 2 recipients for our CUPE 997 Bursary.  The bursary is for $500 each and is for dependents of CUPE 997 Members attending post secondary school in the fall.  The draw takes place at the May General Membership Meeting.

The CUPE 997 application form along with compete qualification requirements for the Bursary will be posted on this site in early January and will have a application deadline of April 15.

Click the links below to access the application for the May 2017 draw:

CUPE 997 Permanent Members are also eligible to apply for the annual OTIP Bursary.  Please refer to the OTIP page under Resources on this website for more information.

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