Will ETFO provide me with a lawyer if an allegation is made about me?

If you are informed that an allegation has been made about you and that CAS or the police have been contacted:

  • DO NOT participate in or consent to an interview.
  • Make no statement to anyone regarding the allegation or charges.
  • Say, “I am willing to co-operate but I am unable to comment until I contact my Federation and legal counsel.”
  • Call Professional Relations Staff (PRS) in Protective Services at 1-888-838-3836 or 416-962-3836 and state that your call is urgent.

Please contact your Local President, Kim Finlayson to inform her of the incident.

In general, ETFO will provide legal counsel to represent you if the allegation is related to your duties as a teacher.  Each situation is reviewed by PRS staff, and legal counsel, if required, is consulted on your behalf by the PRS staff.

Emergency legal assistance is available during evenings and weekends if you are at immediate risk of being incarcerated or arrested.  Call 1-888-838-3836 or 416-962-3836.  A voice message will provide the necessary instructions to put your call through to an operator. You will be asked a few important questions.  Where appropriate, a criminal lawyer will be contacted and you will be connected immediately.