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OSSTF (ELHT) Benefits – Annualized FTE Status and Salary NEWSLETTER

February 12, 2020

It has been the intention from the inception of the OSSTF Benefits Plan that all permanent members who have an unbalanced FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) status and salary based on semester are to be reported to OTIP on an annualized basis. OSSTF has been notified that the implementation is to be completed and in effect for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

Many boards already report annualized FTE contract status to OTIP, but a few have continued to report FTE contract status on a semester by semester basis.

Members who will be potentially impacted by this implementation will be those on unbalanced semester schedules (e.g. working 0.33 Semester 1 and 0.67 Semester 2) and those working during only one semester of the school year.

Implementing an annualized FTE is necessary to treat all OSSTF Benefits Plan members in a consistent way:

  • the FTE impacts the share of premium a member is responsible for paying towards health and dental benefits (6% for 1.0 FTE and pro-rated for less than 1.0 FTE) for participating members,
  • the salary impacts the amount of Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage that eligible members are covered for (2 times annual earnings).
  • if reported by semester, it results in five months of coverage and member contributions based on first semester salary and FTE and 7 months of coverage and member contributions based on second semester salary and FTE.

At this time, OSSTF Benefits and OTIP are working with individual boards on the annual reporting to commence September 1, 2020.

This will mean that members who are working unbalanced semesters and members who are approved prior to the start of the school year for a semester leave will be eligible for benefits for the entire school year at the same level of salary, for the purposes of the Life Insurance and AD&D benefits, and the same level of member contribution if they elect to participate in the health and/or dental benefits.

Further information will be posted on the OSSTF Benefits website by early March.

*This does not apply to eligible Long Term Occasional Teachers who are eligible for the duration of their eligible assignment and therefore it is their actual FTE during the assignment and their annualized salary that is and should be being reported for the purposes of the OSSTF benefits eligibility.


Questions about this notice?  Please contact Donna Morrison directly at

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