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Term Membership

Information for Retiring/Retired Administrators

Term memberships are available to retired principals and vice-principals who are former OPC Members on term assignments, subject to the approval of the OPC Executive in its absolute discretion. Membership runs from the date of application to the end of that school year.  Members on term assignments of 50 days or less are required to pay half of the regular Membership fees. Members on term assignments of more than 50 days are required to pay the full Membership fees. 

What are the legal implications of not being an OPC Member?

Legal and professional advice and services are exclusive benefits of a membership with the OPC, and one of the most important services we provide.  If you are not an OPC Member, you do not have access to the services or advice of the OPC Protective Services Team (PST) or OPC’s legal counsel.  Associates do not receive advice or support with their status.

If I retire from my role as a principal or vice-principal and then return to supply in an administrative role, can I once again become a Member of OPC?

These situations are sometimes referred to as term assignments.  Membership is available to retired principals/vice-principals who are former OPC Members on term assignment as administrators, and who are not members of a teacher’s union.

Does Associate status provide me with legal coverage if I return to work on a term contract? Is the legal coverage extended for retired former OPC Members when they come back to work as supply/term administrators?

On the date of retirement, your membership with the OPC and the legal coverage expire.  As per our Membership Policy, retired former Members of the OPC maintain entitlement to historical legal coverage: this means that they will have access to PST for occurrences that happened when they were Members of OPC (before they retired).
 
While retired OPC Members may become Associates of OPC, Associate status does not give you access to PST should you come back to work as supply/term administrators.  Only a Term membership offers that level of service. 

OPC Membership Policy re: Membership in Special Circumstances - Term Assignment

Term memberships are available to retired principals and vice-principals who are former OPC Members on term assignments, subject to the approval of the OPC Executive in its absolute discretion.  Members on term assignment shall pay 50% of the current annual fee per school year in one installment within 30 days of commencing the term assignment, which shall entitle them to all of the benefits of membership for that school year, provided they otherwise meet the definition of Member and do not work beyond the month in which they reach the limits prescribed by the Teachers’ Pension Plan (TTP) in any school year.  If a term assignment exceeds the limits, and following the Member’s notification of the TPP, the full membership fee must be remitted forthwith in order to maintain entitlement to the benefits of Membership.  Membership fees paid for term assignments are non-refundable.

How is the OPC Term membership changing to reflect the Teacher’s Pension Plan rule change?

As of September 2012, retired administrators are allowed to work 50 days in a school year for an indefinite number of years and still be able to collect pension. [1]   As of September 2012, retired Members who purchase a Term membership in the school year will be required to pay half of the membership fees.  If you exceed the limits prescribed by the TPPB, you will be required to pay the full membership fees. 

Procedures

The fees for the 2017-2018 school year are:

-        Up to the TPP prescribed limit (50 days) is $598.00

-        More than the TPP prescribed limit (50 days) is $1,196.00

Entitlement to professional services begins on the date that the application and fee payment are received by the OPC office, although if you apply within 30 days of becoming eligible for membership and pay the fees retroactively, you may have coverage back to the first day of your assignment.  Associate and Term membership fees are non-transferable.  

We recommend that you attempt to negotiate for your employer school board to pay your OPC fees when you are returning on contract; however, fee payment remains your responsibility so you should verify that fees have been received by the OPC.
 
For more information please contact Membership Services at 416-322-6600 or 1-800-701-2362 or email
membership@principals.ca

Download the application form.


[1] Prior to September 2012, retired administrators were allowed to work 95 days for the first three years and 20 days thereafter without affecting pension eligibility.