The British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF), established in 1917, is the union of professionals representing 43,000 public school teachers in the province of British Columbia, Canada. All public school teachers belong to the BCTF and their local
We acknowledge that the BC Teachers’ Federation and our 43,000 members’ workplaces are located on ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories belonging to the Indigenous peoples of what is now known as British Columbia.
The provincial office of the BCTF stands on the lands of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.
The BCTF Executive Committee has responsibility for the creation and appointment of any BCTF advisory committees.
In 2006, BC teachers voted 78.2% to join the Canadian Labour Congress and maintain membership in the BC Federation of Labour. At the BCTF’s Annual General Meeting in March 2016, delegates voted to rejoin the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF).
Commitment to Solidarity statement
The purpose of the Commitment to Solidarity is to guide the conduct of members participating in BCTF meetings.
Conflict of Interest Policy for Members
This comprehensive policy was adopted by the BCTF Executive Committee in January 2013.
Our Contact us page lists contact information for the BCTF president, Executive Committee, local presidents, provincial specialist association presidents, and staff. It also gives contact
information for the most frequently asked questions from members and the public.
The BCTF is a unionized work site. Employment opportunities, as they occur, are listed on the page and removed upon application deadline expiry.
The BCTF is a democratically structured organization. Our governance chart gives a visual overview and our governance page describes the governing bodies of the Federation.
The BC Teachers' Federation was incorporated as a benevolent society in 1919 and achieved full collective bargaining rights in 1987. The history of the organization illustrates
its effectiveness in working for the rights of teachers and students in promoting public education.
The BCTF provides for locals of teachers throughout BC. Our locals deal with matters of local concern that affect the welfare of their members.
The BCTF offers a wide range of workshops, programs, and services for members. The BCTF Member Services page provides members with information about the opportunities to enhance professional
practice, develop leadership skills, learn together with colleagues, and advocate for students.
The Members’ Guide includes priorities, services, constitution and bylaws, policies and procedures, simplified rules of order, history, and the code of ethics.
All teachers employed in a school district in British Columbia are eligible to be active members of the Federation and of a local in that school district. Members may change their address or personal information by logging into the secure BCTF member portal or by completing an online submission form on our membership page.
Provincial Specialist Associations
The BCTF includes 33 provincial specialist associations (PSAs).