Job Security

There are two main elements to job security.

Permanence: When staffing is allocated a certain number of full time posts are created. These are allocated to teachers on the basis of seniority. A teacher who attains a certain stability in a post (to be described later) becomes a permanent teacher. If there is a reduction in staffing, permanent teachers have a guarantee of an 80% salary and are not laid off. In this situation they are said to be “on availability (MED - the French acronym)” and have higher priority for jobs. In most cases they end up teaching and the cost of this job security to the government is limited.

Permanence is different from university tenure. Tenure at a university is an indeterminate appointment to a position. However, if that position disappears as a result of a reduction in staffing, the tenured teacher, unlike the permanent teacher, loses his position. Tenure is granted to some and not to others on the proclaimed basis of merit. This establishes a hierarchy in a department. Permanence is open to all as staffing expands or permanent teachers retire or leave. Therefore there is no suggestion of merit except that permanent teachers are usually more experienced.

Becoming Permanent

Wondering when and how you'll become permanent? Here's a little table that summarizes the miscellaneous workload combinations leading to it.

You'll notice that all combinations require one main element: getting a poste. Postes are only available in the regular sector (not in Continuing Education).