formation of OPC (Ontario Principals' Council) came
as result of the removal, by the Ontario government,
of principals and vice principals from the Ontario Teachers'
Federation and its affiliates.
The founding meeting of the OPC was held in Toronto
on December 12, 1997, with several hundred Ontario principals
and vice-principals in attendance. It was determined
that OPC should be open to all Ontario principals and
vice-principals regardless of language, religion, gender
or panel. On January 16, 1998 representatives of the
various groups proposing to represent principals and
vice principals, attended a meeting to seek a common
ground for the formation of a strong provincial association.
These included the Ontario Principals' Council, Ontario
Principals' Network, Ontario Principals Association,
the Federation of Women Teachers' Associations of Ontario
and the Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation.
The meeting resulted in an accord that supported the
creation of one strong organization, to represent the
interests and needs of Ontario elementary and secondary
principals and vice principals. This was the Ontario
In January and early February of 1998, over 25 regional
meetings were held across Ontario to inform principals
and vice-principals about the Council. At these meetings
a significant number of school administrators joined
OPC. By April 1, 1998 the date on which principals and
vice-principals could no longer have membership in the
Ontario Teachers' Federation, over 4,600 administrators
had joined the Council. The membership increased to
approximately 5,000 by the end of June. This represented
over 90% of the non-catholic, non-francophone administrators
in the province. Today OPC is the largest organization
of its kind in Canada.
More information on the OPC
is now registered as an ISO 9001 compliant organization.