The 3rd Annual Ontario Educators’ Conference

OEC 2017The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity is proud to present our third annual Ontario Educators’ Conference in collaboration with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

Join 300 educators, administrators, and youth service workers from across the province on April 28th, 2017 at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), (252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON).

Conference participants will be given hands-on tools from educational professionals, lawyers, LGBTQ advocates, and academics to understand and recognize the issues faced by LGBTQ communities.  The training will include a focus on supporting LGBTQ youth and educators; working with trans & gender-variant youth; and sharing best practices. Please note there will also be workshops in both French & English, from urban, rural & remote perspectives; and from Public & Catholic perspectives.

Conference Highlights:

  • Workshops, seminars and presentations, which specifically target Educators, Administrators and Staff to give them the practical tools to ensure a safer climate.
  • Two keynotes.
  • A community fair to connect participants to key resources.

Our goal is to give educators, staff, and administration the tools to LGBTQ folk in their lives. Through our amazing line up of workshops we hope to change the landscape of inclusivity in education and create liberating spaces for students, staff and communities.

Register now for only $150.
Subsidized spot are available, please use the code ‘educators’ for a 50% discount ($75).

Tickets for the Ontario Educators’ Conference can be purchased by clicking here.

See full schedule here.


Frequently asked questions:

How do I register?

What if I cannot pay online?

  • You can pay by cheque in advance or at the Conference. Simply send us an email to: and we can send you an invoice for you. 

What is the schedule of the day? What the workshops?

When can I register for my workshops?

  • Registration for workshops will open on February 20, 2017. After reserving your spot, you will get an email inviting you to register.  

Do you have travel grants? Do you have conference grants?

  • The event is heavily subsidized, and we are unable to offer travel grants this year. We encourage you reach out to your board or union local to access Safe & Accepting Schools Act Funds. 
  • If you are unable to cover the full registration fee please use the discount codes above.
  • If you need guidance, please contact Eliot at

Where, when, time?

  • It will be held at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), (252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON ) on April 28th, 2017 from 8am to 3pm.

What is the registration fee? Where does registration fee go?

  • The registration fee for this event is only $150. 
  • We are grateful to our sponsors, partners & donors for their generous subsidies for this event. We encourage interested participants to seek funding from their professional unions or administrator (Safe School budget). 
  • Registration fees go to pay for costs associated with the conference (venue, food, presenters, logistics & staffing).
  • We will present a full budget at the Conference to all delegates.
  • This opportunity is an amazing chance at increasing your professional learning community, and to see what other schools are up to!

What is included in registration?

  • Registration includes your programming, snacks and lunch for the day.

What if I need a hotel?

  • Accommodations for the Ontario Educator’s ConferenceWe have made arrangements for attendees of the Ontario Educator’s Conference to stay, at a discounted rate, at either the Howard Johnson Hotel, or the Holiday Inn. Please see the following details to book at either hotel: 
    Howard Johnson Hotel Toronto Yorkville
    Booking Information Other Information

    To get discounted rate on rooms you must call the hotel directly at 416-964-1220, and mention that you are booking through the Ontario Educator’s Conference reduced group rate.


    The cut off date for booking with this discount is April 7, 2017!


    Room rates:

    *based on Thursday April 27 Arrival, and Saturday April 29, 2017 Departure


    $119.00 – Single/Double Occupancy

    $129.00 –  2 double beds


    Continental Breakfast is included

    Parking is extra – $29.00 plus tax per night.




    Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor Yorkville
    Booking Information Other Information

    To get the discounted rate on rooms you can either:


    –       Call 1-877-859-5897 and mention you are using the OEC group code

    –       Book online at

    Enter arrival and departure dates, then click “View Rates”.  Click on Group Code. Enter Group Code: OECthen enter your booking information.


    Booking Procedure: OPEN BLOCK Account


    The cut off date for booking with this discount is 5pm,Monday, March 27, 2017!



    Room rates:

    *based on Thursday April 27 Arrival, and Saturday April 29, 2017 Departure


    Standard, 1 Queen bed: $189.99 1-2 occupancy

    Standard, 2 Double beds: $194.99 1-2 occupancy                     $199.99 3-4 occupancy


    Breakfast is not included




Where can I park?

How can I RSVP a table at the info fair?

  • The info fair is from noon-1pm. We are happy to offer free tables. If you want one, please email:; this is a great opportunity for you to show off the work you are doing!

For more information, please email the Conference Coordinator Eliot at

Register right now here: Online Store

*please note that since the event is subsidized, we will not be able to offer any refunds.