Office of the Commissioner

The Commissioner for Teacher Regulation is appointed under the Teachers Act to ensure concerns about teacher competence and conduct are addressed fairly and in the public interest. The Commissioner, an independent statutory decision maker, oversees all discipline processes and considers certification appeals. This includes receiving reports and complaints about the conduct or competence of certificate holders in both the public and independent school systems as set out in the Act.

The Office of the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation must respond effectively to allegations and concerns of misconduct and incompetence to maintain the public's trust in educators and the education system. The Commissioner is committed to a fair, expeditious and transparent process for the resolution of complaints against educators.

The Commissioner does not decide the merits of a case nor does he make any determination of guilt or innocence. He is responsible for reviewing the information gathered and deciding which process, as set out in the Act, is appropriate to address a complaint or report.

The Commissioner was appointed by Cabinet on the recommendation of the Minister of Education for a term of five years.

The Teacher Regulation Branch, as the operational arm of the regulatory structure, provides administrative support to the Office of the Commissioner.

Commissioner's Rules of Practice and Procedure

The Commissioner may make rules respecting: the practice and procedure in relation to the just and timely resolution of a matter raised in a report or complaint; investigations initiated by the Commissioner; and hearings before a panel.

The Commissioner's Rules are based on the fundamental principle of procedural fairness. As part of this, the Office of the Commissioner must ensure that its processes, policies and decisions balance the public interest and certificate holder’s right to due process.