Latest News

  • BCTF Summer Leadership Conference (August 24-26, 2022 at UBC)

    The BCTF is inviting members who would not otherwise be attending the 2022 BCTF Summer Leadership Conference as part of the commitment in creating an equitable and inclusive union. TheRead more

  • Professional Development

    It’s the time of year when some schools start allowing top-ups on Pro-D applications that were not fully reimbursed the first time.  Pro-D Reps please e-mail Navneet Basra at accounting2@surreyteachers.orgRead more

  • Reporting Clarification

    Recently in a few district weekly memos, there have been instructions about year-end reporting changes that have announced the end of the reporting order that was put in place duringRead more

  • Pension Statements Now Available 

    Members of the Teachers’ Pension Plan can now access their 2021 Member’s Benefit Statement (MBS) in My Account. Members should review their MBS to make sure they have received theRead more

  • Links for Attendees of the Empowered Girls Conference on May 24

    To find out what Indigenous territory you are on: www.native-land.ca   To get involved in the SPARK Foundation, email volunteer@sparkfoundation.ca To get involved in the United Nations Association in Canada, emailRead more

  • WorkSafeBC Guidelines

    WorkSafeBC (WCB), our provincially mandated workers’ compensation insurer, has released detailed guidelines on when BC workers may file a claim due to occupational COVID-19. The guidelines may be found here.Read more

  • Transfer Grievances 

    There are two main types of transfer grievances. In qualification grievances, a teacher is sometimes not shortlisted for an interview because the principal decided they were not qualified. In suitabilityRead more

  • School Calendar for 2022 – 2023

    The Ministry of Education has adjusted the school calendar in order to include a new statutory holiday on September 30, National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Members are urged to check withRead more

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with gratitude and respect that STA members have the privilege of working on the unceded ancestral territory of the Coast Salish peoples, the qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), qiqéyt (Qayqayt) and sɛmiˈɑːmuː (Semiahmoo) who have cared for this land for thousands of years, and who continue to care for this land. As educators, we are committed to actions aimed at healing the broken relationship between settlers and Indigenous peoples.

The Advocate


The Advocate is a seasonal publication for members. The Advocate contains a report from the President, information from the table officers, updates, and information on current educational issues and issues of importance to Surrey teachers.