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Since the mid 1980's, the Government has endorsed the philosophy of the inclusion of exceptional children into the regular classroom setting. In order to meet the needs of these exceptional children, many and varied types of resources and supports have been introduced. One type of support system is the assignment of an Educational Assistant.
Our site showcases how the Union supports its members. There is a vast array of background information as well as the “what” and “how” of lifelong learning.
What You Need To Know
Access to most of this website is protected by password for exclusive use by members of HDEAA. If you are a member of HDEAA and have not yet received login instructions, please use the contact links below.
Who Are Our Members?
Our members are graduates of college and university programs like the Educational Assistant Diploma, Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Applied Arts (Early Childhood Leadership) and the Autism & Behavioural Science Graduate program, to name a few.
What is Our History?
The Halton Instructional Assistants Association was created in May of 1984 by a group of individuals employed by the Halton Board of Education as Instructional Assistants. The purpose of the informal Association, at the time of its creation, was to obtain improvements in the terms and conditions of their employment, to protect members from arbitrary or unjust treatment in respect to their employment and generally to advance the economic and social well-being of its members.
In December of 1995, the membership of the Association voted to become a certified Association. Certification was granted on December 11th, 1995 by the Ontario Labor Relations Board. After seventeen months of negotiations, the first Collective Agreement between the then Halton Board of Education and the Halton Instructional Assistants Association was signed on September 23rd, 1997.
In December of 1997, the Association moved into its first office, at 3425 Harvester Road in Burlington.
In May of 2001, the Association joined the Coalition of Educational Assistants of Ontario (CEAO).
Effective September 4th, 2001, the name of the Association was changed to Halton District Educational Assistants Association, with members now being referred to as Educational Assistants.