Toronto Public Health Measles Update

Posted on February 12, 2015

As you are aware, there is a current outbreak of measles in Toronto. As of February 10th, there are six confirmed measles cases involving two children under two years of age, and four adults. None of the cases are from the same family, none of the cases are known to each other, and there is no history of recent travel. In addition, no known source has been identified as yet.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) continues to investigate, which includes follow up with known contacts in schools, daycares, hospitals and health care facilities. TPH is also offering vaccine clinics when necessary for those who may have been exposed to measles.

In addition, TPH is working closely with other health units, including Niagara Region Public Health Department and York Region Public Health Services (each have one confirmed measles case); hospitals, health care providers, provincial partners, and Toronto area school boards (French, English and separate boards).

Toronto Public Health has done numerous media interviews with local, provincial and national media outlets, emphasizing the importance of vaccination, and recommending that all Toronto residents check their immunization records to ensure their measles vaccination is up-to-date.

Should you have questions about measles exposure or your immunization status, please call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 (during business hours) or 3-1-1 (after hours).



2015 FOYT Student Employment

Posted on February 12, 2015

The TDSB will hire approximately 500 students for Focus on Youth Toronto (FOYT) 2015. These students will be employed as summer day camp counsellors in support of community summer programs. The FOYT summer employment program runs from July 6 to August 21, 2015, with three dates of training in June.

Students hired for FOYT will be subject to the documentation process expected of temporary employees of the TDSB: presentation of ID information and confirmation of a bank account for purposes of direct payroll deposit. A police reference check clearance is also required for students 18 years of age and older.


Must be 16 years old or older by July 1, 2015
Must be currently registered in a TDSB school or program
Must enjoy working with children and have interests/talents in one of the following areas:

Leadership Development
Literacy and Numeracy
Sports and Recreation
A reference letter is required
Rate of Pay for FOYT Student Counsellors

Students hired for the FOYT program will be paid $11 per hour plus statutory and vacation pay, subject to applicable deductions.

Application Process

Candidates selected for an interview will receive an email in early April stating the date, location and time for their interview. Candidates will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled interview and bring with them an updated resume and one recent reference letter.

Reference Letter

This letter could come from one of the following examples:

A TDSB Staff – (teacher, guidance, principal)
A Supervisor / Mentor
A Religious/Community leader in the community
Pre-employment Training

For all students, the FOYT program will begin with pre-employment orientation on topics such as workplace health and safety, emergency first aid, recognizing and reporting child abuse, healthy child development and customer service.

Applications close for FOYT employment on March 22, 2015.

February 2015