Teacher gives lesson in contractual obligations

School terminated contract one day after cancellation deadline
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/07/2009

An Ontario First Nations reserve is on the hook for an additional year of a teacher’s contract because it told him of his contract’s termination a day late.

Sydney Fletcher, 66, of Forest, Ont., was a public school teacher for 33 years. When he retired in 2004, he signed a contract with the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation (KSP) to teach at its elementary school. Fletcher’s contract was for one year and stipulated it would be automatically renewed for the following year unless either KSP or Fletcher notified the other through written notice “on or before the last teaching day in May.” Fletcher’s contract was automatically renewed for three school years from 2004 to 2007.