BCTF Health and Wellness


The BCTF Health and Wellness Program supports and empowers members recovering from illness or injury to regain an optimum state of wellness, health, and productivity by providing rehabilitation services and promoting self-care. It is funded by the BCTF.

Starling Minds is an online mental health and wellness tool designed specifically for teachers and made available to everyone by the BCTF.

When teachers run out of sick time and are ill, the BCTF provides a Salary Indemnity Plan (SIP) to help shoulder some financial burden. Please contact the CDTA President for more information about how this plan works.

BCTF Salary Indemnity Plan (SIP) Information

Salary Indemnity Plan (SIP) Forms:

(Please note that the forms are printed on legal sized paper 8″x14″ to print.

If you need the office to provide hard copies, please contact office71@cdta71.org


School District #71 Medical Forms

Leave forms required by SD71 for absences over 20 days or when needed to reduce workload:

Other Teacher Support Programs:

– Peer Support (through Mentorship Program)

The Comox District Teachers’ Association offers a teacher peer support program in cooperation with SD71.

Contact Lucy Nelson for more information & look over on tab ‘Member Info’.

Employee Assistance Program (EFAP)

EFAP is provided through SD71 and can be found under the SD71 website under ‘Work to Wellness

Learn more about the many benefits and 24/7 services of the Employee Assistance Program at homewoodhealth.com or by calling 800-663-1142.

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a voluntary, confidential short-term counselling and advisory service. This program is designed to help you and your dependents with any personal problems, large or small, which affect your family life, your work life or your general wellbeing.

The EFAP provides professional assistance for a wide range of issues, including:

  • Personal and work-related stress.
  • Couple and marital relationships.
  • Childcare and parenting issues.
  • Eldercare concerns.
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Alcohol and drug misuse.
  • Family matters.
  • Bereavement.
  • Legal issues.
  • Financial concerns.
  • Career issues.
  • Crisis counselling/Trauma.
  • Other concern.