Guide MED - anglais - page 1This guide is designed to facilitate understanding of Article 5-4.00 of the 2010-2015 Collective Agreement for FNEEQ (CSN) teaching personnel (In French; the English version, which is prepared by the CPNC, is not yet available) pertaining to the rights of CEGEP teachers placed on availability. However, in no way shall it take precedence over this article of the collective agreement.

In addition to reviewing the roles of the Placement Office and Parity Placement Committee as well as the definitions of zone, sector and outside of zone situations, this guide also examines the two situations that typically lead to a teacher being placed on availability: a drop in enrolment and program closure.

It presents the various administrative documents relating to teaching load options in regular teaching, continuing education and summer courses, and also looks at such key topics as non-relocation, salary and benefits, moving expenses, retraining, relocation to secondary school and employability and termination of employment measures. Lastly, several sample letters are included at the end of this guide. To learn more, refer directly to the collective agreement, the official text enshrining your rights.

For further information and to ensure that your rights are being respected, it is always recommended that you contact a member of your local union’s executive committee, whenever needed.

This document is posted on the FNEEQ Website:

ISBN 978-2-923606-30-9 (2nd Edition, 2011)

ISBN 978-2-923606-06-4 (1st Edition, 2008)

Legal deposit: 2008


  • Placed on availability (MED)? Follow the guide!
  • How is a teacher placed on availability?
  • What is the Placement Office (Bureau de Placement)?
  • What is the Parity Placement Committee?
  • Zone, sector, outside of zone
  • Two reasons for placement on availability:
    • The usual cause: a drop in enrolment in a discipline
    • Program closure
  • The form
  • Hiring priorities
  • Order of priority for a full-time load in regular teaching (5-4.17 b)
  • Order of priority for a full-time load in continuing education (5-4.17 d)
  • Order of priority for summer courses (5-4.17 e)
  • If you refuse a post or teaching load offered to you
  • If you are not relocated
  • Salary and other benefits
  • The right to return
  • Moving expenses
  • Retraining
  • Employability and termination of employment measures
  • A secondary school teaching post
  • Other situations
  • Some important dates
  • Sample Letter 1: Request to maintain availability
  • Sample Letter 2: Request for retraining
  • Sample Letter 3: Request for renunciation of salary protection
  • Sample Letter 4: Exercise of the right to return
To consult the guide, click here.

* MED” is the French-language acronym (for mis en disponibilité) that is commonly used in both French and English colleges to describe a tenured (permanent) teacher who is placed on availability.