News Release
October 4, 2019

The City of Toronto has been informed by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) that City use of its facilities will be affected if CUPE Ontario education school workers go on strike Monday.

City recreation programs, pool activities, After-school Recreation Care (ARC) and programs in elementary, middle and secondary schools will be cancelled if a strike occurs. The City has programs in place at 102 school board facilities across the city. These locations host 5,482 registered courses and 167 drop-in City recreation courses.

Some child care centres and EarlyON programs located at TDSB, TCDSB, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir schools will be affected if there is a labour disruption. Parents and guardians with children who attend a child care centre, Extended Day Program or EarlyON Program located in a school should contact the agency/program directly for further information. There are 469 child care centres in schools across the four school boards, 11 of which are directly operated by the City of Toronto.

More details, including a list of affected locations, will be available on October 7 in the event of a strike on at or by calling 311.

Members of CUPE, which represents workers at Ontario school boards, including the TDSB and TCDSB, have voted in favour of taking job action. CUPE represents school board education workers including custodians, education assistants and clerical staff.

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Shane Gerard
Strategic Communications