Potential School Board Labour Disruption Impacts

School boards are represented by a variety of employee unions which are currently in contract discussions with the Government of Ontario.  The City of Hamilton is working closely with school boards to develop contingency plans in the event that schools are closed to students as a result of job action.  Please see below for more information on the impacts to licensed child care, before- and after-school programs, and EarlyON Child and Family Centres.  

  • Licensed Child Care (birth to 3.8 years of age): All existing full-day licensed child care programs will continue to operate in schools. Subsidies will not change for families receiving child care fee subsidies. Previously planned new programs may open during a strike.
  • Licensed Before- and After-School Programs (3.8 to 12 years of age): Existing licensed before- and after-school programs will continue to operate in schools. If a school is closed to students, we anticipate that these programs will extend their hours to include the full school day, while consolidating into fewer school locations. For families that currently receive child care fee subsidies, the subsidy will increase to cover extended hours (i.e. like a PA Day). Your program operator will share more details about other impacts. Child care subsidies will not be available for new families at this time and programs will have a limited ability to accept new families during job action. Please speak to the operator at your child’s school for more information.  Previously planned new programs may open during job action.
  • Authorized Recreation and Skill Building Programs (Grade 1 to 6): In the event of a school closure due to job action, these after-school programs will close.
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres: All EarlyON Child and Family Centres in schools will continue to operate.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Two employee groups are currently in contract negotiations and have begun job action:

  • The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) represents HWDSB permanent and occasional elementary teachers as well as our designated early childhood educators.
  • The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) represents HWDSB permanent and occasional secondary teachers, office clerical and technical staff, professional student services personnel and English as a Second Language instructors.

On Monday, January 20, ETFO began a full withdrawal of services on a rotating basis.  ETFO is required to provide HWDSB with five days notice in event of a rotating strike at HWDSB schools.  ETFO has notified the HWDSB of a full withdrawal of services on:

  • Thursday, February 13
  • Friday, February 21

As a result, all HWDSB elementary schools will be closed to students on those dates.

In addition, OSSTF is continuing to participate in one-day strike action at some school boards.  OSSTF will be participating in a full withdrawal of services on Friday, February 21 and as a result all HWDSB secondary schools will also be closed on that date.

For HWDSB updates on labour, please see www.hwdsb.on.ca/about/labour-update.

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) is currently in contract negotiations with the provincial government and began job action on Monday, January 13, 2020.  OECTA represents HWCDSB permanent and occasional teachers in both elementary and secondary schools. 

On January 21, 2020, OECTA participated in a province-wide one-day strike action.   OECTA is required to provide school boards with five days notice in event of a rotating strike.  OECTA has notified HWCDSB of a full withdrawal of services on

  • Friday, February 21

As a result, all HWCDSB elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on that date.

For HWCDSB updates on labour, please see https://www.hwcdsb.ca/labourupdates2020/.

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir and Conseil scolaire Viamonde

L’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) is currently in contract negotiations with the provincial government and has begun job action.  AEFO represents Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir and Conseil scolaire Viamonde regular and occasional teachers in both elementary and secondary schools. 

On February 7, 2020, AEFO announced that they will begin participating in one day per week province-wide strikes.  AEFO has notified Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir and Conseil scolaire Viamonde of a full withdrawal of services on:

  • Thursday, February 13
  • Friday, February 21

As a result, all Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir and Conseil scolaire Viamonde elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on that date.  The before and after school program operated at Pavillon de la Jeunesse will also be closed on that date.

For Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir updates on labour, please see https://www.cscmonavenir.ca/conseil/conseil-scolaire/info-negos/.

For Conseil scolaire Viamonde updates on labour, please see https://csviamonde.ca/negociations/.