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CUPE Job Action Update (from TDSB)

Dear Parents/Guardians/Caregivers and Students,

Today, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would be on strike, starting on Friday, November 4, until further notice unless an agreement is reached with the Government of Ontario. 

Starting Friday, and for the duration of this strike action, all TDSB schools will be closed for in-person learning for all students. Student supervision and safety are our top priorities and without the important services of nearly 15,000 CUPE employees, we cannot guarantee that our learning environments will remain safe and clean for all students.

Students will be given work to complete at home independently (no live classroom instruction) for Friday. This work will be provided either electronically (BrightSpace, Google classroom, email, etc.) or via hard copy. Should the job action extend beyond Friday, more information will be shared.

Students Currently Enrolled in Virtual Learning 

All elementary, secondary and adult students currently learning virtually will continue as normal. 

Child Care

Third-party child care operators located in TDSB schools will be permitted to remain open on Friday, November 4. More information will be provided should the job action continue into next week. 

Authorized Recreations Programs

When schools are closed to students, Authorized Recreation Programs will also be closed.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres

When schools are closed to students, both TDSB-operated and third-party operated EarlyON Child and Family Centres will also be closed.

TDSB Extended Day Programs

When schools are closed to students, TDSB-operated Extended Day Programs will also be closed to all families. This child care service is operated by CUPE employees. Parents/guardians/caregivers will be refunded for any closure.


During this job action, all school and community-use permits are cancelled beginning on Friday, November 4, including weekends, until further notice.

Continuing Education

While schools are closed, all in-person continuing education classes are cancelled. This includes Adult ESL, In-Person Saturday International Languages Secondary Credit Program, Community Programs/Learn4Life, and International Languages Elementary/African Heritage. Remote Night School and remote Saturday International Languages Secondary Credit Program will continue to run.

We remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached before Friday. Should the situation change, we will provide families with updates as they become available.

For ongoing updates and the latest information, please continue to check www.tdsb.on.ca/labour and follow @tdsb on Twitter.


Colleen Russell-Rawlins                   

Director of Education

Andrew Gold

Associate Director

Angela Cooke

Associate Director

Audley Salmon

Associate Director

Stacey Zucker

Associate Director