Strike will shut down Catholic schools in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills


Published November 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Students within the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) system will switch to remote learning on Monday if unionized support staff follows through on a strike threat.

Late this afternoon the HCDSB announced the plans for its 29,000 students with the news that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) promise to take the action if a collective agreement is not hammered out with the Provincial government.

The closing of schools means that students will be taught online in real-time by their teachers (the term used by the board is synchronous learning).

A strike will hit the HCDSB particularly hard as CUPE represents several different labour groups within the system including custodians, educational assistants, early childhood educators, English as a second language instructors, librarians, and some language instructors. CUPE may not represent the same workers at other school boards.

Halton Catholic schools will remain closed for as long as the strike lasts.

Other factors that will impact students and parents in the system:

  • Special education resources will be provided to support the continuity of learning and access to specialized (i.e. SEA) equipment. Virtual services and supports, through a variety of special education staff, will continue to be provided. The Empower Reading Program will also continue to be offered in a virtual capacity. School staff will ensure ongoing communication with parents/guardians to monitor progress and needs.
  • All student transportation to and from school will be cancelled.
  • All Before & After School programs will be cancelled.
  • Elementary in-person tutoring will be postponed, while virtual tutoring will continue as scheduled.
  • Childcare centres will remain open as they run independently from our schools.
  • All interschool athletics will be postponed.
  • Community use of schools will be cancelled in all schools maintained by CUPE custodial staff.


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