On Friday, February 21, all public schools across Ontario including those in Brampton and Mississauga will close for one day due to a teacher job action. The planned picket line is supposed to stretch all along Hurontario from Lakeshore to Mayfield, making it the longest picket line ever seen in the Region of Peel.
The picket is to run from 9 a.m. to noon and is expected to have around 20,000 people including teachers, support workers, and community members. Sources say the line may qualify for a Canadian or even world record.
The four main teacher unions in Ontario, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (EFTO), Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) going on strike due to stalled negotiations with the Ford Government.
The main issues during these negotiations are class sizes, e-learning, full-day kindergarten, compensation, and funding for special education as well as hiring more teachers.
This one-day strike will affect nearly all schools throughout the province and leave more than two million students from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 out of school.
However, some services will be available which include:
- Full-day child care programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
- Before and after-school program providers will have full-day programs for students. However, parents may need to check with their child care provider as some providers will not be available.
- Dual credit programs will still be available. Students enrolled in dual credit programs must report to their college locations.
- Evening permits will continue for both elementary and secondary schools.
Services that will not be available include:
- EarlyON Child and Family Learning Centre programs.
- All co-op placements, including those that are off school grounds.
Parents can learn more and check on any updates regarding the strike on Peel District School Board’s website here: peelschools.org or the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board website here: dpcdsb.org.