Labour Updates

In Ontario, we have a two-tier collective bargaining process for school boards and their staff. It involves central (provincial) and local bargaining processes for staff groups, including teachers and support staff.

In August 2019, provincial and local contracts for all education workers in the province of Ontario expired. In the SCDSB, this means that all our unionized groups are at different stages of contract negotiations at the provincial and local level.

Unionized groups that represent SCDSB staff are:

Our priority during any job action is the safety of our students. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the status of negotiations and our schools whenever possible. As a board, we respect all our staff members and value their work. We remain committed to reaching fair, negotiated agreements with all our employee groups.

Latest update - as of Feb. 19, 2020


All SCDSB schools and adult learning centres to be closed Friday, Feb. 21 (Feb. 19)

On Feb. 12, the provincial branches of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced their intent to proceed with a full legal one-day walkout across Ontario on Feb. 21. In the SCDSB, ETFO represents permanent elementary teachers, occasional elementary teachers and designated early childhood educators (DECEs), while OSSTF represents permanent and occasional secondary teachers and continuing education instructors.

As a result, all SCDSB schools and adult learning centres will be closed to students on Friday, Feb. 21, as there will not be sufficient supervision to ensure student safety. Transportation for all SCDSB students will be cancelled on Feb. 21.

Before and after school programs in our buildings will not operate. Parents/guardians who have children in full-day child care in SCDSB schools should contact their provider directly. All out-of-school activities will also be cancelled.

For ongoing updates, visit the labour updates page on the SCDSB website, or follow us on social media (Twitter: @SCDSB_Schools or Facebook:

Thank you for your understanding.

Keeping SCDSB school communities informed


Labour updates are issued on our website, Facebook (, Twitter (@SCDSB_Schools) and on the labour updates information line at 1-877-728-1187.