May 19, 2024
Extracurriculars stop at all Ontario public elementary schools as labour action escalates
With plans for two days of rotating strikes moving ahead, parents across the province are scrambling to find care for their children.
With plans for two days of rotating strikes moving ahead, parents across the province are scrambling to find care for their children.

Extracurricular activities will cease in all Ontario public elementary schools this week, on top of two strike days, as labour action escalates following the breakdown of talks between the teachers’ union and the province.

After three days of negotiations on a new contract, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the country’s largest education union with 83,000 members, did not reach a deal with Doug Ford’s government by its Friday deadline.

With plans for two days of rotating strikes moving ahead, parents across the province are scrambling to find care for their children. At the same time, extracurriculars during the school day, such as volleyball practice and school club meetings, will also be cancelled in Ontario’s English public elementary schools. Activities outside the instructional day were cancelled last month.

A number of large institutions and smaller businesses across the province are offering strike day-camps.

In Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Centre are among the organizations offering day camps to families affected by strike days this week. Parents will also be able to enroll their children in camps offered by everything from art galleries to karate schools throughout Ontario.

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