Teachers to surround Ontario legislature during provincewide strike


TORONTO — Ontario’s main teachers’ unions say they expect thousands of their members to gather at the legislature today during a provincewide strike.

The labour groups say today marks the first time since 1997 that teachers and education workers from all the major unions will walk out on the same day.

Teachers will be picketing at schools across the province, but in Toronto, members are being directed to the legislature, which they plan to surround.

Legislative security is bracing for a large crowd and has said the road around the building will be closed.

Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, says he hopes it sends a message to the government.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the two million students who will be out of class today should be in school instead.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 21, 2020.

The Canadian Press


  1. I do not support the teacher’s unions at all. Ford was elected on his promises to make many financial cuts. He is doing what he was elected to do.

      • @Mike Napierkosk – like the illegal teacher strike in 1997?
        The Journal of Social Psychology released a study a few years back indicating that 45% of teachers engage in bullying of students – I’m not suggesting teachers would stoop to ridiculous blockages, but they are very far from walking on water.

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