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District School Board Ontario North East
Labour Updates

December 4, 2019

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), the Crown and OPSBA did not reach an agreement before the midnight deadline this evening. As such, OSSTF members will be withdrawing all services on Wednesday, December 4th.

In District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1), OSSTF represents secondary Teachers, Attendance Counsellors, Child and Youth Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, Indigenous Student Advisors and Social Workers.

All elementary and secondary DSB1 schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4th. All schools will reopen for students on Thursday, December 5th.

We are committed to continuing to support student learning. A list of educational resources is available below:
We appreciate that this is disruptive for families and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.


December 3, 2019

OSSTF, the Crown and OPSBA continue to negotiate centrally today.  The deadline to reach an agreement before the full withdrawal of services by OSSTF members is at midnight tonight.  

If an agreement is reached between the three parties, all DSB1 schools will be open for students.

The information will be posted to our websiteFacebookTwitter and Instagram shortly after midnight tonight.


December 2, 2019

Community Use of Schools will remain open for community groups on Wednesday, December 4th.  

All child care programs will operate in our schools on Wednesday, December 4th except the Before and After School programs at:

  • Bertha Shaw Public School

  • Timmins Centennial Public School

  • W. Earle Miller Public School


November 29, 2019

Please see the picket line protocol information for families below

Picket Line Protocol Information for Families - OSSTF.pdf


November 28, 2019

The Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF) confirmed that they are engaging in a one-day full withdrawal of services on Wednesday, December 4th.   

In District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1), OSSTF represents secondary Teachers, Child and Youth Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Assistants, and Indigenous Student Advisors.    

This withdrawal of services causes significant impact to our schools, including our capacity for effective supervision at the Elementary panel. As a result, DSB1 elementary and secondary schools will be closed to students on Wednesday, December 4th  

OSSTF members will return to work on Thursday, December 5th and DSB1 schools will re-open.   

Community Use of Schools and child care centres will remain open during this labour action.   

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), who represents public school boards at the central bargaining table with OSSTF, will continue to work towards resolving this situation.  We are hopeful that a resolution will be reached before Wednesday. 

We will continue to communicate with families and community partners throughout this process.   



November 22, 2019

On Thursday, November 21st, the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation (OSSTF) issued a strike notice. 

Commencing on November 26, 2019, OSSTF members will be participating in information pickets and a limited withdrawal of services.

The withdrawal of services relates to board and school administrative tasks. Secondary schools will remain open for this phase of labour action as learning will continue in the classrooms.

We will continue to communicate with families and community partners throughout this process.  



November 14, 2019

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that it is preparing for potential work-to-rule labour action beginning on November 26, 2019. 

In DSB1 ETFO represents elementary teachers. 

In the event of a work-to-rule labour action, our schools will remain open and meaningful learning will continue.

DSB1 recognizes the value of the central and local bargaining process.   We will continue to communicate with families and community partners throughout this process.