Labour Update

Labour Update

See below for Frequently Asked Questions.

October 15, 2017 – No deal has been reached between the negociation team and the union representing faculty members at Ontario’s 24 public colleges. The faculty strike begins as of Monday, October 16, 2017.

Please know that no Ontario college student has ever lost a year because of a strike. Boréal is committed to the success of its students and will ensure that they will have the opportunity to complete their year of studies.

During a strike, unionized academic employees will not perform work-related duties, including contact with students. All post-secondary courses offered by Collège Boréal in person or online will be suspended at all six campus locations (Sudbury, Hearst, Kapuskasing, Nipissing, Timmins, and Toronto) as well as at access centres located in Alfred, Hamilton, London, Niagara, and Windsor.

Detailed information has been posted on Collège Boréal’s website at http://www.collegeboreal.ca/nouvelles/labour-update/.

A hotline is open during the strike, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 705-586-0346.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will provide you with updates as they occur.

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October 11, 2017 – The union representing faculty members at Ontario’s 24 public colleges, including Collège Boréal, has set a strike deadline of Monday, October 16, 2017. If no new contract is reached by that time, a strike will begin.

During a strike, all teaching and research activities involving college faculty will be suspended. Administrative and support staff will report to work as usual.

No college student in Ontario has ever lost an academic year due to a strike. We will do everything we can to ensure that students can complete their studies.

We encourage all students to use this time to get caught up on all existing studies and assignments.

We will provide you with updates as they occur.

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October 3, 2017 – On September 14, 2017, Ontario college faculty voted in support of strike action, during this current round of contract negotiations. A strike vote is part of the process. This was a vote held by faculty at each of Ontario’s 24 colleges and is not an issue isolated to just Collège Boréal.

The colleges are committed to negotiating a settlement which is fair to faculty while being affordable and responsible for the colleges.

Like all negotiations, this is an important and ongoing conversation.

The faculty union (OPSEU) must give us a five-day notice if they decide to take faculty out on strike.

For the time being, there are no disruption to classes, events, or the ongoing day-to-day business activities at Collège Boréal.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are all classes be suspended?

During a strike, unionized academic employees will not perform work-related duties, including contact with students. All post-secondary courses offered by Collège Boréal in person or online are suspended at all six campus locations (Sudbury, Hearst, Kapuskasing, Nipissing, Timmins, and Toronto) as well as at access centres located in Alfred, Hamilton, London, Niagara, and Windsor.

Students will continue to have access to the student and D2L portals; however, they will be unsupervised. Students are encouraged to continue their current work and assignments. Once the strike is over, the College will determine how to ensure all academic outcomes are met.

What services and programs are affected?

*This list is subject to change. 

The following services and programs will be SUSPENDED:

  • All post-secondary courses offered by Collège Boréal in person or online will be suspended at all six campus locations (Sudbury, Hearst, Kapuskasing, Nipissing, Timmins, and Toronto) as well as at access centres located in Alfred, Hamilton, London, Niagara, and Windsor
  • All placements except for Medical Imaging Technology – Radiation, Medical Diagnostic Ultrasonography, and Funeral Director
  • Counselling services
  • Applied research initiatives
  • Centre for Leadership and Academic Innovation
  • Dual Credit – School College Work Initiative (IJECT) offered in person in Nipissing, Sudbury, Timmins, and Toronto
  • Continuing education courses offered in person in Nipissing, Sudbury, Timmins, and Toronto
  • Pre-apprenticeship programs offered in person in Sudbury
  • Apprenticeship programs offered in person
  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) programs offered in Niagara, Nipissing, Sudbury, and Timmins
  • Contract training courses offered in person on campus in Nipissing, Sudbury, Timmins, and Toronto
  • All faculty-managed activities (including dental clinic, massage therapy clinic, hair salon, and cosmetic clinic)

The following services will be OFFERED:

  • Special Needs Centre
  • Support Services Centre (Coup de pouce)
  • Alphonse-Desjardins Resource Centre
  • IT Centre
  • Health Services
  • Admissions Office and Registrar
  • College Life / Recreation Activities (including sports)
  • COOP Boréal
    • Cafeteria, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
    • Bookstore, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday
    • Pub – the space is open; however, the bar is closed
  • Daycare
  • Dual Credit – School College Work Initiative (IJECT) offered online and in person in Hearst, Kapuskasing, Barrie, London, Hamilton, and Windsor
  • Continuing education courses offered in person in Hearst, Kapuskasing, Barrie, London, Hamilton, Windsor
  • Online continuing education courses
  • Pre-apprenticeship programs offered in Hearst, Kapuskasing, and London
  • Online apprenticeship programs (Teacher’s Aide, Developmental Services Worker, and Child Development Worker)
  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) programs offered in Barrie, Hamilton, Hearst, Kapuskasing, London, North Bay, Témiskaming, Toronto, and Windsor
  • Contract training courses offered online, offsite, and in person in Hearst, Kapuskasing, Barrie, London, Hamilton, and Windsor
  • Immigration programs and services
  • Employment programs and services

Certain specialized labs will also remain open.

What happens to my year?

Please know that no Ontario college student has ever lost a year because of a strike. Boréal is committed to the success of its students and will ensure that they will have the opportunity to complete their year of studies.

Will students receive a tuition rebate for time out of the classroom?

We sympathize with students who are frustrated with the situation. The notion of a rebate presumes that students will not receive their academic year. We fully expect that college students will be able to complete their academic year once this strike has ended.

What should I do if an assignment was due or an evaluation was scheduled to occur during the strike?

Students can submit assignments via Brightspace (according to course instructions) OR once the strike is over. In the event an evaluation (test) was scheduled to occur during the strike, students should be prepared to complete it upon their return to class. Please know that faculty will ensure course outcomes are met. No Ontario college student has ever lost a year because of a strike.

Will all Collège Boréal campus locations and access centres be closed?

No. Boréal campuses, access centres and the student residence will remain open. Administrative and support staff will continue to work.

Certain specialized labs will also remain open.

What should I do if I have a job as part of the Travail-Boréal program?

Please speak with your hiring manager to find out if your employment continues during the strike.

What should I do if I’m taking part in the Second Career program?

Please contact your employment consultant (Employment Ontario or elsewhere).

What should I expect when heading to a Boréal campus or access centre?

In certain areas, strike workers will form a picket line. They may want to share information with you; however, they cannot use force, make threats, block access to facilities, or create a public nuisance under the law. When crossing picket lines, please do so with caution and in the spirit of mutual respect for picketers. Please allow for extra time to get to and from your destination.

Will the daycare at Boréal’s Sudbury campus remain open?

Yes. Daycare staff will communicate with parents and caregivers.

Is public transit affected?

City buses will travel to Boréal campuses and access centres, but they will not cross picket lines. Please allow for extra time to get to and from your destination.

Sudbury campus – Route 014 (Kathleen / Collège Boréal)

From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, buses will travel from Kathleen Street as usual, but will access Cambrian Heights Drive rather than going through college grounds.

From 6:15 p.m. to 9:50 p.m., Monday to Friday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday, buses will follow the regular route through college grounds and exit on Lasalle Boulevard.

The walking trail between the École secondaire Macdonald-Cartier and Collège Boréal will remain open as usual.

How long will the strike last?

It is impossible for us to estimate the duration of the strike. Updates will be posted as they become available on our website at www.collegeboreal.ca, our Facebook page, and on Twitter.

How quickly will classes resume in the event a deal is reached during the strike?

It is difficult to say; however, students should receive notice 2 to 3 days (minimum) prior to returning to class.

Where can I find additional information?

A hotline is open during the strike, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: 705-586-0346.

For the most recent and comprehensive OPSEU Bargaining updates, remain are available online:


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