Ontario college strike: what you need to know in eastern Ontario

Faculty at Algonquin, La Cité, St. Lawrence and Loyalist colleges are on strike over issues including the number of full-time staff. Here's a look at some of what's affected.

Majority of classes cancelled at Algonquin, La Cité, St. Lawrence and Loyalist colleges

Most classes at Algonquin College are cancelled because of a strike by faculty across Ontario. (Kimberley Molina/CBC)

College faculty are on strike across Ontario starting today, including four colleges in eastern Ontario:  Algonquin, La Cité, St. Lawrence and Loyalist.

The faculty's union, OPSEU, says it wants a number of part-time staff hired to match the number of full-time staff.

It's also pushing for more job security and academic freedom.

The College Employer Council said giving the union what it wants would cost $250 million, forcing it to slash jobs and affect the quality of education.

The council is proposing to improve the way contract faculty move to full-time positions and a smaller, more gradual wage hike than the union wants.

While the labour dispute is ongoing, the majority of classes are cancelled in eastern Ontario's affected colleges.

Here's a look at what the colleges are telling students.

Algonquin College

  • Around 20,000 students affected.
  • Classes are cancelled, except continuing education classes after 6 p.m.
  • Clinical placements are cancelled.
  • Classes in collaborative programs taught by faculty from other universities will continue.
  • Campus, residences and Students' Association facilities are open.
  • OC Transpo buses that come through campus are being detoured, except for buses using Baseline Station.

The college has set up a strike information page.

La Cité

  • Around 5,000 students affected.
  • Classes are cancelled, except online courses.

Strike updates are being posted on the school's website and social media.

St. Lawrence

  • Around 6,000 full-time students affected.
  • All classes are cancelled, except some field placement activities.
  • Campuses are open, managers and support staff are working and most services are unaffected.
  • Kingston Transit said its buses won't be servicing the Kingston campus transfer point during the strike. Check the list of detours here.

The school has set up a page for strike updates.


  • Campus is open but regular daytime classes are cancelled.
  • Some online and continuing education courses are still happening.
  • Services such as mentoring, tutoring, athletics and the career centre will continue.
  • The school says to expect pickets and to be courteous and careful if crossing a line. It encourages people to take public transportation, get dropped off or carpool to reduce potential traffic delays.
  • There are detours on Belleville Transit's routes 7 and 10 during the strike.
  • The number of students affected was not immediately available.

Loyalist College has a labour negotiation update page as well.