Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Important Message

Possible CUPE Strike and St. Louis


Nov 2, 2022

Dear St. Louis Students, Parents and Guardians and Community Partners,

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board received notice that Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) may strike starting on Friday, November 4, 2022, if an agreement is not reached this week with the Ontario Government.

If the strike happens, all Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Catholic Board will be CLOSED, yet for now All programs at all St. Louis locations will remain OPEN in the event of a CUPE strike.

All St. Louis classes will be running daytime, evening and Saturday as per our usual schedule for currently registered students, but it will not be ‘business as usual’. No CUPE staff will be working on site. There will be no new registrations to any programs should a strike occur. Please be aware there may be picketing near the school. If there is picketing, we ask for your patience and care as you come onto school property.

  • To St. Louis students who are also parents of children who attend our Catholic Elementary and Catholic Secondary Schools: Please arrange alternate care for your children to continue to attend your classes if you are able.
  • To St. Louis students who have children attending Public Board Elementary and Secondary schools: Please continue to attend classes you are enrolled in. You are not directly affected by the strike because the Public Board schools will be open.
  • On-site guests and partners will have their campus visits and services rescheduled after the strike is over.

For Updates: Please check the St. Louis website the most up to date information regarding St. Louis programming. Or follow StLouisALC on Facebook / @StLouisWCDSB on Twitter. For information about possible school closures of Catholic Elementary & Catholic Secondary schools: Please visit

Quick Facts:

  • St. Louis supports approximately 2500 learners at one time (ages 6mths to over 70 years old) meeting the continuing education needs of over 12 000 students annually.
  • St. Louis is funded by various ministries (including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Ministry of Colleges and Universities; Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada; and Employment Ontario)