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OSBCU: Paint the Province Purple

Across Ontario

October 21, 2022 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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2022-10-21 07:30:00 2022-10-21 16:00:00 America/Toronto OSBCU: Paint the Province Purple Across Ontario,Ontario, Canada
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Education workers are vital to Ontario’s public education system. Right now, they’re fighting to protect and expand the services students rely on.

Join OSBCU to show your support for education workers by painting the province purple!

WHAT: Put up Support Education Workers posters at a school in your neighbourhood and share these flyers about what education workers are fighting for

WHEN: Friday, October 21 @ 7:30AM – 9AM OR 2:30PM – 4PM

WHERE: Schools across Ontario. Scroll down for a full list of locations.

If you’d like to host your own action, sign up here and let us know the details.

What’s at stake?

Over the last four years, Ford’s Conservatives have cut funding for schools by $800 per student (adjusted for inflation). In 2021-22, cuts totaled $1.6 billion.

Cuts to funding means cuts to services for students, including dwindling one-on-one support from Educational Assistants, school libraries without library workers, school boards choosing to cut corners on custodial and maintenance staffing, and more.

Education workers are fed up with the underfunding of Ontario’s education system and the undervaluing of the workers that make the system run. That’s why they voted overwhelmingly in support of strike action, should collective bargaining reach an impasse.

It’s time for Ford’s Conservatives to do what’s right for students, parents, and workers by getting back to the bargaining table, bargaining in good faith, and respecting workers’ rights.

Show your support by RSVPing to paint the province purple and support education workers’ fight to protect public education.

Learn more and hear workers’ stories at 39000isnotenough.ca.

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Local actions across Ontario

All actions take place on Friday, October 21.

If you’d like to host your own action, sign up here and let us know the details.


  • 7:30 am: École secondaire catholique La Citadelle, 510 McConnell Ave.


  • 7:45 am: Jean Little Public School, 56 Youngman Dr.


  • 8:30 am: Cathy Wever Elementary School, 160 Wentworth St. N.


  • 7:30 am: Eagle Heights Public School, 284 Oxford St.


  • 7:30 am: Huron Heights Secondary School, 40 Huron Heights Dr.

North Bay

  • 7:30 am: Chippewa Secondary Scool, 539 Chippewa St. W.


  • 4:00 pm: Constituency office of PCPO MPP Sylvia Jones, 180 Broadway


  • 3:00 pm: École élémentaire publique Francojeunesse, 119 Osgoode St. (at Nelson St.)

Sault Ste. Marie

  • TBA: St. Basil Catholic Elementary School, 250 St. Georges Ave. E.

Toronto (Downtown)

  • 7:30 am: St. Michael Choir School, 67 Bond St. (at Dundas St. W.)

Toronto (East York)

  • 3:00 pm: Crescent Town Elementary School, 4 Massey Square

Toronto (East End)

  • 8:00 am: Earl Haig Public School, 15 Earl Haig Ave. (at Coxwell Ave.)
  • 8:00 am: Nelson Mandela Park Public School, 440 Shuter St. (at Sumach St.)

Toronto (Sherwood Park)

  • 7:30 am: Blythwood Junior Public School, 2 Strathgowan Crescent (at Blythwood Rd.)

Toronto (West End)

  • 7:30 am: Pauline Jr. Public School, 100 Pauline Ave., and St. Sebastian Elementary School, 717 Brock Ave. (TTC: Dufferin)
  • 8:15 am: Carleton Village Junior and Senior Sports and Wellness Academy, 315 Osler St. (St. Clair Ave. W. and Old Weston Rd.)
  • 2:30 pm: Annette Street Junior and Senior Public School, 265 Annette St. (at Clendenan Ave.)
  • 4:00 pm: Montrose Junior Public School, 301 Montrose Ave. (at Harbord St.)


  • 4:00 pm: École Sainte-Thérèse / Saint Theresa School, 5305 Tecumseh Rd. E.

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