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Picket Line Guidelines for the Sheridan Community

Note: These Strike Information pages are no longer being maintained.

We've left these pages here for your reference so you can see the information that was communicated to the Sheridan community during the academic strike period of October 16 – November 19, 2017.

For the latest information about returning to class after the strike, please see our Back to Class Updates.

View the slides from the Picket Line Protocol Information Sessions held at each campus.


The collective agreement for academic staff (faculty, counsellors and librarians) at all of Ontario’s 24 public colleges expired on September 30, 2017. No new contract agreement has been reached.

Strike action at Ontario's public colleges, including Sheridan, commenced on Monday, October 16.

What is a strike?

A strike is a refusal to work organized by a body of employees, typically a labour union, as a form of protest. The purpose of a strike is to compel an employer to agree to terms and conditions of employment. Striking employees often demonstrate or “picket” and delay traffic entering the employer’s property. Picketing is a legal activity, which usually occurs without confrontation. Workers typically walk in front of where they work, chanting and holding signs.

What does this mean for the Sheridan community?

All classes are cancelled for our full- and part-time students and apprenticeship students (most Continuing Education classes continue to run). Most other College services continue to be offered. See the full list of what's open and closed during the strike.

Individuals should expect delays when entering Sheridan campuses, as striking employees will be picketing at campus entrances. It is important that drivers approach the picket line in a respectful and safe manner. Pedestrians may also be approached by picketers. Pedestrians should interact with picketers in a safe, non-confrontational manner.

What can I expect from a picket line?

  • Vehicles can expect traffic delays. Proceed slowly and only if it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid using left-hand turns to enter campus. Drivers who attempt a left-hand turn into campus may face undue delays or be trapped in the intersection.
  • If you wish, you may roll down your window, as picketers will approach your vehicle to provide a hand-out and briefly explain their views.
  • Pedestrians entering campus may also be approached by picketers to engage in conversation.
  • Picketers will not delay vehicles or pedestrians exiting campus.

For more Information:

For the most reliable updates regarding the strike, please monitor Sheridan's strike information web pages.

If you feel unsafe at any point, contact Campus Security at 905-815-4044. Students and staff are also encouraged to download Sheridan Alert! – Sheridan’s free mobile app. The app includes direct links for reaching Security at all campuses.

If you require this guideline in an accessible format or with communication supports, please contact Human Resources at 905-845-9430 ext. 2297 or