mobile navigation An academic strike continues to be in effect at all Ontario Colleges, including Sheridan,  however we are hopeful that the back-to-work legislation will be passed and finalized by Sunday, November 19. Should the legislation pass by November 19, we anticipate welcoming our faculty back to Sheridan on Monday, November 20 to prepare for students to return to classes on Tuesday, November 21. For more information please visit

Picket Line Guidelines for the Sheridan Community

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