All French-language schools will be closed to students on Thursday.

The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontarien (AEFO) announced it would be launching phase three of strike action.

All 12,000 regular and occasional teachers who are members will walk out province-wide. This strike is expected to be followed by weekly province-wide walkouts by the union. Previously, they had instilled a work-to-rule mandate, meaning teachers stopped performing certain duties.

That means French-language students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 will be out of class.

The schools to be closed for the day are:

  • Algonquin Grades 7-12 (North Bay)
  • Christ-Roi (River Valley)
  • Élisabeth-Bruyère Grades 7-12 (Mattawa)
  • Franco-Cité (Sturgeon Falls)
  • Héritage (North Bay)
  • Jeunesse Active (Sturgeon Falls)
  • L’Odyssée (North Bay)
  • La Résurrection (Sturgeon Falls)
  • Lorrain (Bonfield)
  • Mariale (Thorne)
  • Nipissing Ouest (Sturgeon Falls)
  • Saint-Joseph (Sturgeon Falls)
  • Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin (Astorville)
  • Sainte-Anne (Mattawa)
  • Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville (Verner)
  • Saints-Anges (North Bay)
  • St. Raymond (North Bay)
  • St. Vincent (North Bay)

AEFO president Remi Sabourin says this is the first time since the inception of French-language boards in 1997 that AEFO has held strikes to this level.

The union and province have been trying to negotiate a new deal, but the talks have broken down. Schools will reopen on Friday.