Welcome to CUPE 2204

Due to COVID-19, all CUPE offices are closed and CUPE staff are working remotely. To contact your local, please email cupe2204@gmail.com.


From Child Care Now (Ottawa), Please Share Widely:

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We are exhausted with this provincial government treating early childhood educators (ECEs) – the people who care for our kids at huge personal risk in this pandemic – as disposable. We’re furious that ECEs aren’t in Ontario’s Phase 2 vaccination plan, despite being at constant risk of exposure to COVID-19 while this pandemic drags on.

We’re asking you to take three minutes to send a letter to your MPP demanding safety and justice for the essential workers providing child care to our kids.

Please use our form here to quickly email your MPP – and please forward this to all other Ontarians you know.

In Solidarity,

Child Care Now (Ottawa)

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Nous sommes épuisés de voir ce gouvernement provincial traiter les éducateurs de la petite enfance (EPE) – les personnes qui s’occupent de nos enfants et qui courent un risque personnel énorme dans cette pandémie – comme des personnes jetables. Nous sommes furieux que les EPE ne fassent pas partie de la phase 2 du plan de vaccination de l’Ontario, alors qu’ils sont constamment exposés au COVID-19 pendant que la pandémie se prolonge.

Nous vous demandons de prendre trois minutes pour envoyer une lettre à votre député provincial afin d’exiger la sécurité et la justice pour les travailleurs essentiels qui s’occupent de nos enfants.

Veuillez utiliser notre formulaire ici pour envoyer rapidement un courriel à votre député provincial – et veuillez le circuler à tous les autres Ontariens que vous connaissez.

En toute solidarité,

Un Enfant, Une Place (Ottawa)

Read the OCBCC and AECEO’s Open Letter to Premier Ford: Protect and Respect Early Childhood Education and Care.

Sign the petition to Protect and Respect ECEC.


From the AECEO: Letter to Education Minister Stephen Lecce

“We know that ECEs and early years staff have been working diligently over the last 9 months under new and challenging circumstances to ensure the health and well-being of children, while providing exceptional care and education. We are deeply concerned by the lack of acknowledgement of ECEs, early years staff and the early childhood education and care sector in the Province’s recent announcement of a provincial lockdown.

We have been hearing from many of you about your concerns with both the decision to keep childcare open and the lack of communication and transparency, but also the timing of the announcement, which leaves many of you in uncertain circumstances. We have shared these concerns in our conversations with Ministry staff, and also in a letter to Education Minister Stephen Lecce. We encourage you as well to share your concerns directly with the Ministry at minister.edu@ontario.ca.”

For more information, click here


From the OCBCC: “An insult to educators, children and families”: Child care community views on the Ontario government’s proposed changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act. 

The Ontario government is proposing changes to the Child Care and Early Years Act. The proposed regulations would make substantial changes to age ranges, staff to child ratios and group sizes (called “Schedule 2”); staff qualifications; before- and after-school programs; and discusses the introduction of an unlicensed child care registry.

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care carried out an online survey on the changes with 2,443 respondents (1,693 Early Childhood Educators and 741 parents with children in child care). The survey found overwhelming opposition to most of the proposed regulatory changes. Respondents were especially concerned about changes to age groups, staff to child ratios and qualifications.

To view the OCBCC’s full report and summary of results, click here


   Ontario Regulation Proposal Fact Sheet

From the OCBCC: “As part of a 5-year review of the Child Care and Early Years Act, the Ontario government is proposing regulatory changes that could place some younger children into larger groups with fewer qualified staff. Our fact sheet summarizes the Ford government’s plans for changes to child care regulation, including age ranges, ratios, group sizes, qualifications and before- and after-school programs.” To view the fact sheet, click here



We are early childhood educators, cooks, cleaners, clerical and administrative staff, co-ordinators, home visitors, resource teachers and integration advisors, teachers and supervisors and bus attendants working in specialized preschool settings. We are the front line workers.


Together we are the union. We work in community-based child care and parent-staff co-operative programs in Eastern Ontario. We currently represent 300 staff employed in 13 different child care agencies.

At CUPE Local 2204, we’re one of the more than 2000 locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union. Nation-wide CUPE represents more than 500,000 public sector clerical, technical, blue collar, and professional workers, employed throughout Canada by airline services, the CBC, hospitals, libraries, municipalities, nursing homes, public utility commissions, school boards, social service and child care agencies, and universities.

CUPE National’s many departments – Research, Communications, Equal Opportunities, Education, Health and Safety, Job Evaluation, Legal and Legislation, Organizing and Servicing – are staffed by persons with skills that provide our locals with the resources to be more effective.


Having a union has been an effective vehicle for achieving significantly improved salaries and benefits. In addition, it has provided us with an effective voice in the workplace and in the larger child care community. We have worked with our parents, Boards of Directors and local and provincial organizations in our struggle to achieve a high quality, universally accessible not for profit child care system. We, as a union, remain committed to this goal. It is not unusual that unions have led the way for advances in the broader community and this was certainly our experience in Ottawa. In 1986, the union advanced the issue of pensions for child care employees. After another vigorous political campaign, many child care staff now have access to a retirement plan.