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.



Below is information about health and safety, WSIB, disinfection, and more. Should you have any questions, please email cupe2204@gmail.com.


Have you been exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace?

Aves-vous été exposé à COVID-19 sur le lieu de travail?

The above documents explain what to do in case of COVID-19 exposure in the workplace

This document explains the claim process, including which forms must be filled out by the employee and which forms are filled out by the employer.

WSIB Worker’s Exposure Incident Form

Centre Health and Safety:

Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 – What to Do?
This document explains what to do in case a child or worker is suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19

Parent and Guardian Management Checklist
This document outlines screening, self-assessment, and drop-off/pick-up processes

Child Management Checklist
This document outlines health and safety modifications for daily activities in the workplace

Cleaning and Disinfection Checklist
This document details cleaning and disinfection processes for the workplace

Further Information:

CUPE Reopening Guide for Joint Health and Safety Committees and/or Health and Safety Representatives

Letter from CUPE Child Care Sector to Minister of Education


Next Steps for Advocacy, Information, and Support

CUPE Ontario is launching an interactive web series in August called CUPE Connects!, featuring diverse topics and speakers on the issues that matter most to CUPE members. For more information and to vote on the first topic of the web series, click here

Support Bill 191: Give Frontline Workers the Support they Deserve.
Participate in the campaign to ensure that COVID-19 is recognized as an occupational disease for workers who test positive here

Mayor Watson: No Pandemic Austerity – Save Ottawa’s Child Care Sector!
Sign the petition here

Tell Premier Ford: These are the actions Ontarians need.
Participate in the CUPE Ontario campaign here

Fix Long-Term Care: support the campaign here and here
Read CUPE National President Mark Hancock’s Appeal to Fix Long-Term Care here

Sign on to the OCBCC’s Emergency Plan for Ontario Child
Care in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
, a plan to protect
educators, families, and children.

Endorse Child Care Now’s national Plan to Save Child Care from COVID-19.

Tell The Ford Conservatives And Your MPP
To Support Communities, Not Cuts Campaign

New federal investments in sick leave, child care and PPE should be the foundation for permanent, long-term support

Updates from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Ontario Child Care Webinar: Voices from emergency child care and next steps for advocacy

Together with our partners, the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, we have begun a new webinar series. In our first Child Care Operators’ Webinar (April 24th) we began a conversation about how the ELCC sector is responding to COVID-19. We heard from three child care operators about how they have been negotiating the challenges. We also heard from our participants about their most pressing concerns.

Resources from the April 24th Child Care Operators’ Webinar:

Add your voice! Early Childhood Educators deserve $4 pandemic pay and decent work

We are supporting the AECEO’s campaign to extend the $4/hr pandemic pay and decent work to ECEs and child care workers in emergency child care.

You can support the campaign with just one-click to send Premier Ford, Minister Lecce and your MPP an email using via our website.

From Child Care Now Ottawa

A survey for parents:
We have put together a short survey to capture your experiences with child
care during COVID-19, and your concerns on child care programs reopening.
Please find the survey 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.