Update on the TCHC–CUPE Local 79 negotiations: TCHC requests mediation

Toronto, August 13, 2021—Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) has issued the following statement about the negotiations with CUPE Local 79 on a new collective agreement, which began in September 2020.

TCHC's goal is to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement that enables us to work together with CUPE Local 79 to further improve service delivery to tenants. 

At the request of CUPE Local 79, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has issued a "No Board Report." This started a countdown to Monday, August 23 as the first day that a possible labour disruption can legally take place. 

TCHC has reached out to CUPE Local 79 with a request that a mediator be retained to bring both sides together to continue working toward an agreement. We are hopeful that CUPE Local 79 will agree.

We remain optimistic that an agreement can be reached, but are taking prudent steps to have contingency plans ready so that essential services to tenants can continue in the event of a labour disruption. 

About Toronto Community Housing 

Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider, and home to nearly 60,000 households with low and moderate incomes. Toronto Community Housing is committed to identifying best practices and developing standards for energy efficiency across its portfolio, and to educating staff and residents on its green initiatives. 

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