Breaks and Lunches

We have been getting some questions and concerns about breaks and lunches. We wanted to ensure that schedules are done and these have been scheduled accordingly. Please ensure this language is being followed at your worksite. Given that our work day is only 6.5 hours the Board is not required to provide breaks under the Employment Standards Act! The breaks that we get are a result of bargain your local collective agreement. Breaks have been bargained for you so that you can get a "break" from your work day because the work you do is hard! Not taking breaks causes burnout. We know there are lots of other contributing factors in the education system but this will not help. Please take your breaks and if there are issues with getting breaks in then we need to know.


What is the Collective Agreement Language for breaks/lunches (This language is non-negotiable)


L39:04 All employees (Early Childhood Educators see L39:06) working a full day shall

be entitled to one half (1/2) hour unpaid uninterrupted lunch break per day, to be scheduled as

close as possible to the mid- point of the work day.


L39:05 The scheduling of breaks will be determined by the administrator. All

employees (Early Childhood Educators see L39:06) shall be entitled to one (1) fifteen (15) minute

paid break for a half-day or more worked. Full time employees shall be entitled to an additional

fifteen (15) minute paid break or a combined total of one (1) thirty (30) minute paid break per day

for a full day worked. Exceptions to the scheduling of break periods, subject to student and school

needs, be made only by consultation and agreement with the Union. Fifteen (15) minute breaks shall

not be scheduled within the first half hour or the last half hour of the work day.


L39:06 Early Childhood Educators shall be scheduled for lunch and break periods

during non-instructional time as follows:

(a) Schools with 40-minute nutrition breaks may provide a 20-minute paid break in the first

or second nutrition break and a 30-minute unpaid uninterrupted lunch and 10-minute paid break

(total of 40 consecutive minutes) in the alternate nutrition break of the day for a combined total

of 60 minutes (paid breaks and unpaid uninterrupted lunch); or

(b) Schools with 45-minute nutrition breaks may provide a 15-minute paid break in the first

or second nutrition break and a thirty-minute unpaid uninterrupted lunch and 15-minute paid break

(total of 45 consecutive minutes) in the alternate nutrition break of the day for a combined total

of 60 minutes (paid breaks and unpaid uninterrupted lunch); or

(c) Alternatively, schools can elect to schedule a 30-minute unpaid uninterrupted lunch and

one combined paid break of 30 minutes, for a combined total of 60 minutes (paid break and unpaid

uninterrupted lunch).


Exceptions, subject to school needs, can be made only by consultation and agreement by the Union. Please do not bargain for alternate arrangements at your school.

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