More than 111,000 CUPE members work as support staff (everyone in the school system except teachers and management) in 284 school board sector locals in elementary and secondary schools. 

Roughly 52 per cent of school board sector workers across Canada are CUPE members. Provincially the ratio ranges from 100 per cent CUPE members in PEI and New Brunswick to about 15 per cent in Quebec.

We represent the full range of support staff classifications in nearly every province: 33 per cent of members work as educational assistants, 25 per cent as custodians, and 13 per cent as school office staff.

  • Roughly 75 per cent of CUPE members working in schools are female, dominating in most classifications, but especially in those of educational assistant, school office and early childhood educator.
  • Men tend to dominate in the trades and maintenance positions, along with information technology.
  • More than 60 per cent of CUPE members in the sector are over 50 years old.
  • Fewer than five per cent are under 30.


School Supports: Portraits of CUPE School Board Workers in Ontario

Get to know our members working in the school board sector. Watch the videos on YouTube.