The following information is based on court rulings and will assist you in preventing breaches of the peace:
The Halton Regional Police Service maintains Labour Dispute Officers who:
The Service policy is based on the understanding that labour disputes are civil matters between management and labour, and providing no breach of the peace occurs, the police have no authority in the dispute:
It is the policy of the Halton Regional Police Service to refrain, as far as possible, from stationing uniformed police officers at strike scenes. The executive member and picket captains of the union local involved in the strike are given the opportunity to police their picket lines, and the responsibility of maintaining peaceful picketing.
If peaceful conditions are not preserved then, in the interest of public safety, uniformed police officers may be stationed at the scene to:
Maintain peace and order, and;
Ensure, where necessary, the free and safe flow of traffic on the highway and remove any object or person directly or indirectly obstructing traffic, under the provisions of the Highway Traffic Act and the Criminal Code.
The following are relevant offences relating to strikes:
Causing a Disturbance
Assault/Assault With A Weapon Or Causing Bodily Harm
The Trespass to Property Act
For more information on the preceding offences, consult the applicable legislation, or:
Halton Regional Police Service Labour Dispute Coordinator
2485 North Service Road West,
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 0Y3