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SkyTrain strike announced

Posted on December 9, 2019



Updated Dec. 9, 2019

Vancouver Community College (VCC) students and employees are advised to prepare for a SkyTrain shutdown Tuesday, Dec. 10 to Thursday, Dec. 12.

On Saturday, Dec.7, the CUPE 7000 union representing Metro Vancouver SkyTrain workers announced the planned strike starting Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5 a.m. and ending Friday, Dec. 13 at 5 a.m. unless an agreement can be reached.

This strike will affect the Expo and Millennium lines of Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system. All other transit modes will continue to operate normally, including bus, SeaBus, Canada Line and West Coast Express, but will likely be busier than usual.

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Information for VCC students and employees

We understand that many students, faculty, and staff rely on the SkyTrain system and that a loss of service would be challenging. 

Please note that, in the event of a SkyTrain shutdown, VCC will operate as normal. Classes will proceed and faculty and staff are expected to attend work. 

VCC students:

  • Contact your instructor if you are concerned about potentially arriving late for classes or missing classes.

VCC faculty:

  • Contact your department head, school director, or dean as appropriate, should your alternate plans also be disrupted.

VCC staff:

  • Departments should work as teams to ensure proper coverage for hours of operation, and discuss potential accommodations and take into consideration team members’ commutes.
  • Contact your supervisor or excluded manager as appropriate, should your alternate plans also be disrupted.

  • Speak to your supervisor if you are concerned about arriving late to discuss the potential of alternative work arrangements (e.g. adjusting start and finish times).

Overall, we recommend planning alternate ways to get to VCC, allowing extra time for travel and parking, and being prepared for VCC parking lots to be busier than usual.

For those who intend to find alternate methods of transportation to get to VCC, please remember to practice proper road safety, such as wearing reflective clothing while walking or cycling in the darker evenings and mornings.

VCC students and staff can find more information at and sign up for transit alerts to receive up-to-date information.

General information and news

The following info has been compiled to help VCC students, faculty, and staff during any transit strike action. This is intended to be a useful resource. Please note that VCC does not endorse any third parties listed.

For up-to-date information on transit operations and strike action, check local news websites and social media accounts: 


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