School closures and cancellations: Keep up to date during Ontario winter storm

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By Lucas Casaletto and Michael Ranger

The most significant winter storm of the year hit Toronto and the GTA on Wednesday resulting in a number of closures and cancellations across the city, including hundreds of flights at Pearson airport.

The snow has tapered into flurries early Thursday, but with the damage done most school boards across the region have decided to call off buses for the day.

Here’s what you need to know.

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School board cancellations:

Toronto District and Catholic District boards: School buses are cancelled Thursday, schools remain open.

York Region District and Catholic District boards: Buses are cancelled Thursday, and schools will remain open.

Halton District and Catholic boards: Buses are cancelled Thursday for all zones, and schools will remain open.

Peel District and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District boards: Buses are cancelled Thursday for all zones, schools remain open.

Durham District and Catholic boards: Buses are cancelled Thursday for all zones, schools remain open.

Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir: Buses are cancelled Thursday and schools remain open.

Post-secondary closures:

Toronto Metropolitan University: The Toronto university is open on Thursday.

University of Toronto: The campus is open and operating as usual on Thursday.

U of T (Mississauga): The campus is open and operating as usual on Thursday.

Sheridan College: All Sheridan campuses are open and operating as usual on Thursday.

Humber College: Campuses are to be considered open on Thursday. The college said they would post by 6 a.m. if a closure was required, no post has been made.

Transit closures:

The TTC said Wednesday that 41 bus stops in hilly areas were out of service due to the winter storm. Service has resumed on many of the stops as of early Thursday but riders are being advised to check for service updates.

Line 3 Scarborough SRT is currently operating, but there is no service between Kennedy and McCowan due to weather conditions..

GO Transit is warning of a reduced schedule due to the storm on Wednesday. Riders are advised to check the GO website for any schedule changes.

Toronto Pearson flight delays and cancellations:

Toronto Pearson International Airport suggests travellers check their flight statuses before leaving for the airport. Pearson is reported that 25 per cent of its departures and 26 per cent of its arrivals were cancelled on Wednesday.

Airport spokesperson Tori Gass said many cancellations were related to weather elsewhere as the storm hitting Ontario affected U.S. cities as well. She noted that airlines are responsible for cancelling flights.

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“Delays are possible as our ground crews work hard in these challenging conditions to ensure the safety of all passengers.”

Toronto updates: 

The city closed recreational centres and indoor arenas as of 6 p.m. Wednesday. Instructional and drop-in programs, as well as permits, were also closed as of 4:30 p.m., and classes will be made up at the end of the session, if possible.

Artificial outdoor ice sink leisure programs are to continue, but instructional programming and skate lending is cancelled.

There is no word yet if these city services would resume on Thursday.

The city opened its warming centres as of 7 p.m. on Wednesday. These are available by walk-in.

  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr
  • Metro Hall, 55 John St
  • Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Ave


Toronto Public Library: Branches will operate as usual on Thursday after closing Wednesday evening.

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