• Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in the Montreal climate change protest on September 27.
  • To encourage their students to attend, several Montreal schools, cégeps, and universities are cancelling class.
  • In attendance at the march will be teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has just delivered a damning speech at the United Nations.

With the September 27 Montreal climate change protest just around the corner, Montreal-area schools are preparing to cancel classes in anticipation of students attending the climate march.

Students and workers alike are mobilizing at Mount Royal on ave. du Parc and will be marching through the streets in a show of global solidarity to petition world leaders to take action against climate change. 

Led by internationally renowned climate activist Greta Thunberg, the protest will begin at 12 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The 16-year-old Thunberg began this movement last year after her anxieties about climate change motivated her to start a global movement to demand climate action.

UPDATE: This article has been updated as more schools announce cancellations!

So far, both school boards and many Montreal-area universities and CÉGEPs have announced their plans for the upcoming climate strike. The following list details which schools in Montreal will see cancelled classes this Friday.

MTL Blog will be at the march to bring you all the greatest hits! 

Make sure to double-check this list before going out to protest on the 27th! These universities and CÉGEPs will cancel classes from noon to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

School Boards 

Commission Scholaire de Montreal (CSDM)

  • The board has announced a universal PED day for all their institutions. 

English Montreal School Board (EMSB)

  • Parents who want their children to participate in the climate strike can submit a written request for absence. Otherwise, schools will be open as usual. 


The following universities will cancel classes from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday (unless otherwise noted). 

  • Concordia University

  • Université du Québec a Montreal (UQÀM)

  • Université de Montreal 

  • McGill University Faculty of Law

  • Université de Sherbrooke

  • École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

  • Champlain College

READ ALSO: Montreal Schools Are Cancelling Class For Climate Protest With Greta Thunberg This Month


The following CÉGEPs will cancel classes from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday (unless otherwise noted). 

  • Vanier College

  • Dawson College

  • John Abbott College

  • Marianopolis College 

  • Cégep de Saint-Laurent 

  • Cégep du Vieux Montreal (classes cancelled all day)

  • Cégep Ahuntsic

  • Cégep Andre-Laurendeau (classes cancelled all day)

  • Collège Bois-de-Boulogne

  • Collégial Sainte-Anne

  • Collège Rosemont (classes cancelled all day) 

  • Collège de Maisonneuve (classes cancelled all day)

  • Collège Andre-Grasset (classes cancelled all day) 

If you're at the climate strike this Friday, September 27,* send in your photos and videos to @MTLBlog on Instagram or Twitter!

*This article has been updated.

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