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Toronto's St. Patrick's Day Parade logo

Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

At 12 noon on Sunday, March 10, 2019, join more than a half-million people who line the streets of Toronto to watch parade participants paint the city green.

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher is the 2019 Grand Marshal and will be the ceremonial leader of the parade. Hundreds of Local 793 members and their family and loved ones will march proudly together along the parade route.

Parade location: 
Start time: 12 noon SHARP
Begins at the corner of St George St & Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7
Ends at Nathan Phillips Square.
Distance 3.5 kilometres (approximately)

NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME WILL BEGIN AT 3 A.M. ON SUNDAY, MARCH 10. 
TO DO: Before you go to bed on March 9, make sure you set your clocks forward by one (1) hour. 

2019 Marshal Point for St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Where marchers meet

Meet at St George St & Hoskin Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 3G5 – our Marshal Location. Look for “LOCATION A” FLAGS and our IUOE LOCAL 793 BOOM TRUCKS. 

Meet time: 11 A.M. on March 10

We need you there at 11 a.m. for jacket distribution. Due to limited quantities jackets will only be distributed before the parade begins. 

Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12 NOON SHARP. 

*REMEMBER* Daylight savings time begins on March 10 at 3 a.m. On the night of March 9, don’t forget to spring your clock forward one hour. 

Thank you to everyone who agreed to march in Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. See you on March 10! 

Remember, there will be a post-parade reception at Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar, 96 Richmond Street West in Toronto.

Toronto's St. Patrick's Day Parade logo

March in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Toronto – March 10 

WE NEED YOU to march on March 10 in Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

Our special 100thAnniversary St. Patrick’s Day jackets are to wear during the parade march. We will have sweatshirts available for kids.

YOUR NEXT STEPS

LET US KNOW WHO IS MARCHING by end of day on Friday, February 8. 

Please email Mike Scott, mscott@iuoelocal793.org or executive@iuoelocal793.org with:

  • Your name and jacket size. 
  • Your spouse’s name and jacket size. 
  • Names of your children and their ages. 

Please note if you confirm later than February 8, we cannot guarantee that your jacket will arrive in time for the parade.

2019 St. Patrick's Day jacket sizing - 100th anniversary
2019 St. Patrick’s Day jacket sizing chart – 100th anniversary

Remember, there will be a post-parade reception at Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar, 96 Richmond Street West in Toronto. 

100th Anniversary Events

Events will be held across the province in 2019 to mark the 100th anniversary of Local 793. Additional details on events and times will be shared with members as they are made available. Please contact Area Offices for more information.

PICNICS & GOLF TOURNAMENTS

Toronto and Barrie
Picnic – Sunday, August 18, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at the IUOE, Local 793 head office in Oakville.
Location: 2245 Speers Road, Oakville, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Golf – Saturday, August 10, 2019
Enjoy a round of golf at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, home to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Location: 1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville, ON
Time: 1:30 p.m. start; 12 noon registration

Hamilton, Cambridge and St. Catharines
Picnic – Sunday, July 21, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Wild Waterworks in Hamilton.
Location: 680 Waterfront Trail, Hamilton, ON
Time: TBA

Golf – Saturday, June 22, 2019
Enjoy a round of golf at Copetown Woods Golf Club, one of the newest championship courses in south-western Ontario.
Location: 1430 Concession 2 Road West, Copetown, ON
Time: TBA

London
Picnic – Saturday, August 17, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at East Park in London.
Location 1275 Hamilton Road East, London, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oshawa
Picnic – Saturday, July 20, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Palmer Park in Port Perry.
Location: 175 Water Street, Port Perry, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ottawa, Belleville & Morrisburg
Picnic – Saturday, June 15, 2019
A picnic and rodeo for members and their families will be held at the OETIO Morrisburg campus.
Location: 12580 County Road #2, Morrisburg, ON
Time: TBA

Sault Ste. Marie
Picnic – Sunday, June 16, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Ojibway Park in Garden River. 
Location: 2628 Highway 17B East, Garden River, ON
Time: TBA

Sarnia
Picnic – Saturday, July 27, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Corunna Athletic Park in Corunna. 
Location: 420 Colborne Street, Corunna, ON
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Golf – Saturday, July 6, 2019
Enjoy a round of golf at St. Clair Parkway, a course renowned for its beautifully manicured greens.
Location: 132 Moore Line, Mooretown, ON
Time: 8 a.m. start; 7 a.m. registration

Sudbury
Picnic – Saturday, June 8, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Warren Agricultural Society in Warren. 
Location: 9 Stanhope Avenue, Warren, ON
Time: TBA

Thunder Bay
Picnic – Sunday, July 7, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Chippewa Park Pavilion in Thunder Bay. 
Location: 2465 City Road, Thunder Bay, ON
Time: 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Timmins
Picnic – Sunday, June 23, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Gillies Lake Conservation Area in Timmins. 
Location: 100 Lakeshore Road, Timmins, ON
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Windsor
Picnic – Saturday, July 13, 2019
A picnic for members and their families will be held at Fogolar Furlan in Windsor. 
Location: 1800 North Service Road, Windsor, ON
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.

Golf – Saturday, June 1, 2019
Enjoy a round of golf at Deer Run Golf Course, one of the best golf courses in south-western Ontario.
Location: 19605 Bloomfield Road, Blenheim, ON
Time: 9 a.m. start; 8 a.m. registration

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ADDITIONAL EVENTS IN 2019

Grand Marshal’s Ball for Toronto’s 2019 St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 8, 2019
The St. Patrick’s Parade Society of Toronto will host a cocktail reception to honour Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher as the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal. Traditional Irish dancers and live music will entertain those attending.
Location: Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON
Time:  8 p.m.

Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Join more than a half-million people who line the streets of Toronto to watch parade participants paint the city green. Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher is the 2019 Grand Marshal and will be the ceremonial leader of a parade.
NOTE: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME WILL BEGIN AT 3 A.M. ON SUNDAY, MARCH 10. So before you go to bed on March 9, make sure you set your clocks forward by one (1) hour. 

Parade location: 
Begins at the corner of St George St & Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7
Ends at Nathan Phillips Square.
Distance 3.5 kilometres (approximately)
Start Time: 12 noon
Pre-parade meetup time: 11 a.m. at St George St & Hoskin Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 3G5. Look for “LOCATION A” FLAGS and our IUOE LOCAL 793 BOOM TRUCKS.
St. Patrick’s Day – Post-parade celebrations: Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar, 96 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON

Labour Day Parades and Picnics
Local 793 will be marching in Labour Day Parades around the province and hosting post-parade picnics. Check your local area offices for dates and times. 

Toronto’s Labour Day Parade
Monday, September 2, 2019
Local 793 has secured the first-place spot in the 2019 Labour Day parade, where business manager Mike Gallagher and Local 793 members will lead the parade.
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Oakville Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, November 16, 2019 
Join us as we walk alongside Local 793’s float through the streets of Oakville for Oakville’s 2019 Santa Claus parade.
Parade start: 9 a.m.
Pre-parade meeting and departure location: TBA

100th Anniversary Dinner Dance
Saturday, December 7, 2019
IUOE, Local 793’s 100th anniversary dinner dance will offer members a chance to celebrate amongst one another along with dinner, dancing and a celebration of a century of brother and sisterhood. 
Location: OE Banquet & Conference Centre, 2245 Speers Road, Oakville, ON
Time: Reception at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.

Change of address?

2018 income tax time is fast approaching! To be certain receipts are mailed to the proper address, please ensure that any address changes you may have are updated in our system.

How members can update their address:

  • online,
  • contact their nearest union office, or
  • contact Local 793 head office.

Please Note: Due to privacy, we can only accept address changes from members.

Although members will be able to download their 2018 tax receipts online, they are automatically sent out to members’ home addresses as well.

Benefit Improvements

The Board of Trustees are pleased to advise of the following benefit improvements effective January 1, 2019 for the active and retiree plans:

ACTIVE PLAN:

Benefit Improvements effective January 1st, 2019

  • Increase in Dental Fee Guide: The Plan will reimburse dental benefits based on the 2018 Ontario Dental Fee Guide.
  • Psychologist: Services of a psychologist, psychotherapist and social worker subject to a combined maximum of $1,000 per calendar year. Note that psychotherapist and social worker were added to the existing psychologist benefit under the Plan.
  • Health Care Spending Account:  The maximum benefit increased from $400 per family per calendar year to $500 per family per calendar year.
  • Vision care: Increase from $600 to $800 and reduced from 24 months to every 12 months from the last date of service for vision aids prescribed by a qualified physician or optometrist for members and dependants regardless of age.
  • Increase laser eye coverage from $1,000 to $2,000 per lifetime.
  • Long Term Disability – Monetary Benefit: Increase the flat benefit amount from $1,250 to $1,500 per month for existing and future claimants who remain totally and continuously disabled, until the earliest of your recovery, death, attainment of age 65 or the date you have received 10 years of benefit payments.
  • Long Term Disability – Permanent Waiver of Premium (Benefit Freezing) – Members on existing and future Long Term Disability Benefits (LTD) may be eligible for Permanent Waiver of Premium (WOP) until they attain the age of 65 provided ongoing medical supports their disability.
  • Group Legal Benefits: Members on Long Term Disability can now utilize the Group Legal Benefit Plan.

RETIREE PLAN:

Benefit Improvements effective January 1st, 2019 

  • Increase in Dental Fee Guide: The Plan will reimburse dental benefits based on the 2018 Ontario Dental Fee Guide.
  • Psychologist: Services of a psychologist, psychotherapist and social worker subject to a combined maximum of $500 per calendar year. Note that psychotherapist and social worker were added to the existing psychologist benefit under the Plan.
  • Health Care Spending Account: The maximum benefit increased from $400 per family per calendar year to $500 per family per calendar year.
  • Vision care: Increase from $600 to $800 and reduced from 24 months to every 12 months from the last date of service for vision aids prescribed by a qualified physician or optometrist for members and dependants regardless of age.
  • Laser Eye Surgery: $2,000 per lifetime.

Local 793 participates in Santa Claus Parade

Local 793 members and their families participated in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

The union was a gold sponsor of the event and had a float in the parade. The Local 793 truck was decorated in white and light blue and had speakers playing Christmas music.

The theme was Winter Wonderland. Playful costumed characters rode the float including a polar bear, snowmen (and women), the abominable snow beast aka the Bumble, Christmas trees, penguins, chipmunks and reindeer. A Local 793 contingent followed the float on foot wearing red Santa hats and handed out lollipops (to those that had been good).

The day was chilly and overcast, but the parade route was lined with thousands of children and adults. Local 793 waved to the crowd as the group wound its way along the route through the downtown area.