Tuition refunds being offered to students as Ontario college strike ends

Tuition refunds for students as Ontario college strike ends

Plus, you could get $500 more

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The Canadian Press, Toronto: The Ontario government is offering a full tuition refund to students who withdraw from this semester because of the province’s five-week-long college strike.

The Ministry of Advanced Education says students will have two weeks from the resumption of classes tomorrow to decide whether or not they want to continue with the condensed semester.

The government says students will also be eligible to receive up to $500 for unexpected costs they incurred because of the labour dispute, such as childcare fees, rebooked train or bus tickets, or rent.

Faculty in Ontario head back to their schools today after the strike was ended over the weekend with back-to-work legislation.

12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians, who had been on strike since Oct. 15, are returning to work to prepare for students’ return tomorrow.

Ontario’s Liberal government first tried to introduce and pass the back-to-work legislation in one fell swoop Thursday night but the NDP forced the legislature to sit through the weekend to debate the bill, ultimately passing it Sunday afternoon.

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