Ontario: a special law puts an end to the strike in colleges

Yolanda Curtis
November 20, 2017

The 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians, who had been on strike since October 15, are returning to work to prepare for students' return tomorrow. The bill passed 39-18 in Queen's Park Sunday afternoon, bringing an end to the five-week strike.

Don Sinclair, the CEO of the College Employer Council, says one day after the legislation passes faculty will return to the colleges to prepare for students to return the day after.

"We will do everything possible to make sure students have the opportunity to be successful", she said.

"That's why we are taking these measures to ensure students have the support they need to complete their studies".

Horwath's party did not support the back-to-work legislation, causing the vote to be held Sunday, after three days of debate, rather than Thursday when the bill was introduced by the Liberals, with Conservative support.

Business administration student Amber Norlock said there's a lot of confusion among students as to whether they were supposed to submit assignments during the strike.

Administration at St. Clair College have outlined their plans to accommodate students for the five weeks of time they've lost this semester, after a province-wide strike.

Fall classes will resume January 3, 2018 with the term ending January 16, according to the college's official website.

Students will still have time to finish the semester but will have to cut their holiday break short.

The second-year student in the heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning technician program said he's also taken a financial hit because he hasn't received a needed bursary and has been living off quickly-dwindling savings.

The province also said that students who choose to withdraw from college because of the strike will be given a full refund of their tuition.

"It's going to be a very busy rest of the semester for students", said Joel Willett, president of the College Student Alliance.

Advanced Education Minister and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews said the plan is to give students some money back.

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