Nearly 25,700 full time Ontario college students received tuition refunds after a five-week-strike derailed their semester.
Minister Deb Matthews said that figures are still preliminary and could change in the coming weeks as further numbers are reported by Ontario’s 24 colleges.
Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education confirmed today that 10.3% of Ontario’s roughly 250,000 full-time college students asked for, and received, their money back after the strike.
The decision is likely to cost the schools millions of dollars which would have otherwise been saved because of the labour dispute. The government ended the strike in November with back-to-work legislation passed in a rare weekend sitting at Queen’s Park.
Ontario college strike ended after back-to-work legislation was passed.
The 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians have been were on strike from Oct. 16 to Nov 19. Students from across Ontario’s 24 colleges have been outspoken during the strike, calling for refunds for time loss.
Minister Mathews had then announced, “So we have directed the colleges to set aside the net savings from the strike as they have not been paying faculty through the strike, and we will very soon be able to talk about how that money will be dispersed. It will be returned to students and those who are facing the greatest financial needs.”
That promise is well kept now.