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Ontario offering tuition refund, as striking college faculty return to class

National Public Radio

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 said students will have two weeks from the resumption of classes Tuesday to decide whether or not they want to continue with the condensed semester.

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

College faculty in Ontario were back at their schools Monday, after the strike was ended over the weekend with back-to-work legislation. The 12,000 professors, instructors, counselors and librarians had been on strike since Oct. 15.

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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