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Tuition refunds offered to students as Ontario college strike ends

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.

Full tuition refunds are available to students who withdraw from this semester due to the strike

Ontario college students are now eligible for a full tuition refund as well as up to $500 for any unexpected costs they have might incurred during the five-week-strike. (Martin Trainor/CBC News)

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 on Tuesday to decide whether or not they want to continue with the condensed semester.

The government said students are now also 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.

College faculty in Ontario returned to work on Monday, Nov. 20, a day after back-to-work legislation ended the five-week strike.

The 12,000 professors, instructors, counselors and librarians, who had been on strike since Oct. 15, are returning to work to prepare for students' return on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

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.