Strike-affected students not offered enough

Algonquin College students return to class

Algonquin College students return to class

The province has now declared that students will be compensated for lost time in the classroom.

The Ontario Government has announced students are eligible for up to $500 to cover costs incurred during the five-week strike by college faculty.

Some 12,000 instructors, librarians, counsellors and other staff at Ontario's 24 public colleges went on strike on October 15 after the union and the College Employer Council, which bargains on behalf of the colleges, could not come to an agreement. All full-time domestic and worldwide students now enrolled in the Fall 2017 term are eligible for the $500 Student Strike Relief Fund. Students who withdraw from the Fall term are not eligible for the funding.

Ontario Student Assistance Program aid, or OSAP, will also be extended into December to accommodate extended semesters, the statement said.

On Sunday, the Ontario legislature pushed through an act that ended the college labour dispute, leaving students unsure how to navigate dramatically condensed semesters. It has been rough for all sides, but students by far have been pawns who are paying the price and the compensation won't compensate for what they've really lost.

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