Return–to–Class Updates: Strike Reimbursements

December 8, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

While we’re happy that classes have resumed and students and faculty are back on campus, we know this has been a difficult time and that there are many questions about the modified semesters, and options available to students after the strike.

Listed below is information on the following items:

Student funds/reimbursement

We’ve established two funds to help offset financial impacts students have experienced due to the strike – the Student Strike Relief Fund and the Travel Reimbursement Fund.

Students can apply to either the Student Strike Relief Fund or the Travel Reimbursement Fund, not both.


Student Strike Relief Fund

The Student Strike Relief Fund provides assistance for students who have experienced financial impacts as a result of the strike. The fund is consistent with the framework developed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in consultation with student leaders and colleges. Students may be eligible for up to a maximum payment of $500 in assistance for travel, living, childcare and other expenses.

Visit the Student Strike Relief Fund page to learn more about eligibility criteria, required supporting documentation and deadlines.

Students can apply for this fund until April 27, 2018.

Travel Reimbursement Fund

Students who booked and paid for travel between December 15, 2017 and December 22, 2017 before November 6th, 2017 may be eligible for compensation through our Travel Reimbursement Fund.

Visit the Travel Reimbursement Fund FAQ #15 to learn more about eligibility criteria, required supporting documentation and deadlines.

Students can apply for this fund until January 22, 2018.


The deadline to withdraw from the fall semester was Tuesday, December 5. We are no longer accepting withdrawal requests for full tuition refund. 

Students who have already withdrawn from the 2017 fall semester for strike-related reasons can reverse that decision. Students who want to return to the same program in a future semester can use the contact information listed below. We will only be able to accommodate students in programs that still have spaces available.

OSAP information

Students currently receiving OSAP who were likely to graduate at the end of this fall term will be assessed for additional OSAP funding for the length of extension of the fall semester to January 19.

For students who choose to withdraw, it is important to understand that under the OSAP funding agreement, we must send your tuition refunds to the National Student Loan Service Centre if you have an OSAP overpayment. Students who do not have OSAP overpayment will receive a cheque. If a student is interested in returning to their program in the winter semester or next September, contact Admissions to discuss this possibility.

Students can check their OSAP status online at for further updates on their reassessment.

See all OSAP updates in our FAQs.

The modified schedules for the 2017 fall & 2018 winter semesters

We’ve had to make changes to the semester and we’ve taken the input of the Student Association Executive to minimize the impacts on students’ vacation time, while we maintain the quality of their learning. The start date of the winter semester has been changed to Monday, January 29, 2018, and is not January 8, 2018 as previously planned.
The fall semester will now be 13 weeks long, instead of 14 weeks. The winter semester will be 12 weeks long, instead of 14 weeks.

Revised calendar

  • Classes begin: Tuesday, November 21
  • Classes end: Friday, December 22
  • Holiday break: December 25 to January 5
  • Classes resume (fall semester): January 8 to January 19
  • No classes - marking week: January 22 to January 26
  • Winter semester begins: January 29
  • Intersession week: February 26 to March 2
  • Winter semester resumes: March 5
  • Winter semester ends: April 27