Back to Class Updates

TO:             LOYALIST COLLEGE STUDENTS 
FROM:        Ann Drennan, Sr. Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer
DATE:         November 28, 2017
SUBJECT:   Student Strike Relief Fund Application Form

To: Loyalist College Students,

The Student Strike Relief Fund Application Form is now available and can be accessed for download through the myLoyalist portal. Paper copies are available in the Information Centre in The Career Centre, room 2H3.

Students can complete the form online and submit with supporting documents, or print and take the completed form and documents to The Career Centre. 

Applications for reimbursement must be submitted to the College no later than the end of the Winter 2018 semester, which is April 27, 2018.

If you have any questions, please email ssrf@loyalistcollege.com.

Thank you,  

Ann Drennan
Sr. Vice-President Academic & Chief Learning Officer


TO:             LOYALIST COLLEGE STUDENTS 
FROM:        Ann Drennan, Sr. Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer
DATE:         November 24, 2017
SUBJECT:   Student Strike Relief Fund Information

To: Loyalist College students,

I am writing with an update regarding the Student Strike Relief Fund. The application form is not yet available, however, we will provide you with a link to the form early next week.

This update and other information will be shared via your Loyalist email, the College website and through the myLoyalist portal.

STUDENT STRIKE RELIEF FUND INFORMATION

The Student Strike Relief Fund provides assistance for students who have experienced financial hardship 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 who submit a request to withdraw from their program by December 5, 2017 can apply for a full refund of their tuition. They will not be eligible for any additional support through the Student Strike Relief Fund. Please contact your Student Success Mentor for further information about withdrawing.

Eligibility
Full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in their program and who have unexpected incremental (additional) costs as a result of the strike are eligible to apply to the Student Strike Relief Fund. Apprentices completing their in-school training are also eligible to apply.

Students will be eligible to receive up to $500 for unexpected incremental costs. Incremental costs are additional essential expenses that students only have as a result of the strike. Examples include:

  • Incremental travel costs (costs of rescheduling plane, train or bus tickets)
  • Incremental living expenses (including food and housing)
  • Incremental childcare expenses
  • Other incremental essential expenses occurring as a result of the strike

Examples of questions to consider when completing the application:

Incremental travel costs

  • Did you purchase a bus pass for January that you otherwise would not have needed to purchase?
  • As a result of the strike, were you required to return to finish your semester in January where you would not have had to otherwise?
  • What essential incremental costs did you have?     
  • Did you have costs associated with flight changes or cancellations that the College was unable to assist you with by making academic accommodations? (e.g. Rescheduling a test to prevent interfering with your flight) 

Incremental living expenses (including food and housing)

  • Were you required to extend rentals or leases due to the change to the end of the academic semester? (e.g. expected December graduation, or students leaving on placements in January)
  • Do you need to purchase additional food due to the semester extension?

Incremental childcare expenses

  • Were you required to pay for someone to care for your child(ren) outside of the times you already made arrangements because of changes to your student timetable?

Other incremental expenses

  • Do you have other essential expenses that occurred as a result of the strike that you would not have had otherwise? Please specify the expense and the reason. 

Students must complete the application form and include supporting documentation as evidence of the incremental costs. Examples include, but are not limited to, train ticket change fees, rental agreements, receipts for childcare expenses, a letter from a landlord, a copy of a post-dated cheque.

The financial assistance that students receive from this fund will not impact their OSAP or Second Career funding or eligibility.

In assessing Student Strike Relief Fund applications, the College may consider any financial aid the student receives for living expenses (e.g. OSAP, Second Career). 

Application Process
Applications for reimbursement must be submitted to the College no later than the end of the Winter 2018 semester, which is April 27, 2018. The review of applications will begin after December 5, 2017. 

Using the Student Strike Relief Fund Application Form, please identify the unexpected incremental expenses that you have incurred because of the strike. 

Students may print out the application form and submit paper copy with supporting documentation to The Career Centre OR access the electronic form and document upload. The College will only consider documents attached to this form in its assessment of your claim. Documents submitted after the fact may not be considered.  

Processing and Payment
The Funds Review Committee will meet weekly to assess applications. Applicants can expect a response to their submission within seven working days and payment, if applicable, within two weeks.

Appeals
If your claim is denied, or if the amount of relief you receive is less than $500 and you disagree with the amount of relief you were given based on your submitted documentation, you can appeal the College’s decision once. You must appeal within 14 days after the College’s decision is issued. Appeals may be submitted in writing to the College Registrar at ssrf@loyalistcollege.com.  

Thank you,

Ann Drennan
Senior Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer


DATE: November 20, 2017

Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development News Release

College Students to Receive Additional Support to Finish Studies

Province Requires Colleges to Establish Dedicated Student Support Fund with Net Strike Savings

Ontario is ensuring that college students returning to classes following the strike will receive the support they need to complete their studies. The province has required colleges to establish dedicated student support funds with net savings from the strike that will assist students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the strike.

Full-time domestic and international students will be eligible to receive up to $500 for incremental unexpected costs they incurred, such as additional child care fees, rebooked train or bus tickets or January rent. Ontario expects that students will be able to apply to their college for financial assistance through the fund starting this week. Any strike-related support will not count against a student’s OSAP assessment.

Students who decide to withdraw from college because of the strike will receive a full tuition refund. Apprentices can also apply for a full refund of classroom fees if they are unable to complete their in-school training for reasons related to the strike.

These financial supports for students were determined through consultations with student leaders and their provincial associations and colleges. The province will continue to work with students and colleges to finalize implementation plans in the coming days.

Supporting college students is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Labour Dispute Resolution Act, 2017 was passed by the Ontario legislature yesterday to end the college labour dispute and return students to the classroom. All outstanding issues are to be referred to binding mediation-arbitration.
  • Students currently receiving OSAP who were likely to graduate before December 31 of this year, and who have their current semester extended, will receive additional OSAP for the length of the extension. OSAP will start making payments for extensions in mid-December, after college extension plans are finalized.
  • Students currently receiving OSAP who have their winter semesters extended past the normal end date will also receive additional OSAP aid.
  • The Government of Canada has committed to partner with Ontario on the extended OSAP supports that help students impacted by the college strike.
  • Students who withdraw from their studies have two weeks from the re-start of classes to receive a full tuition refund.
  • This year, more than 210,000 full-time university and college students are receiving free tuition for the first time ever.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

QUOTES

“Over the past month, I have heard from students about hardships they have experienced as a result of this strike. It is clear that they have borne the brunt of this situation. That’s why we are taking these measures to ensure students have the support they need to complete their studies, and continue working towards an education that will allow them to succeed in a highly-skilled workforce”
 — Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

CONTACTS

Jasmine Irwin
Minister’s Office
416-706-1523
Jasmine.Irwin@ontario.ca

Public Inquiries
416-325-2929

Tanya Blazina
Communications Branch
416-325-2746
Tanya.Blazina@ontario.ca

TTY
1-800-268-7095


TO:             LOYALIST COLLEGE STUDENTS 
FROM:        Ann Drennan, Sr. Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer
DATE:         November 19, 2017
SUBJECT:   Return to Class

TO: LOYALIST COLLEGE STUDENTS

As President Vaughan advised on Friday, the Ontario government tabled back-to-work legislation to end the college faculty strike.  That legislation was passed this afternoon, and we are all pleased that the strike is over and we will be welcoming students and faculty back this week. Our faculty will return tomorrow (Monday), and will use this day for meetings and preparation for the return to class and the completion of the semester.
 
Classes will resume one day after the faculty return to work, on Tuesday, November 21.  Timetables will be followed for the week of November 20, as were in place prior to the strike.
 
All colleges in Ontario are expecting to have their faculty and students return at the same time, and are now extending the Fall semester into January.
 
Our timeline is as follows:

  • Fall semester classes run until Friday, December 22 (full day)
  • Fall semester classes will resume Tuesday, January 2 and run up to and including January 19
  • The Winter semester will start on Monday, January 29
  • Winter semester classes end on Friday, April 27
  • A study week is planned for March 12 – 16 (to be confirmed)

We will work with our faculty to adjust the curriculum over the course of all programs to ensure that students will achieve all program learning outcomes.

Many students have asked about changes to refund and withdrawal policies as a result of the strike. You may have also heard about the announcement of a fund established to address student financial hardships. Decisions on the policies and the fund are made on a province-wide basis by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Final details regarding the relief fund are not yet known, but we expect to learn more in the coming week and will provide that information to you as soon as it is available.
 
An Information Centre will be set up in the Career Centre to provide guidance for you regarding questions you may have. In addition, we will offer additional or enhanced support services to meet student demand throughout the rest of the semester.

More information about program completion will be available from your Dean’s office.  Please continue to watch your email and our website, as we will issue updates as soon as possible. 
 
Thank you for your patience – we look forward to seeing you back on campus soon.
 
 Ann Drennan