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Ontario College strike ends

November 19, 2017

Thousands of college students are expected to return to class on Tuesday as the provincial government passed back-to-work legislation today.

Ontario's college strike has spanned five weeks, the longest in the province's history. Faculty will be expected to return to work on tomorrow.

Students have been outspoken during the strike, calling for refunds for time lost. Advanced Education Minister and Deputy Minister Deb Matthews said that is the plan. She said, "So we have directed the colleges to set aside the net savings from the strike as they have not been paying faculty through the strike, and we will very soon be able to talk about how that money will be dispersed. It will be returned to students and those who are facing the greatest financial needs."

The minister didn't specify any timeline or amount. 


Ontario College faculty go on strike

October 16, 2017

No classes in 24 public Ontario colleges as more than 12,000 faculty go on strike. Beginning this morning, the strike affects more than 500,000 students.

Students have petitioned to receive daily reimbursement and have garnered over 40,000 signatures as of this morning.

While the strike continues, here's how it's affecting classes:

George Brown College: full-time classes suspended but Continuing Education classes continue

Humber and University of Guelph-Humber: full-time, continuing education, online and corporate training classes suspended

Centennial College: cancelled full-time courses but the strike will not affect co-op placements

Seneca College: full-time classes cancelled (attempt being made to keep part-time studies evening and weekends running)

Sheridan College: all full and part-time classes cancelled

Mohawk College: full-time programs and all apprenticeships on hold

While classes are suspended, these college campuses remain open and several services are still being offered. 


New Citizenship requirements

October 12, 2017

New regulations are now in effect, making Canadian citizenship easier to obtain.

Applicants must be physically present in Canada for three out of five years before applying for citizenship, and no longer have to meet the requirement of being present for 183 days within the four years.

New Regulations

Applicants may count each day they were physically present in Canada before becoming a permanent resident as a half day, to a maximum credit of 365 days.

Applicants between 18 and 54 years must meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship.

Applicants had to be physically present in Canada for four out of six years before applying for citizenship, plus physically present for 183 days within the four years.

Previous Regulations

Time spent in Canada prior to becoming a permanent resident did not count towards the physical presence requirement for citizenship.

Applicants between 14 and 64 years must have met the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship.

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