- The winter semester for post-secondary programs will begin on Monday, January 22. Continuing Education courses began on Tuesday, January 16. Apprenticeship blocks start on the date specified per your MAESD offer letter.
- Winter semester post-secondary classes will continue through reading week and therefore the regular break previously scheduled from February 26 until March 2, is cancelled. Apprentices should check with the school office. Continuing Education did not have a reading week scheduled.
- The Family Day weekend will be extended to include Tuesday, February 20. The college will be open this day, but classes associated with post-secondary programs will not run. Apprenticeship programs and courses offered through Continuing Education and will run as usual on Tuesday, February 20.
- The winter semester for post-secondary programs will end Friday, April 27, as originally scheduled. The winter semester for Continuing Education courses will end Tuesday, April 24. Apprenticeship blocks end on the date specified per your MAESD offer letter.
For a complete list of dates specific to post-secondary and apprenticeship programs, please visit the important dates page of the DC website. For Continuing Education dates, please refer to your course website.
Student Strike Relief Fund
The ministry has worked with students and colleges to design the Student Strike Relief Fund to provide assistance for students who have experienced financial hardships as a result of the strike.
Students who submit a request to withdraw from their program will not be eligible for any additional support through the Student Strike Relief Fund.
Full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in their program and who have unexpected incremental (additional) costs because of the strike are eligible to apply to the Student Strike Relief Fund. Apprentices enrolled in Fall 2017 who are 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 expenses that have only occurred 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
How to Apply for the Relief Fund
Applications for reimbursement must be submitted to the College no later than the end of the winter semester which is April 27, 2018. The review of applications will begin after December 5, 2017. Please note: Financial Aid will be closed Wednesday, December 20.
Durham College students must follow the steps below to apply for assistance through the Student Strike Relief Fund.
- Login to MyCampus
- On the DC Financial Aid tab click on “Start My Application” heading select “Apply for Student Aid” which will display the current Financial Aid Year 2017-2018, select Continue and choose “Strike Relief Fund Application*” from the drop down menu. Select continue to start filling out the application.
- Once you have carefully read the Strike Relief Fund Eligibility and Information section mark the section complete and click on Student Strike Relief Fund to apply for the award.
- Check “Apply for this award” before completing your application.
- You will be required to provide a written statement throughout the application indicating how the new cost is directly related to the strike and whether OSAP is covering any of the expenses.
- You will be required to provide supporting documentation demonstrating costs that have or will be incurred. This evidence can include, but is not limited to;
- Travel costs – Students are first encouraged to speak with their academic school office prior to applying for funds for reimbursement. To be reimbursed for cancellation and rebooking of travel, proof of payment for travel plans booked prior to Oct. 30 and copy of travel insurance documentation will need to be provided.
- Living Expenses – Students who were expected to complete their studies in December may provide proof of additional rent required as a result of semester extension. Such evidence would include proof of both December and January rent payment, letter from landlord, copy of rental agreement, copy of post-dated cheques. You may only claim additional rent if this cost is not being covered through the extension of OSAP funding.
- Childcare – Receipts of childcare expenses per day as a result of semester extension into December and January.
- Local Transportation– Costs to purchase a transit pass for an additional month ex: Proof of total weekly costs during your study period, explanation for use of transportation, a calculation of the distance/time of your travel route.
- Other – other incremental costs may be considered with appropriate documentation
Supporting documents including receipts must be emailed to, firstname.lastname@example.org. Durham College will only consider documented costs in its assessment of your claim. Documents submitted after the fact will not be considered.
Processing and Payment
Durham College is committed to processing applications as soon as possible. We will endeavour to assess your application within four to six weeks of your completed application submission.
The Fund will be issued by cheque. Students will be notified via their DC Mail account once their application is assessed. Cheques will be mailed out approximately 5 business days after the email notification.
If your application for funding 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, you can appeal the college’s decision. You must appeal within fourteen (14) days after the College’s decision is issued. The appeal form can be found on the DC Student Inc. website
Please note that applications will not be assessed without supporting documentation. Applications cannot be appealed if the original submission was incomplete.
I have questions about:
Semester completion plans for my program
The following is a list of schools, telephone numbers, location and hours.
|Centre for Food||905.721.2000||Whitby Campus||Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|School of Business, IT & Management||905.721.3064||Gordon Willey Building, Room C223||Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|School of Health & Community Services||905.721.3080||Gordon Willey Building, Room SW106||Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|School of Interdisciplinary Studies||905.721.3161||Gordon Willey Building, Room SW216||Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|School of Justice & Emergency Services||905.721.3070||Gordon Wiley building, Room F211||Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|School of Media, Art & Design||905.721.3067||Gordon Willey building, Room C237||Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
|School of Science & Engineering Technology||905.721.3060||Gordon Willey building, Room H140||Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology||905.721.3344||Whitby Campus||Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
Academic support services
Student Academic Learning Services (SALS) are available as regularly scheduled at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses. Additional tutorials, workshops, assistance with writing skills, subject specific supports and peer tutoring are being implemented wherever possible to supplement academic supports being put into place by individual schools.
Students can contact SALS via email at email@example.com or by phone in Oshawa at 905.721.2000 ext. 2491 or in Whitby at 905.721.2000 ext. 4221.
Access and Support Centre services
Students who require accommodation for academic success can book appointments with accessibility coaches and counsellors available through the Access and Support Centre. Students can contact the ASC at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905.721.3123 or TTY at 905.721.3187.
Students who are experiencing a financial emergency can request to see a Financial Aid coach at the Oshawa campus. Pick-up a ticket to see the Financial Aid coach-of-the-day through the kiosk system in the main lobby or on the second floor of the Student Services building. Students do not have to be receiving OSAP to qualify for emergency financial assistance.
To further support students, the Student Strike Relief Fund has been developed by the ministry in consultation with students and colleges to provide assistance for students who have experienced financial hardships as a result of the strike. All full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in the fall term are eligible to apply to the fund. Students can apply by completing the Student Strike Relief Fund application form via MyCampus. For more details visit the Student Strike Relief Fund FAQs.
We understand that students may have financial concerns that do not qualify under the Strike Relief Fund criteria. September start students facing financial challenges are encouraged to apply for the September General Bursary which can be found on the Financial Aid Tab in My Campus.
Mental health or stress management support
There are a number of mental health and wellness services available:
- Physicians, mental health nurses and a psychotherapist are available at the Campus Health Centre.
- A mental health nurse is available at the Whitby campus as scheduled.
- Aspiria Student Assistance (DC’s partner for student mental health supports) is available to all DC students. Appointments can be booked off campus by calling 1.877.234.5327.
- Coaches are available in the Coaching and Support Centres at the Oshawa campus (Room SW116, Gordon Willey building) and at the Whitby campus (Room 180) to assist students on a daily basis.
- Durham College Students Inc., DC’s student association, provides outreach services where professional counsellors are available to students at no charge at the Student Centre.
What is the deadline to withdraw from my program and will I get a refund?
Students who wish to withdraw from their program can do so at any time. Students who officially withdraw from their program within the first 10 days of classes will receive a refund of all tuition fees paid, minus the non-refundable deposit of $500.
No refund, in whole or in part, will be processed for students who withdraw after the tenth day of the semester. Students who have opted to pay fees by installment (i.e. payment plan B) are still responsible for the balance of fees owing for that semester. Tuition fees that have been paid for future semesters will be refunded.
For students whose fees have been paid by OSAP or a sponsoring agency, refunds will be sent to the appropriate agency.
What is the process to withdraw from my program?
Students who wish to withdraw must contact a Student Advisor in their school to fill out the necessary withdrawal form and return their student card. Those who have support though the Access Support Centre are encouraged to meet with their accessibility coach as well.
How would a refund affect my OSAP?
Students who received OSAP will have their refunds sent to the National Student Loan Centre (NSLC) to be applied to any outstanding loan balance they may have. Any refund remaining will be issued to the student by the NSLC.
Will there still be a reading week or winter break?
Winter semester classes will continue through reading week and therefore the break, previously scheduled from February 26 – March 2, will be cancelled.
What are the adjusted winter semester dates?
- The winter semester will begin on Monday, January 22, 2018.
- Winter semester classes will continue through reading week and therefore the regular break previously scheduled from February 26 until March 2, 2018, is cancelled.
- The Family Day weekend will be extended to include Tuesday, February 20. The college will be open this day, but classes will not run.
- The winter semester will end Friday, April 27, 2018 as originally scheduled.
I’m concerned about the workload required to complete my semester. What can I do?
It is understandable that students may feel concerned about the newly scheduled winter semester.
There are a number of supports available to you through various campus services including:
- Student Academic Learning Supports
- Coaching Centre
- Financial Aid Office
- International services
- Campus Health Centre
- Access and Support Centre
To discuss your academic programming concerns, you are encouraged to contact your school office to arrange an appointment. All school offices have extended hours to help meet students’ needs at this time.
Also, students are reminded that confidential counselling services are available through the Campus Health Centre at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (Room G1030), by calling 905.721.3037 or via email to email@example.com. After hours and 24/7 support is available by calling Aspiria Student Assistance: 1.877.234.5327. DCSI also provides outreach services at the Student Centre where professional counsellors are available to students at no charge.
Why was the fall semester not restarted in January?
The back-to-work legislation was passed by the Ontario government so that faculty and students could return to class and the colleges could resume the delivery of programs. Our first priority was to get students back to class as soon as possible and it was necessary to make changes to the schedules to ensure the completion of the academic year, as close to the original date as possible.
College students are a diverse group that includes recent secondary school graduates and adults who are looking for retraining or to strengthen their skills, who come from various backgrounds. For a significant number of our students, the completion of their academic studies need to be addressed by completing the 2017-2018 academic year on time.
This disruption has been difficult for students and their families. We believe that by delivering semester completion opportunities that take into consideration students’ unique situations and needs, the amount of class time required, while ensuring that the academic quality and integrity of our programs is maintained is the best way to help our students to achieve their educational and employment goals.
We believe that the semester completion plans provide the best opportunity for students to be successful and keep their academic and summer employment plans on track.
Are there any changes to Continuing Education dates?
The winter semester Continuing Education (CE) courses offered though Durham College (DC) will proceed as scheduled. The winter term will begin on January 16 for CE courses hosted by DC.
CE registration for Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 is available beginning December 4.
All CE dates can be found here.
Any questions related to CE courses should be directed to the School of Continuing Education at 905-721-3052.
Will full-time post-secondary students get a winter break?
- No classes will be scheduled between the fall and winter semesters from Tuesday, January 16 to Sunday, January 21, 2018. This applies to most programs.
- The Family Day weekend will be extended to include Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The college will be open this day, but classes will not run.
- The college will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018 as part of the Easter long weekend.
Is my parking permit going to be extended?
Yes, if you have purchased a fall semester permit, your access will be extended until the final day of the Fall semester, which at this time is Monday, January 15, 2018.
If you have purchased a monthly permit, your permit will be extended by the number of days lost due to the strike, up to 30 days. For example, if you purchased your permit on Monday, October 2 (14 days before the strike) your permit will be extended by 16 days, beginning the day classes resume.
Annual parking passes will expire as scheduled on August 31, 2018, and therefore are not extended.
You do not have to do anything to have your parking permit extended. Access cards for the gated lots will be automatically reprogrammed with the new semester dates and current parking hang tags will be honored to the end of the adjusted semester.
Am I required to pay my winter tuition fees as scheduled?
All fee payment dates remain as originally indicated on student fee statements. Students are encouraged to make their payments by the deadline indicated through online banking, credit cards payments, or in-person. Any student could not make their payment as a result of the strike should contact the college to discuss further. Note that no student will be penalized financially for a late payment, but that payment does allow a student to register for the winter term.
What about my holiday travel plans?
Semester completion plans are currently being developed. Fall semester classes will continue through the week of December 18 to 22 and will resume the week of January 2, 2018.
The college will be officially closed for the holidays on Friday, December 22 at 6 p.m. until Tuesday, January 2 at 7 a.m. During this time period, there will be no academic activities scheduled (i.e. classes, tests, exams, or assignments). Travel arrangements can be considered and booked for this time period.
In addition, please be aware that winter semester classes will continue through reading week and therefore the regularly scheduled break week will be cancelled.
Students who can provide documentation to support their absence during the extended semester time frame will be able to discuss arrangements with their dean/associate dean.
Will January start students be affected?
Yes, January start students will be impacted by this work stoppage. The winter semester will begin on Monday, January22, 2018, ending as scheduled on Friday, April 27, 2018.
In addition, please be aware that winter semester classes will continue through reading week and therefore the regularly scheduled break week, previously scheduled February 26 – March 2, will be cancelled.
Financial Assistance – OSAP
How will my OSAP application be impacted by the strike?
Production and distribution of part-time loan documents from the ministry to colleges is proceeding as usual.
Contact DC’s Financial Aid Office at 905.721.3036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to get your documents.
We do not anticipate any delay in the release of full time OSAP funding for students who register for their second semester by the posted deadline dates.
Will OSAP be extended to cover the time I need to complete my education?
The Ontario government’s key priority is to ensure that students have the opportunity to complete their education.
The government would consider any additional supports that may be required for students to have the opportunity to complete their education.
What grants will be affected by the strike?
The distribution of grant funding is dependent on the usual funding disbursement process where the ministry must receive confirmation of the student’s enrolment from the college prior to issuing the funding directly into the student’s bank account or to the institution if the student has opted in for redirect.
We do not anticipate any delay in the release of funding for students who register for their second semester by the posted deadline dates.
I am an international student. If the strike extends the time of my studies, how do I extend my study permit?
The process of extending a study permit is done online through the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada website. The International Office will be able to provide you with the necessary documents if you are required to extend your study permit.
Will I have to pay more to stay in residence during the holiday break or the January break between semesters?
The Residence understands that the strike has been a time of stress for students and has extended the terms of the Student Residence Agreement which will allow students to stay until April 28th at no additional cost. *Note students are permitted to stay within residence with no additional charges for the holiday shutdown, as well as the January break between semesters.
Will I get a refund of my residence fees if I withdraw from my program?
Students who withdraw from residence who have not been approved to receive a tuition refund or those who withdraw after the December 5, 2017 deadline will be subject to the residence cancellation fees as is outlined in the Student Residence Agreement.
Students who choose to withdraw from residence but who have successfully been approved to receive a tuition refund will have the residence cancellation fees waived and will have their stay pro-rated to their date of departure from residence.