Student Strike Relief Fund

About

The Student Strike Relief Fund was established to assist students who have experienced incremental or unexpected expenses as a result of the province-wide faculty strike. The fund is consistent with the framework developed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in consultation with student leaders and all Ontario colleges.

Eligible Students:

All full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in the Fall term, including Second Career and Apprenticeship students are eligible to apply to the Student Strike Relief Fund.

Important Note: students who withdraw from their program/course by December 5, 2017 and receive a tuition refund are not eligible for additional support from the Student Strike Relief Fund. For further information regarding withdrawing please contact Enrolment Services at the Welland Campus (Room L24) or Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (Room W107) or via phone at 111 111-1111 ext. 7500.

Eligible Expenses:

Students will be eligible to receive up to $500 for unexpected, incremental costs. Incremental costs are additional expenses incurred by a student only as a result of the strike. Examples include:

  • Incremental travel costs, i.e.:
    • A bus pass for January that you wouldn’t have otherwise needed
    • Travel to complete the semester in January when you wouldn’t have otherwise
    • Costs associated with flight changes or cancellations due to the strike/extension of term required by the college
  • Living expenses including food, housing and transportation, i.e.:
    • Costs associated with extending rentals or leases due to the extension of the term
    • Additional food due to the extension of the term
  • Incremental child care expenses, i.e.:
    • Payments for childcare outside of the times you had already made arrangements
  • Other incremental expenses, i.e.:
    • Essential expenses that occurred as a result of the strike that you would not have had otherwise.

NOTE: Students must complete the application form and include supporting documentation as evidence of eligible costs. Documentation may include train ticket change fees, rental agreements, receipts for childcare expenses, a letter from a landlord or copies of post-dated cheques. Eligible expenses are those that have been incurred – not those that are anticipated. Expenses cannot be considered until they have been incurred and documentation is available. The application process will be available until the end of the Winter term, which is April 27, 2018 for most programs.

OSAP

Payments received via the Student Strike Relief Fund will not impact OSAP funding or eligibility. In assessing Student Strike Relief Fund applications, the College may consider other forms of financial aid the student receives for living expenses (OSAP, Second Career).

Payment

Approved payments will be made by cheque.

Appeals

Students who wish to appeal the outcome of the Student Strike Relief Fund assessment may do so if the application is denied, or if the amount is less than $500 and there is disagreement with the amount of relief received. Students must appeal within ten (10) business days from receiving the assessment decision and may only appeal once.

Students who wish to appeal the decision must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Be studying at Niagara College (any campus) as a full time postsecondary student;
  2. Have applied for the Niagara College Student Strike Relief Fund to assist with eligible strike-related costs within the application timelines;
  3. Have received a decision on this application; and
  4. Meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the Student Strike Relief Fund.
Grounds for Appeal:

To request an appeal, a student must establish that there are grounds for an appeal. Appeals filed without either grounds or appropriate documentation will be dismissed. Applicants are reminded that they may only apply to the relief funds once, and may only submit costs that have been incurred. There are two grounds that may be considered when filing an appeal:

Grounds Explanation Documents
Application Evaluation Students may appeal a final decision they believe to be unfair or inequitable Document the evidence that supports the appeal
Administrative Error A belief that the process was improperly applied, not followed, or the submission was assessed incorrectly Document any events or evidence that support the alleged error
Process for Appeal:
Step 1Appeal submission by student

Student receives the assessment decision based on the completed Student Strike Relief Fund Application.

Student completes the Appeal Form and submits to: [email protected] within ten (10) business days of receiving the Strike Fund Application assessment decision.

In the appeal form, student articulates the rationale for the appeal by identifying it as an administrative error or concern with the application assessment, and providing documentation that supports the appeal.

Download Student Strike Fund Appeal Form

Step 2–Appeal Committee

The Appeal Committee will be comprised of representatives from the Registrar’s Office and Student Administrative Council.

Step 3–Committee Decision

The Appeal Committee reviews the Appeal and arrives at a final decision. Decisions on complete appeal submissions will be made within five (5) business days and communicated directly to the student by the Chair in writing and sent via College email.

The decision of the Appeal Committee is final and binding.

How to apply

Applications for reimbursement must be submitted to Niagara College no later than the end your Winter term, which is April 27, 2018 for most programs. The review of applications will begin December 6.

Print the Application Form

Application forms will also be available for download from the college webpage or picked up at Enrolment Services beginning November 28.  Applications can be dropped off in person at Enrolment Services at the Welland Campus (Room L24) or Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (Room W107), or mailed to Niagara College Enrolment Services, 111 Niagara College Boulevard, Welland, ON L3C 7L3.

For further information email [email protected].


Appeals

Students who wish to appeal the outcome of the Student Strike Relief Fund assessment may do so if the application is denied, or if the amount is less than $500 and there is disagreement with the amount of relief received. Students must appeal within ten (10) business days from receiving the assessment decision and may only appeal once.

More information about appeals can be found here.