Hundreds of thousands of college students are expected to be back in class this week after the provincial government passed back-to-work legislation Sunday to end a five-week strike by Ontario college faculty.
Considering it affects the rights of the workers, the NDP did not want to give his support to the act.
Colleges are extending their semesters so students don't lose their terms, but trying to condense five missed weeks into roughly two extra ones will be very stressful, student advocates say.
"[Students have] paid the price for the strike that Kathleen Wynne caused, and we're extremely concerned about the hardships they're facing - financially, and with the career and life plans that have been disrupted", said Campbell.
Around 500,000 students have been out of class since the strike by 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors, and librarians began October 15.
On Sunday, the 24 colleges involved in the strike welcomed the back-to-work legislation, saying all efforts at the bargaining table had been exhausted.
About 12,000 college faculty are set to return to work on Monday, with over half-a-million students returning to their campuses starting Tuesday.
"It is unfair to keep them out any longer", said Matthews, who blamed New Democrats for forcing a delay on a final vote on the bill, which her government first proposed Thursday after college faculty rejected a "forced vote" from their employers.
The 500 000 students affected by the strike will be able to make their return to the classroom in the beginning of the week.