Ontario college student class action lawsuit derailed

March 30, 2008

Last June, students launched a $200-million class-action lawsuit against Ontario colleges to reclaim hikes in ancillary fees, contrary to a tuition freeze established by the province. The suit was quickly supported by OPSEU and the CFS, and the province vowed to "crack down" on illegal fees, but a month later the Colleges appeared unwilling to reduce the fees. Last Friday, the Ontario Superior Court refused to certify the class action lawsuit, arguing that "any contractual or regulatory issues were between the colleges and the provincial government," and the students were merely interested third parties -- and that the issue was a matter of policy, not law. The students plan to begin a political pressure campaign to get the minister to "enforce his own directives."  CBC | The Toronto Star