Ontario overpays some parents for elementary school strike compensation

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TORONTO - The Ontario government has overpaid some parents for the days elementary teachers have been on strike.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce had announced the government would compensate parents of children affected by the elementary strikes, with up to $60 per day.

Elementary teachers were on a provincewide strike today and escalated their job action this week to walk out at each board twice a week.

But several parents saw four days' worth of compensation deposited into their accounts on Monday - although at that point, elementary teachers had only been on strike at their boards for one day.

The government says the computer system erroneously counted days a board has been affected by both elementary and secondary strikes, even though parents of high school students are not eligible for the compensation money.

Ministry of Education officials are not yet able to quantify how much money was overpaid, but they say it affects a small number of parents.

 

With files from Heather Seaman