Seems like the students are really getting the short end of the stick with this strike.
Due to the colleges not being able to do any school work during the strike, Algonquin College and La Cite have made statements saying that there is no other way than to extend the first semester into January and they must cancel most of their Christmas break.
Instead of getting three weeks of Christmas vacation, the break will start on December 22nd and end on January 2nd. This gives the students about a week break, even though the strike was a break they didn't ask for. The strike was brought on by 22,000 professors, councillors, instructors and librarians as well as the union as they couldn't come to an agreement. This is the first time the students have ever lost a semester because of a strike.
Colleges around Ontario are still struggling to make sure the students get the most out of their money, however, can't make final plans on if the next semester will have to go into the summer or not. Although Algonquin College and La Cite have stated that their main goal is to not extend the second semester into May.
The extension of the semester will be used as normal, for classes, labs and clinical placements. There is still no word on if the students will get a refund for their tuition, although the province has to decide. It's also still not confirmed if the students will get a reading week (Feb. 19-23, 2018) yet, so the colleges advise students to not make any plans to travel.
Sources: Ottawa Citizen