Ontario’s driving examiners will be back at work Jan. 4 in most communities across the province after reaching a tentative agreement to end a long strike with their employer over the weekend.

In an email to The Canadian Press, Paul Dalglish, DriveTest’s managing director, says most centres will re-open Jan. 4 at 1 p.m., but DriveTest’s “Travel points,” found in smaller communities, will open Jan 5.

To address the backlog, the company will also be hiring 100 new employees in the next four weeks to deal with the crunch, which is expected to last several months.

There is a blackout on details of negotiations, but Dalglish says the union’s bargaining committee is recommending that all employees accept the agreement.