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Ontario Makes Major Investment in Mental Health and Technology to Support Students

New resources will help students return to school with the tools they need to succeed

June 18, 2020

Please check out our webinar: Grade 12 to post-secondary: Transitions during COVID-19   June 18, 2020 11:50 A.M. Ministry of Education   VAUGHAN – The Ontario Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced $15 million to purchase thousands of classroom computers, and $10 million to hire additional mental health workers. These new resources will help ensure...

Universities see strong early numbers for the fall

June 11, 2020

NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANADIAN PRESS   Ontario students are taking up university admission offers at almost the same rate as before the pandemic, suggesting the shift to online education may not drive away as many new students as feared.   The first published data on confirmed offers of acceptance at Ontario universities show almost no difference...

Ontario Unveils a Plan to Reopen Postsecondary Education

Phased Approach Prioritizes the Health and Safety of Students and Staff

June 10, 2020

TORONTO — The Ontario government has developed a plan for the gradual and safe resumption of in-person instruction at postsecondary institutions across the province for the summer term. The plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health.   Starting in July 2020, limited in-person education and training may restart for students...

How professors can help university students during the COVID-19 pandemic

By fostering positive relationships, professors can help improve the mental health of their students.

May 29, 2020

With Canada locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s not uncommon for our students to lose educational ground during this time. Things have changed drastically, with a loss of community, residence, summer practicums or co-op placements, jobs, and convocations.   Academic institutions are working hard to offer COVID-19 coping resources and services to their...

Thousands of volunteers come forward to offer mental health support during COVID-19

Helping others effective coping strategy to reduce pandemic stress, psychologist says

May 20, 2020

As Canadians continue to grapple with an unprecedented level of stress as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, thousands of volunteers have come forward to offer emotional support to others — a move experts say could benefit their own mental well-being as much as the people they’re helping.   “All of us are in this process of figuring...

Youth more concerned about health of others than their own amid pandemic: StatCan

May 19, 2020

TORONTO — Canadian youth say they are more concerned about the health of others than their own amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new survey results from Statistics Canada.   The survey released Friday found that approximately 87 per cent of youth aged 15 to 30 years are very or extremely concerned about the impact of...

Majority of Ryerson classes to be held online in fall, university announces

Campus activities will take place if permitted by health officials, says Ryerson's president

May 19, 2020

A majority of Ryerson’s 2020 fall courses will be delivered online as Toronto continues to grapple with daily new COVID-19 infections, the university announced Friday.   Mohamed Lachemi, the school’s president and vice-chancellor, said despite the announcement, the school continues to explore a plan that would see students and faculty gradually return to campus and a mix of...

Gap year gaining popularity thanks to COVID-19 Social Sharing

Faced with the prospect of online courses next year, many students are exploring their options

May 19, 2020

Like a growing number of students set to graduate high school in June, Charlotte Richer says the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted her to explore the idea of putting her first year of post-secondary education on hold.   “I’m considering taking a gap year if my programs move to full online learning,” said Richer, 18.   The...

New data shows most Ontarians concerned about COVID-19’s impact on students’ education, younger generation

May 13, 2020

Sixty-five per cent of Ontarians are concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on students’ education, according to new polling data released by Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division.    This data comes from the first of three polls Pollara Strategic Insights is conducting on behalf of CMHA Ontario to evaluate how Ontarians’ perceptions of their mental health are...

Students can apply for COVID-19 emergency aid beginning Friday

Post-secondary students eligible for $1,250 could receive payments in 3-5 days

May 13, 2020

Post-secondary students eligible for COVID-19 emergency aid can apply for the benefit starting Friday.   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the date for opening the $9-billion program this morning during his daily briefing. He advised claimants to sign up for an account on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website to ensure the process moves as quickly as...
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