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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...

New data shows majority of Ontarians believe mental health crisis will follow COVID-19 impact

May 12, 2020

(Toronto, May 11, 2020) – Seven out of 10 Ontarians (69 per cent) believe the province is headed for a “serious mental health crisis” as it emerges from this pandemic and nearly eight of out 10 (77 per cent) say more mental health supports will be necessary to help society, according to new poll results...

Post-secondary schools face rough autumn if pandemic keeps foreign students away

Already strained by COVID-19, institutions could be further challenged by lack of new students

May 7, 2020

Having imagined coming to Canada since her teen years, Fabiana Costa was living her dream. A former lawyer, the Brazilian student began the international transportation and customs program at Toronto’s Seneca College in 2019 and found a part-time job in the industry that was helping her pay expenses and save for her tuition.   Then...

Students struggling to find summer work in a pandemic economy

May 7, 2020

Adam Brown lined up a job in March with a consulting firm in Edmonton. He just started there this week.   He counts himself among the lucky ones — luckier than many of his friends whose summer-job options, like those of so many students, have been hard-hit ever since pandemic-related restrictions took hold in March.   Statistics Canada reported the youth...
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