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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...

Colleges and universities quietly preparing to take all classes online this fall amid COVID-19

May 6, 2020

Ontario colleges and universities hope students can attend classes on campus this fall — but professors have been told to prepare for online learning.   In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the move to virtual learning until the end of the year, at least, is required to ensure staff and student safety — but it’s also a move...

Carleton University considers smaller or online classes next fall

April 22, 2020

Students attending Carleton University next fall may find that large classes are replaced by online courses or other alternatives.   In a post on Tuesday, Carleton president Benoit-Antoine Bacon gave a hint of what students might expect in September.   Restrictions on large gatherings and international travel put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19...

Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Post-secondary students are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19. Many students were preparing to start a summer job in May, and are now worried about how to pay rent and cover basic living expenses, while recent graduates are struggling to find meaningful work. This is a critical point in their...
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