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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...
Feds expected to unveil more emergency aid for students, young Canadians
April 22, 2020
OTTAWA – The federal government is expected to announce today more significant financial support for students and other young Canadians struggling to stay afloat and find jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new measures are intended to target support at young people who have fallen through the cracks of other emergency financial assistance. ...
Government of Canada connects Canadians with mental wellness supports during COVID-19
April 17, 2020
OTTAWA, April 15, 2020 /CNW/ – COVID-19 is a global public health challenge that has changed the daily lives of people around the world. During these difficult times, it is critical that Canadians be able to obtain credible information and access services to support their mental health and wellbeing. That’s why today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister...
Coronavirus: Toronto professor creates free online course to manage mental health
April 6, 2020
People concerned about their mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic can now turn to several Toronto-based online resources to cope. Walking through a near-empty Yonge-Dundas Square in one of his first outings since physical distancing measures went into effect, Connor Rose tried to find some normalcy at an abnormal time. While Rose insisted he is...
Many Canadian universities are allowing undergrads to 'freeze' grades amid COVID-19
April 2, 2020
TORONTO — Grades may seem trivial in the middle of a pandemic. But for undergraduate university students who’ve spent countless hours studying in hopes of getting into competitive graduate programs, COVID-19 has thrown an unexpected twist into those plans. Many Canadian universities are offering undergrad students the choice between a final grade this semester...
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