News & Announcements
Province Supports Postsecondary Students During COVID-19
Ontario Enabling Students to Complete the Academic Year, Offering Loan Payment Deferrals and Financial Support for Institutions
April 1, 2020
March 31, 2020 9:00 A.M. Ministry of Colleges and Universities TORONTO — The government of Ontario is easing the financial burden on students and making sure they can complete their studies during the COVID-19 outbreak by temporarily deferring payments for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) loans and making online learning supports, including year-end...
Understanding Social Distancing and the Importance of Social Connection
March 30, 2020
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the main recommendation from government and health officials for the immediate future is “social distancing” also referred to as “physical distancing.” For individuals with mental health concerns who have a tendency to socially isolate themselves already, it’s important to understand that social distancing doesn’t mean to cut yourself off...
Travel exemptions offered to students, foreign workers as Canada closes border to stop COVID-19
New restrictions will mean asylum seekers will be turned back anywhere along the border
March 23, 2020
Canada has shut the border to all non-essential travellers, but there will be exceptions for some foreign nationals coming to Canada to work, study or live permanently. The exemptions include seasonal agricultural workers, fish and seafood workers, caregivers and all other temporary foreign workers, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). On Saturday,...
Ontario Expands Coverage for Care
Enhanced Health Care Coverage Critical to Support Efforts to Contain COVID-19
March 23, 2020
March 20, 2020 4:00 P.M. Ministry of Health TORONTO — As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve globally and locally, Ontario is taking decisive and swift action to ensure the province continues to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians. To ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it, Ontario is...
Tips to manage mental health through COVID-19 pandemic
March 20, 2020
In the wake of COVID-19, Canadians are facing a new reality of social distancing, self- quarantining and isolation in order to protect public health and safety. These new circumstances may lead individuals with mental health concerns into heightened symptoms of anxiety and depression. In what may be a difficult time for many, the Canadian Mental...
Students at several colleges and universities asked to vacate dorms over COVID-19
March 18, 2020
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Students at several post-secondary institutions were asked or told Wednesday to move out of their dorms in response to COVID-19, forcing many to search for housing or move between cities at a time when Canadians have been advised to stay home. Some schools, such as the University of Ottawa...
Universities prepare for possibility of moving online as pandemic spreads
March 12, 2020
Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:50PM EDT Eliano Rexho spent years planning for a semester abroad in Italy, but watched helplessly as a global pandemic wiped out his efforts in days. Rexho, a commerce student at Queen’s University, spent only three weeks at Milan’s Bocconi University before the country...
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