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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...

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...
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