Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

This page is where we will post all information about how Georgian College is responding to COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to act on the advice of our public health authorities and the Government of Ontario as the situation evolves. Please check this page often as we regularly add new information.

For information specific to international students, visit our international COVID-19 FAQs.

If you want to apply to start your studies in January, read this information for applicants.

Key winter semester dates:

  • Dec. 21 to Jan. 29 – add/drop course registration for winter term
  • The winter term runs from Jan. 18 to April 23 (some exceptions apply, please review the FAQ below).
  • Feb. 1 – full fees due for winter term
  • Feb. 1 to 15 – COVID-19 Hardship Bursary application period
  • Feb. 19 – Last day to exercise the Georgian Learning Guarantee
  • March 8 to 12 – Study Week (for most programs)

For more dates, please refer to our important dates listing (registration timelines, fee deadlines, etc.) and online events calendar (social activities, etc.)

Updates from President MaryLynn West-Moynes

Past messages from President West-Moynes can be found in our COVID-19 information archive.

Dear students and colleagues,

The new year typically brings with it exciting possibilities, best-intentioned resolutions and anticipation of the challenges ahead. I view it as an opportunity for making meaningful change, turning ideas into action, and approaching our studies and work with a fresh perspective. This year, more than any other in my experience, will require this and more.

On Tuesday, Premier Ford announced a second provincial emergency to address COVID-19 and slow the transmission of this terrible virus. Although we’re under a stay-at-home order, work and attending postsecondary are deemed permissible under this provincial regulation.

I also understand the current public health measures affecting the operation of our elementary and high school system creates more challenges for working parents. It’s difficult to both homeschool your children and learn, provide a service and/or teach a class in-person or online. This affects students and staff alike.

Students – if you’re finding caring for children at home combined with your studies at Georgian a challenge, speak to your faculty.

Faculty, support staff and administrators, we encourage you to make the necessary arrangements for childcare to enable you to continue in your role, however, if these arrangements cannot be made and this interferes with your ability to do your job, please reach out to your manager/associate dean and/or dean to discuss what options are available. We all need to be flexible and supportive of each other when competing demands sometimes make it nearly impossible to know what to do.

Grizzlies – we’re here for you

Whether you’re studying remotely, in-person or a combination of both, we guarantee a learning experience of exceptional quality. We’re also ready to support you every step of the way whether you need career advice, tutoring, personal and academic counselling, technical help, financial assistance, mental health resources, or other student services. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

We want you to succeed and we’ve got your back. So much so, that if you choose to withdraw from your program before Feb. 19, 2021, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in May 2021, September 2021 or January 2022. You choose the program. All you have to do is reapply and be accepted. That’s our Georgian Learning Guarantee.

We recognize this is a challenging time for many financially. That’s why we’re relaunching our $1-million COVID-19 Hardship bursary, which provides assistance to registered domestic and international students with demonstrated financial need. You can submit an application between Feb. 1 and 15 on the student portal. Check out our website too for information on other Georgian awards, scholarships and bursaries you can apply for.

Only students with assigned in-person activity should attend campus. For employees, in keeping with our protocols, only those who are absolutely required to work on campus will do so, and all others will continue to work remotely.

Have a safe and healthy 2021

Whether you’re a student or colleague, I remain proud of our Grizzly family. Georgian will continue to make decisions in full compliance with the direction provided by our local public health units, our ministry and the Government of Ontario. Be sure to be vigilant in following the protocols on campus. They have served us well because you’ve embraced completing the COVID-19 screening app, wearing a mask while indoors, maintaining a safe distance from others, following handwashing and lab protocols.

We’ll provide important updates on the Georgian website and our student and employee portals. We’d also love to connect with you and hear your stories so be sure to follow us on social media.

I have a strong sense of hope about the year ahead. We’ve accomplished so much together because you’ve worked at staying safe, being well and because of the countless acts of kindness. Keep the faith – good things will come in 2021 if we stay together – safely apart.

Warm regards,

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes

President West-Moynes shares a welcome message to new and returning students who will be studying at Georgian this winter semester.

Safety protocols and reporting

For more information about Georgian’s enhanced cleaning practices and procedures implemented for the health and safety of our community, read our Protocol for Cleaning and Disinfecting during COVID-19.

As of Oct. 19, Georgian will update a new dashboard on the website every Monday with the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported to the college. The numbers will represent Georgian students, employees and others who were present on our campuses, either inside or outside, including on-campus residences.

You’ll no longer receive an email from collegeannouncements@ with every on-campus case reported. The dashboard will be available for you to check at any time and the government’s COVID alert app is also another way you can track potential exposure. Georgian will continue to work with local public health units and assist them with contact tracing for any positive cases, as requested.

Due to privacy legislation and respect for the individual, Georgian will only report the campus and dates attended by a member of the Georgian community who tests positive for COVID-19.

As a reminder, public health is the lead on all investigations into COVID-19 cases and will determine who should be contacted. All of us must respect the authority and jurisdiction of public health, as well as the confidentiality they require. If public health requires the college to close a learning space or building on campus, that information will be sent to employees and students and across our communication channels.

Campus Safety Services has reviewed the literature on this topic extensively and has found that temperature is not a conclusive indicator that a person does or does not have COVID-19.

We now know that people can spread the COVID-19 virus before ever showing symptoms. The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised that fever is not usually the first symptom, and in some cases of COVID-19 infection a fever never develops. There is also potential increased risk of exposure for screeners; conducting temperature checks at entrances could require prolonged interaction between screeners and persons entering the campus.

We continue to create our safety protocols with the information and guidance available from our public health authorities and the Ontario government.

Georgian is offering quarantine packages for all students (domestic and international) who have travelled internationally or who are arriving in Canada for their first semester. If you require a quarantine package, please visit the Students coming to Canada section on our FAQ page for international students. On this page, you will also find information about what is required to exit your quarantine (e.g. a negative COVID-19 test result).

FAQs: Winter 2021 semester

We’ll add to this section as new information becomes available so please check this page often.

If you’re scheduled to be on campus this winter for in-person labs, please review what to expect on campus.

What to expect on campus this winter

Yes, we’re still open for applications! Domestic applicants can apply via the OCAS website. We encourage you to book a phone appointment with a recruiter to discuss your options. Our recruiter will also give you a voucher to apply for free (we’ll cover the $95 OCAS fee).

Updated as of Jan. 15

The winter 2021 semester will start on Jan. 18 and end on April 23 for most programs. There are some exceptions listed below, and we ask that you please check your Blackboard account regularly for updates from your faculty regarding any impacts to in-person classes as a result of the provincial lockdown.

Programs running Jan. 11 to April 13:

Programs running Jan. 11 to April 23:

Programs running Jan. 11 to April 30:

Updated as of Oct. 16

After careful consideration, Georgian will continue with a combination of fully remote and hybrid (remote/in-person) program delivery for the winter 2021 semester.

With the health and safety of our students, employees and our communities in mind, limiting the number of people taking part in on-campus activities is the right thing to do.

Please use the winter 2021 program search tool to find out whether your program will be delivered remotely, or through a combination of remote and in-person learning.

As always, we’re making the best decisions we can with the information and guidance available from public health authorities and the government. The information provided in the program search tool is subject to change.

If your program is confirmed to run remotely for winter semester, the college will not change the delivery method mid-term. Decisions for delivery will be made before the start of each term, and will continue for the entire length of that term.

Please review the What to expect on campus page for details including what’s open and closed, parking, designated entrances and more.

If you receive your offer of acceptance after Oct. 7, the due date is your acceptance expiry date (see your acceptance letter for date, or email for assistance).

Updated as of Dec. 1

Full-time students

Block registration runs from Dec. 8 to 10. Log in to Banner to find your program’s specific registration date and time. Go to Registration menu, and click on Check registration status. To see your registration time, you must first pay your deposit.

At your registration time, you’ll sign in to your Banner account and register for your classes. The add/drop period will run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 29.

Part-time students

Registration opens on Dec. 21 for part-time students.

Yes! Orientation for new students will be held online. Head Start programming runs from Jan. 6 to 15 and academic orientation sessions take place Jan. 13 and 14. Visit the First Year Experience web page for details and schedules.

First, do a search for which textbooks you’ll need on the Georgian Stores website. Book lists are usually available around the same time that registration opens. You’ll need the course reference number (CRN) and your student number.

Then, we recommend these options to purchase your books:

  1. Georgian Stores is open for online orders.
  2. Search Amazon’s used book market.
  3. Search Facebook groups for used books: Orillia Georgian College Book Exchange, Georgian College Barrie Book Swap, Georgian College Used Textbooks. Students post their used texts or post as wanted.
  4. Contact the publisher. Some publishers are making textbooks open access during the health crisis. Use your Georgian student email.
  5. The Georgian library has an open educational resource (OER) guide that offers a search engine and suggestions for some subjects. These might not be your textbook but an OER could have the same or similar content.

We’ve outlined some at-home technology requirements to complete your courses online, e.g. internet speed, hard drive specifications, operating system, etc.

The following are minimum technology specifications for all programs. Your program may have unique technology requirements. For program-specific requirements, please see our remote delivery technology specifications and look to see if your program has additional requirements.

Internet connection

  • 30 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up or greater is recommended

Computer specifications


  • Core i3 or Ryzen 3 processor
  • 8GB or more of RAM
  • 250GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • Wireless 802.11ac
  • Windows 10


  • Intel Core i5 or Ryzen 5 processor
  • 8GB or more of RAM
  • 250GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • Wireless 802.11ac
  • Windows 10


  • Intel Core i7 or Ryzen 7 processor
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 500GB SSD disk
  • One full-size USB port
  • High-end graphics video card (consider a dedicated video with 2GB of video memory)
  • Wireless 802.11ac


  • A Windows-based computer may serve your general educational purposes better at Georgian College.
  • Note: Mac computers are a program-specific, unique requirement in some college programs.

Additional technology specifications to consider

  • Built-in ethernet port
  • USB C port
  • Two-year warranty
  • Four hours of battery life
  • Nvidia-based dedicated graphics card
  • External USB hard drive for local backup

Note, your existing notebook computer may satisfy the above hardware requirements.

Students will be able to reserve computer time in the libraries at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses during the winter semester. The libraries are open for computer use only. Time slots are a maximum of two hours, and printers are not available. You must make an online reservation in advance on the library website.

Please note: the availability of this service is dependent on health and safety recommendations from the provincial government and local health units. In the event the college has to suspend computer lab use, students are encouraged to secure the necessary technology required to support their academic program requirements. You may be interested in applying for awards, scholarships and bursaries to help cover these technology costs.

Alternatively, WiFi is enabled in parking lots at all Georgian College campuses. Speed decreases the further you are away from the building. Please remember to adhere to social distancing rules.

At the Barrie Campus, the WiFi signal is boosted to parking lots N, E/H, A, N/H. View the campus map.

We’re trying to help students without access to technology while courses are being delivered online. If you need to borrow a laptop for winter term, you can place your request after you register for courses. Laptop loans are first-come, first-served, and available to Georgian students studying within Canada only. Review eligibility requirements for a laptop loan.

Students will also be able to reserve computer time in the libraries at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses during the winter semester. The libraries are open for computer use only. Time slots are a maximum of two hours, and printers are not available. You must make an online reservation in advance on the library website.

Please note: the availability of this service is dependent on health and safety recommendations from the provincial government and local health units. In the event the college has to suspend computer lab use, students are encouraged to secure the necessary technology required to support their academic program requirements. You may be interested in applying for awards, scholarships and bursaries to help cover these technology costs.

Updated as of Jan. 15

Each course will be different and your faculty will review the expectations on the first day of class. They may also post details in advance on Blackboard so be sure to check your course shell.

At minimum, you can expect an opportunity to interact with your professor live (synchronous), in real time, at least once every two weeks.

We understand that the provincial lockdown, and the subsequent directive for elementary school students to learn at home for the time being, may impact some of our students and their ability to attend or participate in scheduled, synchronous classes. If this is the case for you, please speak directly with your faculty to discussion options and expectations.

Please note, this protocol is for remote courses that have moved online temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Existing online courses that were designed to be fully online will follow their original delivery method (e.g. they may be entirely asynchronous).

We know it’s a big adjustment! Staff from our Centre for Teaching and Learning have prepared a Student Remote Learning Kit with lots of great resources. Check it out. Don’t forget you can also connect with your student advisor remotely.

For the winter 2021 semester, we’re continuing the Georgian Learning Guarantee. It was first introduced in fall 2020. We want you to succeed, so much so, if you choose to withdraw from your program before Feb. 19, 2021, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in May 2021, September 2021 or January 2022. You choose the program. All you have to do is reapply and be accepted. For returning students, the same applies. We’ll apply your tuition fees for your next semester when you return in 2021 or January 2022. Read more about the guarantee.

Domestic students: Yes, you can request to defer your January 2021 acceptance to May 2021; however, approval is based on program availability and seat availability. Please log in to your OCAS application to make changes to your application. For further information contact

If you would like to defer to September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022, you’ll be expected to reapply through OCAS. Unfortunately, we’re not able to guarantee your seat for a future intake.

International students: Yes, you can request to defer your acceptance to a future intake; however, approval of the request is based on program availability. Please complete the international request for deferral form and email it to

All students: If your deferral is approved, your non-refundable tuition deposit will be transferred to your new semester start date. Exceptions to the non-refundable tuition deposit policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, for programs that are running remotely for semester one students. For further information, email

If you’re scheduled for a work term you are required to conduct an active job search. If you aren’t able to find a position, there are options to support you so you can still earn your mandatory co-op credit. Please check your Georgian College email for information from your co-op consultant, as the options will be specific to your program.

You can find additional FAQs related to co-op and the pandemic on the co-op page on the student portal.

Yes, in most cases your clinical placement will run as scheduled.

At this time, Georgian has been successful in in optimizing student success with the completion of clinical and student-led clinic placement requirements through actual in-person clinical as well as the addition of virtual simulation components.

If our community partners must reduce their capacity to take on clinical students, or if we must close student-led clinics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgian will continue to investigate alternative placement models and work with accrediting and regulatory bodies to support student success. We will work diligently to provide students with the opportunity to graduate from their program according to the traditional academic schedule. Extreme circumstances may impact the program duration.

Field placements will be delivered remotely in the winter 2021 semester with some virtual and in-person contact with community agencies. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited access to community agencies and schools for student placements. Please connect with your program coordinator or field placement faculty to find out what is happening in your specific program.

You’ll be expected to register for field placement as per normal practice and further information regarding your competency completion requirements will be provided to you by your program.

Please connect with your program coordinator if you have further questions about how your field placement is being delivered, progression in your program and your path to success.

The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), in collaboration with its member institutions, made the decision to cancel the sanctioned varsity athletic season for the 2021 winter semester. Sports affected by this decision include badminton, basketball, curling, volleyball and indoor soccer. Ontario Collegiate Recreation extramural scheduled activities will also be cancelled, with the exception of online options.

Read the full announcement on the student portal.

Updated as of Oct. 6

Yes. Residence applications for the winter 2021 term are now open. Applications can be submitted online. Acceptance will be offered based on availability and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Your Georgian College Students’ Association representatives are working hard to plan a variety of virtual events this winter, such as online bingo, Tik Tok dance classes, trivia nights, paint nights and much more.

All social events will be available to all Georgian student unless otherwise stated (e.g. some may be campus specific). You’ll find a current list of student events on the home page when you log in to the student portal, and more events will be added throughout the semester.

Many of our clubs are looking for ways to offer their programming virtually. Read our club listing and connect with the club(s) you’re interested in to learn more.

Please confirm your offer, even if it’s conditional, in order to save your seat. If you don’t confirm your offer by the confirmation deadline, and if you do not pay your deposit by the payment deadline, you’re at risk of losing your seat.

As long as you’re on track to successfully complete your credits prior to the start of classes, and your mid-term grades meet minimum requirements in the courses that your conditional offer is based on, your offer will not be revoked. You can check the minimum grade required on your Banner Web for Admissions. If a specific grade is not stated, then a pass in the course is required. (To find Banner Web for Admissions, go to which takes you to your applicant dashboard. Click on check my application status).

We will work with you if you have any concerns about delays or outstanding courses. Please contact your admissions officer directly to discuss your situation or contact

Please connect with Accessibility Services. We can often support students regardless of what documentation is provided. We understand during this time that documentation is challenge to gather.

If you’re a prospective, full-time or part-time student, please email or call us to make an appointment to discuss your eligibility for accommodation. Our email address is and our phone number is 1.877.722.1523.

We can also provide accommodations for writing the College Placement Assessment (CPA) or Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) for students who qualify. Please contact us if you feel you need accommodations to write your admission test(s).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Haven’t yet applied? Book a one-on-one phone appointment with a recruiter to learn about our programs and campus life.

Already applied? Contact your admissions officer if you have questions about your acceptance offer (their name and contact information is in your Applicant Dashboard at

Yes, OntarioLearn (OL) courses will be available this winter. OntarioLearn dates differ from general Georgian registration dates so please review them below.

The OL winter semester will run from Jan. 12 to April 20. The last day to register will be Jan. 19 and the last day to withdraw with a refund is Jan. 22.

The OL February intake will run from Feb. 1 to May 10. The last day to register will be Feb. 8 and the last day to withdraw with a refund is Feb. 11.

Registration will open in November on the OntarioLearn web page. For more information, email

Please visit our Part-time Studies website for the latest updates. All course delivery information is located on each individual course web page.

FAQs: Student Services

As we deliver courses remotely or through a combination of remote and in-person learning, all student services are available remotely to support you. Read how to contact each service and their hours of operation.

How to contact student services remotely

We realize this is a difficult time for everyone and our Mental Health and Well-being team is here to help.

Library Services remain available virtually at all campuses. Please visit the library web site for the most recent updates about research, math, tutoring and writing services. Be sure to check out library FAQs too!

For how to reach all student services remotely, please refer to this article.

IT Support at Georgian is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff and students can access help by sending an email to or calling 705.728.1968, ext. 1732.

For how to reach all student services during the temporary campus closure, please refer to this article.

Update as of Nov. 23:

Testing Services is providing online testing services for admission tests, which include Communications Placement Assessment (CPA), Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and placement testing.

For your test, you will require a computer and a webcam. The Testing Services team will fully assist you with the entire process.

Our customer service team is available to answer inquiries and book appointments Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To request testing services or more information, please email or call 1.877.722.1523.

For how to reach all student services during the temporary campus closure, please refer to this article.

Update as of Oct. 9

If you have on-campus classes this semester and need a locker to store your items, they are now available at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses.

You don’t need to register for the locker. If it’s open, you can claim it.

As per physical distancing guidelines, every sixth locker is available under the following criteria:

  1. Lockers cannot be shared.
  2. Lockers are for the full semester (daily use is not permitted).
  3. You must bring your own lock.
  4. Locks must be removed prior to the last day of the semester. Failure to do so will result in the college removing the lock and the locker’s contents.
  5. The college is not responsible for lost or stolen items or items removed by the college upon the completion of the semester.  An administrative storage fee will be applied for the retrieval of any items left inside lockers after the semester has ended.

Please note that in the event of a building or campus closure, access to lockers may be temporarily suspended and students may have to wait to retrieve their contents.

Please visit the Registrar’s Office FAQ page on the student portal for all frequently asked questions about ONEcard during the campus closure, or visit the ONEcard web page.

The UPass has been suspended for winter 2021 semester and you will not be charged the universal bus pass ancillary fee this term (this applies to Barrie Campus students only).

If you’re a Barrie resident and need a bus pass this winter, you’ll be expected to purchase one from the City of Barrie at the student rate. To get the student rate, show your Georgian ONEcard.

FAQs: Finances, fees and refunds

Some FAQs related to finances, fees and refunds have been archived. Please see our coronavirus (COVID-19) archive.

Additional FAQs specific to receiving and accepting refunds by e-transfers can be found on the Registrar’s Office FAQ page on the Student Portal.

Please visit the Financial Aid web page for information about OSAP and awards, scholarships and bursaries.

Financial Aid Officers are available remotely to help so if you want to discuss your individual circumstances, please email for support.

Updated as of Nov. 19:

We will continue to offer a COVID-19 Hardship Bursary fund this winter semester. The application opens on Feb. 1 and closes on Feb. 15. Read details about this bursary, who’s eligible, and how to apply (you will need to log in to the student portal to view this information).

We will not be issuing refunds for tuition, as we have been able to adjust our delivery to ensure students can still meet learning outcomes. We know this has been a big adjustment for everyone at Georgian and at all colleges in Ontario. It may not look like how we expected, but we’re thankful our classes and student services are continuing remotely so all students have an opportunity start and finish their courses.

Georgian President and CEO Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes offers further explanation in this announcement from July 27.

We can confirm that the following ancillary fees will not be charged for winter semester:

  • universal bus pass (Barrie Campus only)
  • athletics and recreation fee (all campuses)
  • campus safety fee (all campuses)

Program specific fees (e.g. lab fees and field trips) are currently being determined by each program area. More details about program specific fees will come soon so please check the FAQs often.

All other ancillary fees will not be refunded as these services, such as health and counselling services, technical support and others, will be provided through remote delivery.

If you’re a Barrie resident and need a bus pass this winter, you’ll be expected to purchase one from the City at the student rate.

How will I be notified of my cost savings?

Winter semester fees will be assessed when you register. The fees listed above will not be charged. Cost savings will vary in amount as ancillary fees vary by campus. Fees for winter semester are due Feb. 1, 2021.

You will need to cancel your application via the housing portal by June 17, 2020. After you submit your cancellation, you’ll receive a cheque in the mail to the address Campus Living Centres has on file. The refund process will take six to eight weeks.

Please click on the housing portal for your campus:

For information regarding how Synergy is working to support students during this pandemic (including updates on fees), please log in to your Synergy Verified profile.

FAQs: Registrar’s Office-related

This includes the following services: admission, credit transfer, registration, records, fees, transcripts, enrolment verification, financial aid (OSAP), graduation and convocation.

For additional questions related to the Registrar’s Office, please visit their page on the student portal.

Student systems such as Blackboard and MyPath are still operating as normal. Most student systems are online portals that can be accessed from any computer with internet connection. Check the Student Portal for more information.

For confirmations of enrolment and other verification, please scan (or take a picture) of the document that needs to be filled out and email it to

Updated as of June 17:

We are not currently accepting in-person or phone payments while the college is closed. Tuition deposits/fees can be paid using any of these convenient methods:

  • Flywire (for payments coming from outside Canada)
  • banking app/online banking (e-transfers are not accepted)
  • Banner (for tuition deposits only, with a credit card).

For detailed instructions on how to pay, visit our finance and fees page.

If you’re a full-time student we can register you into the course and charge your Banner account, which you can pay online. If full fees have not been received within five days, you will be withdrawn from the course.

Any credit will be transferred to your future semesters. If you’re in your last semester, any credit will be refunded to you. Refunds take approximately two to three weeks to process. Cheques are mailed to the address in Banner.

  • Unofficial transcripts: Access your Banner account and select “Unofficial transcript”. This is a free copy of your transcript.
  • Official transcripts: Complete the request for transcript form and email to The cost is $12 per copy. This charge will be added to your Banner account which you can pay through online banking. A PDF copy of your transcript will be emailed to the email address you indicate on the form.
  • Hard copies: Hard copies of transcripts will not be mailed while the college is closed. If you would like a hard copy mailed when the college re-opens, please indicate this on the form. If it is not indicated, no hard copy will be sent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered.

A transcript will be considered official if sent to Credit Transfer in one of the following ways:

  • emailed directly from the Registrar’s Office of the previous institution to
  • directly from OCAS (Note: be sure to monitor the status of the transcript request on OCAS and send us an email to advise that it has been sent to the institution)

Many institutions can email transcripts directly. It is recommended that you reach out to your previous institution to see what options they provide. Contact if you have further questions or concerns.

Students who successfully completed their program in December 2020 and applied to graduate will receive their credential by mail in February.

FAQs archive

We’ve archived past FAQs for winter and summer semesters and the August recovery period. Please see our coronavirus (COVID-19) archive.

FAQ about COVID-19

See below for information about COVID-19. For more detailed information, refer to the following trusted resources:

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). Some transmit easily from person to person while others do not. COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans.

Source: Government of Canada

Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.

Symptoms of human coronaviruses may be very mild or more serious, such as:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.

Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands

These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

Hand hygiene

Your hands play a major role in the spread of bacteria and viruses that can cause illness.

Handwashing or using a hand sanitizer is the best way to prevent illness. It’s not new, but it works because it removes or kills germs before they can find their way into our bodies. As more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, proper hand hygiene is essential in protecting your health.

  • Proper handwashing: To make sure you’re washing your hands properly, use soap and water. Wet your hands. Add soap and rub your hands vigorously together for 15 seconds. Rinse hands and dry with a clean towel, then turn off the tap with the towel. It’s the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps free and remove germs. Also remember to keep nails short and clean, wash wrists and remove watches and jewellery when you wash your hands.
  • Proper hand sanitizing: Alcohol-based sanitizers and gels (minimum 60 per cent alcohol) are also an option, but should only be used when your hands are not visibly soiled or dirty. This is because they do not remove visible dirt. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. When using a gel or sanitizer, rub it on all surfaces of your hands until they’re dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in the gel kills non-visible germs that cause colds and the flu.

Protect yourself and others from getting sick:

  • Cover up when you cough or sneeze
  • Clean shared surfaces often. Cleaning with soap or detergent physically removes surface dirt and large numbers of germs. Don’t forget to clean commonly touched items like doorknobs, light switches and faucets. Regularly clean your desk and keyboard and avoid eating at your desk.
  • Stay at home if you are sick. When you’re sick, you can spread your illness to those you come in contact with. Stay home from work if you’re sick and keep your children home from school or child care when they have cold or flu symptoms such as fever, runny nose, dry cough, tiredness and muscle aches.

Everyday actions to maintain your immunity and prevent the spread of germs that cause illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands.
  • Get plenty of sleep and manage your stress levels. Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can reduce immune functioning, thus lowering the body’s ability to fend off colds and flu.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can be dehydrating.
  • Use a lotion or moisturizing cream to prevent cracks in the skin that can provide an entry point for germs.
  • Be physically active by maintaining a moderate exercise program three to four times a week. It will strengthen the immune system and increase the body’s natural ability to fight infection.
  • Eat healthy, nutritious food; five to nine servings per day of fruits and vegetables is recommended.

If feeling unwell, you should:

  • stay home
  • contact your health-care provider or get free medical advice through Telehealth Ontario at 1.866.797.0000 (toll free)

More information

This page will be continually updated to reflect the most current information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can also visit the Government of Canada website, or refer to the following resources:

Information for students

Georgian students are advised to visit the student portal for updates and more information about COVID-19.

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Information for International students

If you are an International student, please visit our COVID-19 FAQs for International students for updates and information about COVID-19.

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Information for employees

Georgian employees are advised to visit the employee portal for updates and more information about COVID-19.

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