Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

This page is where we will post all information about how Georgian College is responding to the 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, read this information for applicants.

Updates from President MaryLynn West-Moynes and Georgian

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

Nov. 23: Changes to COVID-19 protocol and other updatesGeorgian College Chevron

College announcement

As the pandemic continues to evolve, so do our safety protocols. We continue to revise our policies based on federal and provincial government regulations, directives from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, and in consultation with our local health units. Our protocols, and student and employee adherence to them, have served us well and are critical to keep our campuses safe.

Changes to our COVID-19 safety protocols
There are changes to the Protocol for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission effective Monday, Nov. 29. All students are encouraged to read the protocol in full, but here’s a quick summary of the changes that have been made:

  • The requirement to maintain two metres of distance between persons has been lifted, except in retail spaces (e.g., bookstore) or lineups.
  • When you arrive on campus, you must show the campus ambassador the following documentation to gain entry:
    • COVID-19 screening assessment on the [email protected] app
    • Proof of vaccination on the [email protected] app, or an approved accommodation
    • NEW – photo identification (refer to section 8 in the protocol for acceptable forms of ID)
  • Capacity limits have been lifted (e.g., number of people allowed in the washroom at one time), however, we encourage everyone to be respectful of people’s space as people may have differing comfort levels.

Safety measures that remain the same:

  • you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved accommodation from the college
  • you must wear a Georgian-issued Level 1 procedural face mask while inside a Georgian facility
  • eating is allowed in permitted areas only (refer to section 5 in the protocol)

Stay home if you’re unwell

As we return more people to campus and lessen spacing and capacity limits, it bears repeating that the pandemic isn’t over. There are still COVID-19 cases circulating within our communities. Please stay home if you’re unwell and contact your instructors.

Expectations for learning during campus closures due to inclement weather
With the winter season upon us, please review Georgian’s Unscheduled Campus Closure Procedure. If your campus closes due to inclement weather, please check Blackboard for instructions because your faculty may move your class to remote learning for the day.

Finally, if you’re new to campus in January, don’t forget to upload proof of vaccination by Jan. 1 to the [email protected] app.

Handy resources for further reading:

Good luck as you complete the remainder of fall semester and we look forward to seeing more students on campus in January!

Oct. 19: Winter 2022 semester updateGeorgian College Chevron

College announcement

Beginning in January, the winter semester at Georgian will be unlike any other, as we’re expecting the largest winter semester intake in the college’s history. This winter also sees a significant return to more on-campus learning and activity and approximately 90 per cent of students will have at least one course on campus.  

Students and applicants can now use our online searchable chart  to look up programs and get an overview of the delivery method(s) that will be used for their program. These delivery methods include fully online, in person, hybrid, and GC Flex. Each delivery method is defined on the winter semester page.

COVID-19 safety protocols and vaccination requirements

While we substantially increase on-campus learning and services, Georgian’s health and safety protocols will continue to serve us well and keep us safe. Further to the announcement of Georgian’s vaccination procedure, all those who come to campus for winter semester will be required to be fully vaccinated and upload proof of their vaccinations to the [email protected] app by Jan. 1, 2022. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated once they’ve received the full series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since their final dose. To upload proof, follow the prompts using your [email protected] app or review the instructions here. If proof of vaccination was already uploaded for the fall semester, you don’t need to upload it again for winter semester.

Support for students

For the winter semester, services to support students will be available both in person on campus and by remote methods. Information will be updated closer to Jan. 3 and can be found on the student services page.

Georgian will continue to offer our COVID-19 Hardship Bursary to support students with financial need. Learn more on our winter 2022 page.

Stay updated by visiting our COVID-19 update page, checking your Georgian email, and by following Georgian on social media.

Employees

We all want our students to have the best Georgian experience. To prepare for the largest winter intake in our history, employees will return to campus later this fall to ensure offices and services are ready for our students. More information to come in the next two weeks to help employees through this transition.

Aug. 13: Mandatory vaccines on campusGeorgian College Chevron

Dear students and colleagues,

After careful consideration, I’m announcing today that Georgian College will move to mandatory vaccinations for all Georgian students and employees who will access any of our campuses or locations, as of Sept. 7. Georgian will be releasing a vaccination policy shortly that will also address all visitors who attend our campuses or locations.

In order to work or study on any Georgian campus or affiliated facility, students and employees will be required to have at minimum, their first dose of a two-dose, Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine before coming on campus as of Sept. 7 and a second dose, or be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18. 

As we prepare for more on-campus activity for the fall, we’ve been working closely with our local public health authorities and watching two critical things: vaccination rates of our college population demographic and the current and future impact of the variants of concern (VOCs) on our communities.  

Georgian will have a process to grant accommodations to individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical grounds or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code. More details regarding accommodations will be provided in the coming weeks on our website, as well as our employee and student portals.

Throughout the pandemic, while maintaining delivery of our programs both on and off campus, Georgian has been committed to the health and safety of our students and employees. It’s driven our decisions from the very beginning and this decision is no different.

We know widespread vaccination is our best strategy to a safe and more rapid return to on-campus life and I’m committed to doing everything we can to make that return a reality for our students and employees.  As an academic institution, it is important we understand our role and responsibility for the greater good.

To make it convenient for our college community, we’re working with local health units to bring vaccination clinics on campus, where possible. We’ll provide more information on those clinic locations and times as soon as available, and of course, appointments or walk-ins for vaccinations in various locations throughout Ontario can be made/located on the province’s website or local public health unit websites as well.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with our three Georgian College Students’ Association presidents (GCSA).  After hearing the proposal, asking critical questions about how we move forward, they have endorsed Georgian moving ahead with a vaccine policy. I want to commend them for their efforts to build a safe campus.

As we work through the details of this heading into our fall semester, more specific information about how you’ll provide proof of vaccination status, obtain exemptions and answers to your many questions will be provided. Please continue to check the college’s website, as well as student and employee portals for important updates. You can also read an FAQ.

I have full confidence that you will appreciate this decision and our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the communities we are so fortunate to be a part of and cherish.

Stay safe, be well and choose kindness.

Sincerely,

MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO

FAQs: Safety protocols and reporting

I going to campus. What safety protocols do I need to know?Georgian College Chevron

Everyone on campus must review and follow these two safety protocols:

Please review important information about what to expect on campus during COVID-19.

What are Georgian’s cleaning protocols during the pandemic?Georgian College Chevron

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.

How will I know if there are any cases of COVID-19 on Georgian campuses?Georgian College Chevron

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

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.

How much information will Georgian share with me about confirmed cases on campus?Georgian College Chevron

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.

Why doesn’t Georgian do temperature checks as part of its entrance screening?Georgian College Chevron

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.

I need a quarantine package because I’ve travelled internationally or I’m an international student arriving in Canada for the first time. What are my options?Georgian College Chevron

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: Vaccination

What is Georgian’s COVID-19 vaccination procedure?Georgian College Chevron

Any student or employee accessing a Georgian College campus or location must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In order to work or study on any Georgian campus or affiliated facility, students and employees are required to have received their second dose, or be fully vaccinated. Vaccines must be approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization (WHO). Proof of vaccination must be uploaded to the [email protected] app.

Those coming to campus for the winter 2022 semester will be required to be fully vaccinated and upload proof of their vaccinations to the [email protected] app by Jan. 1, 2022. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated once they’ve received the full series of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since their final dose.

Read the full COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure.

The procedure describes expectations for visitors, including patients of the Georgian Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic and Georgian’s student-led health and wellness clinics subject to regulatory college requirements. 

Why did Georgian decide to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory? Georgian College Chevron

As we prepared for more on-campus activity for the fall, we’ve been working closely with our local public health authorities and watching two critical things: vaccination rates of our college population demographic and the current and future impact of the variants of concern (VOCs) on our communities. These indicators suggest mandatory vaccination is the best route to help us protect the health and safety of our Georgian community.

How do I show proof of vaccination? Georgian College Chevron

Upload an image of your vaccination record to the [email protected] app, available in your phone’s app store. You’ll use the app to show screeners at Georgian campus building or facility entrances that you’re vaccinated. You’re also required to show valid photo identification.

Follow these instructions to upload proof of vaccination.

We recommend you upload your vaccination record as soon as possible to allow Campus Safety Services time to review it.

If you were vaccinated in Ontario, you can request your vaccination record online.

Do I need to provide proof of identification? Georgian College Chevron

Yes, you need to provide photo identification at designated campus entrances in addition to COVID-19 screening results and proof of vaccination in the [email protected] app.

Campus ambassadors will accept photocopies of proof of identification and pictures of proof of identification on mobile devices only if they are clear and legible. Pictures of identification saved on mobile devices must fill the entire screen of the mobile device when presented to the ambassador at entry.

I’ve been vaccinated but don’t have my receipt. How do I find it? Georgian College Chevron

If you were vaccinated in Ontario, learn how to get a copy of your vaccination receipt.  

Here’s an example of a vaccination receipt that meets Georgian’s requirements for proof of vaccination.

What is the process to request a medical accommodation?Georgian College Chevron

Students and employees who have a documented medical condition that prevents them from being vaccinated can request a medical accommodation. They should fill out the COVID-19 Medical Accommodation Form, print it to have their regulated health care professional sign it, and submit it to the address included at the bottom of the form.

What is the process to request a religious/creed-based accommodation?Georgian College Chevron

Students and employees who have a religious/creed-based reason for not getting vaccinated should fill out the COVID-19 Religious/Creed Accommodation Form and submit the form to the address included at the bottom of the form.

Do I need to undergo COVID-19 rapid antigen testing when I arrive on campus? Georgian College Chevron

Only persons with the conditionally approved status on the [email protected] app are eligible for COVID-19 rapid antigen testing after Nov. 1, 2021. If you have questions about your app status, please contact [email protected].

What is the definition of fully vaccinated? Georgian College Chevron

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated if they’ve received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); and have received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. 

How/when can I get a vaccine?Georgian College Chevron

Please check with your local health unit to learn about nearby clinics and appointment options:

International students

In Canada, if you’re 12 years of age or older, you’re eligible for a vaccine. In Ontario, you don’t need a valid Ontario health card to book your appointment.

To book your vaccine over the phone, call the provincial call centre at 1.833.943.3900. If you live in Simcoe County or Muskoka, you can also book by calling the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 1.877.721.7520, ext. 5997. Barrie students can call the Sperling Drive health unit location at 705.797.3159.

You can also register online for a vaccination appointment. If you don’t have an Ontario health card and you live in Simcoe County or Muskoka, complete this online form to request a pseudo health card number for use in the vaccine registration form. Access more information on the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit COVID-19 vaccination web page.

What are my options for winter term if I don’t get vaccinated and am ineligible for accommodation? Georgian College Chevron

For the winter 2022 term, students, staff, and community members coming to campus are required to be fully vaccinated and upload proof to the [email protected] app by Jan. 1, 2022.  

If you’re a new student who is unable to meet this vaccination requirement, you’re eligible to withdraw from your program. Here’s how:  
 
Domestic students:  
Complete a withdrawal form and email it to [email protected] before the 10th day of classes (Jan. 21, 2022). Withdrawals received after this time will not be eligible for a refund.  
 
International students:  
Please visit MyGClife.ca and complete the international student withdrawal process before the 10th day of classes (Jan. 21, 2022). Withdrawals received after this time will not be eligible for a refund.  

Returning students (semester two and above) can reach out to their program co-ordinator to discuss potential pathways to complete their program of study.  

If you’re a Georgian employee, please speak directly with your manager. 

Is proof of vaccination needed for on-campus residences?Georgian College Chevron

Students living in an on-campus residence at Georgian campuses in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

For more information, review the Residence Vaccination Protocol and FAQs for living in residence during COVID-19.

What if I don’t have a phone and/or access to the [email protected] app to submit the required information?Georgian College Chevron

You can email Campus Safety Services and they will arrange an alternative method to provide proof of vaccination and screening.

Who reviews and approves my proof of vaccination?Georgian College Chevron

Staff from Campus Safety Services. Each staff member involved in reviewing and approving proof of vaccination has signed a confidentiality agreement.  

How/where is proof of vaccination stored, and does it meet privacy requirements for the handling of medical information? Georgian College Chevron

Campus Safety Services works with AppArmor to collect proof of vaccination data using the [email protected] app. The app and all storage of information has been designed to meet all legal requirements. All data related to this application is stored on servers located in Canada.

In addition, persons using the app must provide consent, and further information regarding what the information will be used for and a link to Georgian’s Privacy policy is included in the app, as per legal requirements.

What do ambassadors at campus entrances see when they scan my QR code? Do they see any personal information?Georgian College Chevron

The ambassadors will only be checking that the QR code is green and that it was accessed that day.

If I only have my first vaccination, can I still come to campus?Georgian College Chevron

No. Students and employees accessing a Georgian College campus or location must have their second dose, or be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You’re required to provide proof of vaccination using the [email protected] app and show photo identification at designated campus entrances.

If you’re going to campus this winter, you must be fully vaccinated (with 14 days since your final dose) and upload proof by Jan. 1, 2022.

To upload your vaccination receipts, follow the prompts using your [email protected] app or review the instructions here. If proof of vaccination was already uploaded for the fall semester, you don’t need to upload it again for winter semester.

I’m an international student and I received a vaccine that isn’t approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization (WHO). What do I do?Georgian College Chevron

If you received a vaccine that isn’t approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, the province of Ontario has recommended that individuals receive a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. You can schedule an appointment for vaccination through the province of Ontario system.  

My program is fully remote. Do I need to be vaccinated? Georgian College Chevron

If you will not be attending a Georgian campus or facility in person, this procedure does not apply to you. However, Georgian encourages all students and employees to get vaccinated. 

I’m going on a work-integrated learning placement (e.g., co-op, field, clinical). Does the vaccination procedure apply to me? Georgian College Chevron

If you will not be on a Georgian campus or location, this procedure does not apply to you. However, you are expected to adhere to any vaccination procedure implemented by your placement host or employer. And, if you choose to visit campus for any reason during your work-integrated learning semester, you will need to adhere to the procedure. 

What happens to my deposit for the winter semester if I withdraw because of the vaccination procedure? Georgian College Chevron

Students withdrawing because of the college’s vaccination policy are encouraged to note this on their withdrawal form. If you send in your withdrawal form before the 10th day of classes (Jan. 21, 2022), your form will be reviewed. A staff member from the Registrar’s Office will follow up with you after Jan. 21, 2022.

What happens to my OSAP funding if I withdraw because of the vaccination procedure?  Georgian College Chevron

If you withdraw from full-time studies, your OSAP application will be updated accordingly and your funding assessment will be adjusted according to OSAP policy. Contact [email protected] to discuss impacts. 

I’m a visitor to campus (e.g., a contractor, client of a health and wellness clinic, etc.). What are the expectations for me? Georgian College Chevron

The only visitors excluded from Georgian’s COVID-19 vaccination procedure, unless otherwise advised, are patients and clients attending the Georgian Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic or Georgian’s student-led health and wellness clinics subject to regulatory college requirements.

Will masks still be required on campus? Georgian College Chevron

Yes. Please refer to our Protocol for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission. We will continue to update it based on recommendations and requirements of our public health authorities, the Government of Ontario and/or the Government of Canada. 

FAQs: Vaccination for international students

In addition to the question below, international students are encouraged to read all COVID-19 vaccine-related questions above, as well as all frequently asked questions specific to international students.

I’m an international student planning to arrive in Canada in time for the start of the winter 2022 semester. What date do I need to arrive in Canada by based on my vaccination status?Georgian College Chevron

Please click on the chart below to review scenarios for each type of COVID-19 vaccine and number of doses received. For each scenario, the last column identifies your latest date to arrive in Canada. This chart was updated on Nov. 1, 2021 to state the last date of arrival for international students who are unvaccinated is Nov. 12.

FAQs: Remote learning

You can use the program search tool for winter 2022 to find out how your program will be delivered. More than 90 per cent of students will have at least one in-person class this winter semester.

How do I get my textbooks?Georgian College Chevron

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.
Are there any at-home technology requirements for completing my courses remotely?Georgian College Chevron

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

Basic:

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

Better:

  • 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

Best:

  • 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

Mac:

  • 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.

What if my internet connection is slow/limited?Georgian College Chevron

You can access WiFi at your nearest Georgian campus, or use the computers at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campus libraries. Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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, notably the new Georgian Technology Bursary.

What if I don’t have a computer?Georgian College Chevron

You can use the computers at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campus libraries. Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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, notably the new Georgian Technology Bursary.

If you need to borrow a laptop for a semester, 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.

Will I be expected to be in my remote courses at specific times for live sessions, or can I participate on my own schedule?Georgian College Chevron

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.

Please note, this protocol is for remote courses, moved online 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).

I’m new to online learning. Do you have any tips to help me be successful?Georgian College Chevron

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.

I want to access accommodations and support because I have a barrier that might interfere with my learning, e.g. an IEP in high school, medical condition, mental health or physical disability. Who should I contact?Georgian College Chevron

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 [email protected] and our phone number is 1.877.722.1523.

We can also provide accommodations for writing admissions tests for students who qualify. Please contact us if you feel you need accommodations to write your admission test(s).

FAQs: Fall 2021 semester

The what to expect on campus page offers the latest information about safety procedures. These protocols are subject to change. It’s your responsibility to learn about Georgian’s COVID safety procedures before coming to campus for in-person learning.

Are fall semester classes online or in person?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian is offering a combination of fully remote and hybrid (remote/in-person) program delivery for the fall 2021 semester. You can use the program search tool for fall 2021 to find out which courses are online and which ones have in-person components.

What are the dates for fall semester?Georgian College Chevron

The semester will start Sept. 7 and end Dec. 17. There will be one Study Week from Oct. 25 to 29.

It says my program is being delivered remotely for the fall semester. Will this change mid-term?Georgian College Chevron

If your program or course is confirmed to run remotely for fall 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.

I have an in-person lab/class scheduled. What on-campus facilities will be open or closed?Georgian College Chevron

Your best source of information is the What to expect on campus page. It offers the latest on parking, designated entrances, and how to prepare for your campus visit.

Georgian is gradually increasing the number student services available on campus this fall. Please keep checking the Supports available for remote and hybrid learning page to find out what’s open and when. Most services continue to be available remotely.

I’m scheduled to be on co-op this fall. Am I required to do my work term or do I have options?Georgian College Chevron

If you’re scheduled for a work term, you’re 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.

Need help? You can find contact information for your co-op consultant and FAQs about co-op on the Career | Co-op | Field Placement Resources pages on the student portal.

I’m in a Health, Wellness and Sciences program and scheduled to do a clinical placement this fall. Will this happen?Georgian College Chevron

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

At this time, Georgian has been successful in optimizing student success with the completion of clinical and student-led clinic placement requirements through actual in-person clinical as well as other approved strategies (e.g. virtual simulation and case studies).

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 programs according to the traditional academic schedule. Extreme circumstances may impact the program duration.

I’m in a Human Services or Community Safety program and scheduled to do a field placement this fall. Will this happen?Georgian College Chevron

Field placements will be delivered both remotely and in person during the fall 2021 semester. Final planning will depend on the status of the pandemic, public health guidelines, and the best interests of our students, as well as availability of our community partners to support student learning. All fall 2021 semester students will be contacted by the field placement office or their program to discuss these options.

Please connect with [email protected] to find out what is happening in your specific program.

You’ll be expected to register for field placement as per normal practice. 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 progression in your program, how your field placement is being delivered, and your path to success

Can I defer my September 2021 acceptance offer to a future semester?Georgian College Chevron

Domestic students: You can change your September 2021 application to January 2022 or May 2022 because these intakes are within the same academic year. Go to ontariocolleges.ca and update your application. Offers of admission will be based on program availability. If you are admitted, your non-refundable tuition deposit will be transferred to your new starting term. If you have questions, contact [email protected] for help.

International students: Yes, you can request to defer your acceptance to a future intake; however, approval of the request is based on deferral eligibility and program availability. Please complete the international request for deferral form and email it to [email protected]. If this is your first deferral request and the request is approved, your paid deposits will be transferred to your new starting term. Please check academic regulations for eligibility requirements.

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 [email protected].

For more questions and answers about deferrals, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s FAQs on the student portal.

Will there be social events for students this fall?Georgian College Chevron

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

All social events will be available to all Georgian students 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.

Will there be student clubs this fall?Georgian College Chevron

Many Georgian student clubs have found creative ways to stay connected and active during this pandemic. They include: Cyber Grizzlies, Enactus Georgian, Georgian Pride, and Georgian Skies.

Read our club listing and connect with the club(s) you’re interested in to learn more.

Will OntarioLearn courses be available during fall semester?Georgian College Chevron

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

The OL fall semester will run from Sept. 14 to Dec. 21. The last day to register will be Sept. 21 and the last day to withdraw with a refund is Sept. 24.

The OL October intake will run from Oct. 1 to Jan. 7. The last day to register will be Oct. 8 and the last day to withdraw with a refund is Oct. 15.

Registration is now open on the OntarioLearn web page. For more information, email [email protected].

I’m registered to take a Continuing Education (non-credit) course in the near future. What do I need to know?Georgian College Chevron

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

FAQs: Winter 2022 semester

The what to expect on campus page offers the latest information about current safety procedures, but these protocols are subject to change. It’s your responsibility to learn about Georgian’s COVID safety procedures before coming to campus for in-person learning.

Can I still apply for programs that start in winter 2022 and can I still apply for free?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, we’re still open for applications! Domestic applicants can apply via the OCAS website. We encourage you to connect with our student recruitment team first to discuss your options and get a voucher to apply for free (we’ll cover the $95 OCAS fee).

If you’re an international student looking to attend Georgian College for the Winter 2022 semester please be sure to reach out to [email protected] to discuss options.  

How will winter semester programs be delivered?Georgian College Chevron

The winter 2022 semester will see a significant return to more on-campus learning and activity. Approximately 90 per cent of students will have at least one course on campus.  

You can now use our online searchable chart to get an overview of the delivery method(s) for your program. Program delivery methods include: online, in person, hybrid, and GC Flex. Each delivery method is defined on the winter semester page.

Will delivery of my program change mid-semester?Georgian College Chevron

Decisions for delivery will be made before the start of each term, and will continue for the entire length of that term.

What on-campus facilities will be open or closed?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian is gradually increasing the number student services available on campus. Please keep checking the Supports available for remote and hybrid learning page to find out what’s open and when. Most services continue to be available remotely.

Your best source of information is the What to expect on campus page. It offers the latest on parking, designated entrances, and how to prepare for your campus visit.

What are the dates for winter semester?Georgian College Chevron

The semester will start Jan. 10 and end April 22. There will be one Study Week from Feb. 28 to March 4.

When can I register for courses, or add/drop courses from my timetable?Georgian College Chevron

Most students will register for winter courses from Dec. 7 to 9. The course add/drop period will run from Dec. 20 to Jan. 21.

Domestic students:  

Please review our registration guide to learn how to find your registration date and time in Banner. Also, be sure to check the  fee information page  for tuition and fee deadlines because you’ll need to pay your deposit before you can register for courses. 

International students:  
International students are required to pay full fees by Dec. 2 and provide proof of their full study permit in order to register.  

Can I defer my January 2022 acceptance offer to a future semester?Georgian College Chevron

Domestic students: You can change your January 2022 application May 2022 because these intakes are within the same academic year. Go to ontariocolleges.ca and update your application. Offers of admission will be based on program availability. If you are admitted, your non-refundable tuition deposit will be transferred to your new starting term. If you have questions, contact [email protected] for help. Applicants who wish to start in September 2022, January 2023, or May 2023 must create a new application through ontariocolleges.ca. 

International students: Eligible international applicants starting their first semester at the college may request a deferral to the same program to the next available intake. However, approval of the request is based on deferral eligibility and program availability. Please complete the international request for deferral form and email it to [email protected]. If this is your first deferral request and the request is approved, your paid deposits will be transferred to your new starting term. Please check academic regulations for eligibility requirements. 

Exceptions to the non-refundable tuition deposit policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For further information, email [email protected]

For more questions and answers about deferrals, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s FAQs on the student portal. 

Will there be an Orientation for new students?Georgian College Chevron

Yes! Keep checking your student email inbox for updates. More details will also be posted on the First Year Experience web page on Dec. 1.

I’m scheduled to be on co-op this winter. Am I required to do my work term or do I have options?Georgian College Chevron

If you’re scheduled for a work term, you’re 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.

Need help? You can find contact information for your co-op consultant and FAQs about co-op on the Career | Co-op | Field Placement Resources pages on the student portal.

I’m in a Health, Wellness and Sciences program and scheduled to do a clinical placement this winter. Will this happen?Georgian College Chevron

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

At this time, Georgian has been successful in optimizing student success with the completion of clinical and student-led clinic placement requirements through actual in-person clinical as well as other approved strategies (e.g. virtual simulation and case studies).

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 programs according to the traditional academic schedule. Extreme circumstances may impact the program duration.

I’m in a Human Services or Community Safety program and scheduled to do a field placement this winter. Will this happen?Georgian College Chevron

Field placements will be delivered both remotely and in person during the winter 2022 semester. Final planning will depend on the status of the pandemic, public health guidelines, and the best interests of our students, as well as availability of our community partners to support student learning. All winter 2022 semester students will be contacted by the field placement office or their program to discuss these options.

Please connect with [email protected] to find out what is happening in your specific program.

You’ll be expected to register for field placement as per normal practice. 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 progression in your program, how your field placement is being delivered, and your path to success

I’m registered to take a Continuing Education (non-credit) course in the near future. What do I need to know?Georgian College Chevron

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

We’re gradually increasing on-campus services, however most services continue to be available remotely. Read how to access each service and learn about their hours of operation. We’ll update this resource as more in-person services become available.

What student services will be available in person? Which ones will be online?Georgian College Chevron

We’re gradually increasing on-campus services. Most services continue to be available remotely. Read how to access each service and learn about their hours of operation. We’ll update this resource as more in-person services become available.

What mental health resources are available to me?Georgian College Chevron

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

  • Feeling overwhelmed? Experiencing anxiety or panic? Connect with one of our counsellors to book an appointment.
  • Need some support but not sure where to start? Email [email protected].
  • Check out these two free digital resources for students:
    • Togetherall: Anonymously access an online community where people can support one another. ​​​​​​​It’s open and clinically managed by professionals 24/7. It includes helpful resources, courses and self-assessment tools.
    • Be Well @ Georgian: A new text service that sends helpful tips right to your phone when you need them most! Learn more about Georgian resources, workshops, and be reminded of ways to take care of your  well-being. 
  • Visit the mental health and well-being page on the student portal. You can learn about a variety of resources available to you, as well as read past articles of the Flourishing Friday series that covers dozens of mental health and well-being topics.
  • Check out the list of free apps to help manage anxiety and stress.
Will Georgian Stores be open for textbook and other shopping this fall?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian Stores continues to offer online shopping. There is free shipping within Ontario for any order over $50. Learn more about shipping options.

Bear Essentials at the Barrie Campus is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Orillia and Owen Sound stores remain closed at this time.

Will there be varsity athletics this fall? What about intramurals?Georgian College Chevron

The Georgian Grizzlies, our varsity athletics teams, will proceed with a limited season. All varsity students must be vaccinated unless they are eligible for accommodation. Learn more about Georgian’s varsity teams, tryouts, and vaccination requirements for athletes at GeorgianGrizzlies.ca.

Further details on intramural programming will be released in October.

Will campus gyms be open this fall?Georgian College Chevron
  • Barrie: Starting Nov. 8, the Barrie Campus fitness Centre is open Monday to Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. To ensure capacity limits are respected, you must reserve a spot in advance. You can also expect a new layout and advanced safety protocols.
  • Owen Sound: The Owen Sound Campus fitness centre is open to students and staff Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please respect COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Orillia: We hope to open the Orillia Campus fitness centre soon. Keep checking GeorgianGrizzlies.ca for updates.

Students won’t be charged added fees to access fitness centres during the fall 2021 term. You just need to activate your ONEcard and complete the GetActive questionnaire.

You can also take advantage of Georgian Fitness on Demand.

How do I contact IT support if I have technical difficulty?Georgian College Chevron

IT Support at Georgian is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Students and staff can access help by sending an email to [email protected] or calling 705.728.1968, ext. 1732.

Are lockers available for students? At which campuses?Georgian College Chevron

If you have on-campus classes this semester and need a locker to store your items, they are 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.

Make sure to bring your own lock. Locks must be removed before the last day of the semester. Failure to do so will result in the college removing the lock and the locker’s contents. The college is not responsible for lost or stolen items or items removed by the college after term end. An administrative storage fee will be applied for the retrieval of any items left inside lockers after the semester has ended.

Please note that once we return to normal on-campus activity, lockers will be available for rent.

I need assistance with my ONEcard (I need to get a card, or I lost the one I have, or I need to load money to it, etc.). How do I find help?Georgian College Chevron

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

Is my UPass (bus pass) valid for winter semester (Barrie students only)?Georgian College Chevron

Starting winter 2022, Barrie Campus students will once again have access to the universal bus pass (UPass).

When the UPass ancillary fee resumes in the Winter semester of 2022, all eligible students will automatically have their UPass activated. This pass will expire at the end of the semester. UPass stickers are no longer necessary.

Eligible students include:

  • FT Winter semester students attending classes at the Barrie campus
  • Co-op students who opt in by purchasing a pass from the GCSA

For more information, read the FAQs.

There are very few programs that are being delivered fully remotely this winter. Fully remote programs are different than online programs. Fully remote programs are noted as remote during registration and their courses are marked with an R. Students who are enrolled in a fully remote program, whose courses are all remote, will have the opportunity to apply for reimbursement of three ancillary fees: the UPass fee in Barrie, the Campus Safety fee, and the Athletics and Recreation fee. The process for reimbursement out of these three ancillary fees will be announced shortly.

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.

Where do I find information about financial aid?Georgian College Chevron

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

Financial aid officers are available to help. If you want to discuss your individual circumstances, please email [email protected] for support.

I’m moving locations to attend classes on campus. Will this affect my OSAP? Georgian College Chevron

It may. Please connect with your financial aid officer at [email protected] for help updating your information. 

How do I pay my tuition deposit/fees?Georgian College Chevron

Learn how and when to pay your fees, including how to check your account balance and important payment deadlines. If you have questions, contact [email protected].

Is Georgian offering any emergency funding for students during COVID-19?Georgian College Chevron

We will continue to offer a COVID-19 Hardship Bursary fund this winter semester. 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).

Will I be assessed full fees (including ancillary fees) for the winter semester?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, you will be assessed full fees, including ancillary fees. There is no reduction to fees for the winter 2022 semester. These fees are approved by your student association and the Georgian College Board of Governors. With the return to campus activity, students will be able to take advantage of all the great services available to them on campus and will once again have access to the universal bus pass (Barrie Campus only).

There are very few programs that are being delivered fully remotely this winter. Fully remote programs are different than online programs. Fully remote programs are noted as remote during registration and their courses are marked with an R. Students who are enrolled in a fully remote program, whose courses are all remote, will have the opportunity to apply for reimbursement of three ancillary fees: the UPass fee in Barrie, the Campus Safety fee and the Athletics and Recreation fee. The process for reimbursement out of these three ancillary fees will be announced shortly.

How do I cancel my on-campus residence application and get a refund for my fees?Georgian College Chevron

You will need to cancel your application via the housing portal. 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 approximately eight weeks. Please ensure that you read and understand the cancellation policy for the residence property that you’ve applied to, as cancellation charges may apply.

Please click on the housing portal for your campus:

I’ve paid fees to Synergy Gateway for my Clinical Preparedness Permit, but my clinical placement is not proceeding. Will I receive a refund?Georgian College Chevron

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.

How do I reset my password so I can access Banner/Blackboard?Georgian College Chevron

Please email [email protected] to reset any passwords.

How do I access student systems like Blackboard and MyPath?Georgian College Chevron

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.

How do I get forms for RESP, CPP, etc. completed?Georgian College Chevron

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 [email protected].

I’m a full-time student and need to register into an online/part-time course but don’t have a credit card. How do I register and pay?Georgian College Chevron

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.

There is a credit on my Banner account summary. Can I get that credit back?Georgian College Chevron

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.

How do I get my official transcripts from other schools in a timely manner for my Georgian Credit Transfer application?Georgian College Chevron

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 [email protected]
  • 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 [email protected] if you have further questions or concerns.

FAQs archive

We’ve archived past FAQs for previous semesters, including the August recovery period. Please see our coronavirus (COVID-19) archive.

Where to find information about COVID-19

For detailed information about COVID-19, refer to the following trusted resources:

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.

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.

Information for employees

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