Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

This page is where we will post all information about how Georgian College is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this page often as we regularly add new information based on the evolving pandemic situation and public health advice.

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 Georgian College

Past messages can be found in our COVID-19 information archive.

June 20: Georgian to suspend remaining mandatory mask mandateGeorgian College Chevron

College announcement

Effective 12:01 on Saturday, June 25, Georgian will suspend masking in all locations on campus, unless required by lab-specific PPE requirements.

Following an announcement earlier this month, this means the current requirement for masks in classrooms, labs and libraries is now also lifted. This also follows the province’s announcement lifting remaining masking requirements across Ontario.

While masks will not be required, they are still strongly encouraged as an effective measure against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask on campus will have their choice respected.

Georgian will continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic and will respond to any emerging guidance from public health and the government.

Students and employees are reminded to stay home if you’re unwell. More information can be found in the COVID-19 Reporting Protocol.

June 8: Mandatory mask requirement to be lifted outside of classrooms, labs, testing centres and librariesGeorgian College Chevron

College announcement

All students and employees,

Effective immediately, Georgian College will suspend its mandatory mask mandate in many college spaces, with the exception of classrooms, labs, testing centres and libraries on campuses, during Georgian-led academic activity. Masks will be provided within all classrooms, labs and libraries. Georgian health clinics will continue to require masks, as this is in keeping with the infection control requirements for those health settings.

In all other spaces on campus, masks will not be required, however, they are still strongly encouraged as an effective measure against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask on campus will have their choice respected.

Georgian events both on and off campus will not require masks, unless it is a requirement of an off-campus facility. This includes convocation on June 13 and 14, where mask-wearing will now be voluntary.

Students and employees of Georgian are reminded to use Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool and follow the instructions provided in the results.

Throughout the pandemic, Georgian has monitored the advice from public health and the changes to guidelines within various community environments to make decisions based on the best information available. The college will continue to do so and respond with changes, as necessary.

For more information, please review the latest version of the Protocol for the Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission.

April 25: Program delivery modes for fall semesterGeorgian College Chevron

College announcement

Excitement is building as Georgian looks ahead to the fall and is planning a return for students and a semester unlike any other. Georgian will return to the in-class learning and on-campus services and activities that students want – with the added benefit of flexible options we’ve implemented over the past two years using innovative technology.

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 in fall semester. These delivery methods include in person, online, hybrid, and GC Flex. Each delivery method is defined on the fall 2022 webpage.

Get the latest updates:

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

Coming on campus in summer semester?

If you’ll be on a Georgian campus this summer, please review our what to expect on campus webpage to learn about face mask requirements, what’s open and closed, etc.

April 19: Georgian extends mandatory masking into the summer semesterGeorgian College Chevron

College announcement

Dear students,

We’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and following the direction provided by public health. As such, we’ll extend the mandatory mask requirement on campus into the summer semester. We’ll continue to monitor and follow public health guidance in helping to determine when masking will no longer be mandatory at Georgian.

What this means

Continue to use a Georgian-supplied level 1 medical grade mask, N95 mask as supplies enable, or your own N95 or KN95 mask until further notice.

Suspension of active screening at entrances

Proof of vaccination won’t be required as of April 23. In addition, all entrances will be open during regular campus hours. Ambassadors will continue to staff some entrances for the first few weeks of the semester to assist people with masking and new students with wayfinding, but will no longer conduct active screening. To support the health, safety and well-being of our Georgian community, everyone is encouraged to self-screen before coming to campus.

If entering campus at a location where masks aren’t supplied and if you’re not already wearing a Georgian-supplied or approved mask, please locate and change into one as soon as possible.

Reminders

If you’re not feeling well for any reason, don’t come to campus. Use the provincial self-assessment tool and follow the guidance provided.

If you don’t make it to class or a lab, please work with your instructors to achieve missed course and learning outcomes. They’re committed to ensuring every opportunity for your success.

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, patience and continued efforts to keep our campuses and communities healthy and safe. Please continue to check your Georgian email and follow us on social media for ongoing updates.

FAQs: Safety protocols and reporting

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

If you’re going to campus, you’re expected to read this protocol that applies to all persons – at all times – while on Georgian property:

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

In addition, you’ll be expected to follow the below safety measures to help ensure the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is minimized to the greatest extent possible:

  • Self-screen for COVID-19 before you come to campus
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Stay home or go home if you feel unwell
Do I need to complete COVID-19 screening?Georgian College Chevron

Active screening has been discontinued and all entrances are open.

You will not be required to complete the screening assessment on the [email protected] app anymore. To support the health, safety and well-being of our Georgian community, everyone is encouraged to self-screen before coming to campus.

If you’re not feeling well for any reason, please stay home and do not come to campus.

Use the provincial self-assessment tool and follow the guidance provided. Students are expected to contact their professor(s)/instructor(s), and employees are expected to contact their manager if they can’t attend campus.

Are face masks required on campus? Georgian College Chevron

Effective June 25, Georgian has suspended masking in all locations on campus, unless required by lab-specific PPE requirements.

This follows the province’s announcement lifting remaining masking requirements across Ontario. Georgian will continue to monitor the ongoing pandemic and will respond to any emerging guidance from public health and the government.

While masks are no longer required, they are still strongly encouraged as an effective measure against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

Anyone who wishes to wear a mask on campus will have their choice respected.

What are Georgian’s cleaning protocols?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.

Does Georgian report COVID-19 cases on campus?Georgian College Chevron

As of Jan. 3, 2022, Georgian has suspended its COVID-19 case reporting dashboard. This suspension is aligned with changes to case and contact management announced by the Ministry of Health and Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and consistent with reporting in elementary and secondary schools.

FAQs: Vaccination

Georgian rescinded the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure on April 23, 2022. Vaccination is still strongly encouraged for all students and employees, but proof is no longer required to enter campus. Read the announcement.

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 five 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 vaccination over the phone, call the provincial call centre at 1.833.943.3900. 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.

I’m going on a work-integrated learning placement (e.g., co-op, field, clinical). Do I need to be vaccinated? Georgian College Chevron

You are expected to adhere to any vaccination procedure implemented by your placement host or employer. 

Georgian continues to encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated.

FAQs: International students

In addition to the questions below, international students are encouraged to read all frequently asked questions specific to international students.

I’m an international student planning to arrive in Canada in time for the start of term. What date do I need to arrive? Georgian College Chevron

Travel after after registering for courses. We recommend you travel to Canada two to four weeks before classes start.

You may be eligible to be exempt from the federal quarantine. Please visit the Government of Canada’s webpage to see if you meet the eligibility criteria. The final decision is up to the border service officer at the time of your arrival, so you must come prepared with a quarantine plan in place.

Learn more about quarantine, and access other important travel information, on the COVID-19 information for international students page.

Do I need to plan to quarantine?Georgian College Chevron

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recommends you have a quarantine plan, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Please visit the Government of Canada’s webpage to see if you meet quarantine exemption eligibility criteria. The final decision is up to the border service officer at the time of your arrival.

Learn more about quarantine, and access other important travel information, on the COVID-19 information for international students page.

FAQs: Remote learning

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. 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.

Georgian is also offering free, short-term loaner laptops, dispensed through automated machines, to students at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. Tech on the GO laptops are meant for on-campus, emergency use and must be returned within 24 hours. Charging cables are not provided with the laptops.

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.

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: Summer 2022 semester

If you’re going on campus this term, we recommend you learn what to expect in addition to reading the FAQs below. Remember that it’s your responsibility to learn about Georgian’s COVID-19 safety protocols.

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

Domestic students: If you’d like to defer your May acceptance offer to September 2022, January 2023 or May 2023, you’ll be expected to re-apply through OCAS as September is the start of a new admissions cycle. Unfortunately, we’re not able to guarantee your seat for a future intake. 

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.  

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

Most services are available in person, with some continuing to offer remote service as well. Review the list of student services and how to access each service by campus. We’ll continue to update this resource throughout the semester.

I’m scheduled to be on co-op this summer. 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. Many employers have returned or are returning to full operations. There are many jobs posted for you in GeorgianConnects.

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 summer. 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.

FAQs: Fall 2022 semester

How will fall term programs be delivered?Georgian College Chevron

Excitement is building as Georgian looks ahead to the fall and is planning a return for students and a semester unlike any other. Georgian will return to the in-class learning and on-campus services and activities that students want – with the added benefit of flexible options we’ve implemented over the past two years using innovative technology.

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 in fall semester. These delivery methods include in person, online, hybrid, and GC Flex. Each delivery method is defined on the fall 2022 webpage.

Can I still apply for programs that start in September 2022? 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. Book a phone appointment with a recruiter. You can also book a tour of our Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses.

FAQs: Student Services

Review the list of student services and how to access each service by campus. We’ll continue to update this resource throughout the semester.

Is Georgian Stores open for textbook and other shopping?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian Stores continues to offer online ordering and shipping.

  • Bear Essentials at the Barrie Campus is open for in-person shopping Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Bear Essentials at the Owen Sound Campus is open for in-person shopping Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Depot in Barrie may be open for online order pickups/returns by appointment only. 

Are campus fitness centres open?Georgian College Chevron

Fitness centres at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses are open. Please visit the GeorgianGrizzlies.ca website for more information.

I need assistance with my ONEcard. 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 summer semester (Barrie students only)?Georgian College Chevron

Yes. As of April 25, all full-time Barrie Campus students who are registered for courses this term can use their plastic ONEcard for unlimited access to the City of Barrie transit system, including accessible transit.

Access UPass FAQs and learn more about commuting options on the transit web page.

FAQs: Finances and fees

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

Given the full breadth of services and experiences now available to students on and off campus, you will be charged full fees, including ancillary fees, for the summer semester.

Where ancillary fees may be altered due to adjusted learning delivery, you will receive an email to your Georgian inbox, directly notifying you of the process.

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.