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.

For information on the fall semester for future students, see our update for fall 2020 future students and applicants.

Key summer and fall semester dates:

The lab/practical recovery for winter and summer semester students runs from Aug. 10 to 28.

The fall semester runs from Sept. 14 to Dec. 18.

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

See below for the latest update from Georgian regarding the COVID-19 situation. To view previous updates, view our coronavirus (COVID-19) archive.

Message from President West-Moynes to Georgian students

June 11 at 2 p.m.

Dear students,

It’s incredible to me when I look back and realize a little more than 11 weeks ago we left our on-campus lives behind and moved to remote delivery of our programs and services. I’ve said it before, but I continue to be in awe of the resilience, creativity and dedication you’ve shown to each other and to your studies. I know at times it hasn’t been easy and it’s been an adjustment for everyone, and our faculty and staff have been working to support you during this uncertain time.

I also want to acknowledge these past weeks have added a new complexity as we watched and tried to absorb the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the resulting racial tensions and protests. Although much of this was happening south of the border, we mustn’t fool ourselves into believing we’re immune to racism and intolerance here in Canada. We know our students, especially those of you who are people of colour, understand this all too well.

This past week, we participated in #BlackoutTuesday and we know we need to do more. We’ve advocated for our employees and students to become better allies and we’ve also reminded everyone of our codes of conduct and human rights procedures. There can be no tolerance for racism of any kind at Georgian and I’ve established a small working group, including representation from our faculty, support staff, administrators and students, to recommend next steps and actions we can take in order for Georgian to continue to improve and grow.

If you need help or believe you’ve had an experience that breaches our codes of conduct, you can contact our Campus Safety Services team and of course, students will always find a safe space and someone to talk to through our Counselling Services, which are still available remotely.

Fall program delivery

In my message to you on May 14, I indicated that our fall semester plan is to deliver courses remotely wherever possible, and only deliver in-person where the hands-on learning component was required. Thank you for your patience while we worked through the many details necessary to determine our fall program delivery method for each course.

Today, I’m pleased to tell you that this information is available in a searchable table. All programs that require an in-person component (down to the course level), will be listed on this page, along with the number of hours you would be required on campus. As always, we’re making the best decisions we can with the information and guidance available from public health authorities and the government. If the situation in Ontario should change, we will need to adjust our approach.

For those of you who will need to be on campus, we’re working on detailed safety measures and protocols that will be in place. To that end, our goal is to establish a two-metre distance protocol, wherever possible – and where that’s not possible, face shields will be provided and mandatory. Instructions on proper usage will be provided. You can expect to see many of the same things you experience when you do your grocery shopping – signage, spacing markers, lines and directional arrows on the floor, and plexiglass shields.

Experience MORE: Georgian Learning Guarantee

I’m also pleased to announce, starting with our fall semester, our Georgian Learning Guarantee. At Georgian, we guarantee a learning experience of exceptional quality, where you’ll achieve your learning outcomes whether you’re studying remotely, in-person or a combination of both. We’ll support you every step of the way, whether you need career advice, tutoring, personal and academic counselling, technical help, financial assistance, and so much more. We want you to succeed; rest assured we’ve got your back, so much so, that if you choose to withdraw from your program by Oct. 16, 2020, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in January, May or September of 2021. 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. That’s our Georgian Learning Guarantee.

Eligibility – Registered full-time and part-time credit students in Georgian only programs; where program is available; tuition fees only; student is responsible for ancillary fees. OntarioLearn and all partner programs, such as but not limited to, Lakehead-Georgian and collaborative nursing, are ineligible. Georgian students on co-op, placements or clinical placements are not eligible. More information will be posted on the student portal the week of June 22.

Supporting our students

In May we launched an emergency COVID-19 bursary for summer semester students that closed on June 3 having received 712 applications for emergency funds for living essentials such as housing, technology, groceries or utilities. We will disburse up to $1 million now and plan to launch a fall version of the bursary in September for students in need. More information will be available on the student portal when the bursary application is launched.

OCAA varsity athletics

This week it was also announced that in collaboration with the member institutions and to reduce the potential spread of and exposure to COVID-19, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) has made the decision to suspend varsity athletics planned for the 2020 fall semester. The OCAA will monitor the situation and assess it, with a hope that varsity athletics will return in the winter 2021 season with a reduced schedule. Although an understandable position, this is undoubtedly quite disappointing for the many employees and students who look forward to supporting and participating in these sports.

The entire team at Georgian understands this is a challenging time for students and we also know it’s important that during these times of uncertainty, we move ahead with our dreams and goals. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to support you as you begin or continue your journey with us. It may be different than what you expected or hoped for, but I know you’ll get the quality education, the support and services you need to be successful. I encourage you to embrace this change and take the positives that will come as a result of Experience Georgian.

Stay safe, be well and choose kindness.

Best regards,

Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes
President and CEO, Georgian College

FAQs: Academic – summer 2020 semester

Our FAQs for the summer 2020 semester have been archived. Please see our coronavirus (COVID-19) archive.

FAQs: August recovery period

Those students from winter 2020 and summer 2020 semesters who need to complete their in-person lab work/practical learning requirements, will be back on campus in August (some carpentry and welding students return as of July 27).

Read this blog to learn what to expect when you’re on campus, including safety protocols, face coverings, designated entrances, parking, and what’s open and closed.

Read the August recovery blog post

Update as of June 10:

Yes, you’ll be able to book a stay in our on-campus residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound during the August recovery period. Please read the instructions on the student portal, which include the promo code for Barrie Campus online reservations.

Final grades for the recovery period will be posted on Banner starting Sept. 2.

FAQs: Academic – fall 2020 semester

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

If you are a future student beginning your studies at Georgian in fall 2020, please see our update for fall 2020 future students and applicants.

Yes, we’re still open for applications! Domestic applicants can apply via the OCAS website for fall 2020, winter 2021 and summer 2021 intakes. 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).

You can also read our update for future students for more information.

The fall semester will consist of 13 weeks of academic activity. Classes are slated to begin Sept. 14 and run until Dec. 18 – with one Study Week.

Registration opens Aug. 18. Students are given access to registration at different times between April 18 and 20. To find out when your unique registration window opens, log in to Banner, go to Registration menu, and click on Check registration status. 

Starting Aug. 31, you may make changes to your timetable using the Add/Drop/Withdraw feature, also under the Registration menu in Banner.

Yes! Online Orientation for new students will take place on Monday, Sept. 14. Details will be posted on our First Year Experience web page on Aug. 24.

Update as of June 11:

We plan to continue remote delivery wherever possible and only necessary in-person, on-campus activity will be permitted.

Please use the fall 2020 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.

By the end of August, we will announce details about what to expect on campus during fall semester. Please check back soon.

If your program 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.

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 summer 2020 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.

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.

WiFi is enabled in parking lots at all Georgian College campuses. Speed decreases the further you are away from the building but you can still get the signal. 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.

Any Georgian student currently registered at any campus and living in Canada, may request a laptop loan. Fall semester students can begin registering between Aug. 18 and 20.

Please email with your request. Provide your full name, student number, and name of your academic program.

Laptops are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee that all requests will be filled. Limited quantities are available.

For more information about laptop loans, please visit the library website.

  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.

Domestic students: Yes, you can request to defer your September 2020 acceptance to January 2021 or May 2021; however, approval is based on program 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, you will be expected to reapply through OCAS when the application cycle opens at the beginning of October 2020. 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

For the fall 2020 semester, we’re implementing the Georgian Learning Guarantee. We want you to succeed, so much so, if you choose to withdraw from your program before Oct. 16, 2020, we’ll apply your tuition fees to the first semester when you return in January, May or September of 2021.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. Read more about the guarantee.

Update as of April 29: 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 in September, 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 To connect by phone, please call the number below at the campus you attend/plan to attend.

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).

  • Barrie – 705.722.1523
  • Orillia, Midland & Muskoka – 705.329.3113
  • Orangeville – 519.940.0331, ext. 1340
  • Owen Sound – 519.376.0840, ext. 2099
  • South Georgian Bay – 705.445.2961, ext. 2099

We’re still planning to have on-campus residence available to students at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. We’re following the guidelines of health authorities and government officials, and will notify you of more information as it becomes available.

Please visit the on-campus residence and housing web pages, select your campus, and keep informed about application and payment deadlines.

To protect the safety of everyone involved in varsity sports, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) and its members have made the decision to suspend the varsity schedule for the fall semester. Georgian’s sports that are directly affected by this decision include men’s rugby, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s cross-country running. Read the full announcement.

The OCAA will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and will decide during the fall semester, the status of the Winter 2021 schedule.

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

FAQs: Academic – winter 2021 semester

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

Yes, we’re still open for applications! Domestic applicants can apply via the OCAS website for fall 2020, winter 2021 and summer 2021 intakes. 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).

Yes, provided there is availability. Once we know how many rooms are needed for fall semester, we will open registration for winter semester. Please check back in early fall for an update.

FAQs: Student Services

As we move from in-person to online courses, Georgian Student Services remain open to support you. Read how to contact each service and their hours of operation.

How to contact Student Services during the campus closure

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 during the temporary campus closure, please refer to this article.

Please email and include your name, student number and the files you need. A service ticket will be created and staff will try to get you your files as soon as possible.

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 April 28:

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.

To request testing services, please call or email the testing centre that is located at the campus your course is offered, or choose the next closest option. A member of the Testing Services team will provide further instructions and answer any questions you may have.

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

Update as of June 23:

If you have items in your locker on campus (including athletics centre lockers), you can now book an appointment to pick them up.

Appointments begin June 22 in Barrie (1 Georgian Dr. and 5 Ross St. locations) and June 24 in Midland, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay.

Reserve your appointment here.

Things to know for when you arrive on campus:

  • At the entrance, you’ll be asked COVID-19 screening questions. Please do not come to campus if you feel ill or show symptoms of illness.
  • Please bring your ONEcard/student ID.
  • Parking is free on days of locker pick-ups.
  • In Barrie, you must enter campus through the designated entrance closest to the building where your locker is located. You’ll receive a map during the registration process, or you can view the map here.

Lock-cutting procedure

If you’ve forgotten the combination to your locker, security will go through the following process with you:

  • You must show security your photo ID (e.g. student ID card, driver’s licence).
  • ​​​​​​​If you know your code but can’t get the lock to open, you’ll be asked to provide the code to security who will attempt to open it prior to cutting the lock.
  • You must give security a detailed inventory of your locker contents.
    • Example of insufficient description: my shoes and backpack
    • Example of sufficient description: black and white Nike running shoes size 10, green Northface brand backpack with psychology and sociology textbooks
  • Security will remove the lock and confirm contents matching described contents.
    • ​​​​​​​If contents match, you’ll be allowed to remove the contents.
    • If contents do not match, security will inventory all contents, deny access and secure contents in the security office.

If you have any questions regarding locker pick ups, please email Jessica at

We thank you for your patience while we made arrangements for locker item retrieval.

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.

When Barrie Transit returns to paid service at the end of July, all eligible Barrie Campus students will automatically have their UPass activated. This includes summer semester students, those students taking part in the lab recovery period in August, and students who are on co-op during summer semester. This pass will expire Sept. 11, 2020. UPass stickers are no longer necessary. Learn more.

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 bursaries.

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

On April 22, the federal government announced a $9 billion aid package for eligible postsecondary students. It is called the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). Visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn about the eligibility requirements for this fund and to apply for the CESB.

Updated as of June 15:

In summer semester, Georgian offered a $1-million COVID-19 hardship bursary to help ease the financial burden our students are experiencing as a result of the pandemic. Applications were accepted between May 12 and June 3. Read the full story.

We plan to launch another COVID-19 hardship bursary for fall semester. Please stay tuned for details.

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.

Updated as of July 24:

We can confirm the following fees will be adjusted in full:

  • the athletics and recreation fee (all campuses)
  • the campus safety fee (all campuses)
  • the UPASS/bus pass fee (Barrie Campus)*
  • some program-specific ancillary fees (e.g. lab fees and field trips)**

*To find out how this impacts you once Barrie Transit returns to paid service at the end of July, please read the FAQs on our transit web page.

**For program-specific fees, if the fee is being adjusted, you’ll see that on your Banner student account. If the fee is not adjusted, this means it is part of your summer 2020 fees.

How you will receive your refund

Your Banner student account will be updated within the next few days to reflect these credits.

  • Your credit will be applied to any future fees, or;
  • If you have a balance owing on your account, the adjustment will go towards your balance owing, or;
  • If you’re in your last semester this summer and do not have a balance owing, the credit will be refunded to you by email transfer. It will be sent to your student email.

Updated as of June 23:

We can confirm that the following ancillary fees will not be charged for fall 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 fall, you’ll be expected to purchase one from the City at the student rate.

How will I be notified of my cost savings?

Fall semester invoices that were sent at the end of May included all ancillary fees as decisions had not yet been made to adjust fees. Once fees have been adjusted, we will send you an update to check your Banner student account. You will see your cost savings there which will vary in amount by campus. Fees for fall semester are due Sept. 28, 2020.

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 6 to 8 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.

Update as of July 24:

This October, Georgian will host our first-ever virtual convocation ceremony. Graduates from December 2019 and April 2020, as well as graduands from August 2020, will be invited to participate.

While there are still many unknowns about the COVID-19 pandemic, what we do know is that we won’t be able to host large, in-person gatherings for quite some time. We want to celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments now rather than delaying this important and well-deserved milestone far into the future.

Our convocation team is working on plans to make Georgian’s first-ever virtual convocation a special and memorable occasion. All eligible graduates will receive further instructions and details by email.

Please visit our convocation page for more information.

Update as of June 19:

Students who successfully completed their program in December 2019 or in April 2020 will receive their credential by mail in the summer. It is our hope all credentials will be mailed by the end of July.

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.

Visit the student portal
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.

COVID-19 International FAQs
Information for employees

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

Visit the employee portal