Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

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

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

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

Key fall and winter semester dates:

  • The fall semester runs from Sept. 14 to Dec. 18
  • Nov. 2 to 6 – Fall semester study week
  • Nov. 20 – Fall semester withdrawal deadline (no refund, no academic penalty)
  • The winter semester will run from Jan. 18 to April 23

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

Updates from President MaryLynn West-Moynes

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

Welcome new and returning students

Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m.

For some, you’re just beginning your Georgian journey. For others, you’ve chosen to persist with your studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. I know this isn’t what any of you imagined for your time at college, but I’m confident you made the right decision joining us this fall.

You’re going to have a great Georgian experience – whether you’re learning remotely, completing mandatory in-person learning on campus, or a combination of both. This is truly an extraordinary time but I want you to know you’re not alone. We’re here for you, no matter where you are, with inspiring faculty and friendly staff who want you to succeed and who will support you every step of the way.

My advice for you is simple: be yourself, get involved, participate in class, reach out for help when you need it, and have fun. While none of us knows exactly what’s ahead, we can choose how we’ll respond.

Here’s a video message for all of you. Have a wonderful semester!

Stay safe, be well and choose kindness.

Best regards,

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

Safety protocols and reporting

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

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

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

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

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

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: Fall 2020 semester

If you’re scheduled to be on campus this fall for in-person labs, please read our blog post about what to expect on campus.

What to expect on campus this fall

The fall semester will run from Sept. 14 until Dec. 18, with one Study Week. Review important dates.

Please read our blog post about what to expect on campus this fall for details about what’s open and closed, parking, entrances and more.

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.

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

We’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

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.

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.

Updated as of Sept. 24

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

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

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

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

Updated as of Sept. 24

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

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

Regarding laptops loans, all available laptops have now been distributed for the fall semester. For more information about laptop loans for future semesters, please read the FAQs on the library website.

First, do a search for which textbooks you’ll need on the Georgian Stores website. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Field placements will be delivered remotely in the fall 2020 semester. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited access to community agencies and schools for student placement opportunities.

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

Please connect with your program co-ordinator if you have further questions about progression in your program and your path to success.

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.

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 studentsuccess@georgiancollege.ca. 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

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.

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

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

Yes. OntarioLearn fall courses begin Sept. 8 and will run through to Dec. 15. Monthly intake courses will begin Oct. 1 and run through to Jan. 7.

Registration is now open on the OntarioLearn web page. For more information, email ol@georgiancollege.ca.

FAQs: 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 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).

Updated as of Sept. 22

The winter 2021 semester will start on Jan. 18 and end on April 23, with the exception of Lakehead-Georgian programs that will start on Jan. 4. There will be one study week from March 8 to 12.

Updated as of Oct. 16

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

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

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

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

Updated as of Sept. 30

The deadline to pay your deposit for winter 2021 semester has been extended! The deadline is now Oct. 7, 2020. Please note, if you receive your offer of acceptance after Oct. 7, the due date is your acceptance expiry date (see your acceptance letter for date, or email admissions@georgiancollege.ca for assistance).

Course registration happens at different times based on your program and progression, but it’s usually about one month prior to the start of the term. You’ll be able to view your registration date and time on Banner after the deposit deadline for that term. Log in to Banner, go to Registration menu, and click on Check registration status.

At your registration time, you’ll sign in to your Banner account and register for your classes.

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

Read the full announcement on the student portal.

Updated as of Oct. 6

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

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

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

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 MyGCLife.ca).

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

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

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

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

FAQs: Student Services

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

How to contact student services remotely

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

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

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

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

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

Please email itsupport@georgiancollege.ca 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.

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 Oct. 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAQs: Finances, fees and refunds

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

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

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

Financial Aid Officers are available remotely to help so if you want to discuss your individual circumstances, please email financialaid@georgiancollege.ca 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 Sept. 4:

This fall we will launch a COVID-19 Hardship Bursary fund for students registered in fall semester. The application opens on Sept. 28 and closes on Oct. 16. Read details about this bursary and the application process (you will need to log in to the student portal to view this information).

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

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

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 registrar@georgiancollege.ca

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 transcripts@georgiancollege.ca. 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 CTCRegistrar@GeorgianCollege.ca
  • 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 CTCRegistrar@georgiancollege.ca 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.

Students who successfully completed their program in December 2019 or in April 2020 should have received their credential by mail in July.

Students who successfully completed their program in August 2020 will receive their credentials by mail this fall.

FAQs archive

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

FAQ about COVID-19

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

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

Source: Government of Canada

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

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

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

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

Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

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

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

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

Hand hygiene

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

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

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

Protect yourself and others from getting sick:

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

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

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

If feeling unwell, you should:

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

More information

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

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

Information for students

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

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