George Brown College COVID-19 updates

George Brown’s 2020 fall semester will take place predominantly through alternative and remote delivery. Full-time programs start September 8. 

We’re hopeful our 2021 winter semester will be delivered fully or partially in-person, but that decision will be informed by public health and government officials. 

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COVID-19 FAQs

We know you have many questions and we’re doing our best to provide answers as quickly as possible. Check the FAQs below, and if you don’t find the answer you need, please email ask.george@georgebrown.ca.

What is George Brown College doing?

George Brown College is continuing to monitor the situation and make decisions informed by public health officials to ensure the health and safety of our community. The college has a pandemic plan and protocols in place, and has taken a number of steps to safeguard the community, including:  

  • Closed the college, effective Monday, March 16 
  • Delivering classes online and in alternative formats
  • Cancelling all in-person events until further notice 
  • Proactively reaching out to employees and students who may have been exposed, and supporting their self-isolation
  • Working to make decisions using the best information available to us from all three levels of government and our public health organizations 
Are in-person classes resuming this summer?

On June 10, the Ontario government announced that it is allowing colleges to offer limited in-class instruction this summer to students who were in their final semester when the college closed due to COVID-19 and were unable to complete hands-on clinical or lab work required to graduate.

We are planning and preparing to provide limited access to a very specific group of students this summer at the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies and the Centre for Health Sciences. 

*UPDATED* Are George Brown's childcare centres open?

Starting July 15, George Brown’s Casa Loma Child Care Centre, along with the other lab school child care centres operated by George Brown, will reopen in accordance with Ontario’s Ministry of Education, and provincial and municipal public health measures.

For more information on George Brown’s other child care centres, please visit georgebrown.ca/community-services-early-childhood/early-childhood/learning-environment/child-care-centres.


General information about COVID-19 

What is the risk to Toronto residents? 

On June 24, Toronto moved to Stage 2 of the provincial reopening plan. Learn more about what that means at covid-19.ontario.ca

The provincial government says individuals can “establish a family or social circle of no more than 10 people who can interact with one another without physical distancing.”  

Physical/social distancing is required with anyone outside of your social circle. 

Find the current number of cases in Toronto and find out how the city is responding at toronto.ca/home/covid-19

How can I stay healthy?

Toronto Public Health advises the following to avoid infection and to reduce the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Limit non-essential trips out of your home 

  • Maintain two metres (six feet) distance from others  

  • If you can’t keep distance, wear a face mask 

In addition, to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses: 

  • Regularly wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer 

  • Refrain from touching your face with your hands and avoid contact with people who are sick 

  • Use proper cough and sneezing etiquette (use a tissue, or cough or sneeze into the crease of your arm) 

  • Stay home if you’re sick, particularly if you have symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing.  

What you need to know to help you and your family stay healthy (Ontario Ministry of Health)

All students are advised to update their emergency contact information on STU-VIEW​​​

What if I've come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

All individuals who have contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 are ordered to stay home by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health for 14 days.   

You can email the college at letstalkcovid19@georgebrown.ca for advice and next steps.

What if I start to feel symptoms of COVID-19?

Ontario’s Ministry of Health says anyone who begins to feel symptoms, including fever, cough or difficulty breathing, needs to self-isolate immediately. Then, seek clinical assessment over the phone - either through TeleHealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or by calling their primary care provider's office.

The Province of Ontario offers an online self-assessment. Visit ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.

Where can I find more information?

We encourage you to follow reputable, evidence-based sources, including the links below:   

If you have an urgent question not covered in these FAQs, email ask.george@georgebrown.ca.