George Brown College COVID-19 updates

Delivery for the 2020 fall semester 

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

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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 


General information about COVID-19 

What is the risk to Toronto residents? 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in the province. Outdoor recreational amenities, such as playgrounds, sports fields and off-leash parks, are closed.

Toronto Public Health continues to monitor COVID-19 cases in Toronto. On March 23, Toronto Mayor John Tory declared a state of emergency in the city.

On April 1, Mayor Tory announced stricter measures will be in place for at least 12 weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more at toronto.ca/home/covid-19/.

Are there reported cases of COVID-19 at George Brown?

A member of the George Brown College community has contracted COVID-19. We were informed on Thursday, March 19 of a positive case in our Waterfront Campus community. The individual’s symptoms appeared three days after last being at the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences building (51 Dockside Dr.). Based on the timing of the onset of the individual’s symptoms, Public Health does not deem this case to be high-risk or a risk to others at the college. This individual is currently recovering at home.

How can I stay healthy?

Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams asks that everyone in the province avoid close contact with people outside of their immediate families. Close contact includes being within two meters of another person.    

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. If you experience these symptoms AND you’ve recently travelled internationally, avoid contact with others and call your health care professional or nearest hospital
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping at a distance of 2 metres (six feet) from others 

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.