George Brown College Covid-19 Updates

St James Campus exterior, King Street, with streetcar

Winter 2022 Semester 

We’re excited to offer more on-campus experiences for the Winter 2022 semester, including some fully on-campus programs, activities and services. Most programs will be delivered in a hybrid model.

Find the full list of programs and how they are being delivered on the Winter 2022 Semester Program Delivery page

Please note that programs and services are subject to change based on the latest guidance from public health officials. 

Revised vaccination policy 

As the Delta variant of concern continues to hit communities across the country with its increased transmissibility and disease severity, we have revised our COVID-19 vaccination policy. We made this change to maintain our commitment to returning students and employees to on-campus activity as safely and as soon as possible. 

The following requirements are in effect: 

  • All students, employees, contractors and volunteers coming onto college premises are required to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021. (Individuals are deemed to be fully vaccinated 14 days after having received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.) 

  • In order to comply with the policy, individuals will have to have received their first dose by September 20, 2021, and their second dose by October 18, 2021, at the latest. 

  • The College will support access to vaccinations by hosting Toronto Public Health vaccination clinics on campus starting September 20, 2021

  • The college will abide by its commitments under the Ontario Human Rights Code and consider accommodation requests based on medical and/or religious/creed grounds. 

As of October 2, 2021, specific students will be required to show proof of full vaccination. They include: students engaged in in-person work-integrated learning and/or placements (virtual placements are excluded), students living in residence and those participating in varsity athletics (on or off college premises).

Learn more on the Vaccine Information page

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?

We’re taking steps to protect the health and safety of the George Brown community, including: 

  • Delivering classes in online and hybrid formats 
  • Enhancing our building access controls and screening process at college entrances 
  • Mandatory COVID-19 awareness training and daily COVID-19 health screenings for all students and employees who come to campus 
  • Requiring all students and employees who come to campus to wear PPE, including face masks in all indoor spaces and eye protection in closed spaces like clinics, labs, shops, and offices 
  • Offering rapid COVID-19 testing at all campuses 
  • Posting COVID-19 protocol signage, including wayfinding directional indications
  • Publishing all positive cases reported on campus 
  • Encouraging everyone in the George Brown community to get vaccinated 
  • Requiring full vaccination for students living in our student residence The George and students participating in varsity sports 
  • Implementing a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make decisions based on the latest guidance from Toronto Public Health. Our health and safety protocols are subject to change as guidance from public health evolves. 

Is George Brown College open?

We’re excited to welcome more students to campus this fall and to offer more in-person services. While our physical locations remain closed to the general public for now, we will be open to our students with enhanced health and safety measures in place.  

Fall 2021 semester programs are being delivered in both online and hybrid formats. Winter 2022 semester programs will be delivered fully on-campus, fully online and in hybrid formats. All in-person activities will run following Toronto Public Health guidelines. 

Services for the public, including our foodservice outlets, spa services and the WAVE Clinic, are operating and require proof of full vaccination or a verified medical exemption.

George Brown’s Casa Loma Child Care Centre is open and running in accordance with Ontario’s Ministry of Education, and provincial and municipal public health measures.  

Have confirmed cases of COVID-19 been reported on campus?

There have been 58 reported cases of COVID-19 on our campuses and at other college locations since September 2020.

Confirmed Cases on Campus

What to do if symptomatic or exposed

Are George Brown's childcare centres open?

George Brown’s Casa Loma Child Care Centre, along with the other lab school child care centres operated by George Brown, are open and running 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

Are there in-person classes?

We continue to deliver programs in both online and hybrid formats.  

Learn more about program delivery for the Fall 2021 semester and Winter 2022 semester.


General information about COVID-19 

What is the risk to Toronto residents? 

Learn more about the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework

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

How can I stay healthy?

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

  • Get vaccinated as soon as you're eligible.
  • Wear a face mask in indoor public or common areas and in outdoor areas where it isn't possible to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others.
  • Continue to practice physical distancing. Maintain at least two metres (six feet) from others.
  • Avoid non-essential trips.
  • Work from home if you can. 

Find more information at toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-reduce-virus-spread.

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.  

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

Vaccination 

Visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page

What if I start to feel symptoms or come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

Please visit our What to do if symptomatic or exposed page for detailed information and steps you should take if you develop symptoms and/or come into contact with a positive case.

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.