George Brown College's COVID–19 updates

Updated 12:30 p.m., Monday, April 6  

The Student Association and George Brown College COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Student Association of George Brown and the college are partnering to bring much needed financial support to our students affected by COVID-19. The Student Association and George Brown College COVID-19 Relief Fund, currently set at $850,000, aims to assist domestic and international students facing financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund will provide relief to George Brown students experiencing food and/or housing insecurity; loss of income due to unemployment; and unexpected education and personal expenses.

In order to apply for this fund, students must:

a) Be enrolled in a full-time program for the winter 2020 semester

b) Have completed and submitted the application form, which includes a budget declaration and a brief narrative of how COVID-19 has impacted their financial situation.

The deadline for students to apply is April 15, 2020 and the application form is available online at georgebrown.ca/gbc-sa-covid19-relief-fund/. The George Brown College Foundation is aiming to increase this fund to $1 million and is encouraging online donations

Alternative course delivery for spring semester

Given that physical distancing measures will continue for several weeks, George Brown’s spring semester courses will be delivered in alternative format only. This format may impact which courses will be offered during this semester. Students, you can find more information at georgebrown.ca/covid-19/information-for-students/ and employees, find more information at georgebrown.ca/covid-19/information-for-employees/.

New dates for convocation

We will celebrate the Class of 2020 at our rescheduled convocation ceremonies happening October 27-30, 2020. More details will be shared as we get closer to those dates.

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.

College-wide response

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:  

  • Closing 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? 

On March 30, Ontario Premier Doug Ford extended the state of emergency in the province that had originally been put in place March 17. Outdoor recreational amenities, such as playgrounds, sports fields and off-leash parks, are now 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.

Anyone who is not ill or has not travelled is strongly directed to stay home except for the following reasons:

  • accessing healthcare or medication
  • shop for groceries once per week
  • walk their dogs
  • get daily exercise while maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres

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

Are there any 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 2 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 think I've come into contact with someone with COVID-19?

All individuals who have had close contact with someone who has 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.