Impacts to college campuses due to flooding

Flooding UPDATE

(August 14, 2018 – 2:10 p.m.)

As you know the basement of our Waterfront Campus sustained significant damage, primarily to offices and service areas including our Contact Centre during the flooding last week.

As a result of the flood, our Contact Centre has had to temporarily relocate to maintain operations, and we are experiencing longer than usual wait times. We appreciate your patience and support as we work through repairs.

However, we encourage you to continue calling our 416-415-2000 line or send email enquiries to if you need assistance.

The hours of support for this week have changed to:

  • August 13th to 16th: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • August 17th: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

We thank you again for your patience and understanding. If you need more information, please visit:

(August 10, 2018 – 4 p.m.)

As you know, on August 8, the City of Toronto experienced a significant rainfall that caused flooding throughout the city. Unfortunately George Brown College also felt its effects.

The basement of the Waterfront Campus sustained significant damage, primarily to offices and service areas including our call centre. Additionally, some classrooms at the St. James Campus at 200 King Street East were also subject to water damage due to leaks. The Waterfront Campus was immediately closed for remainder of the week, and affected areas at 200 King Street East were closed off while employees from Facilities Management and Public Safety & Security put the necessary provisions in place to contain any hazards. At the same time, a team of staff from across the College worked to reschedule classes and exams and redeploy staff in order to minimize impact to students, staff and faculty.

We have been in contact with various partners, including insurance adjusters and contractors, in order to secure and assess damaged areas. The timelines for repair and restoration to all affected areas will take some time to develop, and they will be communicated once available.

In the days ahead, you will likely notice contractors and service partners throughout various areas of the college who are working with us to develop our repair and restoration plan. During this time, please do not enter any areas that have been closed, and follow any directions provided to you by Security or other College staff. When repairs begin in the weeks ahead, there will likely be noise due to the restoration work; and we appreciate your understanding this is unavoidable as we work to have our facilities repaired in a timely manner.

When will the Waterfront Campus re-open?

The Waterfront Campus will open as planned on Monday, August 13, 2018, with the following restrictions:

  • The Welcome Desk, Student Life Office and restrooms on the main floor will remain closed until repairs are complete. An alternate Welcome Desk will be set up in the main lobby.
  • The basement of the Waterfront Campus and the Waterfront Bookstore will remain closed until repairs are complete.
  • Students who use lockers on the basement level will be contacted by the Student Life Office to determine how to access their belongings.
  • The elevator to the parking garage is out of service until further notice. Individuals who park their cars in the underground garage can access the garage using the stairs.
  • Individuals who need accessible parking may park vehicles on either the adjacent surface lot, or the Corus Quay parking lot. For more information about available parking alternatives, please visit Parkopedia.

How will I know if there is a change to my class or exam?

  • The classrooms and areas affected at 200 King Street East and the Waterfront campus will remain closed until repaired. Please consult your Blackboard Course site to confirm the location of your class or exam next week.

How can I access Student Services at Waterfront?

Will the Student Association Office at Waterfront be open?

  • The Waterfront Student Association Office will be closed until repairs are complete.
  • Student Association Services including legal, health plan, food bank, advocacy and general supports are available to students through the Student Association Offices on the St. James Campus at 200 King Street East, or at the Casa Loma Campus.

We appreciate your co-operation and understanding as we work to address the damages and make the necessary repairs.

(August 8, 2018 – 3:30pm)

Thank you for your patience today in response to the flooding damage that's impacted operations at our Waterfront and St. James campuses. A significant amount of damage was experienced at the Waterfront and some localized damage has affected 200 King Street. 

Here are the latest details:

  • We expect the Waterfront Campus to re-open on Monday, August 13, although access to the basement level will be restricted for repairs. Changes to Student Services at the Waterfront are listed below.
  • 200 King St will be open tomorrow (Thursday, August 9) as usual. Cleaners will be working tonight to ensure that the water has been removed and minor damage is cleaned up. More significantly damaged areas will be cordoned off and any classes scheduled there will be relocated. All students and staff scheduled to be at 200 King tomorrow should arrive as planned.
  • All Continuing Education classes that usually take place at 200 King St classes have been moved to 290 Adelaide. Room changes will be posted on the Con Ed signage board in the lobby. Or, ask for details at the Welcome Desk.

Changes to locations and/or timing of exams or classes in either campus will be available through Blackboard.

Student Services at Waterfront Campus
Due to the water damage at the Waterfront Campus, services usually provided through the WF Student Services Centre, Registration & Financial Aid, the Career Centre, and Bookstore will be provided on the St. James Campus until further notice.

Student Services Centre, Registration & Financial Aid

The St. James Student Services Centre is located on the Lower Level of Building A at 200 King Street East. A list of services available can be found at the Student Service Centres webpage.

Students are reminded that they may also pay tuition and fees online through their Canadian banks.

Career Centre

Career advising and career events will be provided at the St. James Campus Career Centre, on the Lower Level of Building A at 200 King Street East. Information about services and operating hours is available at the Career Services webpage.


Students are encouraged to purchase their books online through the Campus Bookstore Retail services, including purchasing of course materials and GBC apparel, are available on the St. James Campus at 200 King Street East, Main Floor.

Please continue to let us know if you identify any additional water leakage or damage that may result from the continuing rain. As always your safety is our most important concern, and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure our students and staff are taken care of on our campuses.

We'll continue to inform you of any further developments as a result of the flooding recovery and once again, thank you for your patience. 

(August 8, 2018 -1:10 p.m.)

Thank you for your patience as we continue to identify all of the impacts of the flooding. 

    And just to provide a quick re-cap:

    • Waterfront Campus is closed until Monday, August 13. Unfortunately for safety reasons this means no access is available.
    • We are rescheduling and relocating classes and exams and will provide details once confirmed.
    • Students whose classes/exams are affected will receive notification via Blackboard.

    Our next update will be at approximately 4pm. Please continue to check Blackboard and for updates.

    (August 8, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.)

    A number of rooms across all George Brown College buildings have been impacted by the heavy rains and flooding, especially at our Waterfront Campus. The Waterfront Campus will remain closed until Monday. There is more localized damage in the other campuses as well, however St. James and Casa Loma Campuses remain open.

    Since it is also exam week, we are currently determining rescheduling needs. Students should keep checking the web site and Blackboard for status of exams. We will update again by 12 noon today.

    (August 8, 2018 - 9:40 a.m.)

    The Waterfront Campus is closed due to extensive flooding. Classes are cancelled. All students and non-essential staff are asked to avoid the Waterfront Campus until further notice. Clean-up is underway and updates on the state of the building will be posted on the website regularly.

    Thank you for your patience at this time.