Information & Updates
COVID-19

Welcome to our COVID-19 landing page where you will find information about COVID-19 and Cambrian’s ongoing response plans. This content is being updated daily, so please check.

We have included a section for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), as well as sections with more specific questions regarding the Campus, Student Services and Support, Academic Matters, Residence, International Students, and Messages from Our Leadership.

For immigration related questions, or questions regarding May and September intake for International Students please contact internationaladvising@cambriancollege.ca and see the International Students FAQ below for more information.

FAQ

If you have a question you do not see answered on the page, please send it to covid@cambriancollege.ca. We will do our best to answer it and include that information on our page.

September Semester — New Students

Get ready! We are planning for a full resumption of classes and campus activities for September.  We will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and make whatever adjustments are necessary. We will communicate these to you as quickly as possible, through your myCambrian student account and the email you provide.

We encourage you to accept your offer as soon as possible because there’s no guarantee your spot will be saved for you.  Any changes to our plans will be communicated to you as soon as possible through your myCambrian student account and the email you provide.

We are planning for a full resumption of classes and campus activities for September. However, in the event that we are not able to resume face-to-face delivery, we will be offering our programs online.  If you decide that online learning is not the option you want, you will receive a refund. Refund applications will be processed through our Enrolment Centre.

There are a number of measures we will be taking to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19. They include enhanced cleaning of high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces, more hand sanitizer stations around campus, and we’ll take measures to enhance social distancing (i.e. fewer common sitting areas),

Should you choose to enrol for September and start your studies online, you will be contacted by your faculty members, who will provide you with all the information you need to begin your studies. Your online learning will include live, interactive online classes (recorded so you can view them later on, if necessary) and assignments you can complete on your own.

All our student services and supports will continue to be offered online, including the Library, Learning Centre, Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility, Career Centre, and more. Details are here on our COVID landing page.

You do not have to be on campus to study online. You can study from your home community.

We are planning for a full resumption of these activities. However, if our campus remains closed in September, we will be providing you with alternatives. Your program leaders will communicate these to you.

Our Enrolment Centre has that information for you, and it will be available soon on your myCambrian student portal. At this point, we would encourage you to pay your fees and deposits to ensure your spot in your program this September. We will communicate with you any changes as they occur.

We expect our Residence to be open for September, so if you are planning to stay on Residence, it would be wise to apply and secure your spot.

For more information regarding Residence, you can email our Residence management  info@cambrianresidence.ca.

We fully intend to have our Residence open to students in September. If that changes, we will let you know as soon as possible, and work directly with students who intend to stay on Residence.

If you are applying for OSAP for the first time, there may not be any changes for you.

You can apply at www.osap.gov.on.ca.

We are expecting a full resumption of classes and campus activities for September.  Please monitor all travel advisories from your home country as well as travel advisories/restrictions for international travellers to Canada. You can find these updates at www.canada.ca/coronavirus.

As of this point, the Canadian border is closed to international visitors, with the exception of international students with valid study permits.

Please note you will also be subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation period once you arrive in Canada.

Please continue to check in on our COVID-19 landing page. We are posting updates regarding international travel regulations.

For more information, you can also email our International Student Services.

We are seeking clarification on this point from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

You can email International Student Services to discuss your options.

Keep checking back here on the COVID-19 landing page. We are updating it constantly. You can also email us your questions covid@cambriancollege.ca.

September Semester — Current Students

We are planning for a full resumption of classes and campus activities for September.  We will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and make whatever adjustments are necessary. We will communicate these to you as quickly as possible, through your myCambrian student account and the email you provide.

We are planning for a full resumption of these activities. However, if our campus remains closed in September, we will be providing you with alternatives. Your program leaders will communicate these to you through myCambrian and email.

If our campus is open as usual, we will follow our normal program schedules and requirements regarding evaluations and final exams. If our campus remains closed, we will put in place whatever contingency plans are necessary, and we will share those with you through your myCambrian student account email.

We fully intend to have returning students finish their programs on time and graduate. If there is any change to that plan, we will let you know right away.

Keep checking back here on the COVID-19 landing page. We are updating it constantly. You can also email us your questions covid@cambriancollege.ca.

May Semester

Our Spring semester is proceeding, but with some changes. Here are some highlights:

  • Semester start and end dates will be staggered based on programs.
  • Existing online programs will continue as per usual
  • There will be a combination of online and in-class learning, respecting the principles of social distancing
  • Powerline Technician, IT Business Analysis, and Personal Support Worker programs scheduled for May are being deferred to September

Full details are below:

For programs where curriculum already exists either virtually or fully online: New students (those entering semester 1 of their program) and returning students (either entering semester 2 or beyond) will begin their studies on May 4. Their semester will end on August 14. These programs include:

  • Developmental Services Worker (DSW and DSAD)
  • Early Childhood Education – Alternate Delivery (ECAD)
  • Applied Learning Disabilities (LDGC)
  • General Arts and Science (GAEP/GASP/GAPG)
  • Business Fundamentals (BFPG and BFPO)
  • Business Administration (BUAD)
  • Business Accounting (BUAP and BUAO)
  • Business (GEBU)
  • International Business Management (IBGC)
  • Organization Management (MOGC)

New students (those entering semester 1 of their program), will begin their studies on May 25, if their program has not historically been available and delivered online. Their semester will end on August 28. These programs include:

  • Early Childhood Education (ECEP)
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAPP)

In anticipation of a continuance of physical distancing measures, delivery for the first 7 weeks of the semester for any program beginning on May 25th, will be online. Practical, hands-on, in-lab and classroom training is scheduled to begin onsite and in-person July 13.

Returning students (those entering semester 2 or beyond), scheduled to continue their program of study this spring/summer will resume classes on May 25. Classes will end on August 28.

  • Early Childhood Education (ECEP)
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAPP)
  • Animation (ANPG)
  • I.T. Business Analysis (BAGC)
  • Computer Systems Technician / Technology (NETN / CETY)
  • Mobile Application Development (MAPD)
  • Human Resources Management – Graduate Certificate (HMPD)
  • Project Management (PMPD)
  • Pre-Service Firefighter Education and
  • Training (PSFP)
  • Pre-Health Sciences (PHPG)
  • Dental Hygiene (DHYG)
  • Pre-Trades/Technology (PRET)
  • Personal Support worker (PSPG)
    Carpentry Renovation Techniques (CRTQ)
  • Heating, Ventilation – Air Conditioning Technician (HVTN)
  • Industrial Mechanical Millwright Technician (IMTN)
  • Mechanical Technician/Manufacturing-Machining (MMTN)
  • Powerline Technician (PLTN)
  • Motive Power Technician – Truck and Coach (TCTN)
  • Motive Power Technician – Service and
  • Management (VMTN)
  • Electrical Engineering Technician / Technology (EETN / EETY)

In anticipation of a continuance of physical distancing measures, delivery for the first 7 weeks of the semester for any program beginning on May 25th, will be online. Practical, hands-on, in-lab and classroom training is scheduled to begin onsite and in-person July 13.

New students (those entering semester 1) of the following Graduate Certificates will begin their studies on campus, on July 13, with their first semester ending October 23. Semester 2 for these students will begin on November 2. These programs include:

  • Business Analytics (BAPG)
  • Human Resources Management (HMPD)
  • International Business (IBGC)
  • Mobile Applications (MAPD)
  • Organizational Management (MOGC)
  • Project Management (PMPD)

A small number of programs scheduled to begin this Spring (IT Business Analysis – BAGC, Powerline – PLTN and Personal Support Worker – PSPG) will be deferred to September 2020. Students who have confirmed their seat in these programs for Spring/Summer semester will be offered a seat in September. Those who have not confirmed their offer into these programs will have to reapply.

We also have a variety of students who are scheduled to be on placement during the Spring/Summer semester. Where a capstone course is available as an alternative, these placements will begin on May 4. The programs where a capstone will be available instead of a traditional placement include:

  • Business Analytics (BAPG)
  • Crime Analytics (CAGC)
  • Health Analytics (HAGC)
  • IT Business Analysis (BAGC)
  • Human Resources Management (HMPD)
  • Mobile Application Development (MAPD)
  • International Business (IBGC)
  • Community & Health services Navigator (CHSN)

All other placements, internships and co-op experiences, where our students complete this work integrated learning (WIL) experience in community, with our many partners, are scheduled to begin on May 25 barring any unforeseen circumstances. We recognize that in some instances, community partners may be willing to have a student placement begin before May 25. In these cases, students may be able to begin their placement sooner. However, these will not start any earlier than May 4, and will not start without the student’s consent.

While the Government of Canada has announced that international students will continue to be allowed entry into the country to begin or continue their studies, measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 could have an impact on their arrangements.  International students with any questions or concerns are requested to contact International Student Services at international@cambriancollege.ca.

If you are not in a position to resume your studies in the Spring semester as per the revised timelines, we will work with you individually to explore your options.
You contact the Enrolment Centre at spring2020@cambriancollege.ca or 705-566-8101, 1-800-461-7165 ext. 3003 to review your options.
International students can also contact internationaladvising@cambriancollege.ca.

Campus and On-Campus Services
  • Student Residences have been declared an essential service by the provincial government
  • Residence remains open for students choosing to stay or who do not have other housing options.
  • Students moving out should contact Residence management (info@cambrianresidence.ca) to arrange for move-out times and a pro-rated refund.
  • No student who returns home will be penalized academically for learning remotely.
  • For further information about Residence, please email info@cambrianresidence.ca, or call 705-566-8101, or 1-800-461-7145 and ask for extension 7583.
  • Trades student who live out of town and could not make it in to pick up their tools can come to the college and Security will escort them to get their tools.
  • Students should contact the Security Department prior to a visit to make arrangements, 705-566-8101, or 1-800-461-7145, extension 7298. They will be required to enter only through the Main Entrance, be initially screened, and sign in, and be escorted in and out of the building.
  • Although the college campus is closed, students will still be granted reasonable access to empty their lockers.
  • Students should contact the Security Department prior to a visit to make arrangements, 705-566-8101, or 1-800-461-7145, extension 7911. They will be required to enter only through the Main Entrance, be initially screened, sign in, and be escorted in and out of the building.

Cambrian College has made the decision to completely close our campus, beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

After that time:

  • Students will not be granted access to campus.
  • Employees will only be allowed on campus with the approval of their supervisor.
  • Similar to the holiday shutdown, urgent access must be coordinated through supervisors and security.

It is therefore advisable that students and employees should retrieve whatever materials they require between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Despite the shutdown, online/remote delivery of classes WILL continue. However, this means that there will be no resumption of labs, and alternate arrangements regarding lab activity will be communicated to students.  Please note that students will not be penalized because of this decision, as we work to find alternate means of achieving necessary program outcomes.  Students whose placements have also been affected will not be penalized.

There will be some concerns around access to specific services, and we are trying to address as many student needs as we can.  Therefore, orders can be placed online with the bookstore and picked-up at Security, while requests from the Student Food Bank can still be applied for and picked-up at Security.  Also, students wishing to remain in residence can continue to do so, while those seeking to leave can do so by completing the move-out process.

No. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, computer labs will close as part of the campus shutdown.

If you have concerns about your ability to access online or remote learning from home, please contact your program leadership.

  • All TSSA tests have also been suspended.  HVTN students may call in wanting to pay or inquiring about testing.
  • Any students in need of scribing contact Seija at seija.korpela@cambriancollege.ca
  • Any students in need of extra time on their tests or exams – this has been built in to their testing with their faculty.
  • Most student services are available online.
  • Further details are available at below.
Student Financial Support

Here is a link to the Government of Canada webpage outlining their support for workers affected by COVID-19.

For updates from the Government of Canada, continue to check this link and the website for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency.html.

The federal and provincial governments have announced a 6-month, interest-free moratorium on the repayment of student loans for people already in the process of paying back their loans. We are currently working with other Colleges, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, and OSAP to assess what’s possible in terms of additional support. Cambrian also offers its own hardship bursary to students who need emergency assistance.

If you have earned $5,000 in the last year, you qualify for the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit). If you have student loans, payments are deferred for six months, interest free.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is a Canadian government support program for Canadians facing unemployment due to the Covid-19 emergency. It provides a taxable benefit of up to $2000 CAD per month, for up to four months.

Click here for more information.

Academics

Dual Credit courses at Cambrian College will resume, and be offered completely online.

The following Dual Credit courses will begin online, starting the week of Monday, April 6 (start day may vary by program):

  • College Connection
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Health
  • Psychology of Evil
  • Trades Practice Applications – Automotive
  • Team-Taught Art and Design – Manitoulin Secondary School students only
  • Team-Taught Videography – Bishop Alexander Carter Secondary School students only

You will be contacted by email by your Dual Credit faculty members at Cambrian, who will provide you with all the details on how you can access your classes and course materials. Please check your junk mail to ensure that the email was not sent there. If you have not received an email from your Faculty, please contact chantale.roy@cambriancollege.ca to receive the Faculty email.

The following Dual Credit programs remain suspended until further notice:

  • Applied Technology – Students from Kenjgewin Teg and Manitoulin Secondary School only
  • Level 1’s in Carpentry, Welding and Heavy Duty

Due to the practical, hands-on requirements of these Dual Credit Courses, they will not be able to continue as Level 1 courses. We are working to identify options within similar programs for you to consider. We will share these options with you as quickly as possible.

Who to contact if you have questions

Students within the Rainbow District School Board can continue communication with Dana Kinsella at kinseld@rscloud.ca. Dana will be in communication with you as well to let you know her availability times during the week for students to connect with her.

Students within the Sudbury Catholic District School Board can continue communication with Kevin Villeneuve at kevin.villeneuve@sudburycatholicschools.ca. Kevin will be in communication with you as well to let you know his availability times during the week for students to connect with him.

If you cannot remember your Student # to login to myCambrian portal and did not get your Cambrian College Student ID card from the Enrolment Centre prior to March Break, you can contact Diane Boyce to obtain your student ID # diane.boyce@cambriancollege.ca.

Students with IEPs (Individual Education Plans) that have registered with the Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility at Cambrian College can access the services by going to Cambrian College’s special COVID-19 information webpage, and use the FAQ search tool to find the Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility.

For all other inquiries, students can contact Chantale Roy, Dual Credit Coordinator, at chantale.roy@cambriancollege.ca.

  • Placements have been suspended, particularly for placements in our School of Health Sciences as front-line health care providers are putting all their attention and focus on dealing with COVID-19. However, if an employer and a student are willing to continue with a placement that does not involve any of our Health Sciences programs, they are asked to contact their placement coordinator to make the appropriate arrangements.
  • Students whose placements have been affected will not be penalized.
  • Employers and students willing to continue should contact their placement coordinator to make the appropriate arrangements.
  • Apprenticeship in-class theory is being delivered online and continues.  Students can contact Kim Glibbery, Manager of Apprenticeship, at kim.glibbery@cambriancollege.ca, if they have any questions.

Academic upgrading is being offered online. Contact madison.brown@cambriancollege.ca.

  • Classes in all programs will resume Monday, March 23, through online delivery.
  • Classes that were already being offered online will continue.
  • Faculty are preparing semester completion plans that they will share with students.
  • Due to the shutdown of campus effective March 24, 4 p.m., that there will be no resumption of labs, and alternate arrangements regarding lab activity will be communicated to students.
  • Students will not be penalized because of this decision, as we work to find alternate means of achieving necessary program outcomes.
  • Exam Week is cancelled and we’re exploring alternate means of academic assessments.
  • The semester will conclude April 24 as scheduled.

DO NOT drop them off at the college. Instead, send your completed assignments electronically to your professors. If you have questions, contact your professor.

This year’s convocation ceremonies are cancelled

Graduating student awards will still be granted, and we are working through a process to enable those to happen and will be in touch

Though our ceremony is cancelled, Cambrian students will still graduate, and we continue to examine what options may be available to celebrate our graduates moving forward

  • The deadline to withdraw is Monday, April 13.
  • There will be no refunds for those choosing to withdraw.
  • We encourage you to stay and continue your studies as we are confident you will be able to complete this semester.
  • Contact the Enrolment Centre if you have any questions, enrolmentcentre@cambriancollege.ca or 705-566-8101, ext 3003 or1-800-461-7145, ext 3003.
International

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made the following announcement regarding exemptions to travel restrictions:

“We will be updating exemptions to travel restrictions to include foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home. The travel exemptions also include international students who held a valid study permit or had been approved for a study permit when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18. Those affected by these exemptions should not try to travel to Canada immediately. We will announce when the exemptions are in place, which we anticipate will be early next week. In addition to health screening protocols before travel, all individuals entering from abroad must isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in Canada.”

To see the full statement, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/03/canada-provides-update-on-exemptions-to-travel-restrictions-to-protect-canadians-and-support-the-economy.html.

You can also follow IRCC on Twitter at @CitImmCanada.

International students can also contact internationaladvising@cambriancollege.ca or international@cambriancollege.ca

Status of Campus
  • The campus is closed until further notice to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Employees will only be allowed on campus with the approval of their supervisor, must check in with Security at the main entrance, and will be screened for increased risk of COVID-19.
  • Students will still be granted reasonable access to empty their lockers.
  • Students should contact the Security Department prior to a visit to make arrangements, 705-566-8101, or 1-800-461-7145, extension 7298. They will be required to enter only through the Main Entrance, be initially screened, and sign in, and be escorted in and out of the building.
On Campus Student Services and Supports

Our team of Academic Advisors are available virtually and are conducting advising sessions using Zoom. Please contact the appropriate Advisor for your program:

Justice, General Studies and Community Services: Krista Ceccolini, krista.ceccolini@cambriancollege.ca

Business, IT, Creative Arts, Music  and Design: Alison Weslake, alison.weslake@cambriancollege.ca

Trades, Technology and Environmental Studies: Stefany Corbo, stefany.corbo@cambriancollege.ca

Health Sciences, Nursing and Emergency Services– Nicole Fera, nicole.fera@cambriancollege.ca

Although the bookstore is currently closed, arrangements have been made to support the requirement for textbooks.  The bookstore continues to monitor email and can be contacted at cambrian@bkstr.com

Students should go to the Cambrian College online bookstore at  www.cambrianshop.ca to order their textbooks and placement packages.

Items will be shipped to their homes for free and should take approximately two days.

For non-digital materials and other items, our campus bookstore vendor (Follet) is extending a free shipping offer, with no minimum purchase. For student rental returns, the non-return period is also being extend without penalty to assist with increased returns by email.

If the need is URGENT, when completing the online order, students should click on the special instructions box at checkout and note that the items must be picked up at the College.

Students will be emailed when the item is ready for pick up at the Campus Store on the main level.  Pick up can take place between 9-12 Monday-Friday.

After 12:00 p.m., you can pick up your prepaid bookstore purchase from Security at the Main Entrance.

No. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, computer labs will close as part of the campus shutdown.

If you have concerns about your ability to access online or remote learning from home, please contact your program leadership.

Our Career Centre is moving to virtual delivery of services. To request career advising by phone or virtually, book through the myCambrian portal or contact careercentre@cambriancollege.ca.

Employers can contact the Career Centre at careercentre@cambriancollege.ca. Students and employers can also contact their Placement/Co-Op Coordinator via phone or email, or contact the Director of Student Success and Recruitment, Renee Scott, at renee.scott@cambriancollege.ca.

Dual Credit courses at Cambrian College will resume, and be offered completely online.

The following Dual Credit courses will begin online, starting the week of Monday, April 6 (start day may vary by program):

  • College Connection
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Health
  • Psychology of Evil
  • Trades Practice Applications – Automotive
  • Team-Taught Art and Design – Manitoulin Secondary School students only
  • Team-Taught Videography – Bishop Alexander Carter Secondary School students only

You will be contacted by email by your Dual Credit faculty members at Cambrian, who will provide you with all the details on how you can access your classes and course materials. Please check your junk mail to ensure that the email was not sent there. If you have not received an email from your Faculty, please contact chantale.roy@cambriancollege.ca to receive the Faculty email.

The following Dual Credit programs remain suspended until further notice:

  • Applied Technology – Students from Kenjgewin Teg and Manitoulin Secondary School only
  • Level 1’s in Carpentry, Welding and Heavy Duty

Due to the practical, hands-on requirements of these Dual Credit Courses, they will not be able to continue as Level 1 courses. We are working to identify options within similar programs for you to consider. We will share these options with you as quickly as possible.

Who to contact if you have questions

Students within the Rainbow District School Board can continue communication with Dana Kinsella at kinseld@rscloud.ca. Dana will be in communication with you as well to let you know her availability times during the week for students to connect with her.

Students within the Sudbury Catholic District School Board can continue communication with Kevin Villeneuve at kevin.villeneuve@sudburycatholicschools.ca. Kevin will be in communication with you as well to let you know his availability times during the week for students to connect with him.

If you cannot remember your Student # to login to myCambrian portal and did not get your Cambrian College Student ID card from the Enrolment Centre prior to March Break, you can contact Diane Boyce to obtain your student ID # diane.boyce@cambriancollege.ca.

Students with IEPs (Individual Education Plans) that have registered with the Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility at Cambrian College can access the services by going to Cambrian College’s special COVID-19 information webpage, and use the FAQ search tool to find the Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility.

For all other inquiries, students can contact Chantale Roy, Dual Credit Coordinator, at chantale.roy@cambriancollege.ca.

To better assist us in meeting your needs virtually or remotely, please update your contact information in your myCambrian portal. This information is found on your student tab, under your personal checklist section.

Please ensure to keep up to date:

  • Your e-mail address
  • Your mailing address
  • Your phone number
  • Any Emergency contacts

If relevant, please also complete a release of information authorizations if you wish to grant someone access to your student account. If you have any questions, please contact us at enrolmentcentre@cambriancollege.ca or by phone at 705-566-8101, ext 3003.

Please allow for delays in response time given the extraordinary circumstances and volume of requests.

Students in financial crisis can apply for emergency hardship funds. Please email hardship@cambriancollege.ca (applies for both Canadian and international students). Please allow up to seven business days from the time you submit your application to the time your application is reviewed, plus mail delivery time, if approved.

For questions about the new federal and provincial 6-month, interest-free moratorium on student loan repayments, please visit nslsc.ca for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information. For OSAP questions, please contact enrolmentcentre@cambriancollege.ca.

Students who were working and laid off as a result of COVID-19, and wondering about their eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits, should go to the Government of Canada website, click here.

Please also check the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website, click here.

For additional questions about scholarships and bursaries, contact the Cambrian Foundation, c/o brandi.braithwaite@cambriancollege.ca.

If you have earned $5,000 in the last year, you qualify for the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit). If you have student loans, payments are deferred for six months, interest free.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is a Canadian government support program for Canadians facing unemployment due to the Covid-19 emergency. It provides a taxable benefit of up to $2000 CAD per month, for up to four months.

Click here for more information.

Our First Step Centre is moving to virtual delivery of client services.

For more information about the First Step Centre, please contact Mary-Liz Warwick, First Step Centre Coordinator at maryliz.warwick@cambriancollege.ca.

The Glenn Crombie Center is providing counselling, accessibility advisor services and learning strategies virtually to support our students

To book an appointment with a counsellor, accessibility advisor or learning strategist, utilize your Clockwork portlet in myCambrian. You can do this in 4 easy steps:

  • At the Clockwork portlet, select the Student’s Home Page link
  • Click on Schedule An Appointment
  • Use the drop-down menu to select the appointment type.
  • Once selected, click on calendar view to select a time and confirm your appointment.

The worker will then send you an invitation for that date and time with further instructions.

For all other service requests, you can book appointments through your Clockwork portlet with the appropriate service provider.

Alternatively, you can request an appointment by e-mailing counselling@cambriancollege.ca or accessibilityservices@cambriancollege.ca

Other options include:

  • Realcampus.ca: 1-877-390-7325 or hello@realcampus.ca
  • Good2Talk: 1-866-925-5454
  • HSN Crisis Intervention Program: 705-675-4760, 127 Cedar St., Sudbury

Last updated March 20, 2020

Current and prospective International students with questions about Cambrian’s ongoing response to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact International Student Services at internationaladvising@cambriancollege.ca or international@cambriancollege.ca.

Current students, please provide:

  • Name
  • Student #
  • Phone Number
  • Reason for Assistance
  • Availability for telephone or virtual appointment

Last updated March 20, 2020

Students, faculty, or staff needing help with Moodle, Zoom, or tutoring topics, connect with Learning Centre Staff by email at learning.centre@cambriancollege.ca.  You can also book a remote Staff Tutor appointment following the Booking Advice on our Learning Centre page, cambriancollege.ca/academic-services/learning-centre.

The Library is closed. Most library services are available through the library website, cambriancollege.libguides.com/libraryhomepage and live-chat is available.

Due to overwhelming demand, we are pausing on accepting new requests for assistance from the Student Food Bank while we process existing applications. We are reviewing our process and criteria to ensure future assistance reaches students in immediate need. If you have any questions, please contact robert.audet@cambriancollege.ca.

To find a food bank near you in the Greater Sudbury area, visit www.sudburyfoodbank.ca.

  • Trades student who live out of town and could not make it in to pick up their tools can come to the college and Security will escort them to get their tools.
  • Students should contact the Security Department prior to a visit to make arrangements, 705-566-8101, or 1-800-461-7145, extension 7298. They will be required to enter only through the Main Entrance, be initially screened, and sign in, and be escorted in and out of the building.

Academic upgrading is being offered online. Contact madison.brown@cambriancollege.ca.

The on-campus office is closed. For assistance, contact Ron Sarazin, Wabnode, Director, at ron.sarazin@cambriancollege.ca or 705-561-4539 if needed.

Academic Matters for Students

Information on classes, labs, placements, co-ops, exams and tests.

Dual Credit courses at Cambrian College will resume, and be offered completely online.

The following Dual Credit courses will begin online, starting the week of Monday, April 6 (start day may vary by program):

  • College Connection
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Health
  • Psychology of Evil
  • Trades Practice Applications – Automotive
  • Team-Taught Art and Design – Manitoulin Secondary School students only
  • Team-Taught Videography – Bishop Alexander Carter Secondary School students only

You will be contacted by email by your Dual Credit faculty members at Cambrian, who will provide you with all the details on how you can access your classes and course materials. Please check your junk mail to ensure that the email was not sent there. If you have not received an email from your Faculty, please contact chantale.roy@cambriancollege.ca to receive the Faculty email.

The following Dual Credit programs remain suspended until further notice:

  • Applied Technology – Students from Kenjgewin Teg and Manitoulin Secondary School only
  • Level 1’s in Carpentry, Welding and Heavy Duty

Due to the practical, hands-on requirements of these Dual Credit Courses, they will not be able to continue as Level 1 courses. We are working to identify options within similar programs for you to consider. We will share these options with you as quickly as possible.

Who to contact if you have questions

Students within the Rainbow District School Board can continue communication with Dana Kinsella at kinseld@rscloud.ca. Dana will be in communication with you as well to let you know her availability times during the week for students to connect with her.

Students within the Sudbury Catholic District School Board can continue communication with Kevin Villeneuve at kevin.villeneuve@sudburycatholicschools.ca. Kevin will be in communication with you as well to let you know his availability times during the week for students to connect with him.

If you cannot remember your Student # to login to myCambrian portal and did not get your Cambrian College Student ID card from the Enrolment Centre prior to March Break, you can contact Diane Boyce to obtain your student ID # diane.boyce@cambriancollege.ca.

Students with IEPs (Individual Education Plans) that have registered with the Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility at Cambrian College can access the services by going to Cambrian College’s special COVID-19 information webpage, and use the FAQ search tool to find the Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility.

For all other inquiries, students can contact Chantale Roy, Dual Credit Coordinator, at chantale.roy@cambriancollege.ca.

Placements have been suspended, particularly for placements in our School of Health Sciences as front-line health care providers are putting all their attention and focus on dealing with COVID-19. However, if an employer and a student are willing to continue with a placement that does not involve any of our Health Sciences programs, they are asked to contact their placement coordinator to make the appropriate arrangements.

Go to our FAQ section, under May and September semesters.

This year’s convocation ceremonies are cancelled

Graduating student awards will still be granted, and we are working through a process to enable those to happen and will be in touch

Though our ceremony is cancelled, Cambrian students will still graduate, and we continue to examine what options may be available to celebrate our graduates moving forward

The two main tools for remote learning at Cambrian College are Moodle, our learning management system, and Zoom, a video conferencing tool. Access to Moodle is available through your myCambrian dashboard.

The Remote Learning Guide for Students (link below) will provide you with a preliminary list of the types of technology you can expect as part of moving your learning from in-person to remote (online and email options).

https://bit.ly/2QvBDv9

Join our free Moodle course by clicking on the link below. It covers  topics like academic skills, help with specific subjects, and computer use. Simply follow the link, sign in and click enroll to get started.

https://bit.ly/2wk8mN1

Exam Week has been cancelled. Other alternatives are being developed for student evaluations.

All tests through the Testing Centre and Glenn Crombie Centre have been cancelled through to April 3.

No. The semester will end as scheduled, April 24.

We’re confident you will be able to complete your studies, and receive the learning you need to graduate or advance to the next academic year in your programs.

The deadline to withdraw has been extended to April 13. We are encouraging you to stay and complete your studies. We are confident you will receive the education you need to successfully meet the requirements of your program or year.

Residence and Off-campus Housing

Rent

Tenants who can pay their rent must do so, to the best of their abilities. Tenants who are having challenges paying rent should speak with their landlords about possibly deferring their rent or other payment arrangements.

Evictions

No new eviction orders will be issued until further notice and offices will postpone any scheduled enforcement of current eviction orders. Tenants must pay rent while an eviction order is not being enforced.

Landlords can still give eviction notices, however landlords and tenants are encouraged to work together to explore options satisfactory to both sides, including rent deferral or other payment options.

Click here to learn more about tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities.

Student Residences have been declared an essential service by the provincial government.

Student Residence remains open for those choosing to stay. Students wishing to leave Residence and complete their studies this semester at home are encouraged to contact Residence management at  info@cambrianresidence.ca for further details, including how to book a move-out time and how to apply for the pro-rated Residence refund.

International Students

Go to our FAQ section, under May and September semesters.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made the following announcement regarding exemptions to travel restrictions:

“We will be updating exemptions to travel restrictions to include foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home. The travel exemptions also include international students who held a valid study permit or had been approved for a study permit when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18. Those affected by these exemptions should not try to travel to Canada immediately. We will announce when the exemptions are in place, which we anticipate will be early next week. In addition to health screening protocols before travel, all individuals entering from abroad must isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in Canada.”

To see the full statement, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/03/canada-provides-update-on-exemptions-to-travel-restrictions-to-protect-canadians-and-support-the-economy.html.

You can also follow IRCC on Twitter at @CitImmCanada.

International students can also contact internationaladvising@cambriancollege.ca or international@cambriancollege.ca

No. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has stated that courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit.

The Canadian government is advising against all international travel. It has also closed the border to all international visitors, including non-essential travel between Canada and the United States.

It would be wise to stay informed of any travel advisories in Canada and your home country.

For updates on the situation in Canada, visit www.canada.ca/coronavirus, and search under Travel Advice and Canada’s Response.

To discuss your individual circumstances and options, please contact international@cambriancollege.ca or internationaladvising@cambriancollege.ca.

IRCC states, “All temporary residents who are already in Canada and unable to depart are encouraged to apply for an extension so that they may maintain their temporary resident status in Canada.  Once the application is submitted, the client will benefit from implied status and may remain in Canada until a decision is rendered on their application, or the required documents can be submitted.”


Last updated March 20, 2020

The Canadian government has closed the border to all international visitors, including non-essential travel across the Canada – U.S. border.

So, it may not be possible or wise for family members to come and visit you.

For updates on the situation in Canada, visit www.canada.ca/coronavirus, and search under Travel Advice and Canada’s Response.

To discuss your individual circumstances and options, please contact international@cambriancollege.ca or internationaladvising@cambriancollege.ca.

We have no indication that your student permit will be affected should you test positive for COVID-19 and are currently in Canada.

If you suspect you have COVID-19, isolate yourself from other people as much as you can.

Contact your local public health unit (In Sudbury, it is Public Health Sudbury & District, 705-522-9200) and tell them your symptoms and travel history in the last month. We would also encourage you to contact International Student Services so they can support you.

You have medical coverage through your international student health insurance.

Please make sure that you have logged into WeSpeak to access your benefit card. Here are the steps:

  1. Log in and register with WeSpeak student
  2. Click on “Student Medical Card”
  3. Enter your date of birth and student ID #
  4. Print your card and keep it with you at all times

Through WeSpeak you can access information regarding what is included in your plan (under Plan Overview) as well as forms to submit a claim. If you didn’t make changes to your plan you are automatically enrolled in Plan 1.

To receive reimbursement for medical expenses covered under your plan, claim forms can be completed and submitted online through We Speak Student.

If you have any questions they offer a Live Chat feature to assist you.

No, we will work with you and Public Health Sudbury & Districts to support you.

You can access most services of the Enrolment Centre through the myCambrian portal. You can also contact the Centre via email at enrolmentcentre@cambriancollege.ca.

Please allow for delays in response time given the extraordinary circumstances and volume of requests.

IRCC states,  “All temporary residents who are already in Canada and unable to depart are encouraged to apply for an extension so that they may maintain their temporary resident status in Canada.  Once the application is submitted, the client will benefit from implied status and may remain in Canada until a decision is rendered on their application, or the required documents can be submitted.”

We recommend that you apply as soon as possible before your study permit expires. Please note IRCC states that, “Once the application is submitted, the client will benefit from implied status and may remain in Canada until a decision is rendered on their application, or the required documents can be submitted.”

IRCC states that “In regards to working on or off-campus, given that COVID-19 is beyond a student’s control, international students who were eligible to work on or off-campus can continue to work on or off-campus even if they have been forced to drop to part-time studies or take a break in studies.

However, these students are still subject to the authorized number of hours they would have been permitted had they been full-time students. Therefore, they can work part-time (up to 20 hours a week) off-campus during an academic session and full-time during a regularly scheduled break.

DLIs should be prepared to provide letters of support in the event that a student is questioned regarding how COVID-19 impacted their full-time status.”

Wellness — Cambrian Resources for Employees and Students

At Cambrian College, we want all our employees and students to be well, in body, heart, and mind. We have resources available through our Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility, our Wellness Team, and our Employee EFAP.

Employees have access to counselling and other supports through our EAP. You can find the link in your Employee Self-Serve portal, or visit our EAP provider website at www.workhealthlife.com.

Offers help with special learning accommodations, accessibility and counselling.

To book an appointment with a counsellor, use your clockwork portlet in myCambrian or book through email at counsellingservices@cambriancollege.ca or accessibilityservices@cambriancollege.ca.

Offers support to students who self-identify as Indigenous.

You can reach Wabnode c/o Ron Sarazin, Wabnode, Director, at ron.sarazin@cambriancollege.ca or 705-561-4539.

Our Wellness Team is comprised of employees, faculty, and students who have received special training to support their fellow employees, faculty, and students, through special initiatives and events throughout the year. Follow the activities of our Wellness Team on Facebook.com/beingwellatcambrian and on Twitter (@beingwellatCambrian).

Click here for a list of Wellness Team activities.

Wellness — Community Resources
Messages from Our Leadership

Hi Cambrian staff and faculty.

Welcome to the first edition of Wellness This Week. Every Monday I will be sharing with you some of the special events and activities planned for you by our wonderful Wellness Team. These events – which are available on Zoom – will keep you active and connected to the Cambrian family.

I also want to let you know that we have created a new Wellness at Cambrian section on our special COVID-19 landing page. There, you will find a list of wellness activities plus resources within Cambrian and in the community to help promote wellness.

The page also includes a link to a series of videos created by our Athletic Centre to help you exercise at home.

I would also love to see your photos of how you are staying well at home. Check out our photo gallery section for this week’s photo. You can email your photos to our Wellness Team and we’ll include them in Wellness This Week.

Before I get to this week’s wellness activities, I want to thank everyone who had a role in this past weekend’s Virtual Open House. We had a fantastic response with people from around the province joining us live for tours of campus and Residence, and program information sessions. It was completely new territory for us and I want to congratulate everyone who made this event such a success.

I encourage you to join in.  Stay safe, well and stay connected.

Wellness This Week

Monday
Meet Me on the Mat: Basic Pilates
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
https://cambriancollege.zoom.us/j/481053472

Muggy Mondays.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bring a mug for an informal chat about how things are going
https://cambriancollege.zoom.us/j/824694626

Tuesday
Yoga @home with Nikki
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
https://cambriancollege.zoom.us/j/371888062g

Wednesday
Pilates Flow
11:00 a.m – noon
https://cambriancollege.zoom.us/j/440007824 

Self Care Bingo
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
https://cambriancollege.zoom.us/j/340424125

Thursday
Easter Scavenger Hunt Begin
9:30 a.m.
You will need the Goosechase APP, and use game code 5DLQQD.
Opens April 9th at 9:30 a.m. and closes April 11th at 9 p.m.  Loads of missions inside and close to your home. While outdoors for our scavenger hunt, please continue to practice proper social distancing, including staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) from the nearest person.

Resilience, Grit, and the Power of the Pivot
2 – 3:00 p.m.
Join Catherine Poulton, Wellness Coordinator and Resilience trainer for a one-hour virtual workshop.
Email wellness@cambriancollege.ca for the Zoom Code and Password.

Happy Hour Crafts
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Crafts for all levels, invite the kids.
https://cambriancollege.zoom.us/j/553061680.

For the supply list, rsvp wellness@cambriancollege.ca.

Stay well, Cambrian.
Alison

Dear Cambrian students:

We have completed the first week of our “virtual campus.” Studying away from the College campus takes some adjustment, especially as physical distancing measures increase and we truly begin to feel a greater sense of isolation. These are indeed precedent-setting times as the world struggles with the COVID-19 global pandemic.

I would like to assure you that Cambrian is here to support you as best we can.

As you know, our campus is closed. However, you may still need access to retrieve personal effects and learning supplies. You can access the campus for these purposes only if you have yet to do so. Please call ahead and make arrangements with Security, 705-566-8101 or 1-800-461-7145, ext. 7298

If you are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic, you can apply for emergency hardship funds. Please email our Hardship Fund (hardship@cambriancollege.ca, applies for both Canadian and international students). Also, for those looking to access the Emergency Student Food Bank please visit www.cambriancollege.ca/covid

We have a variety of other supports readily available to you:

For counselling services, please contact the Glenn Crombie Centre at counselling@cambriancollege.ca.  You can also contact RealCampus at 1-877-390-7325 or hello@realcampus.ca.

For accessibility services, contact accessibilityservices@cambriancollege.ca.

Our Learning Centre is also operating on-line at learning.centre@cambriancollege.ca. 

The Library is available online at cambriancollege.libguides.com/libraryhomepage. 

The Wabnode Centre for Indigenous Students Services can be reached through Ron Sarazin, Director, at ron.sarazin@cambriancollege.ca or 705-561-4539 if needed. 

International students, our International Student Services department continues to be available to you. You can contact them via email (internationaladvising@cambriancollege).

Visit www.cambriancollege.ca/covid for a complete listing of the services and supports available to you, and continue to check it daily as we are posting updates regularly.

Please continue to take good care of yourself and continue to follow the principles of social distancing.

I also encourage you to stay as connected as possible with your circle of friends and loved ones whether they live locally or far away.

We are here for you and I look forward to resuming the campus life we all enjoy here at Cambrian once life gets back to normal.

Thank you and be well.

Alison De Luisa

Associate Vice-President, Human Resources and Student Services

Cambrian students,

I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as the Cambrian team works through the details of your semester completion plans and adjusts to online program delivery.  COVID-19 has certainly changed how we have had to operate, and I appreciate your efforts to continue to pursue your studies with diligence.

While we continue to strive to answer the questions you may have regarding completion of the current semester, and for many of you the completion of your programs, I know that there are many of you anxious to learn more about our plans for the Spring/Summer semester, beginning in May.

First of all, I want to share with you that our Spring semester will proceed. It is not being cancelled, but there will be changes.  Here are the key highlights:

  • Semester start and end dates will be staggered to serve the needs of particular programs;
  • The semester will feature a combination of online learning and on-campus labs and instruction timed in a way to ensure appropriate physical distancing;
  • Deferral options will be available in a very limited number of programs that were scheduled to begin in  May but that will now be deferred to September; and,
  • Accommodation of Spring/Summer semester students for whom the new academic schedule does not work.

Full details are available here on the COVID-19 page in the FAQ section.

I would like to thank you for your continued patience and consideration as we navigate through this unprecedented situation together.

Bill Best
President
Cambrian College

The Ontario government has made a significant announcement in the ongoing COVID-19 situation that will have considerable impact on the College, our students, and our families.  As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, all non-essential business in Ontario must shut down.  At this juncture, the  shutdown will remain in place for at least 2 weeks.

Although we have not received the full details of the government’s plans, we feel that it is our responsibility to continue to do our part to flatten the curve along with other postsecondary institutions.  Therefore, in light of the pending provincial directive, Cambrian College has made the decision to completely close our campus, beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

After that time:

  • Students will not be granted access to campus
  • Employees will only be allowed on campus with the approval of their supervisor
  • Similar to the holiday shutdown, urgent access must be coordinated through supervisors and security

It is therefore advisable that students and employees should retrieve whatever materials they require between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Despite the shutdown, online/remote delivery of classes WILL continue. However, this means that there will be no resumption of labs, and alternate arrangements regarding lab activity will be communicated to students.  Please note that students will not be penalized because of this decision, as we work to find alternate means of achieving necessary program outcomes.  Students whose placements have also been affected will not be penalized.

There will be some concerns around access to specific services, and we are trying to address as many student needs as we can.  Therefore, orders can be placed online with the bookstore and picked-up at Security, while requests from the Student Food Bank can still be applied for and picked-up at Security.  Also, students wishing to remain in residence can continue to do so, while those seeking to leave can do so by completing the move-out process.

I shared last week that we would make a determination around this year’s convocation ceremonies.  As a result of the growing need for physical distancing, and the increasing measures announced today by the provincial government, it is with sadness that I share with you that this year’s convocation ceremonies are cancelled.  Graduating student awards will still be granted, and we are working through a process to enable those to happen and will be in touch.  Though our ceremony is cancelled, Cambrian students will still graduate, and we continue to examine what options may be available to celebrate our graduates moving forward.

There will be further communication this week regarding details around the Spring semester, and we will continue to provide you with updates through all-staff emails, myCambrian, our main social media accounts, and our special landing page, www.cambriancollege.ca/covid.

If you have any questions that are not covered on our COVID-19 landing page, you can send us an email at covid@cambriancollege.ca.

We know these are very stressful times for everyone.  But even though we can’t be together as a Cambrian family, it is vital that we stay connected.  Students, do not hesitate to reach out for whatever support you need, from counselling to academic support to physical needs like food. You can find out what supports are available to you at www.cambriancollege.ca/covid or speak to your faculty.  Employees, we encourage you to stay connected to your colleagues and supervisors, and know that our Wellness Team and EFAP are here to help you.

We will get through this. No doubt it will be a challenge, but I’m confident that we will continue to rise to the occasion. Today marked our first day of online delivery.  My thanks to the substantial effort that you have all put forward to make this happen.  Some of the best lessons you will ever learn occur outside a classroom.  Today, this is more true than ever…in so many ways.

Please remember to look after yourselves and your loved ones.

Bill Best
President, Cambrian College

It has been quite an eventful week since we announced the suspension of classes so that we could develop plans for you to complete your semester online, with no in-person classes or exams.

Much has happened in that time, and I wanted to thank you for your patience as we make changes to help us limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and in Canada.

I’m sure that many of you have been reading messages from President Best, checking your messages on myCambrian, and following regular updates at  www.cambriancollege.ca/covid. There has certainly been plenty of information shared, so in case you haven’t had a chance to get through all of it, I wanted to give you a quick summary of what decisions have been made, and what you can expect when you begin classes next week:

  • Classes will resume next week on March 23rd, 2020
  • You will be receiving an email from your professors via Moodle, providing you with a semester completion plan for each of your courses
  • Delivery will be entirely online – there will be no in-person activity
  • There may be some IT issues as we transition to the new delivery format, so please be patient as we work through any issues that may arise
  • Take some time to look through the Remote Learning Guide for Students and Zoom FAQs for Students as you prepare for your classes
  • We will communicate further around our plan for lab instruction prior to April 3
  • Plans for the summer semester will be communicated to you soon, including start dates, delivery method, etc.

It has been a very busy time for your professors, and if you have not yet heard from them, you will over the next few days.

I also want to remind you that the College remains open, though restrictions apply, and we have implemented the principles of social distancing. Please do NOT come to campus unless it is absolutely necessary.

To learn more about access to campus and other changes, please visit www.cambriancollege.ca/covid for up-to-date information.  This should be your ‘go to’ source for the latest updates, and I encourage you to bookmark this page.  This is where you will also find important information about student services now delivered online.  This includes everything from the library and peer tutoring to counselling services that remain available to you.

If you have left campus for home, we ask that you continue your online studies from there.  Please let your faculty know if you do not have access to a computer or Wi-Fi so that we can work through these issues together.  I would like to assure you, that given these extreme circumstances, you won’t be penalized for continuing your studies at a distance.

Despite these unique circumstances, the Cambrian team wants to make sure that you have a positive experience studying online.

I know that COVID-19 has created an exceptional amount of uncertainty and stress.  Please know that we are here to help and support you along the way.

If you have any questions about any of the information contained in this letter, please send us an email at covid@cambriancollege.ca and we will make sure have the most appropriate person respond to your question.

Once again, thank you for your patience.

Paula Gouveia
Vice-President, Academic
Cambrian College

We are coming to the end of a very different week for Cambrian as we adjust to the circumstances our world is confronting.  Students, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding this past week. Employees and faculty, I especially want to thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty to prepare us for the resumption of classes on Monday.

We are in a new reality, but we are functioning. We are just functioning differently.

Perhaps the biggest change is our move to on-line and virtual delivery of classes as of this Monday. With so much more demand for online delivery of course materials, there might be systems issues on Monday. Our IT/HelpDesk team has anticipated this and is prepared to deal with any situations that arise.  Please be patient as we work our way through them if and when they happen.

The majority of our on-campus student supports and services have also moved on-line. You can again find details on services and other key information on our COVID landing page www.cambriancollege.ca/covid, which is constantly updated and redesigned as decisions are made.   If you haven’t gone to this address in the last couple of days please do so.   It is indeed a work in progress.

As a result of these changes, we have a very limited number of employees on campus, with access to the campus now limited from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and for urgent or necessary visits only.  Campus will be completely closed this weekend, and starting Monday, we will also begin implementation of a ‘self-assessment’ process as you approach the main doors.

Given the changing nature of the situation, I also ask you to ensure that you have the information and materials you require with you now, in order to work, teach and learn from home for the foreseeable future.

I have started to receive some questions around convocation, and we know that family and friends of our students, domestic and international, may already be contemplating costly travel plans.  With restrictions on large gatherings, we have been considering how we move forward and will communicate a decision by the end of next week.  In the interim, I urge people to delay making any travel arrangements until that time.

We may be at a greater distance from each other, but we remain connected.  Now, more than ever, we need to remember that the Cambrian community truly is a community. It is what makes us special.  In times of uncertainty like this, community members look after each other.  Keep this in mind as we move into a new phase next week.  Serve each other, our students, and their advocates well.

We will continue to make whatever adjustments are necessary to our plans and will communicate these changes to you as quickly as possible.

Together, we will get through this. We are going to be ok.

Bill Best
President, Cambrian College

We are at the halfway point of our week of postponed classes, and much has changed over the past few days as we work through the evolving nature of the pandemic. 

As you saw in yesterday afternoon’s update, we are reducing campus operating hours, and have reduced – and will continue to reduce – onsite staffing wherever possible.  The library is now closed, and the cafeteria will be closed as of Thursday.  Most of our services are available via email, telephone, or online.  As a result of these measures, onsite traffic and activity is considerably reduced today. 

You will have also seen media stories about students in residence and residence closures.  I would like to share that nearly 400 of our residents have temporarily moved out.  We continue to support those who remain with us, ensuring that they remain safe and looked after, while implementing social distancing. 

As we move through this week of suspended classes in anticipation of online delivery starting Monday, I assure you that our team is working diligently to provide as smooth a transition for our students as possible.  I am proud of your efforts.  As we approach next week, I know there will be more questions, from students and staff alike, and we’ll update you regularly as decisions are made. 

I encourage you to go to www.cambriancollege.ca/covid and read the full details of our latest measures.

We are updating that site as often as necessary and any changes to our situation will be posted there as quickly as possible. 

Yesterday’s announcement that the province has been placed in a state of emergency in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 may have you wondering what this means for your everyday life.  You may still conduct the necessary tasks of working, grocery shopping, or simply going outside for exercise and fresh air.  When doing so, however, I urge you all to follow best practices in infection control and social distancing.  At risk of repetition, these best practices include:

  • Avoiding large groups
  • Staying at least 2 metres (two arms’ length) from the person next to you
  • Wash your hands before you leave and wash them the moment you return
  • If available, take hand sanitizer with you and apply it often
  • If you need to take public transit, UBER or a taxi, watch where you place your hands, sit apart from each other and be patient with the driver and other passengers

These seem like basic instructions, but we need to be keenly aware of old habits and be hyper-vigilant in our actions over the coming days. 

As members of the Cambrian family, we are known for being resilient, passionate and caring. 

Let’s work together to keep each other healthy and safe during these extraordinary times. 

Bill Best
President, Cambrian College

I wanted to provide you with some additional details around access to campus, student services, operating hours, etc.  As you know, the country’s response to COVID-19 is very fluid, and we continue to adjust and put into place additional measures for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and employees.  

With this in mind, our campuses are closed, with limited access to designated employees, students and contractors.  We have further limited the number of staff onsite moving forward, and those employees that are able to work from home will continue to do so.  Students and staff are encouraged not to come onto campus.

Changes to Hours of Operation:

As of tomorrow (Wednesday), access to the College will be through the main entrance only, and operating hours will be reduced to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  As of 4 p.m. Friday, the campus will be closed for the weekend through until 9 a.m. Monday morning.  As we do with holiday access, please advise your supervisor of your need to be on campus, and check-in with Security.

Access to Student Services:

Computer Labs

Labs have been reconfigured for social distancing.  Those available for student use include program-specific labs – 3501, 3502, 4084, 4042, 4076, 4077, and 1640, as well as open access labs 2640 and 2646. 

Wabnode Centre for Indigenous Student Services

The on-campus office of the Wabnode Centre for Indigenous Student Services is closed.  For assistance, contact Ron Sarazin, Wabnode, Director, at Ron.sarazin@cambriancollege.ca or 705-561-4539 if needed.

Student Food Bank

The Student Food Bank remains available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room 1164 (Cambrian Student Council Office) Monday to Friday.  If students have questions regarding the Food Bank they can direct them to 705-566-8101 ext. 7525.

Accessibility Services

Accessibility services are available by emailing accessiblityservices@cambriancollege.ca

Counselling Services
Counselling is available remotely by contacting counsellingservices@cambriancollege.ca.

Other options include:

  • Realcampus.ca  – 1-877-390-7325 or at hello@realcampus.ca
  • Good2Talk – 1-866-925-5454
  • HSN Crisis Intervention Program – (705) 675-4760 , 127 Cedar Street, Sudbury

Enrolment Centre

You can access most services of the Enrolment Centre through the myCambrian portal. You can also contact the Centre via email at enrolmentcentre@cambriancollege.ca or by calling the main office number at 705-566-8101 ext. 3003. 

Library Services

As of 4 p.m. today our library will be closed. Most library services are available through the library website, https:cambriancollege.libguides.com/libraryhomepage and live-chat is available.

Residence

Our Student Residence remains open for all students – domestic and international – who wish to stay. No guests will be permitted.

Cafeteria

Wednesday, March 18, the cafeteria will be closed to staff, but remain available to on-campus residents only, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for take-out only.  As of Thursday, the cafeteria will be closed, and we have a plan in place with our Residence to support those students requiring meal options.  We encourage those on campus to not eat in groups, as we continue to follow best practices in social distancing.

As a reminder, we encourage you to follow best practices in infection control and social distancing at all times, including:

  • Avoid contact with other people and crowds where possible.
  • Minimize as much as possible public outings to those that are necessary
  • Try to maintain a distance of 2 metres from the person next to you
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap and/or hand sanitizer
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm
  • Stay home if you are sick, and/or avoid other sick people
  • If you think you may have COVID-19 (fever, persistent cough, difficulty breathing), contact your local public health authority for direction. Also call ahead before you plan any visit to a physician’s office, clinic, or hospital.

As well, please be advised that each university and college is reacting and implementing policies based on their unique situation. There are many individual factors to consider such as geography, proximity to outbreaks and vulnerable populations.  We are monitoring and considering the actions and best practices of our colleagues, but our focus is on what is appropriate for Cambrian College and that staff, faculty and students that make up our college family.

We will continue to provide you with updates on any of our COVID-19 contingency plans, through myCambrian, social media and www.cambriancollege.ca/covid.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Let us continue to support each other and work together to safeguard the health of the entire Cambrian community.

I want to provide you with an update of our current COVID-19 situation and how recent events and announcements this week, and earlier today are impacting the College.   I am personally committed to ensuring we share with you all of the information we have at hand in order to ensure that every member of the Cambrian community is updated as the situation unfolds.

This morning, the Government of Ontario announced a state of emergency, effective immediately. Measures include the banning of all public gatherings of 50 people or more, including worship services. Indoor recreational facilities, libraries, movie cinemas and live theatres are also closed. Bars and restaurants are also closed, except for takeout and delivery services.

On March 16th the Government of Canada announced the closing of Canada’s borders in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The border remains open to Canadian citizens, immediate family of Canadian citizens, permanent residents, diplomats, air crews and U.S. citizens. We have currently suspended all College travel for the time being and would recommend that our international students be aware of any potential relatives who were intending on visiting or if they had plans to return home.

On the municipal level, the City of Greater Sudbury has also canceled most non-essential city services.

Public transit (GOVA) is continuing. Though this will not have a direct effect on Cambrian College, it is a trend we are monitoring as various levels of government are taking direction from public health authorities.

We continue to meet daily with our pandemic planning response team and our provincial colleagues to allow us to respond quickly to the rapidly changing environment.  We believe the measures we have taken  and continue to implement, will safeguard your wellbeing while enabling us to continue to allow our students to receive a Cambrian College education and services, albeit in a modified form.

We will continue to provide you with updates at myCambrian, on social media, and our special landing page, www.cambriancollege.ca/covid, where you will also find links to credible public health agencies to help you personally prepare for COVID-19.  As each community and institution looks to address this evolving situation, I encourage you to continue to source Cambrian information from these platforms moving forward as this is where we will update you as quickly and frequently as possible.

Additional information will be forthcoming later today with regards to access to services, reduced hours of operation, and weekend closure, etc.

I again want to thank all of you for your patience, vigilance, and professionalism as we persevere — our caring, family approach to education and support through this period is what will carry us through.

Thank you

Bill Best
President, Cambrian College

Dear Cambrian College Student: 

The situation and evolution of the impact of COVID-19 has changed significantly within the last 48 hours.  

As previously announced, all lectures will be delivered online commencing March 23, 2020.  Unfortunately, as we continue to take direction from health authorities and actively look to restrict traffic on campus, labs will not be resuming on March 23rd, 2020 as previously announced. These will remain suspended until April 6th, 2020.  During this time, our faculty will be actively working on ways in which to ensure that our students have the opportunity acquire the skills and demonstrate required competencies in the hands-on lab components of our programs. 

We have also heard from many of you regarding your clinical placements, internships and co-op placements in the community.  In an abundance of care for our students, staff, and our community, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all clinical placements, internships, and co-op placements effective immediately.  These will remain suspended through Sunday, April 5th, 2020.   In the interim, we will be working with all of our faculty and partners to develop completion plans. 

We recognize that for a variety of reasons, some students may want to continue their placement, and in some situations, our placement partners are leveraging our students’ talents to help address the evolving situation they are facing, especially in the area of health care. If your employer has not cancelled your placement, and you would like to continue, you are required to contact your placement coordinator. 

The College’s academic leadership team in partnership with our faculty, continue to review and prepare academic continuity and contingency plans which will focus on delivering curriculum online, exploring how to replace missed labs, clinicals and placements. Cambrian College is committed to ensuring these plans do not jeopardize your ability to complete your academic semester. 

Cambrian College remains operational and available for student support with very specific restrictions in place to reduce traffic, preserve social distancing, and leverage technology where possible, for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Details can be found online at: cambriancollege.ca/information-and-updates-on-covid-19/. 

To assist our international students, the Federal Government published via Twitter on Friday, March 13, 2020 the following announcement: 

“International students in Canada, take note: courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to #COVID19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit. @univcan @CollegeCan 

As we understand the anxiety that the current world health situation presents, we remind all students of our online mental health support services available at: cambriancollege.ca/bridgingthedistance/. 

The COVID-19 situation is evolving, and is causing significant challenges and uncertainty. We continue to exercise due diligence in the safety and well-being of our students and staff, while preserving to the best of our ability, the continuity and quality of teaching and learning. 

The College thanks you for your patience and understanding as we work through a very rapidly evolving global situation together.

To help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Cambrian College is implementing a minimum staffing rotation schedule for key service areas, while non-essential areas will work remotely from home beginning Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, April 3.  Supervisors will provide you with a rotation schedule, technology needs, and working from home guidelines. The College will be closed to the public during this time.

The following essential services remain open with some potential alterations to hours:

  • Residence
  • Cafeteria
  • Cambrian International
  • Enrolment Centre
  • Glenn Crombie Centre
  • Student Food Bank
  • Library and specialized computer labs
  • Information Technology (HelpDesk)

With the implementation of this plan, we are minimizing on-campus traffic and activity while maintaining supports for Cambrian students.

Student placements, co-ops and clinical activity are suspended through April 5.  Students will receive further information by end of day Monday.

Please note that all tests in the Testing Centre and Glenn Crombie Centre continue today, and are cancelled Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3.

Other services will remain available virtually, including The Hub, Wabnode, Career Services, Learning Centre, etc. with further details to follow.

In keeping with public health guidelines, employees that have travelled outside of the country and returned must self-isolate for 14 days and advise their supervisor of their circumstance.

Access to the College will be via main entrances.  Deep cleaning of the College will continue.

Given the highly evolving nature of the situation, some of this information is subject to change, and we will keep you apprised.  In the interim, please visit www.cambriancollege.ca/COVID

Thank you for your support as we work collectively to flatten the curve, and curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Bill Best
President, Cambrian College

Cambrian has taken a number of measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and safeguard your health and well-being:

  • On-campus classes and labs March 16 through March 20 are suspended
  • Online classes will continue as per usual
  • Beginning March 23 all classes will move to online delivery
  • Lab instruction will resume March 23, remaining mindful of social distancing
  • Exam Week has been cancelled, and options are being explored for final student evaluations
  • The semester will end as usual on April 24
  • Campus remains open and student services and other supports will continue
  • We are requesting that students limit access to the campus for academic purposes only this weekend
  • Access will be at the main doors (flags)
  • Social distancing is encouraged — stay at least 1 metre (arm’s length) from the nearest person and discourage large group gatherings

You can expect to hear further details from your program faculty in the coming days.

Thank you for support and cooperation as we work together to reduce the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19.

As a postsecondary system and as a society, we are dealing with a rapidly evolving global pandemic, and the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority.  Our plan is to finish the semester safely, albeit differently.

As you know, we have been actively monitoring and planning for the arrival of COVID-19 since January, working in collaboration with public health, and other postsecondary partners in the community and across the province.

With a goal of contributing to social distancing, and in keeping with the government’s decision to close Ontario’s public elementary and secondary schools until April 6, all in-person classes at Cambrian are suspended for one week, beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. Existing online courses will continue as usual.

Remote or alternate delivery of instruction will begin Monday, March 23, for all students, allowing us to work through the many implications of this decision.

We will be taking the next week to determine how to approach the practical delivery of lab instruction, keeping in mind the importance of social distancing.  Lab instruction will be re-introduced during the week of March 23.

By adopting this approach, students will be able to finish the semester on schedule by April 24, with no official exam week.  We will be developing alternate final assessments to ensure completion of program outcomes.

Additional communication will be sent to students from their academic areas and professors with details specific to their program.

Cambrian’s campuses — including our residence, library, student space, computer labs, food services, and other service areas — will remain open. The fitness centre and gym will be closed, except for academic purposes only.

While classes are suspended, the College remains open.

Staff and faculty members should continue to report to work as usual, though we will be reviewing our go-forward plan over the coming days, and will be implementing flexible work arrangements to the extent possible. In the interim, if you have extraordinary circumstances, please speak with your supervisor. If you are feeling sick, please do not come to campus, so as not to endanger others.

This weekend, we are also encouraging social distancing on campus and limiting access over weekends moving forward.  We are requesting that individuals seek alternate arrangements as possible, and limit visits for only essential library purposes.  Doors will be locked, save for the main doors, much like we do during the holiday closure.  This will also accommodate extra cleaning taking place, as well as the realignment of furniture in the library and labs.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to faculty and staff who have been preparing over the past number of weeks.  Your diligence and commitment is appreciated. Students, I recognize that you are living through a new and stressful situation.  We remain committed to you and to your studies, and continue to have supports available.

These are uncertain and rapidly changing times, and I appreciate that this decision will pose challenges to many.  We have taken these extraordinary measures to do our part in supporting the health and well-being of our campus and community.

Please accept my sincere thanks for your cooperation as we move forward together.

Bill Best
President, Cambrian College

Timeline of Events 
Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20All in-person classes suspended
Monday, March 23Remote or alternative delivery of classes for students begins
Monday, March 23Lab instruction will be re-introduced
Friday, April 24Semester ends

Measures taken by Cambrian College to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19

  • Cambrian College is implementing a minimum staffing rotation schedule for key service areas, while non-essential areas will work remotely from home beginning Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, April 3. The College will be closed to the public during this time.
  • All placements, co-ops, and clinical activities are suspended through to April 5th. Students will be provided with additional information by their program leadership.
  • On-campus classes and labs between March 16 through March 20 are suspended
  • Online classes will continue as per usual and are not affected
  • All tests in the Testing Centre and Glenn Crombie Centre are cancelled through to Friday, April 3
  • Beginning March 23, all classes will move to online delivery
  • Lab instruction will resume March 23, in-person, with smaller numbers, remaining mindful of social distancing
  • Exam Week has been cancelled, and options are being explored for final student evaluations
  • The semester will end as usual on April 24
  • Campus, Student Residence and the cafeteria remain open. Other student supports will continue virtually, with more information to follow.
  • The athletics centre and gym are closed to all activities except those necessary for academic programming (gym time as part of a program’s curriculum)
  • Students are asking to limit access to the campus and library on weekends and after-hours for academic purposes only.
  • Access to the campus after hours and on weekends will be at the main doors (flags)
  • Social distancing is encouraged – try to stay at least 1 metre (arm’s length) from the nearest person and we discourage large group gatherings
  • We have enhanced regular cleaning on our campus, particularly high-traffic areas, and high-contact/touch surfaces
  • We have cancelled public events on campus

We will provide regular updates on this page.

General Information About COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the cold or flu. The average incubation period is 5 days, and symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia in both lungs and kidney disease (in serious cases)

We also want you to know what you can do to safeguard your personal health.  Watch this video from the World Health Organization explaining COVID-19, how it spreads, and measures you can take.

Remember, to reduce the risk of the spread of infection, remember to:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, particularly after using the washroom, before and after eating and preparing food, after touching high contact surfaces, when entering or leaving a room
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the bend of your elbow. Dispose of used tissue immediately in a covered litter container.
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid other people who are sick

Social distancing is the act of reducing your potential exposure to COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others. Social isolation can include not attending events or space where there are lots of people, and keeping at least 2 metres from the person nearest to you.

Learn more about social distancing at Public Health Sudbury & Districts, www.phsd.ca.

Visit Public Health Sudbury & Districts (www.phsd.ca) for full details on what to do. Here are some key points:

  • Monitor your health for the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing)
  • Once you develop these symptoms, isolate yourself as quickly as possible
  • Call your local Public Health organization (in Sudbury, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, 705.522.9200  or toll-free 1.866.522.9200), and call ahead to a physician’s office, clinic, or hospital BEFORE you visit, so they can prepare for your arrival.
  • Students can also choose to inform their program coordinators if they will be away from classes so we can help you with academic accommodation.

The federal government  is advising against all non-essential international travel.

The federal government has closed Canada’s borders to all international visitors, and the border between Canada and the United States is closed to non-essential travel.

Canadian citizens and their immediate family members, permanent residents, diplomats, and air crews will continue are still being allowed into Canada.

Anyone coming into Canada will also have to self-isolate for 14 days, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada

It would be therefore wise to avoid any international travel at this time.

Please check the latest travel advisories from the Government of Canada at www.canada.ca/coronavirus, and click on Travel Advice.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rash of cyber attacks across the globe. The Information Technology Helpdesk warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.  Please refer to the material below provided by the Government of Canada regarding Cyber Hygiene to protect yourselves and your families.

Should you have any questions or concerns about cyber hygiene please contact the Helpdesk at extension 7370 from 9am to 4pm.

https://cyber.gc.ca/en/guidance/cyber-hygiene-covid-19