Campus Re-Opening

Your safety and well-being are our top priority. We want you to feel confident that Cambrian College is doing everything within its power to ensure our campus is safe for you to work, learn, and visit. We invite you to browse the information below to learn more about all of the safety measures we have in place. Bookmark this page, and check back for updates.

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Read Cambrian’s Re-open Plan, Re-open Guide and COVID-19 flowchart.

2

Complete your online mandatory training before you come to campus.

3

Have your student card or bar code ready every time you come to campus.

4

Maintain social distancing (2 m/6 ft from nearest person).

5

Wear a face covering while on campus, including outdoors when physical distancing can’t be maintained.

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Wash/sanitize your hands frequently.

7

Cough or sneeze into your arm or a tissue, and throw the tissue in the garbage, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

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Create and maintain a safe “social circle”. Learn more.

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As much as possible avoid contact with people who are sick.

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Stay home if you are sick and get tested if you think you may have COVID-19. Remember to contact your program coordinator or immediate supervisor if you test positive for COVID, so we can assist you.

Re-Open Plan

Cambrian College has created a Multi-Phase Approach to how we plan to re-open the campus.

Learn More

Re-Open Guide

The College implemented many measures to support the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. In preparation for the fall semester, a Re-open Guide has been published that you can review online at any time as you plan your “arrival” on campus.  This Re-Open Guide should be viewed before you begin your studies, as it will provide information on protocols, health and safety measures, and more.

Learn More

Mandatory COVID Training

If you have any labs or classes on campus, you are required to complete a mandatory COVID training module in Moodle before coming to campus. The module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Once you complete the module, you will receive a certificate of completion. You will need to print or download a digital copy of this certificate to share with Security before being permitted to access campus.

Access COVID-19 Student Training

Health & Safety Guidelines and Protocols

Your health and safety on campus is our top priority, and we have put into place a number of recommendations and measures for your safe return to campus, including:

  • Avoid campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who does.
  • Anyone coming or returning to Canada after international travel must undergo a mandatory 14-day period of self-isolation before being allowed on campus.
  • Sign in with Security via one of only four (4) entrances to the campus.
  • Present photo ID to Security along with your COVID-19 training certificate of completion.
  • Sanitize your hands before entering campus and upon leaving.
  • Respect physical distancing (2 metresat all times. Wear a non-medical face covering when inside the College and outside on College property when physical distancing cannot be maintained. If needed, Cambrian will provide a mask upon request. For more details about our face covering policy please visit our Reopen Guide.
  • Wear required PPE in your labs and wash your hands frequently. You are also required to wear a face covering in any common spaces like hallways, stairwells, and washrooms.
  • Do not share your textbooks or other learning resources.
  • Clean your workstation and learning tools after each use.
  • Leave campus immediately after your lab is finished.
  • Student supports and services will be available virtually, though some may be offered in-person as required.
  • Common areas will remain closed for the safety of those on campus.
  • Food services will resume October 5, with some potential changes to offerings and service.

Entrance Maps

If you are required to come to campus, you must use one of four designated entrances to access the building. See our campus map for details, and save this map so you can easily access it when you get to campus.

View Map of Entrances

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Current Semester

For the 2020 fall semester, the campus will be open for in-person delivery of hands-on components of courses that can only be completed on site. Theory portions of your courses will continue to be offered through faculty-led remote learning. Student services will continue to be offered online. The bookstore will be open to students who must be on campus.

Student placements, co-ops, and apprenticeships will continue as our community partners are able to accept and support placement and co-op students.

We will provide you with updates as they become available.

If you are an Employer interested in supporting a student on placement or co-op, please contact the Cambrian Career Centre for further information, careercentre@cambriancollege.ca.

Access to campus will only be granted to students, faculty, support staff and administration who must be on-site to facilitate hands-on learning.

In order to come onto campus for required hands-on learning, students, faculty, and employees will have to complete a mandatory training module. The module takes about 20 minutes. When you successfully finish the module, you will receive a certificate of completion, which you must present in order to come onto campus.

Here is the link for the module, which is found in Moodle. Use your Cambrian ID number and password to log-in.

Launch Module

We have taken a number of step to ensure a safe return to campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Those measures are outlined in our Campus Re-open Guide and Re-open Plan, at the top of the page. We are following all best practices to reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19. They include controlled access to the campus, pre-screening for COVID symptoms prior to being allowed access to campus, mandatory wearing of a face covering while on campus, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of the entire campus, in particular high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces, and reconfiguring lab and classrooms and closing common spaces to promote physical distancing.

For more on the mandatory wearing of non-medical face coverings, see the section Campus and On-campus Services.

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. Your faculty will provide you with all the information you need.

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.

Our Residence is open and our Campus Re-open Guide has a section on Residence and what we are doing to ensure your safety.

Campus Living Centres has developed COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Protocols

Learn More

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

We are planning to begin our fall semester with a hybrid model of delivery — meaning a combination of faculty-led remote teaching and learning for those components of our programs that can be delivered remotely, and in-person delivery of the hands-on learning experiences that must take place on campus.  On-campus instruction will increase as restrictions are lifted. If you decide that our hybrid or online learning model this fall, September 2020, is not a fit for you at this time, you may apply for a refund up to, and including the tenth day of the fall semester, September 21, 2020. Refund applications will be processed through our Enrolment Centre. Please email enrolment@cambriancollege.ca for more details.

You can learn more about OSAP and what it means for you at www.osap.gov.on.ca
The Government of Canada also has supports in place for post-secondary students. Click here to learn more.

  • You are permitted to travel to Canada for classes beginning in the 2020 fall semester (September) if:
    *you have a valid study permit that was issued before March 18, 2020, and
    *your program requires hands-on learning (labs) that can only be completed on campus
    Click here to see if your program has hands-on learning labs in the fall semester that can only be completed on campus.
  • If your study permit was issued before March 18, 2020, but your program does not require hands-on learning on campus for 2020 fall semester, we are requesting that you remain in your home country to begin your studies
  • If your study permit was issued to you after March 18, 2020, you are not yet permitted to travel to Canada. Your studies will begin in your home country
  • If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be allowed to travel to Canada. Click here to learn more about COVID-19, including symptoms and how to stay safe
  • If you do not have symptoms, upon arrival in Canada, you must still self-isolate for a period of 14 days, and you must have a self-isolation plan. That plan should include where you are going to be staying and how you are getting there, whether by yourself or if someone is picking you up. You should not come to Canada unless you have a self-isolation plan
  • If you have not arranged a destination where you will be staying for your 14-day self-isolation period, Cambrian can provide you with a room at a designated hotel. Please let Cambrian’s International Department know what your plans are (international@cambriancollege.ca)
  • If you intend to come to Sudbury for your self-isolation period, Cambrian can provide you with a room at a designated hotel in Sudbury. Please let Cambrian College International know what your plans are (international@cambriancollege.ca)
  • If you have already been in Canada for more than 14 days and have completed your mandatory self-isolation with no symptoms, you do not need to undergo a further 14-day self-isolation period to begin your studies at Cambrian College.
  • If however, you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 during or after your initial 14-day isolation period, or been in contact with someone who has, you will then have to undergo another 14-day isolation period from the onset of symptoms or potential contact

To learn more about COVID-19 as it relates to international students, visit the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, a ministry of the Government of Canada.

According to the website for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada:

“If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, you’re still eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
If you have a study permit, or been approved for a study permit for a program starting in the spring, summer or fall, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you’re also still eligible for the PGWPP.
If you’re in this situation, you may

  • begin your classes while outside Canada, and
  • complete up to 50% of your program while outside Canada, if you can’t travel to Canada sooner.

If you start your studies in fall 2020, you won’t have time deducted from the length of your post-graduation work permit for studies you complete while outside Canada between fall 2020 and December 31, 2020.”

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the IRCC website. You can also contact Cambrian’s International Department at international@cambriancollege.ca.

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.

Campus and On-Campus Services

You can access these services through our Glenn Crombie Centre for Accessibility and WellnessClick here.

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

SchoolStudent Success AdvisorGeneric Email Address
Business, IT; Creative Arts, Design & Music; & HospitalityTBABus.inquiry@cambriancollege.ca
Health Sciences, Nursing & Emergency ServicesElizabeth HolmesHses.inquiry@cambriancollege.ca
Justice, Community Services, & General StudiesGilles BedardJacs.inquiry@cambriancollege.ca
Skills Training & Engineering Technology & Environmental StudiesJennifer AyotteSTT.inquiry@cambriancollege.ca

Yes. The following ancillary fees have been waived for the fall semester due to the current COVID-19 situation:

Athletic Centre ($77.02), Student Recreation ($16.80), Varsity Athletics ($41.03). Other ancillary fees remain as these services are provided online and virtually this fall.

Fees for the 2021 winter (January) and spring (May) semesters remain as posted, but will be revisited based on the COVID-19 situation at the time. See our full list of fees and their descriptions at cambriancollege.ca/fees.

The bookstore will be open for in person shopping as of Tuesday, September 8th.  All necessary safety protocols will be in place. 

Students can also continue to shop online at cambrianshop.ca for all their school year needs including textbooks, supplies and great Cambrian clothing.  

The bookstore continues to monitor email and can be contacted at cambrian@bkstr.com. The bookstore will provide you with your options for pickup. 

Our campus is open only for those students, faculty, and support staff who must be on campus to allow for the teaching and completion of hands-on components of programs (labs). The campus remains closed to all other students, faculty, and employees.

To learn more about our campus, visit the Current Semester section on this page.

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.

We understand that some students may need to access specific software for their programs that can only be accessed on campus. We also know that some students may need to access a computer on campus in order to complete assignments. To help in these situations, we have made several computer labs across campus available by appointment, so that students can access software and systems that they may need as part of their programs. You can only book a maximum of 2 hours per day and must have an appointment to access one of our computer labs.

AutoCad Computer Labs [Rooms 1730 and 2654]:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040548A9AC29A1FD0-autocad

General Use & AutoCad Labs [Rooms 2640 and 2646]:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040548A9AC29A1FD0-general

General Use Computer labs [Rooms 4121 and 4135]:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040548A9AC29A1FD0-general1

Please note that these computer labs have been physically distanced to support the college’s efforts to keep our campus safe. Please do not remove or add any chairs. You must wear a face covering when you are on campus and in a computer lab. You should wipe down the key board before and after you use the system using the wipes that are found in each room. Please also remember that you must check-in through one of our 4 entrances and present your COVID Training Certificate of Completion before proceeding to the lab.

If you are a student with the Rainbow District School Board and you have questions about Dual Credit courses at Cambrian College, you can contact Dana Kinsella at kinseld@rscloud.ca.

If you are a student with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and you have questions about Dual Credit courses at Cambrian College, you can contact Kevin Villeneuve at kevin.villeneuve@sudburycatholicschools.ca.

For all other inquiries, please 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.

You are to wear a face covering at all times when inside a building, except when you are alone in your own defined space (a defined space can include a single-person office space, open office area like Finance or Payroll, storage room, or in the case of students, in their Residence bedroom).

A face covering includes a non-medical mask or other covering including a bandana, scarf or cloth (including hijab and niqab) that covers the mouth and nose to ensure a barrier to limit community transmission.

Face coverings are mandatory during all of our scheduled classes and labs.  However, if you are working alone in either a defined space, classroom or lab, the face covering can be removed.  When another person comes into your defined space, classroom, or lab, you are required to wear a face covering.

Face shields will only be acceptable as an accommodation for those requiring it.

The practice of wearing face coverings also applies when outside of the building but on college property, whenever physical distancing is not possible.

While you are encouraged to provide your own face covering, Cambrian will provide you with either one re-usable mask, or a temporary one, at one of our designated entrances.

There are some exceptions to the face covering requirement if:

  • the person is a child under the age of two years, or a child under the age of 5 years either chronologically or developmentally and he or she refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver
  • the person is incapacitated and unable to remove their mask without assistance
  • wearing a face covering would inhibit the person’s ability to breathe in any way
  • for any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information
  • for any religious reason, the person cannot wear a face covering, or cannot cover the face in a manner that would properly control source

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.

Click here for more information about federal government support for post-secondary students.

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on-campus food services, including meal plans, are not available until further notice. We will let you know when food services and meal plans resume.

The Glenn Crombie Centre for Accessibility and Wellness provides academic accommodations for students with disabilities, counselling services for all students, and Wellness activities. Visit our webpage for more information.

Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability and require academic accommodations, please e-mail accessibility services at accessibilityservices@cambriancollege.ca.  An accessibility advisor will contact you to arrange a meeting to begin the process.

Orientation for Students with Disabilities – Head Start

Fall Semester 2020: this orientation session will occur during the week of August 31st– September 4th. This orientation is offered through virtual delivery. To find more information or if you wish to register, click here.

Student counselling services at Cambrian College

Counselling services for all students are located at the Glenn Crombie Center for Wellness and Accessibility.  We provide short-term supports for students who may be encountering academic stressors, personal difficulties or mental health related difficulties.

Please contact counsellingservices@cambriancollege.ca for an appointment.  One of our staff will set up a virtual meeting with you.

To book an appointment with a counsellor, accessibility advisor or learning strategist, you can also use 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.

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.

Registered Students

For courses hosted through Ontario Learn please refer to your student dashboard on Ontario Learn by logging into https://olportal.ontariolearn.com/login.php  for the most up to date information.  Your facilitator (teacher) will also communicate to you any changes specific to your course.

Dates and Deadlines

Key dates regarding registration, drop dates, and withdrawal dates for Lifelong Learning courses still apply.  If you would like to withdraw please email continuing@cambriancollege.ca for further information.

New Courses

To view the current list of available courses, visit our website.

https://cambriancollege.ca/lifelong-learning/

You can reserve a locker by going to your student tab on myCambrian and accessing the “Reserve a Locker” link located in your Quick Links section.

If you have been assigned a locker, please lock it at all times to ensure the security of your books, tools, and other personal items you require for your studies while on campus.

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.

Our parking lots are open for the 2020 fall semester.

Parking rates for the 2020 fall semester:

Gold
  • Annual – $470.84 (regular rate $565)
  • Semester – $154.50 (regular rate $309)
  • Monthly – $59.00 – Sept. – Dec.(regular rate $77)
Burgundy
  • Annual – $322.50 (regular rate $387)
  • Semester – $113.50 (regular rate $227)
  • Monthly – $38.50 – Sept. – Dec.(regular rate $118)
Residence
  • Annual – $281.66 (regular rate $338)
  • Semester $99.00 (regular rate $198)
  • Monthly $33.50 (regular rate $67)
Economy
  • Annual – $281.66 (regular rate $338)
  • Semester $99.00 (regular rate $198)

Daily parking rates through the parking kiosks and through the HotSpot app have been reduced by 50% for the fall semester.

The Print Shop is available to students and employees, but operating under reduced hours of operation.

We will be open Tuesday and Thursday (as necessary) and by appointment only.

To make an appointment, submit print job specifics, or for more information, please contact printshop@cambriancollege.ca.

Print jobs must be submitted electronically by email whenever possible. If this is not possible, you must contact the Print Shop by email to make arrangements to have your material dropped off.

At this time, print jobs for students are being limited to program-related materials only.

When requesting a print job, please include your full name, Cambrian ID number, phone number, and program.

The Print Shop will contact you to arrange a time to pick up completed print jobs. Pick-up will be done at Parking Services (Room 2207, Level 2, across from Amphitheatre). Payment by debit or credit card only (no cash, no student printing credit).

To use the printing credit students can access one of the open labs with a printer. Appointments to access the labs can be arranged by clicking one of the following links:

Jobs not picked-up at the arranged time will be held for 2 weeks. If arrangements to pick-up the job after the 2 weeks is not made the job will be discarded and the printing cost will be charged to the students account.

Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to serving you.

In order to make sure that our resources are going to the students with the most immediate need we have merged our food bank efforts with the hardship bursary process. If you are in need of emergency food assistance, please email hardship@cambriancollege.ca. We would also recommend that you contact one of the community food banks which may also be able to assist you.

Our Student Residence is open for the fall semester. For more information about Student Residence, please contact info@cambrianresidence.ca, or call 705-566-8101, or 1-800-461-7145 and ask for extension 7583, or visit the website at cambriancollege.ca/residence.

For questions about TSSA testing, please contact your program coordinator.

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.

Academics

Information on classes, labs, placements, co-ops, exams and tests. For a full list of how your program will be delivered during the 2020 fall semester, click here.

Ontario’s public Colleges, including Cambrian, have determined not to provide tuition refunds or rebates due to COVID-19 as students continue to receive the education that will allow them to meet the requirements of their Ministry-approved program, albeit through a different method of delivery.  While the delivery method is different than what many are used to or expected, students will still be provided the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes necessary for course and program completion and successful entry into the workforce.

In many programs where there is a hands-on learning component, our faculty have redesigned courses to provide most of the theory portions upfront (front-loaded) during the first part of the coming semester, allowing students more time to work on hands-on components as the province moves through its re-open phases and we are able to resume more activity on campus.

As well, Cambrian continues to work with the provincial government, public health officials and employers to resume placement opportunities as the province moves to the next phase of re-opening.

To help alleviate some of the financial costs facing students, Cambrian College has increased the amount of emergency financial aid available through our Hardship Fund. We have also eliminated a number of ancillary fees until such a time as our campus and all of its on-site services are available to our students.

The pandemic has created a very fluid and ever-changing dynamic for postsecondary institutions, and we appreciate and thank you for your patience and understanding as we work our way together through this new environment.

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD policy to ensure a rich and flexible learning experience. Learn more about BYOD by clicking here.

The minimum technology requirements you will need for online learning are found on each individual program page. See also our BYOD tab in this section.

If you are a student with the Rainbow District School Board and you have questions about Dual Credit courses at Cambrian College, you can contact Dana Kinsella at kinseld@rscloud.ca.

If you are a student with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and you have questions about Dual Credit courses at Cambrian College, you can contact Kevin Villeneuve at kevin.villeneuve@sudburycatholicschools.ca.

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

Student placements, co-ops, and apprenticeships will continue as our community partners are able to accept and support placement and co-op students.

We will provide you with updates as they become available.

If you are an Employer interested in supporting a student on placement or co-op, please contact the Cambrian Career Centre for further information, careercentre@cambriancollege.ca.

We encourage you to stick with your studies. However, if you feel your program or model of delivery is not for you, we encourage you to first contact our Student Success department to discuss your options. It can be reached at info@cambriancollege.ca.

If after that you still feel you want to withdraw from your studies, you can contact our Enrolment Centre to discuss the withdraw process, enrolmentcentre@cambriancollege.ca or 705-566-8101, ext. 3003 or1-800-461-7145, ext. 3003.

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

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

Student Financial Support

The federal government has announced a number of initiatives to provide financial support to both domestic and international students.

Click here for details.

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. To see a list of other financial measures to assist both international and domestic students, go to the question “What support is the Federal Government offering students?” found on this page.

If you have questions about OSAP, please contact our Enrolment Centre at enrolmentcentre@cambriancollege.ca

Treatment of CERB and CESB on OSAP Application

Canada has announced two programs to provide temporary income support for individuals who have lost income due to COVID-19 and are unable to work. These are the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).

Reporting Income on OSAP Applications

For students with an OSAP application, the CESB and CERB are to be reported in the same way as employment and other non-employment income.  Therefore, only report CESB and/or CERB in the following scenarios:

  • 1-term study period (12-20 weeks): income received over $5,600
  • 2-term study period (21-40 weeks): income received over $11,200
  • 3-term study period (41-52 weeks): income received over $16,800

Only report income on your OSAP application if it exceeds the threshold above for the length of your study period from the following sources:

  1.  Employment Income
  2.  Teaching or Research Assistantships
  3.  Child support and/or spousal support
  4.  Foster parent payments
  5.  Rental income
  6.  Investment income including interest and dividends
  7.  CERB
  8.  CESB

Do not report CERB or CESB as government income.  Continue to report EI as you normally would as government income.

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.

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.

International Students

The federal government has announced a number of initiatives to provide financial support to both domestic and international students.

Click here for details.

No it will not. For more details, please visit the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, a ministry of the Government of Canada.

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.”

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.

Our Re-open Guide, found on this page, will walk you through the steps you should take if you suspect you have COVID-19. (link to Re-Open Guide). Contact your local public health authority and follow their guidance (in Sudbury, contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705-522-9200 or www.phsd.ca to learn more about COVID symptoms and where to get tested.)

You should also contact International Student Services so they can support you, international@cambriancollege.ca.

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.”

You can contact International Student Services at international@cambriancollege.ca.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which is a ministry of the Government of Canada, is also posting updates on its webpage.

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.”

Messages from Our Leadership

Dear Students,   

As we approach the end of the first week of classes, I wanted to send you a note to officially welcome to you Cambrian College.   On behalf of the entire Cambrian community, let me tell you how very excited we are to have you join us at Cambrian this fall.  Whether you are beginning your studies with us or returning for another semester, know that we have been very busy preparing  our programs, campus and services to ensure that you have the best possible experience with your health and safety being our top priority.     

As you have progressed through this first week, my hope is that you have had the opportunity to connect with your professors either virtually or in person if you have on-campus labs, and that you have come to realize that they are fully committed to helping you to be successful in your studies.      

I wanted to share with you a list of useful Quick Links as you begin the semester, that will help you to become more familiar with the educational technology tools that we use at Cambrian to support our courses.     

I also wanted to share with you that if you need to access any of our student supports and student services as you progress through the semester, they can be accessed virtually.  If you aren’t sure what supports and services are available to you or how to connect with them, please consider bookmarking the following website that explains our many supports and services that are available to you as a Cambrian students:      

teaching.cambriancollege.ca/getting-started/student-support-and-services/   

Thank you again for choosing Cambrian College. Even though this semester will be different from what you may have imagined when you first began considering college, I want to assure you that we have all been working very hard to ensure that your experience at Cambrian is a meaningful one, and that we can support you to achieve your academic goals.    

Whether you are on-site, online, in Sudbury or studying from elsewhere in the world, please know that we are here to help you.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your professor, your program coordinator, or any member of the Cambrian team if you have any questions.    

Sincerely,   

Paula F. Gouveia, PhD. 

Vice President, Academic 

Welcome to our fall semester.   Although we are starting this semester in such a different manner it is still great to be back, whether in person or virtually to do what we do best – educate and provide supports for our students.    I want to give a special welcome to our new students, faculty and staff.  We hope you take the time to become involved in all that Cambrian has to offer.  During these times, it is more important than ever to stay connected.   

At Cambrian College, we take a holistic approach to education and that means promoting the health and wellness of our whole community.  “Being Well” at Cambrian represents the wellness programs and initiatives for our entire Cambrian Community.  Our well-being foundation sits on eight pillars of wellness that guide us to show up for ourselves and others as the best version of ourselves to flourish.   

Our Pillars of Wellness include:   

  • Social
  • Physical
  • Vocational
  • Intellectual
  • Financial
  • Environmental
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual   

Each month, our Wellness Team made up on staff, faculty, and students organize great events around a specific wellness pillar on your behalf and are available for support.  

Wellness This Week is also back for this semester. Every Monday, I will provide you with a list of wellness activities and resources to help you stay centred, grounded, and connected to each other. These are events and activities you can take part in virtually, through Zoom. Learn more about our wellness team and initiatives at www.cambriancollege.ca/wellness    

I also want to let you know that our various support services are still available to you online. Click here to see a list of the support services available to students, faculty and staff during this semester.   

This week’s Wellness activities are listed below.    

Have a great week.   

Alison De Luisa
Associate Vice-President, Human Resources and Student Services  
See myCambrian for Zoom links  

  • Sept. 14 Muggy Monday 3:00-4:00
  • Sept. 15 Student Wellness Ninja Information Party 4:00-5:00
  • Sept. 16 Speed Friending 3:00-4:00
  • Sept. 16 Running Club for Students:  Couch to 5 KM  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sept. 17 Moment of Meditation 11:00-11:30 

It was great to see you once again and to welcome some of you to the Cambrian family. 

If you are like me, a returning veteran to Cambrian, it must feel a little strange to see the campus the way it is.  In place of the usual hustle and bustle of start-up, we have controlled entrances, directional signage, closed common areas, reduced places to sit and more empty space in classrooms to allow for physical distancing.  

For those of you who are new to Cambrian, I can assure you, it didn’t always look like this! We’re all looking forward to the day when our halls are again buzzing with students, faculty, and staff and there’s a line-up at the coffee counter. 

That said, we will still have a buzz on campus – we just won’t be the full hive. Even though we now have more than 4000 full time students registered  – we’ll have only about 1500 on campus, for hands-on labs, and not at the same time.  We also expect about 500 students in Residence, with each student having their own single room. Unlike previous years, there isn’t a Move-in Weekend but rather it began this week and will continue until September 11th to reduce the number of people on Residence at a time. 

  

As I have indicated previously our plans will continue to change and evolve as we garner a greater understanding of how best to handle the pandemic, and in keeping with that commitment we’ve updated our approach to face coverings.  Moving forward, I would like to be clear that staff, students and guests are to wear a face covering at all times when inside a building, except when you are alone in your own defined space (single-person office space, open office area like Finance or Payroll, storage room, or in the case of students, in their Residence bedroom).  As previously noted, face coverings are mandatory during all of our scheduled classes and labs.  If an individual is working alone in either a defined space,  classroom or lab, the face covering can be removed.  When another person comes into your defined space, classroom, or lab, you are required to wear a face covering.   

The practice of wearing face coverings also applies when outside of the building but on college property, whenever physical distancing is not possible.  A face covering includes a medical mask or non-medical mask or other covering including a bandana, scarf or cloth (including hijab and niqab) that covers the mouth and nose to ensure a barrier to limit community transmission.  You will note that face shields are no longer included, and will only be acceptable as an accommodation for those requiring it. 

  

For employees and students alike, it may take a little time to get used to the measures we’ve put into place. Remember to check out our Re-open Guide for other information to help you prepare for this semester. 

To help people make that adjustment, we’ll have a team of ambassadors on campus next week at our designated entrances to help new and retuning students navigate their way. We are still looking for some volunteers. If you can help out, please email Renee Scott, our Director of Recruitment and Student Success. 

Here are some other key points for you to remember as we prepare to get rolling: 

  • Check myCambrian, your email or our special Campus Re-open landing pagedaily for important updates and information regarding re-opening procedures and best practices 
  • Be sure to take part in our many Welcome Week online activities and orientation sessions as they relate to you. You’ll find details of those on our Orientation page
  • If you have tobe on campus this semester, be sure to complete the mandatory COVID-19 training module and be ready to provide proof of completion (like a screenshot of your certificate) 
  • Before you come to campus, gauge how you feel. If you are feeling sick, stay home
  • Have your Cambrian ID card ready when you come to campus
  • Know where the designated entrances are (main entrance, Student Centre Entrance, Trades Building entrances (by Tim Hortons kiosk and across from Student Residence)
  • Be prepared to be screened before you are allowed on campus
  • Maintain physical distancing (2m or 6 ft from the nearest person) as much as possible
  • Follow proper hand hygiene

The start of a new school year is always exciting. But this year, it may also be a bit more unnerving given the extraordinary days we’re living in. I want to assure you that our outstanding team in Facilities Management has done a fantastic job of preparing our campus for our September intake. We will continue to work diligently to create an atmosphere for you that is safe for working and for learning, and that minimizes the number of people on campus, so that we can maximize our ability to keep our campus open during the pandemic. 

I want to thank all of your for digging in these past five months to get us to this point. Let’s have a great launch next week. 

Bill Best 

Hi Folks,

First of all, thanks to the over 400 staff who joined me for our annual virtual start-up breakfast – minus the breakfast.  As shared, we have been through an extraordinary five months, dating back to the closure of our campus in mid-March. It has been an unprecedented time of uncertainly, anxiety, and adaptation, as well as a time of innovation and achievement.  A lot of work has taken place to stickhandle the summer and prepare for the fall.   Thank you for your innovative ideas that have been put into action and the questions and engagement that drives us to continue to evolve as an organization.  You are making a difference! 

We have evolved from a campus closure to a partial re-opening with over 400 students on campus this past month to complete their program requirements for hands-on learning.  This pilot has been a great opportunity for us to test drive and adjust the measures in our COVID-19 Campus Re-Open Plan, which you can read on our special COVID-19 landing page, cambriancollege.ca/covid along with our protocol for a COVID-19 Case on Campus, and Handling Possible COVID-19 Cases on Campus.  These documents have already been updated multiple times, and will continue to evolve as we monitor and adapt to best practices and guidance from our Local Public Health Unit, so I encourage you to visit the site to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.  I hope that you found the information conveyed during the breakfast (that wasn’t a breakfast) helpful in bringing you uptospeed as to what has been put into place.  We will also be building a portlet in myCambrian for all of our relevant COVID-19 documents that are more internal in nature for your additional information in the coming weeks. 

As we turn our attention to the start of the fall semester, I’d like to welcome back all of our faculty and staff who are working hard to prepare us for the launch of the fall semester.  I’d also like to welcome new staff members to the Cambrian family.  You are starting at a unique time in our history, but I know you will be welcomed in true Cambrian fashion, and we are sure happy to have you with us. 

Given the circumstances, we’re starting the new academic year off on a strong foot, and we are trending towards having approximately 4000 students on campus. (we had 78 more registrations yesterday to bring us to 3647 FT registered students with 24 days left until day 10). This is fewer than last year, but not unexpected given the current pandemic. That said, our conversion results have taken the province by storm, and are the direct result of the tireless efforts of everyone involved.

And even though we have yet to begin classes in September, our sights are set on the future and, for the first time ever, we’ve added a November intake for seven of our graduate certificate programs and a general studies program.  We’re also preparing for a new recruitment cycle, and we know we’ll do what it takes to position ourselves for a strong January and May intake if the world continues to make progress.

We will begin the September semester  in Phase III of our Re-open Plan, featuring a combination of faculty-led remote, digital learning for theory portions of courses, and on-campus delivery of hands-on components such as labs.  This is our reality, and we need to continue to deliver our programs and services with the same high standards that our students are used to.

For those who have been to campus, you will notice that it is functioning differently in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Highlights include mandatory completion of a COVID-19 training module (also found in myCambrian or at www.cambriancollege.ca/reopen), controlled entrances to campus, mandatory wearing of face coverings, and reconfigured classes and lab spaces to accommodate physical distancing.  You will also notice that common areas (like the Library) are closed and will remain closed and student services will continue to be offered online. Our Student Residence is open under strict infection control practices. Move-in will begin next week and continue through to the first week of classes.

We will continue with our practice of only having people on campus who absolutely need to be here to support learning. For this semester, our campus will be a place where you come to teach, work and learn, not to linger. Once students, faculty, and staff have completed their tasks, you are reminded to leave. It sounds blunt and is, but it is to ensure that we can continue to remain open and serving our students.  We should expect this to continue for the full semester, at least. 

I leave you with my gratitude and three short snappers that I conveyed at the end my remarks yesterday: 

  • We must minimize the number of people on campus to increase our chances of remaining open 
  • We must pandemic/future proof the organization 
  • We must accept that the Winter Semester now looks like it will be much like the Fall Semester 

All of your actions make me proud to be entering my 7th year working with you at Cambrian.   I look forward to all that you will accomplish with your innovation, creativity and student-focused approaches. 

See you in Zoom or the hallways sometime soon! 

Bill Best 

As traditional summer holidays come to a close and students, prospective students, family and staff prepare to return from summer vacation, I wanted to share what is happening on campus.

You will recall that since July 13 Cambrian moved into Phase II of our re-opening plan, allowing those students who were unable to finish the hands-on requirements of their program due to the closure of colleges due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

The pilot re-opening also served to allow us to test protocols and procedures that were put into place for the health and safety of students and staff.  This has been important, especially given that we are seeing COVID-19 cases appearing on campuses across the province.  We have learned much, and will continue to learn more as the pandemic evolves.

Keep in mind that as we embark on our hybrid delivery model this fall, which includes a combination of virtual and face-to-face delivery, our aim is to continue to minimize traffic on campus.  If you are required to come on campus, keep in mind the measures in place for your health and safety and that of our community, including:

  • Avoid campus if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who does
  • Sign in with Security via one of our identified four (4) entrances to the campus
  • Present your Certificate of Completion for your COVID-19 Staff Training
  • Sanitize your hands before entering campus, and upon leaving
  • Respect physical distancing (2 metres) and wear a face covering when inside the College, including in any common spaces like hallways, stairwells, and washrooms
  • Leave campus immediately after you have finished teaching, working or studying

I would also like to remind you that as part of our phased re-opening plan, food services will not be available on campus before October 5.  This measure will help reduce the amount of traffic on campus, especially during the critical start-up period, so I thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Parking is always a hot topic, and I’m sure many of you are wondering where we are at.  I’m pleased to say that we were amongst the group of colleges that reimbursed parking fees last spring, and now are amongst a smaller group reducing parking rates (by half) for our fall semester.  More details will follow from our parking team later this week.

As well, we will be adjusting our HVAC systems to increase the amount of external air circulating within our buildings.  We were the first post-secondary institution to begin working with our partner, Honeywell, around a number of industry leading capital investment solutions to address air quality as we move into the fall and winter months.  This has been a lengthy process, as suppliers confirm both the capability and availability of products, so I am pleased that we have been early adopters and will keep you posted regarding our progress over the coming weeks and months.

For our most up-to-date information on our re-opening, please visit our Re-open Guide that includes information related to the measures we will take should there be a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus.  These are living documents that evolve, so check back regularly to ensure that you have the latest information.

Start-up is traditionally one of my favourite times of year, with the hustle, bustle and increased activity of faculty and students returning to campus.  Clearly, this year will be different out of necessity.  Though I will not have the opportunity to welcome you all back personally, I will be able to do so at our virtual President’s Breakfast – you’ll notice it in your calendar for next Thursday, August 27.  I look forward to seeing you then.

Enjoy the summer weather!

Bill Best
President, Cambrian College

We are halfway through July, which means we are halfway through summer. I hope you are enjoying the warm weather and are taking your vacation time, so you can rest and recharge because the September start-up is just around the corner. 

There have been a couple of noteworthy developments this week. 

First of all, some of our students returned to campus for the first time since March. Over the course of the summer, we will have several groups of students returning to campus, along with the faculty and staff necessary to support them. These students are on-site to complete any outstanding requirements from their 2020 winter semester or the hands-on learning requirements for the current 2020 spring semester.  This development has been very encouraging and has allowed us to pilot many of our campus re-opening policies and procedures with great feedback and refinements.   

To facilitate this, we have put in place a number of infection-control measures and best practices.  We are being extra cautious and are exceeding the standard requirements in order to ensure we are doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   We will continue to adapt and evolve our preventive measures and procedures based upon the advice of Public Health and our observations throughout our implementation.   Please be patient with those providing guidance as we are trying to tweak our methods on a regular basis.  

I would like to highlight a few items for you:

  1.  Anyone returning to campus this summer must complete the mandatory COVID-19 training module, found on Moodle.   Log in and sign up. When you successfully complete the module, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. You can print it or make an electronic copy. You MUST produce it every time you come to campus.
  2. You will also be required to wear a face covering on campus for those times when you are in common areas, and/or physical distancing (minimum 2 metres/6 feet from the nearest person) is not possible.  If you are working in a private space/office with no one else around, you do not need to wear a mask.  But you must put it on when you go into common areas or are in close proximity to others.  You can read our policy on face coverings on our COVID-19 landing page, under the section, Campus and On-campus Services.
  3. You can read more about our campus safety measures in our Re-open Plan and Re-open Guide, both of which are found on our COVID landing page.  These are living documents so please check back regularly to ensure that you have the latest information and guidance.

The week’s other major development starts today. Most of the province, including Greater Sudbury and northeastern Ontario, are now in Stage 3 of the Government of Ontario Re-Opening Plan. As of today, you will be allowed to visit the local playground or splash pad, have dine-in service at restaurants, go to a movie, and take part in gatherings of up to 50 people (indoors) and 100 people (outdoors). If you do, please remember to follow all infection control and social distancing best practices. 

The move to Stage 3 provincially has little direct impact on where we are currently in our own Re-Open Plan (Phase II), however it is very encouraging in regards to our ability move forward with our intended academic delivery plans for the fall semester.   

I want to thank you again for your patience, resourcefulness and dedication during this season of COVID.  Enjoy the summer and take time for yourself over the next number of weeks. 

All the Best!

Bill Best

I want to update you regarding the summer semester for those students who are expecting to return to campus to resume labs.

The Government of Ontario has amended the Emergency Measures Act to allow colleges and universities to re-open their campuses this summer for students in the final semester of their program, who would be eligible to graduate if they complete hands-on / lab components of their program that can only be delivered through in-person instruction.

Beginning next week, several groups of students will resume labs:

  • Pre-Trades – Semester 2
  • Powerline Technician – Semester 4
  • Pre-Service Fire Fighter – Semester 3
  • And effective August 4, Dental Assisting – Semester 3

Unfortunately, the campus must remain closed to everyone else, until further notice, as the provincial government has extended its state of emergency until at least July 15.

We are currently working on re-opening plans for those students who are progressing from one semester to the next and who need to complete hands-on components of their programs. We are hoping to have you back on campus, beginning in early August.  However, this is subject to the further lifting of restrictions for on-campus activities.

Please note, there is no impact on those completing co-ops, placements or capstone projects as this work occurs off-campus or virtually.  To be clear, this work will continue this summer as planned.

To those students impacted by these continued campus restrictions, we apologize for any inconvenience this is causing you. It is our intention to have you back on campus to resume hands-on learning as soon as possible. We will also make sure to share updated plans with you no less than 2 weeks before labs are scheduled to begin.

I would like to thank you personally for your patience and dedication to your education during this pandemic. Please know that we are doing our best to successfully deliver the high-quality education you signed up for and deserve from Cambrian College.

Sincerely,
Paula F. Gouveia, PhD.
Vice President, Academic
Cambrian College

Effective July 8, Public Health Sudbury and Districts has instructed owners and operators of all commercial enterprises to have a policy in place requiring the use of face coverings when inside the premises.  This is in keeping with practices across many provincial jurisdictions and will be implemented in our region later this week.

Cambrian College is not a commercial enterprise by definition, and the public health directive has not yet been applied to post-secondary institutions. However, out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of Cambrian students and staff, we are going to align with these recommendations by the Chief Medial Office of Health for our region, and require that a face covering be worn when inside a College building.

A face covering includes a medical mask or non-medical mask or other covering including a bandana, scarf or cloth (including hijab and niqab) that covers the mouth and nose to ensure a barrier to limit community transmission.  Other forms of face coverings, like face shields or specific medical masks, etc. may be required for specific activities on-campus, for which supervisors and faculty will advise of and provide accordingly if required.

Non-medical face coverings are not required to be worn in single-person offices, though they must be worn when it is NOT possible or predictable to maintain physical distancing (2 metres), such as in hallways, elevators, classrooms and restrooms.  As such, unless you are by yourself in a defined space, a face covering is required to be worn in a College building at all times.

There are some exceptions to the face covering requirement if:

  • the person is a child under the age of two years, or a child under the age of 5 years either chronologically or developmentally and he or she refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
  • the person is incapacitated and unable to remove their mask without assistance;
  • wearing a face covering would inhibit the person’s ability to breathe in any way;
  • for any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information;
  • for any religious reason, the person cannot wear a face covering, or cannot cover the face in a manner that would properly control source.

While individuals are encouraged to provide their own face covering, Cambrian will provide you with one re-usable mask upon arrival at one of our two designated entrances during our re-open pilot.  We are currently working on a broader mask distribution plan that we will share with you as we progress through our re-open phases.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in ensuring that we all work together and do our part to keep ourselves and each other safe.


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

Ergonomics at Home

Studying or working from home shouldn’t be a pain in the neck!

Set up for success!
  • Pick an area where distractions can be minimized, clear any clutter.
  • The couch is not an ergonomic option.
  • Feet flat on the floor – if the chair is too tall, you can use a book or box to rest your feet on.
  • Thighs parallel to the floor, or hips slightly elevated (use a pillow if needed).
  • Back supported with a pillow or rolled up towel if necessary.
  • With a laptop, use a separate keyboard and mouse, and raise the unit up on a stack of books or boxes, so the top of the screen is about eye height.
  • Position your screen 40–75 cm away (about arm’s length), and make the top of the screen about eye height.
  • Give 5–8 cm (2–3 fingers) clearance between edge of seat and back of knees.
  • Keep your neck straight (not forward or backward).
  • Elbows should be at a 90–110º angle.
Don’t forget!
  • Take a 5 minute break every hour, away from the computer, and a lunch break.
  • Eye breaks every 20 minutes (look 20 feet away for 20 seconds).
  • Build a little activity into your day!

For more tips on ergonomics, watch this video and download a copy of our checklist as a quick reference.

Click here to see tips on stretching from Canadian Injury Management Services

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.

The Glenn Crombie Centre for Wellness and Accessibility provides counselling, accessibility advisor services, and learning strategies to support our students who require special supports and accommodations.

 Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability and require academic accommodations, please e-mail accessibility services at accessibilityservices@cambriancollege.ca .  An accessibility advisor will contact you to arrange a meeting to begin the process.

Orientation for Students with Disabilities – Head Start

Spring/Summer 2020 Semester: to request an orientation session specific to students with disabilities please e-mail accessibilityservices@cambriancollege.ca.   A meeting will be arranged by our department to provide you information on transitioning to post-secondary education.  Please put in the subject line of your e-mail Head Start.

Fall Semester 2020: this orientation session will occur during the week of August 31st– September 4th. We are currently transitioning from an on-campus format to a virtual orientation.

Click here to register

Student counselling services at Cambrian College

Counselling services for all students are located at the Glenn Crombie Center for Wellness and Accessibility.  We provide short-term supports for students who may be encountering academic stressors, personal difficulties or mental health related difficulties.

Please contact counsellingservices@cambriancollege.ca for an appointment.  One of our staff will set up a virtual meeting with you.

To book an appointment with a counsellor, accessibility advisor or learning strategist, you can also use 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.

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.

Click here for a list of Wellness Team activities.