Updated: Jun 18, 2020 @ 3:40 pm
Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
In general, the best advice to help reduce your risk of infection and prevent the spread of infections is:
NBCC has set up screening stations at its facilities and is following all physical distancing protocols. To limit the number of people at its campus buildings at any given time, NBCC has developed a blended academic delivery model of virtual learning and in-person training.
As part of its commitment to protecting the personal privacy of students and staff, NBCC does not reveal individuals’ medical information. Public Health contacts the employer/organization of any individual who is a presumptive case, with instructions about what to communicate to students and colleagues and what actions to take. Public Health does not contact the employer/organization of any individual simply being tested, i.e. not confirmed presumptive at that stage. Tested individuals are told to self-isolate for 14 days.
Our Student Development team has been working hard to ensure that many of the supports our students count on remain available at this time:
Yes, you are still entitled to the accommodations listed in your IAP. Please reach out to your Learning Strategist to discuss how you can continue to access your supports or to adjust your IAP as needed to our online learning environment.
Yes, new IAPs can be created. Please connect with your Learning Strategist to start the intake process to determine your eligibility for academic and/or service accommodations.
Yes, absolutely. We recognize transitioning to a new format of academic delivery can create uncertainty and concerns for many students. Please reach out for support with any questions or concerns about your learning. We are here to support you. Our team can help you identify strategies to support your learning (including, but not limited to time management, routines, study strategies, and test taking strategies).
Students can continue to self-refer by emailing a Learning Strategist. Instructors can also refer students. With the student’s permission, the instructor may send a direct email to the Learning Strategist and copy the student and Department Head (as needed).
Yes, you are still able to access your peer tutoring virtually as we work together to respect social/physical distancing.
If you need peer tutoring, but were not previously connected, please contact us with your request. While we will make every effort to connect you with a peer tutor, matches will be based on the availability of peer tutors.
All students have access to Tutor Me, which is a resource that you can find in Brightspace. This resource provides students with two free hours of tutoring each week. You can connect with a live tutor and access a new service, Get Writing Help. Submit a paper, in Word (.docx) format, for feedback. Reviewed papers will be returned to students in 12 hours or less.
We recognize transitioning to a new format of academic delivery can create uncertainty and concerns for many students. Please reach out to the Learning Strategist at your campus for help in creating a plan and routine.
Please visit the Government of Canada’s website for up-to-date information regarding study permits. The Government of Canada has announced 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.” For international students with questions about the provincial programs for permanent residency, the provincial government has set-up a direct email for your questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government of Canada continues to process permits and has extended deadlines for applicants to provide required documentation. However, service delivery has been and will continue to be severely impacted, with many overseas missions down to essential staff and Visa Application Centres closed. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), of which NBCC is a member, has asked the Government of Canada for flexibility in accepting non-traditional means of demonstrating language proficiency. The Government of Canada currently preparing mitigation measures to ensure a smooth resumption of normal operations once the situation stabilizes. They have noted, however, that it will be challenging to process a significant volume of applications before the fall semester.
Under the standard processing guidelines for the PGWPP an international student graduating from an eligible Designated Learning Institution may be eligible for a work permit if the graduate has:
Students who were already studying in Canada, and whose classes were moved online due to the travel and health restrictions introduced due to COVID-19, will maintain their PGWPP eligibility. The length of work permits will remain the same. However, these students continue to be required to spend at least 50 per cent of their time studying in Canada to be eligible for the PGWPP.
International students who have been approved for a study permit for a program beginning in May or June 2020, but are unable to travel to Canada due to current travel restrictions, will be eligible for the PGWPP if their in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19. International students in this situation can begin and complete up to 50 per cent of their classes while outside Canada.
NBCC works with the relevant external bodies who have requirements for occupational certification or entry to practice examinations; however, these exams are administered independent of NBCC. With the recent pandemic, many external bodies have been forced to alter their scheduled examination dates and all eligible graduates are encouraged to contact the relevant organization for the most up to date information.
We recognize that this evolving situation may be stressful and we encourage you make use of NBCC’s wellbeing resources. Students can reach out to a Wellbeing Counsellor or consult NBCC’s Wellbeing App. International students are also encouraged to use Keep Me Safe.
At this time, we can only accept online applications. The application fee must be paid online when you apply.
NBCC will launch its 2020-2021 academic year as scheduled, in accordance with the most current public health guidelines that are in place at that time. Current information is available here.
Grade 11 students can apply by submitting their current grade 11 transcripts on or after the first business day in June. Learn more here.
Please note NBCC’s Admissions Centre is now open, but we are expecting a significant delay in processing applications.
Successful completion of high school remains the basis for all admission profiles. All applicants who were on track to graduate from high school based on their status in January 2020 will receive their complete high school successfully. Due to COVID-19, NBCC will demonstrate flexibility when reviewing specific high school course requirements.
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