Your safety is our top priority - Update on COVID-19
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Update regarding your studies and recent announcements

June 12, 2020 11:00AM

Hope this message finds you and your families safe and well!

Earlier this week, Minister Romano announced a framework and phased approach to reopening Ontario’s postsecondary institutions. Beginning July 2, colleges and universities, including Westervelt College, will be able to commence training for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures.

Phase one of the province’s plan to reopen Ontario’s colleges will carry on throughout the summer commencing July 2, 2020. During this time, colleges will be able to recommence studies for students who have been unable to graduate due to practicum or lab requirements.

The province is also developing a framework that it will release to the sector in the coming days, which will provide guidance on the summer reopening and health and safety measures. As this information becomes available we will be contacting cohorts by priority to plan for your return so you can complete your labs and practicum’s so you can graduate. Please note that returning to campus studies will be at the student’s discretion per the Ontario guidelines.

Westervelt College will continue to support many existing cohorts through online studies over the summer months. A very special thanks to all our staff, faculty and students for making this transition with us. Student survey’s are very encouraging, but please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions. Your academic progression is key as we all learn to use new tools in delivering and learning course content.

I hope that you are taking advantage of the federal governments recently announced nearly $9-billion in financial support for post secondary students and recent graduates. The applications have been available since Friday May 15th. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit and the Canada Student Service Grant will help students continue their studies get the experience they need to start their careers.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

  • Provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.

Canada Student Service Grant

  • Will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.

Please remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID 19 are things you do yourself.

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Wear a mask when around others
  • Please follow self isolation requirements if required
  • Do observe proper social distancing of at least 2 meters
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, inform the people around you including the College. If your symptoms aren’t mild, please seek medical care.

On behalf of all of us at Westervelt College, let me again say how committed we are to ensuring the health and safety of our employees, students and communities.


Don Thibert
President and CEO
Westervelt College