Yorkville University recently received the welcome news that our New Westminster Campus in British Columbia has made Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) approved list of designated learning institutions reopening to international students. This means we can support international students’ entry into Canada through our approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Yorkville University’s Ontario campus readiness plan is currently under review.
The University continues to work closely with local health authorities and the government to determine a safe and healthy way to continue to deliver an exceptional learning experience for our students. The reality, however, is that the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic changes and evolves nearly every day. In the meantime, planning for Winter 21 continues, and we can share that we intend to offer some sections of certain courses in person for our on-campus Bachelor of Business Administration programs at our Steeles Avenue, Ontario Campus and our New Westminster, British Columbia Campus. For these courses, students can choose to join the class physically or virtually, depending on their comfort level.
The Bachelor of Interior Design offered out of the Steeles Campus in Ontario is planning to offer a limited number of courses in a hybrid delivery of on-campus and online classes. Again, no student will be required to attend classes physically, but they will be given that option. Furthermore, there will be strict protocols in place for those who choose to study on campus. Most importantly, we will ask anyone who is experiencing cold, flu, or other suspected symptoms of COVID-19 not come to the campus and contact your primary health care provider. Ontario students can also call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to speak with a registered nurse, while B.C. students can talk to a HealthLinkBC nurse by calling 8-1-1.
Full integration back into the physical classroom will not happen until public health and the provinces in which we operate deem it safe for us to do so.
We are proud of all our students, faculty and staff who, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to contribute to an engaging remote learning experience.
Yorkville University also remains mindful of the stress and anxiety these types of situations can bring on. Counselling services are available for those students who need them. Visit https://yorkvilleu-bc.janeapp.com/ to make an appointment.
For more of the latest advice and information, visit the website of your local public health site:
Toronto Public Health http://bit.ly/3a0AcfY
B.C. Centre for Disease Control http://bit.ly/33vmmzO