Northern College COVID-19 Updates & FAQs
The College is now open on a limited basis and is following all protocols for preventing the spread of Covid-19. Masks are required, sign-in and sign-out processes are in place, and other hygiene protocols, including handwashing and not touching one’s face, apply. Northern College is returning to its more traditional forms of program and course delivery for the upcoming Fall 2021 Term (September 2021). Some courses will continue to be offered online or through a hybrid form of delivery (combination of online and in-class activities). However, on-campus delivery, learning activities, and services are expected for most of our programs. The College continues to monitor pandemic conditions and will respond according to guidance from all appropriate government and health authorities. Any required changes to our Fall 2021 programming will be communicated promptly.
Please refer to https://www.northernc.on.ca/program-methods/ for more details on whether your program will be offered face-to-face on-campus, online or a hydrid delivery.
Northern College is mandating Canadian-approved vaccines for all those who are working, studying, or visiting any of their campuses or work sites/places/offices. This applies to all employees, students, clients, contractors, and visitors, as well as members of the general public who would like to access services from the College. This policy requires that everyone have at least one dose of a Health Canada or WHO approved vaccine by October 1, 2021 with both doses required to have been administered by November 15, 2021 before visiting the campus.
This is being done to protect everyone from Covid-19 and its variants. We have a responsibility to protect the individuals who access our facilities to provide a safe and healthy environment which requires vaccination. There is a formal process to follow for those who are not getting vaccinated for those reasons. Those who are exempted may be required to undergo other procedures.
Continuity of Education Plan
As we return to studies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we do so with the hope that studies can be conducted in a smooth and efficient manner. However, it is imperative that we plan for further disruption, given the dynamic nature of the recent rise in variant case, and the push to achieve community protection through vaccination.
To this end, Northern College presents this Continuity of Education Plan (CEP).
The plan will provide ready access to information regarding Health and Safety protocols in the event of further emergencies, information regarding the continuation of studies if face-to-face study is disrupted, and links to useful resources in the event of an emergency.
Active Screening – iCent Mobile App
Northern uses a mobile app called iCent to assist with communications, as well as for required active screening to comply with local and provincial regulations to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Completing the pre-screening form and following all other protocols are required for on-site learning and activities. Please download the app by searching for iCent in the Google Play Store on your Android devices or the Apple App Store for your iPhone and sign up for an account to access Northern College’s dashboard and the Return to Campus – Screening Form. More information can be found on Blackboard. You can also watch the video tutorial below and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8hQG4c8fik
Resources & Documentation
- COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (PDF, 136 KB)
- Departmental Pandemic Operating Plans (Mobile Friendly) | PDF Version
- Continuity of Education Plan (CEP)
- COVID-19 Pathways Guidance
- Contractor Covid-19 Protocols
- Request for Creed/Religion Exemption from Covid-19 Vaccine Form
- Request for Medical Exemption from Covid-19 Vaccine form
Please connect with our International Department for important information regarding traveling to Canada for your studies at Northern.
Campus Hours of Operations and Closures
Contacting a Faculty Member or Your Coordinator
Do you need to see your faculty member (professor or instructor) or coordinator? Please email them to schedule an appointment before coming to campus.
Kirkland Lake Campus
Current hours of operation are Monday – Friday 7:30 am to 6 pm, closed on weekends. The Front Entrance is open with pre-screening protocols in place.
Cafeteria will reopen on September 7, 2021.
Reception and Student Services is available by appointment only.
The Learning Resource Centre (Library) hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Gym and Weight Room are closed until further notice.
The current hours of operation are Mon – Fri 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, closed on weekends. The West Entrance (Door #7) is open entrance with pre-screening protocols in place.
Cafeteria will reopen on September 8, 2021.
Reception and Student Services are open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The Learning Resource Centre (Library) is open Tuesdays 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Thursdays 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. (https://libguides.northernc.on.ca/home).
Gym and Weight Room are closed until further notice.
Current hours of operation are Mon-Fri 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, closed on weekends. East and west end entrances are open with pre-screening protocols in place.
Cafeteria will reopen on September 8, 2021.
Reception and Student Services are now 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The Learning Resource Center (Library) is open Tues – Thurs: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM and closed for lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM daily (https://libguides.northernc.on.ca/home).
The Wellness Centre is closed until further notice.
Student Services, including tutoring, Accessibility Services, Student Academic Success Services, Financial Aid Services and more, are still available. However, many have moved to online, email or telephone assistance to practice physical distancing.
Please contact the respective departments for assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
By all means, accept your offer, we are here to assure you get the education you want/need. Much of our material will be online this fall to allow safe delivery of programs. We will be ready to serve you, while maintaining social distancing and appropriate protocols. If any plans change for your program, we will contact you as soon as the change happens. All changes at Northern are always for the better!
We are so happy to have you! We have a plan in place for each program and how it will be delivered this fall. In some cases, the program plan has been reorganized, this will not affect what you learn, simply when you will learn it. We will have a communication out to each student in each program detailing what the fall semester will look like. Look for this communication mid-August. Your myNorthern portal is the best source of up to date information.
For international students, please pay your tuition fee by the due date on your offer letter and upload your visa approval through International OCAS (where you submit your application) to reserve your seat. Any delay in uploading your study visa at the international OCAS portal may cause a loss of your seat.
The College is a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) organization and practices a considerable amount of online and hybrid learning contributing to ideal skill sets upon graduation. For the Fall of 2020, the College has shifted to nearly all online program delivery so that students can study from home. If you are uncomfortable with learning online, please talk to a Program Coordinator and Student Advisor with the College about any issues, strategies for success and ‘best practice’ techniques to help you succeed. If you decide to withdraw from a program, you may not be able to get your deposit money back as we have saved a seat for you and have planned for you to study with us for this term. Studying in your program at a later date (deferrals) are limited but may sometimes be granted. Please ask your Student Advisor for more information to further support you.
Northern College is following the directions of our public health agencies and the Ministry’s directives. We have established safe distances and have protocols posted to help guide people who use our facilities, to do so safely. The health and safety of our students and our staff are important and we will not take risks. Look for further updates on this page as to the safety measures in place, as we phase in reopening of our campuses
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Northern College was already a world leader in college online learning, winning national and international awards for our online practices and receiving accreditation accolades. Northern support staff and faculty will be so happy to help and support you anyway we can, while you choose to study remotely.
Faculty members will be linked to you through technology, the information you study will be current, and resources will be linked to our learning platforms. Where possible, live simulations and interactive web streamed classes will be used. In addition, these are recorded so you can view them later on, if necessary.
Assignments will be designed to be completed on your own. All our student services and supports will continue to be offered online, and we are introducing more resources to support mental health and wellbeing. You can study from your home community.
International students must have a valid study permit in order to start the online courses.
We have plans for hands-on parts of every program. These plans are specially designed to meet each program need. Our faculty will explain how this will work for your program. It may mean that you do more hands on components later in the semester, or have more workspace, or see more frequent equipment cleaning than usual. It could mean you will be involved in simulation activities or other innovative ways our faculty have identified to have you meet the learning outcomes you need to meet.
We are very happy to have you join us, and urge you to come and start your program in Canada as planned. There may be travel advisories from your home country as well as travel advisories/restrictions for international travelers to Canada.
Please find the most up-to date policies for traveling to Canada for your studies with us at https://www.northernc.on.ca/message-international.
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For international students, Northern College follows all guidelines and rules from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They have recently ruled that international students can begin their studies online in their home countries. You do not have to travel to Canada.To begin your studies online in your home countries, you will still need a valid visa and have your fees paid.
IRCC states: ”If your in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program won’t be affected. This includes students who have a study permit or who have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in May or June but who are unable to travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions. International students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50% of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.”
International students with any questions or concerns are to contact Northern College’s International Manager, Edna Zhang, email@example.com
Residence will be open with social-distancing measures and mandatory vaccination in place.
In the event that Residence must close, as it did in March 2020, unused time in residence shall be fully refunded.
School boards have assured the college that all final grades will be sent to our Admissions Office at the end of June, the same timeline as per usual.
All students will be presented with a graded mark in assisting Admissions with their assessment, no submissions of Pass or Fail will be sent by the school boards. School Boards have also assured the college that marks as of the time students’ studies changed to remote study at home would not be lower than the mark at that time, however, those marks could still increase with students doing their required assignments till the end of the school year.
For International students: The college can consider conditional offer letters to you and process the applications in a case by case situation. Please submit your application through OCAS – International as soon as possible to ensure we will have enough time to process your application, you will have a reserved seat and you will get your study permit in time.
The provincial government is expanding the amounts available to qualifying applicants.
- Suspended all face-to-face classes except in cases with essential on-site delivery. Transitioned to remote learning.
- Enacting academic contingency plans, effective immediately.
- Closed campuses to all visitors
- Increased the number of hygiene stations at all college entrances and common areas on campus.
- Implemented an awareness campaign to encourage our community to make hygiene and preventative behaviours a priority.
- Enhanced cleaning protocols across all campus locations.
- Restricted out-of-country travel for students and employees on college business.
- Established a COVID-19 Response Team that meets daily to pre-plan prevention initiatives and monitor local, national and international developments. All food that is self-serve and open to handling, such as coffee, tea and soup has been moved to behind the service counter for safer food handling practices.
- All scheduled events and community gatherings are cancelled to ensure the continued safety of the Northern College community, including, the Spring Craft Show, Holi, Open House, Annual Northern College Powwow and all classes and events hosted by Northern’s Training Division and Academic Upgrading and Continuing Education.
- Social Distancing Message for Students
- Northern College Continues to Provide Support to Those Impacted by Covid-19
- Message to Students from President & CEO Dr. Audrey J. Penner
- Northern College to Suspend Normal Operations as Covid-19 Situation Unfolds
- Government of Ontario
- Travel Advice
- Prevention and Risks
- Canada Travel Advisory
- Ministry of Health
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
Resources for College Employees
Out-of-Country Coverage Due to COVID-19
Northern College Admissions