Covid-19 updates archive
UPDATE: May 4, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
COVID-19 be prepared factsheet is available in multiple languages for international students
International students coming to Canada can find out how to plan ahead and be prepared for their mandatory 14 day quarantine once they arrive.
The following resource is available in multiple languages: Be prepared for COVID-19 (factsheet)
UPDATE: April 24, 2020, 9:05 a.m.
Additional details regarding Federal Government Student Funding Increases for Fall/Winter 2020-21
Future students considering an MITT program in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 will have access to significant increases in grants and bursaries through the federal and provincial student loan program, as well as increases to the weekly amount of loan funding provided.
On April 22, the Government of Canada announced increased support to the Canada Student Loan program, including:
- Doubling the Canada Student Grants (CSG) for the 2020-21 school year. The CSG for full-time students is now up to $6,000 and the CSG for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents will also be doubled.
This funding is not a loan – you will not need to repay any of the Canada Student Grants!
- The expected student and spousal contributions in 2020-21 have been removed which increases eligibility for financial assistance. This is in recognition that many students and their families may not have been able to save for school in 2020-21 due to COVID-19.
- Increasing the maximum weekly loan amount for the 2020-21 school year from $210 a week to $350 a week.
Future MITT students considering a Fall/Winter program or students who have already applied to MITT are encouraged to research and strongly consider applying for a government student loan to access these grants and bursaries.
Learn more about student loans and funding your studies at MITT by contacting one of our recruitment specialists or student advisors. We are here to help guide you through all of your options.
Contact a recruitment specialist at email@example.com or 204 989 7376
Contact a student advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org 204 989 6512.
UPDATE: April 23, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Enhancing Student Financial Assistance for Fall 2020
Due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, students may be unable to secure and retain summer employment, and save for school in the fall. As a result, many students are worried about their ability to manage tuition fees and the cost of books for the next school year.
To address additional financial needs of students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has proposed changes to the Canada Student Loan Program’s eligibility requirements in 2020-21 to allow more students to qualify for supports and be eligible for greater amounts, including doubling the non-repayable Canada Student Grants for full and part time students, as well as for students with disabilities and students with dependents, in the coming academic year.
These measures are expected to expand the reach of the program and benefit more than 760,000 students at an estimated cost of approximately $1.9 billion over two years starting in 2020-21.
By announcing this now, the government is providing more financial certainty for students preparing to enter or continue their post-secondary education this fall. The Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) is delivered in collaboration with 10 participating jurisdictions. Students in Quebec, Northwest Territories and Nunavut do not receive CSLP support as these jurisdictions run their own student financial assistance programs. Additional compensation will be offered to provinces and territories that do not participate in the CSLP.
Click here to earn more about student finances and funding at MITT or speak to one of our student advisors.
UPDATE: April 22, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
International students working in essential services may work more than 20 hours per week
To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, the government has changed the rule temporarily: international students are allowed to work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.
UPDATE: April 21, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
If you travel by air, bring and wear your own masks before boarding
As of April 20, 2020, Transport Canada announced all air passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. Masks and covering not to be provided at the airport, and without one, you will be denied boarding.
UPDATE: April 8, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Online learning and PGWP eligibility
International 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 due to travel restrictions 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. Eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program won’t be affected.
Visit this IRCC website for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/visitors-foreign-workers-students.html#restrictions-students
UPDATE: April 3, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit for international students
International students may be eligible to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) if they meet the following eligibility requirements.
- Must reside in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number;
- Have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job;
- Had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application;
- Are or expect to be without employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. Expect to have no employment income for subsequent benefit periods.
The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Applications will be accepted from April 6. Visit this link for detailed information: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
UPDATE: MARCH 27, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
IRCC updates relevant to international students as of March 26, 2020
Some international students who haven’t yet landed are now able to enter Canada. The travel restriction exemptions that were announced are now in place. If you’re exempt, you can now travel to Canada.
International students can self-identify to airlines at the point of boarding that they are exempt under this provision by presenting:
- A valid study permit, or,
- A letter of introduction from IRCC dated on or before March 18, 2020.
Detailed information can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html
UPDATE: MARCH 26, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
Important: Spring 2020 program update from the Registrar’s Office.
UPDATE: MARCH 23, 2020, 2:20 p.m.
Visa and immigration advice for international students
MITT's Immigration Services Advisor is available online for individual meetings and weekly webinars.
UPDATE: MARCH 20, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Access to MITT services during class suspension/campus closure to public
To support our students continued academic success many of our student resources are still available.
Quick access to help and support remains available. Please contact a student advisor or counsellor by phone or email:
204 989 6512 or email@example.com.
Winter 2020 Bursary application deadline extended to Friday April 3, 2020.
As applications cannot be dropped off in person at any campuses at this time, please submit as follows:
Send a scan or cell phone picture of completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
MITT Student Services
130 Henlow Bay
For more information, click here.
Career Development Services
Career Development Services continues to offer one-on-one career supports to students and is transitioning its MITT Work Skills Series workshops to an online delivery (details will follow).
Please send general inquiries to email@example.com.
If you are already working with a team member, please contact them directly
David Driver: firstname.lastname@example.org
Romalie Manalang: email@example.com
Celia Vielfaure: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application processing is ongoing, but you may experience a delay in communication due to an increased volume of inquires. Check the status of your application by logging into the portal:
Tuition and payment
Future students (not yet started classes)
For a statement of accounts showing payments you have already made to MITT, please email email@example.com.
Current students (already studying at MITT)
Visit program pages for latest information on upcoming availability, admission requirements, etc.
Submission of documents
MITT’s offices are currently closed and mail service to MITT has been temporarily suspended. Any mail that is delivered during our closure will be addressed when our offices re-open.
In the interim, applications will be processed using scanned documents uploaded at the time of application (original documents must still be provided and verified prior to the start of classes). Any supplemental documentation requested can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Documents requests (return of original documents, official transcripts, confirmation of enrolment/completion letters, grad packages etc.)
As MITT is currently closed, students are unable to pickup documents from any of our campus locations. Where required, documents will be mailed out to students. Please note that there may be a delay of five to 10 business days over our normal processing times.
English Language Institute (ELI) Final Reports can be requested by emailing email@example.com.
T2202 Forms can be accessed by logging in to your MITT student portal.
Graduation packages for students who completed their programs between October 2019 to February 2020 are being prepared for distribution by mail, to Canadian addresses only. Please update your address using the Student Portal by March 23 to ensure accurate delivery. Where no Canadian address is available, the package will be retained at MITT for pick up or delivery at a later date. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please check back for updates regarding graduation packages for students completing in the near future.
If you have been admitted to a future intake and wish to defer or cancel your admission, please email email@example.com.
Post-secondary peggo cards
Please call (204 989 6500) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding your lost, stolen, or defective post-secondary peggo card.
Please indicate what specific issue you are experiencing with your post-secondary peggo card and provide/have ready the following information:
10 digit peggo card serial number (it starts with “60” no spaces)
Information about any existing product on your peggo card
Copies of any receipts related to your peggo card.
Once we have this information, we will contact you with further instructions on getting a replacement peggo card.
Locker services will be suspended until classes resume.
Having difficulty accessing your application portal? Email email@example.com.
Current student having difficulty accessing your student portal? Submit a Student Portal Help Request, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reputable information sources
Please continue to consult reliable information sources for updates on COVID-19:
UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
News and Updates on COVID-19 from MITT’s Registrar’s Office
Follow important updates from the Registrar’s Office.
IMPORTANT REMINDER TO STUDENTS RE: UPDATED EMAIL ADDRESS/HOW TO STAY INFORMED
Please ensure that you have a current, updated email address in the student portal. COVID-19 (coronavirus) planning and information will be communicated to you this way.
Please visit this page regularly for updates and watch your email for information from your instructor about course delivery; please note delivery plans could be subject to change with minimal notice.
IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING TRAVEL
The Government of Canada is advising:
- All Canadians avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice
- That many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines.
- That new restrictions may be imposed with little warning.
- That your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada.
Manitoba Health advises “All Manitobans . . . are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel.”
MITT has suspended all non-essential out of province travel. If you are considering any travel for personal reasons, please consider the warnings issued by our governments. For travel advisories, please visit, www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
In addition, MITT staff please view this important information from Manitoba Blue Cross about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the impact on travel medical coverage. If you are out of the country, and do not have valid health insurance with due to COVID-19 being a known risk or being stranded outside Canada for a prolonged period, you could face serious personal and financial risk.
If you have been traveling, please follow the guidelines from the Province of Manitoba. As of March 15, 2020, “all international travelers should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.” This includes travel from the United States. If you have travelled and have returned to Canada from any other country since March 1 (14 days ago) please self-isolate – phone Health Links and advise People Services. International travelers who have developed cold or flu like symptoms within 14 days of returning to Canada should call Health Links at 204 788 8200 or 1 888 315 9257 for advice on accessing the health system (getting tested). Directions change quickly, please refer to:
IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19 RELATED SCAMS
According to the Province of Manitoba: “There have been reports of multiple phishing scams related to COVID-19. Many are asking people for credit card information to provide medication following a positive test results. This is not a call that Manitobans would receive from public health officials. Manitobans are advised to not provide any financial data, hang up on the call and to report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at (toll-free) 1 888 495 8501.”
IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Various telecoms in Canada are taking measures to support the heightened demand on internet and wireless networks from COVID-19 related situations (e.g. remote work/work from home arrangements).
Below, for your convenience, are links to information various major providers in Manitoba are taking in response to COVID-19.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update from Ray Karasevich, President and CEO
March 14, 2020
Dear staff and students,
MITT is concerned about your health and safety and is taking measures to protect you while minimizing the disruption to student studies.
Yesterday, Manitoba’s Department of Education mandated a suspension of classes for all K-12 students from March 23 to April 10 inclusive, with classes expected to return on April 13. Unless you hear otherwise from MITT leadership, you can anticipate this will apply to all MITT classes whether they have secondary (high school) students or not.
Starting immediately, students are advised to please monitor their email and ensure MITT has an updated email address for you, as your instructor may provide assignments to be completed at home in an effort to ensure your continued progress toward program completion. Students’ academic success continues to be a priority through this difficult time.
Per the mandate from the Minister of Education, classes will continue the week of March 16 to March 20 and MITT will begin implementing social distancing protocol for all learning and common spaces during this period and also after classes resume in April.
Please observe the following:
COVID-19 symptoms? STAY HOME
If you have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus we ask that you do not come to school or work at MITT. If you are ill, please notify the college (as per normal absence procedures) of your absence. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (in severe cases). Students are required to work with their instructor to ensure plans are made to keep their coursework on track in the event of self-isolation or illness.
If you suspect you have COVID-19
Contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204 788 8200 or toll-free 1 888 315 9257 to determine if you should seek medical treatment.
In the case of suspected or confirmed COVID-19
Neither staff or students will require a physician’s note for an absence due to illness/self-isolation. We have suspended the current policy at this time and will operate on the assumption that all staff and students will observe this policy suspension in good faith.
In addition to the policy suspensions, we are implementing the following measures:
- All non-essential visitors to MITT campuses are asked to reschedule their visits for a later time.
- All campus events scheduled through until the end of April have been cancelled or postponed.
- Cleaning supplies will be made available, as available, for those wishing to wipe down their own desk, computers or devices.
- Staff who have increased duties in caretaking services will be provided with increased personal protection equipment due to increase exposure to disinfectants (e.g., masks and gloves).
- There will be no non-essential MITT-directed travel until the end of June, 2020. If you have travel planned, please speak with your instructor, manager, or coordinator immediately.
According to the Province of Manitoba, travel advisories include:
Self-isolation is recommended for the following groups for 14 days after departing the area, or since their last known contact or exposure:
- Travelers returning from the province of Hubei
- Travelers returning from Iran
- Travelers returning from Italy
- Contacts of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
- Laboratory workers exposed during work
- Self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 is recommended for the following groups for 14 days after return to Manitoba, or since their last known contact or exposure:
All returning international travelers (including those returning from the USA)
o Close contacts (within 2 metres/6 feet) of individuals with flu-like symptoms who have traveled internationally within 14 days prior to becoming sick
o International travelers who develop cold or flu-like symptoms within 14 days of returning to Manitoba should contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257 to determine if testing for COVID-19 should be considered. In cases where testing is not recommended, they should stay home (self-isolate) until they are well.
We encourage all staff and students to stay informed and seek information from trusted sources only. We will provide MITT-specific updates on COVID-19; I continue to recommend you look to the Province, the Government of Canada, or the World Health Organization for broader-scope updates and advice.
Staff and students, please follow best practices regarding hygiene, social distancing, self-isolating/self-monitoring as directed by Manitoba Health throughout your day; they have proven effective as counter-measures to the spread of COVID-19.
MITT has initiated increased cleaning measures and will continue to do so through the suspension of classes. Once in-person classes resume, staff and student can expect enhanced social distancing practices and continued increased cleaning protocols.
We will continue to provide you as much information as possible and follow the recommendations we receive from Manitoba Health and the Departments of Education/Economic Development and Training and we will provide information about where you can direct your inquiries, by email.
While the information we are providing is related to your role with MITT, we encourage you to implement similar practices elsewhere.
Finally, we would like to remind staff and students that supports are available through MITT during this time. Students are invited to talk to Student Services if they are feeling any increased anxiety and staff are advised to contact People Services or access EAP supports.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate what is a unique and challenging situation for us all.
Ray Karasevich, President and CEO
Contact us today and we will be more than happy to help you with any questions or concerns you have.