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Return to Campus - FAQs

**Updated as of November 18 2021 at 4:15 p.m.** 

UofGH Specific Vaccination Questions

Does UofGH require proof of vaccination for staff or students to attend campus?

Yes, students, staff, instructors, contractors and visitors coming to the University or Humber College's campuses or facilities will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. For the remainder of the fall term, students may continue to access campus with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to coming to campus. This proof should be uploaded to the Humber Guardian App. Proof shown on any other app will not be accepted.

What will be different in the winter 2022 term is that only those who are fully vaccinated or those who have an approved medical or human rights exemption and proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be able to access campus. Students who are unvaccinated will not be able to access campus with a negative COVID-19 test. Humber will only offer on-site testing free of charge to students, staff and instructors who have an approved exemption.

Those who are not partially or fully vaccinated will be required to begin an application for exemption. Here is information about the exemption process for students.

Step-by-step instructions for uploading COVID-19 documentation is also available. The process will ensure that any personal health information submitted will be secure and confidential. 

When does UofGH's vaccination policy take effect?

The policy is in effect as of the first day of the fall term, September 7, 2021.

How long is the vaccination policy in effect?

UofGH's and Humber's vaccination policy remains in effect and supports previously announced requirements for varsity athletes, students living in residence and those involved with programs with specific work-integrated learning requirements.

How do I submit my Return to Campus acknowledgement?

UofGH staff, students and instructors should have received and returned the signed Return to Campus acknowledgement form. If you did not receive the acknowledgement form or need to update your form, please email studentdeclaration@humber.ca.

Do I have to sign the Return to Campus Acknowledgement Form if all my classes are online?

Yes. All staff, instructors and students are required to sign the form and declare their vaccination status.

What do I do if I haven’t received the Return to Campus Acknowledgement Form via Docusign?

Staff or instructors who haven't received their declaration form should contact the HR Support Centre at:

Students who have indicated they did not receive the initial declaration form can email studentdeclaration@humber.ca with their preferred email address and first/last name.

How will the University enforce this requirement? 

The University reserves the right to take action with respect to any individual who submits false information regarding their proof of vaccination and/or testing status.

When will I need to provide proof of vaccination?

Staff, instructors, students or visitors to the University or Humber's campuses and facilities are required to be fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours. This proof should be uploaded to the Humber Guardian app for review and approval. This Proof shown on any other app will not be accepted.

Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be an official receipt/document which includes the name of place that conducted the test; the name of the person who took the test; the date and time it was taken; and the result.

The process will be designed to ensure that any personal health information submitted to the college will be secure and confidential.

Everyone coming to campus must continue to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment, which now includes a question about vaccination status/negative test results. You will need to show the results of your screening to access UofGH and Humber facilities.

What is a valid proof of vaccination?

A valid proof of vaccination includes:  

  • Receipt from issuing vaccination clinic or pharmacy  

  • An electric vaccine receipt issued by the government of Ontario or another province  

  • A record of each dose of your vaccination, such a receipt or card 

The name of the vaccine and number of doses must correspond to the information below. People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose in a two-dose series, or one dose from Janssen. This proof should be uploaded to the Humber Guardian App. Proof shown on any other app will not be accepted.  

Only the following COVID-19 vaccine proof are accepted:

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer) (2 doses)

  • SpikeVax (Moderna) (2 doses)

  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD) (2 doses)

  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson (1 dose)

  • Sinopharm (2)

  • Sinovac (2)

What does fully vaccinated mean? What vaccines are approved?

The provincial government defines people as fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series.

To be considered fully vaccinated, an individual must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada. For those who received their vaccinations in Canada, the approved vaccines are manufactured by: 

  • Comirnaty (Pfizer) (2 doses)
  • SpikeVax (Moderna) (2 doses)
  • Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD) (2 doses)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) (1 dose )                                                                   

UofGH is also accepting COVID-19 vaccinations that are approved by the World Health Organization.

For International students, the Government of Canada has issued guidance for individuals vaccinated outside of Canada that can be found here.

How do I get a vaccine?

Members of the Humber/UofGH community are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by public health. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Eligible residents can book an appointment at immunization clinics in Toronto using the province’s vaccination registration system or by calling the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). Find a clinic location.

Who is required to show proof of vaccination?

All UofGH community members or visitors who wish to access the UofGH building and/or the Humber campus or facility, including staff, instructors, visitors, and students, must provide proof of vaccination. Step-by-step instructions for uploading proof to the Humber Guardian app are available. This proof should be uploaded to the Humber Guardian App. Proof shown on any other app will not be accepted.

How do I find proof of my vaccination?

In Ontario, you can download your vaccination receipt from the province's COVID-19 website.

In other provinces and countries, please check with your local health authorities for more information.

If I have already provided proof to Humber (e.g., for residence or varsity athletes), do I need to do this again?

Yes, students who have already submitted their proof of vaccination for residence or varsity athletics requirements will still need to complete the Return to Campus Acknowledgement. Step-by-step instructions for uploading COVID-19 Documentation to the Humber Guardian app is available here.

How will community members share their proof of vaccination?

Beginning on September 20, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior can be uploaded to the Humber Guardian app for review and there are step-by-step instructions available. This proof should be uploaded to the Humber Guardian App. Proof shown on any other app will not be accepted. This process is designed to ensure that any personal health information submitted will be secure and confidential.

How will my vaccine information be safeguarded?

Health information will be secure and will be kept confidential. We will share more information about the steps we will be taking to safeguard any personal information provided to UofGH and the College as part of the implementation of the new vaccine policy. Aggregate data may be used to provide information on overall trends.

The technology that we are using to support covid vaccination status has gone through our process for review related to both information security and privacy. This includes the review of the technology's overall security posture, as well as a detailed review of their security practices.

These systems have also gone through our contract review process which ensures that our user's data is appropriately protected when being collected and stored. Our policies and processes ensure that we store the required data in a secure way and ensure that access to this data is restricted to the appropriate individuals through segregation of duties and system access controls.

Will managers or instructors have access to individual vaccination declarations or records?

No, individual health information will remain private and confidential.

Will there be exemptions to this policy? When can I submit my exemption request?

Staff, students and instructors will have the option of requesting an exemption. The Vaccination Status Declaration form was sent via email to staff, instructors and students in August 2021. Individuals who are requesting an exemption will have started to receive information regarding how to apply for an exemption beginning the week of September 13.

Once exemption forms are received, they will be considered for accommodation requests based on medical or human rights exemption. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

The University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College will work with exempted individuals to find a reasonable and appropriate approach to accommodation. This may include alternative health and safety requirements, like regular rapid testing or a transition to remote learning or work, where possible.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior is required during the exemption process and if your exemption request is approved. Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be an official receipt/document which includes the name of place that conducted the test; the name of the person who took the test; the date and time it was taken; and the result.

If the exemption forms were issued the week of September 13, are there any changes to the dates for withdrawal from classes/a program?

Students have until the last day of classes to withdraw without Academic Penalty. Students may be eligible for 100% refund of Tuition and Fees if completed prior to September 16, 2021.  Please note that Tuition and Fees are dependent upon academic course loads and withdrawal from courses may impact OSAP eligibility. Students who have extenuating circumstances and are unable to withdraw prior to September 16 2021 may petition for refunds.

I was scheduled to learn on campus, but I would like to transfer to online as a result of the vaccination policy. What can I do?

You will be required to complete an exemption request for consideration. Exemption forms were sent the week of September 13.

The university will attempt to accommodate students with approved exemptions, however academic requirements may prohibit changes after the last day to add Fall 2021 course(s). Students are encouraged to speak with their Academic Advisor for further info.

Does my vaccination/exemption status have any impact on my upcoming work-integrated learning placement?

Humber’s vaccination policy applies to Humber and UofGH campuses and locations. Placement locations may have their own vaccination requirements or policies. An approved exemption to attend UofGH and Humber locations does not constitute an approved exemption for placement locations. Students who are not fully vaccinated will need to contact the placement offices to discuss implications to their placements.

If I am fully vaccinated, do I need to adhere to other safety measures, such as wearing a mask?

Yes, everyone must adhere to all existing public health measures and UofGH and Humber health and safety protocols, including current requirements to wear a mask indoors and physical distancing, as applicable.

If I am fully vaccinated and I’m not feeling well, can I still come to campus?

No. Even if you are fully vaccinated, if you are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Prior to each time you come to campus you must Daily Check-In using the Humber Guardian App (Apple Store, Google Play Store). This check-in is based on the provincial COVID screening.

Will I still need to complete a self-assessment before coming to campus if I show proof of vaccination?

Yes, before attending campus each day, students, staff, instructors and visitors must complete a Daily Check-In using the Humber Guardian App (Apple Store, Google Play Store). This screening is based on the provincial list of COVID-19 symptoms. 

What if I am working from home online during the fall term and have no reason to come to campus?

Even if you are working remotely, you are required to complete the Return to Campus acknowledgment. It's important to keep in mind that at any point during the semester, an employee could be assigned to work on campus. Individuals may also want to visit a facility or access in-person services on campus.

This policy is in effect as of September 7, 2021, and will remain in place until further notice. Alongside its partners, the University will update and review the vaccination policy and any related protocols as needed.

What if I have all my classes online during the fall term and have no reason to come to campus?

Even if you are learning remotely, you are required to complete the Vaccination Status and Return to Campus acknowledgment form and a follow-up form confirming that you will not be on campus for the fall term. Students in this situation should ensure they are aware of vaccination policy requirements in the event that they need to visit a facility or access in-person services, such as a library, athletics facilities, academic advising, etc. 

This policy is in effect as of September 7, 2021, and will remain in place until further notice. Alongside its partners, the University will update and review the vaccination policy and any related protocols as needed.

What if I am coming to campus to use the library, gym or any other campus facility?

All UofGH community members or visitors who wish to access the UofGH building and/or a Humber campus or facility are subject to the vaccination policy and will need to provide proof of vaccination or an exemption with negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours prior. This includes facilities such as the library and gyms. Staff and students need to book an appointment to use the fitness centre and be informed that they will require proof of vaccination to access the facility.

Will Humber's fitness centres require proof of vaccination?

Proof of vaccination will be required to use the fitness centres starting Tuesday, September 7.

Staff and students need to book an appointment to use the fitness centres and be informed that they will require proof of vaccination to access the facility. This proof should be uploaded to the Humber Guardian App. Proof shown on any other app will not be accepted.

Humber Fitness Reservation

Will masks continue to be mandatory on campus as more people get vaccinated?

Health and safety measures including physical distancing where applicable, masks and hand hygiene will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Once you have received both doses of the vaccine, you may still contract COVID-19, but the risk of serious illness or death is greatly reduced. However, you may still contract the virus and pass it to others. Ongoing mask requirements will help minimize this.

I heard some people talking about vaccinations at work/school and I felt uncomfortable. What can I do?

The choice to get a vaccine is personal and may be based on a range of factors including medical, religious or other. As always, staff and students are asked to treat their peers with respect, including understanding the private nature of health-related decisions.

When and where do I need to get tested for COVID-19? How often? Are the tests going to be free?

If you are unvaccinated, you will need to get a Rapid Antigen Test no more than 72 hours before each time you are scheduled to be on campus. The 72 hours begin at the time of the test.

UofGH and Humber provide Rapid Antigen Testing onsite. Students, instructors and staff will be able to access testing at this site free of charge and can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/

To find other locations near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

What type of COVID-19 testing should I be doing in order to comply with the vaccination policy?

Rapid Antigen Testing is recommended.

UofGH and Humber provide Rapid Antigen Testing onsite. Students, instructors and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Testing can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/

To find other location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

Why are fully vaccinated people not required to provide a negative COVID test when they can still get infected?

The on-site rapid antigen testing service is intended to facilitate testing for individuals who are not fully vaccinated to come onto campus. UofGH and Humber are following the guidelines in place by the Ministry of Health that state that rapid antigen screening tests are not designed for those who are fully vaccinated. The antigen screening is only for individuals who have not received any dose, only have one dose or are within the 14 days of their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Who decided vaccination should be mandatory at UofGH?

On August 16, 2021, UofGH provided an update on the health and safety measures planned for the Fall 2021 term, including that  indoor masking requirements, and phsyical distancing where applicable, will continue to be in place across our campus and facilities.

Following the August 17 provincial announcement, the executive team approved the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccination policy for students, staff, instructors and visitors to the college’s campuses or facilities.

Under what authority are COVID-19 vaccination policies required at post-secondary education (PSE) institutions?

On August 17, 2021 the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 vaccination policies would be mandatory in a number of high-risk settings, including post-secondary institutions. Following that announcement the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health issued specific instructions that directed colleges and universities to establish, implement and ensure compliance with a COVID-19 vaccination policy. These instructions required all public assisted Ontario post-secondary institutions, with the exception of Indigenous Institutes, to have mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies in place effective September 7, 2021.

It is the University’s top priority to protect the health and safety of our community and the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber’s vaccination policy supports this priority. It is designed to meet the requirements outlined by government and is made in accordance with Ontario Regulation 364/20.

We were informed of this requirement by government in mid-August and communicated that immediately to our community.

How do I know who’s been vaccinated?

In general, you can’t know who has been vaccinated and who has not. That is private medical information.

What do/can I say to my student or colleague who is not vaccinated?

The choice to get a vaccine is personal and may be based on a range of factors including medical, religious or other. As always, staff, instructors and students are asked to treat their peers with respect, including understanding the private nature of health-related decisions.

What if I am not comfortable being on campus with people who are not vaccinated?

UofGH and Humber have a vaccination policy in place for all staff, students and visitors to UofGH and Humber campuses and facilities. Everyone on campus will need to be in compliance with this policy, by being fully vaccinated or by following protocols established through an exemption process, which includes producing proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from the last 72 hours. 

The choice to get a vaccine is personal and may be based on a range of factors including medical, religious or other. As always, staff, instructors and students are asked to treat their peers with respect, including understanding the private nature of health-related decisions and not asking about vaccination status.

Vaccinations are one of the health and safety measures that can help to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Other measures including continuing to ensure that everyone in class is physically distancing 2-metres (6 ft), wearing a mask (and face shield in some classes), and frequently washing or sanitizing hands are also important. Students may wish to discuss their concerns with their Academic Advisor and staff may wish to discuss their concerns with their manager.

Where do students/employees go for more information?

Students who have indicated they did not receive the initial declaration form can email studentdeclaration@humber.ca with their student number, preferred email address and first/last name.


Students should only email covidreporting@humber.ca if think they may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.


Students with questions about the exemption process should contact studentexemptions@humber.ca.


Students with general questions about the vaccination policy can contact covidinfo@humber.ca.


Staff and instructors are to speak with their manager or contact the HR Support Centre.

Students should only email covidreporting@humber.ca if think they may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

What if I read the vaccination policy and FAQs and still have questions?

Students with general questions about the vaccination policy should contact covidinfo@humber.ca.

Staff and instructors with questions about the vaccination policy should contract their manager or Program Head.

Vaccine Policy Exemptions

Will there be exemptions to this policy? When can I submit my exemption request?

Staff, students and instructors will have the option of requesting an exemption. The Vaccination Status Declaration form was sent via email to staff, instructors and students in August 2021. Individuals who are requesting an exemption will have started to receive information regarding how to apply for an exemption beginning the week of September 13.

Once exemption forms are received, they will be considered for accommodation requests based on medical or human rights exemption. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

The University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College will work with exempted individuals to find a reasonable and appropriate approach to accommodation. This may include alternative health and safety requirements, like regular rapid testing or a transition to remote learning or work, where possible.

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior is required during the exemption process and if your exemption request is approved. Acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be an official receipt/document which includes the name of place that conducted the test; the name of the person who took the test; the date and time it was taken; and the result.

If I submit an exemption request, how long will the process take?

The University of Guelph-Humber and Humber will endeavour to review all exemption requests in a timely manner.

I am an employee and I have requested an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. What must I do until the exemption is reviewed?

While a decision regarding an exemption is pending and has not yet been finalized, if you are assigned or required to work on campus, you will need to obtain proof of a current (no more than 72 hours prior) negative COVID-19 test result.

UofGH and Humber provide Rapid Antigen Testing onsite. Students, instructors and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Testing can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/.

Alternatively, to find a location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

You will need to show the result of your screening to access campus facilities. Beginning on September 20, you will be able to upload your results to the Humber Guardian app for review.

I am a student and I have requested an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. What must I do until the exemption is reviewed?

While a decision regarding an exemption is pending and has not yet been finalized, if you are assigned or required to work on campus, you will need to obtain proof of a current (no more than 72 hours prior) negative COVID-19 test result.

UofGH and Humber provide Rapid Antigen Testing onsite. Students, instructors and staff will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Testing can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/.

Alternatively, to find a location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations.

You will need to show the result of your screening to access campus facilities. Beginning on September 20, you will be able to upload your results to the Humber Guardian app for review.

Where can I find information regarding exemptions?

Beginning the week of September 13, students and employees who selected option (c) I seek exemption from the vaccination requirement in their Declaration of COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Acknowledgement of Return to Campus Conditions for Fall 2021 will begin to receive information in their inbox regarding how to apply for a vaccine exemption.

Students can find information and the required forms on the Exemption Process page.

What if I have questions about the exemption process?

Students with questions about the exemption process should contact studentexemptions@humber.ca. Students should only email covidreporting@humber.ca if think they may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Staff and instructors with questions about the exemption process should contract their manager or Program Head. 

Rapid Antigen Testing on Campus

Is Rapid Antigen Testing available on campus?

Yes. UofGH and Humber provide Rapid Antigen Testing onsite. Students, staff and instructors will be able to access testing at these sites free of charge. Testing can be booked online at book.appointment-plus.com/d61n19dc/.

In the winter 2022 term, UofGH and Humber will only offer on-site testing free of charge to students, instructors and staff who have an approved exemption.

To find other location near you, visit: covid-19.ontario.ca/assessment-centre-locations

When and where can I get a Rapid Antigen test on Campus?

Testing is offered as listed below.

North Campus:
Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation
205 Humber College Blvd., Etobicoke
Main Floor, Demonstration Room (CTI 108)
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m

Please note that in the winter 2022 term, UofGH and Humber will only offer on-site testing free of charge to students, instructors and staff who have an approved exemption. 

Do I have to pay for the on campus Rapid Antigen test?

Students, instructors and staff will be able to access testing at the on-campus testing site free of charge. In the winter 2022 term, UofGH and Humber will only offer on-site testing free of charge to students, instructors and staff who have an approved exemption.

How do I make an appointment for a Rapid Antigen test?

Appointments can be made by visiting the testing clinic scheduling site. Walk-ins will not be accepted and cannot be accommodated. Same day appointments may not be available, so please plan ahead and book an appointment within 72 hours of each time you need to be on campus.

Are walk-in appointments available?

Walk-ins will not be accepted and cannot be accommodated. Same day appointments may not be available, so please plan ahead and book an appointment within 72 hours of each time you need to be on campus. 

How do I access campus to complete my test?

Please enter campus at the designated location where testing will be taking place, as listed below. If your test is negative, you will be provided with a printed copy of your results. You will then be directly to exit the building and access campus through one of the designated screening locations/entry points.

On-site testing location:

Humber North Campus:
Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation
205 Humber College Blvd., Etobicoke
Main Floor, Demonstration Room (CTI 108)
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What do I need to bring to my Rapid Antigen test appointment?

Those with appointments will receive confirmation of date, time, and location beforehand. Anyone with an appointment should bring their personal identification and if a student, their student number and if a staff member their N number.

When do I find out the results if I get a Rapid Antigen test on campus? What if my result is positive?

The results of a Rapid Antigen test take approximately 15 minutes. If the result is positive, the staff member administering the testing will advise you on next steps and you will be instructed to leave campus. If the result is negative, you will be given a printed copy of your results.

What sort of COVID-19 test is acceptable/recommended?

A Rapid Antigen test is recommended for those providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter campus. Acceptable proof of a negative test must be an official receipt/document which includes:

  • the name of place that conducted the test;
  • the name of the person who took the test;
  • the date and time it was taken;
  • and the result.

Why are fully vaccinated people not required to provide a negative COVID test when they can still get infected?

The on-site rapid antigen testing service is intended to facilitate testing for individuals who are not fully vaccinated to come onto campus. UofGH and Humber are following the guidelines in place by the Ministry of Health that state that rapid antigen screening tests are not designed for those who are fully vaccinated. The antigen screening is only for individuals who have not received any dose, only have one dose or are within the 14 days of their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fall 2021

How will classes be delivered in the fall term?

UofGH will be providing both interactive online and in-person education in the Fall 2021 term. We expect to offer increased access to in-person services and on-campus interactions and activities provided that public health restrictions continue to be reduced. This will likely include opening areas such as libraries, study spaces and athletic facilities. We will also increase building, room or area-specific occupancy limits, as public health measures allow.

No matter whether your program is online or has a combination of online and in-person courses, you will have the opportunity to access campus facilities and services. And as always, we are committed to giving you the best experience possible inside and outside of the classroom.

Will masks continue to be mandatory on campus as more people get vaccinated?

Health and safety measures including physical distancing where applicable, masks and hand hygiene will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Once you have received both doses of the vaccine, you may still contract COVID-19, but the risk of serious illness or death is greatly reduced. However, you may still contract the virus and pass it to others. Ongoing mask requirements will help minimize this.

How will my fall term work study/internship/placement work?

Work-Integrated-Learning remains an important part of our program delivery. Each program will determine how it is integrated into respective curriculum during the Fall term. This includes off-campus activity such as field and clinical placements. If you have questions about your work-integrated-learning, please contact your Career & Placement Coordinator.

When is the last day to drop courses for fall term?

The last day to drop a Fall 2021 12-week course without academic penalty is Tuesday, December 7 2021. Students in six-week courses should consult the schedule of dates.

How do I know how my program/courses will be delivered?

Closely following public health guidelines and government regulations, UofGH is planning for a mix of face-to-face and online learning options this fall. If public health and government regulations require, we will adapt our plans accordingly.

We expect to offer increased access to in-person services and on-campus interactions and activities provided that public health restrictions continue to be reduced. This likely will include opening areas such as libraries, study spaces and athletic facilities. We will also increase building, room or area-specific occupancy limits, as public health measures allow.

No matter whether your program is face-to-face or has a combination of online and in-person courses, you will have the opportunity to access campus facilities and services. And as always, we are committed to giving you the best experience possible inside and outside of the classroom.

If you have questions about your program, please contact your Academic Advisor.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about my program?

If you have questions about your program, please contact your Academic Advisor.

What if I don’t feel safe coming to campus?

The health and safety of the UofGH community remains our top priority. Our vaccination policy, as well as health and safety measures including physical distancing, and masking remain in place for the fall term. As we have throughout the Pandemic, we will continue to follow the guidance and direction of public health and government and will adapt our measures accordingly.

If you have program-specific concerns, please contact your Academic Advisor.

Will varsity athletic events be allowed?

Varsity events will resume in Fall 2021. Varsity student athletes will be required to be fully vaccinated to take part in practices, exhibitions, and league games at Humber College and University of Guelph.

For more information please visit: https://humberhawks.ca or http://gryphons.ca

Will I have to wear a mask in class?

Health and safety measures including wearing masks will be in place in the fall, in keeping with public health and government directives.

Will everyone have to stay six feet apart from each other?

Health and safety measures including physical distancing outside of the classroom and mask wearing indoors will be in place in the fall, in keeping with public health and government directives.

Will Campus student jobs be available?

We anticipate that there will be some student employment opportunities available. These may look different than in previous terms and will be dependent on evolving operational needs. Some positions are expected to be designed to allow for working remotely. Please visit ghworks for information on campus student jobs.

Will student events be permitted?

Decisions about large gatherings and events scheduled for September 2021 and beyond will be made on an individual basis.

If I decide not to attend in the fall, what are my options?

Please contact your Academic Advisor or Program Head for specific options and information about your program.

Please be aware that seats in a program cannot be guaranteed for newly admitted students who choose to defer their Fall 2021 start. Certain programs are highly competitive and admission to fill these programs is offered to the best qualified applicants by semester.

Will students be able to gather?

We are hopeful that there will be increased opportunities for on-campus activities in the winter term. Specifics will be shared as they become available.

If I am registered with Accessibility Services, can I still access accommodations for my class?

The Test Centre will provide support for students who require the reader scribe accommodation remotely for the fall until it is safe for us to reopen. Once reopened, we would be able to support all other accommodations within the Test Centres. All other classroom accommodations are to be supported by faculty in the remote environment.

Will the Test Centre be open?

Testing Services will be open by appointment only for Fall 2021 and will not be able to accommodate any walk ins.

Will there be a fee for parking in the Fall term?

Students can purchase a permit online through MyHumber starting Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. On-campus parking permits cost $293.25, inclusive of HST.

Please note that cash payments for daily parking at North Campus will no longer be accepted as of Monday, September 13, 2021. Accepted methods of payment include debit, credit, and contactless mobile wallets such as Apple Pay.

More information can be found here: humber.ca/parking.

Winter 2022 term parking permits will be sold separately and available in late November/early December. 

Winter 2022

How will classes and services be delivered in the winter 2022 semester?

As always, we are committed to giving you the best possible experience inside and outside of the classroom. We expect to offer more in-person services and increased opportunities for on-campus interactions and activities.  

We will continue to have online options available for some courses during the winter 2022 semester, which will be indicated in the Course Schedule to be published on Monday, October 18.                 

All in-person courses and on-campus activities will be run in accordance with our health and safety protocols in place at that time/

Our plans for the winter are based on some assumptions about the ongoing vaccine rollout, future public health directives and operational requirements. If these assumptions change, or if new or different protocols are put in place by public health, government officials, or UofGH and Humber, we will adapt our plans as necessary.

Will the Vaccine Policy be in place for the Winter Semester?

The University of Guelph-Humber and Humber Vaccination policy will also evolve for the winter 2022 term. Based on recent guidance from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, exemption requests will only be considered for medical reasons and based on a limited number of Human Rights grounds.

In order to access campus in winter 2022, students, staff and instructors will need to use the Humber Guardian app to: 

  • continue to complete a daily self-screening each time they come to campus; 
  • upload proof of vaccination OR for those with an approved medical or human rights exemption, proof of negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours prior to attending campus.  

What will be different in the winter 2022 semester is that students who are unvaccinated without an exemption will not be able to access campus with a negative COVID-19 test. Only those who are fully vaccinated or those who have an approved medical or human rights exemption and proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be able to access campus. 

UofGH and Humber will only offer on-site testing free of charge to students, staff and instructors who have an approved exemption. Information about how you can get the Humber Guardian app, upload your proof of vaccination or pursue an exemption can be found on the UofGH and Humber Vaccination Information page.   
Please note for the remainder of the fall 2021 semester, students will be able to access campus with proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to attending campus in order to ensure the continuation of studies.

What will be different in the winter semester?

In the Winter 2022 semester,  students who are unvaccinated without an exemption will not be able to access campus with a negative COVID-19 test. Only those who are fully vaccinated or those who have an approved medical or human rights exemption and proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be able to access campus. 

General Questions

What do I do if I have or think I have COVID-19?

If you are feeling unwell or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. Step-by-step instructions on what to do for specific COVID-19 related scenarios are available here.

Is the University of Guelph-Humber campus open?

The University of Guelph-Humber building and Humber North Campus are open, and online and in-person learning activities continue as scheduled.

Is the Humber Child Development Centre/daycare open?

The Humber North Campus Child Development Centre remains open with a limited capacity of 45 children.

Are Humber’s Community Employment offices operating?

All five Humber Community Employment Services Offices will continue to provide all resources and services by phone and internet until it is deemed safe to return to the community locations. Updates regarding online services are available here. When services resume at the locations this link will be updated. 

How will my work study/internship/placement be impacted?

Work-Integrated-Learning remains an important part of our program delivery. Each program will determine how it is integrated into respective curriculum during each term. This includes off-campus activity such as field and clinical placements. This includes off-campus activity such as field and clinical placements. If you have questions about your work-integrated-learning, please contact your Career & Placement Coordinator.

What if I don’t feel safe coming to campus?

The health and safety of the University of Guelph-Humber community remains our top priority. Details about the health and safety measures we have in place on campus can be found here.

If you have program-specific concerns, please contact your Academic Advisor.

What safety measures are in place on campus?

UofGH and Humber have a vaccination policy in place that requires students, staff, instructors, contractors and visitors coming to UofGH and Humber's  campuses or facilities to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. For the remainder of the fall term, students may continue to access campus with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to coming to campus.

What will be different in the Winter 2022 term is that only those who are fully vaccinated or those who have an approved medical or human rights exemption and proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be able to access campus. Students who are unvaccinated will not be able to access campus with a negative COVID-19 test. UofGH and Humber will only offer on-site testing free of charge to students, instructors and staff who have an approved exemption.

Health and safety measures have been put in place, including the mandatory wearing of masks in indoor spaces. Masks are to be worn within all areas of campus buildings, with the only exemptions for employees working in private offices and/or personal workspace where 6 feet of physical distancing can be maintained. In addition, students and employees who are unable to safely wear a mask due to medical reasons will be exempt.

Physical distancing is also required, wherever possible.

The University has enhanced cleaning protocols in place. All the high-touch common areas, such as hand railings, elevator buttons, etc., are being cleaned every two hours. At the beginning of class, please use the disinfectant wipes provided to clean your space and any equipment and to wipe them down at the end of class.  

Is the Bookstore open?

The Campus Bookstore is offering an online shopping experience as well as in-store shopping.

Online orders will be shipped to the customers' homes or an address of their choice within 48-72 hours. If an item is not available in our store, that order will be sent to another Campus Store within our chain for fulfillment. Delivery time for these will be 4-6 days.

In order to provide contactless service, online order pick-up will be handled at the window outside the store (Window in the Wall) at the North Campus. Additional information (including hours of operation) can be found on the Humber Student Services Update page.

Will on-campus food and retail services be available?

Food and retail services will be offered with limited menu choices. please visit the Humber Food Services webpage for more information.

Are there mental health counsellors to assist UofGH students?

The Student Success and Engagement (SSE) department is constantly monitoring the number of requests they receive for counselling and other mental health services.

Counselling is available through a combination of remote options. Students can visit https://humber.ca/student-life/swac/health-counselling for more information. To connect with the SSE team, students can submit an appointment request to counselling@humber.caor call 416-675-5090.

If at any time students need immediate personal support or counselling, there are resources to help. They can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, email the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre at counselling@humber.ca during office hours, or use Therapy Assist Online, which provides online and mobile tools.

What should at high risk/immunocompromised students do if their program requires returning to campus for certain courses?

The health and well-being of students is the top priority for the University of Guelph-Humber. If students cannot come to campus due to health reasons, they should contact their Academic Advisor to discuss their options. They may also contact Accessible Learning Services to discuss accommodation options.

What Accessibility Services are available?

The campus Accessible Learning Services department is here to support students every step of the way. Detailed accessible learning services information can be found here. 

The Open Learning Centre also provides tutorials, workshops and other support with online learning. Additional information can be found here.

Testing Services will be open by appointment only for Fall 2021 and will not be able to accommodate any walk ins. Once reopened, we would be able to support all other accommodations within the Test Centres. All other classroom accommodations are to be supported by instructors in the remote environment.

Is the library open?

The Library is open and current hours are posted on the library website. A number of Online Services are also available, please visit guelphhumber.ca/library for more details.

Will water refill stations be operational?

Students, and anyone else accessing campus, should bring a reusable water bottle with them to campus. Water bottle filling stations are working. The water fountain functions have been turned off. Individuals will be unable to drink directly from the fountain

If I am being harassed as a result of COVID-19, where can I go to report it?

The Ministry of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend not to make assumptions about the risk of students, faculty or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history. Every member of the Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber's community has the right to be treated with respect and dignity and to be welcomed and supported on our campus.

If you feel you have been targeted based on any of the above factors, you should discuss the matter with the Human Rights office by emailing nancy.simms@humber.ca.

If you need immediate assistance, contact 911. For an on-campus safety concern, contact the Department of Public Safety at 416.675.6622 ext. 4000 (24 hours a day/7 days a week).

Is the campus dental office open?

The campus dental office has reopened with strict safety measures and infection control guidelines. For more information or to book an appointment visit loveyourteeth.ca

Is the games room open (IGNITE)?

IGNITE’s office including the games room will remain closed until further notice. To contact IGNITE, visit ignitestudentlife.com

How often will high-touch areas (i.e. washrooms, elevators, etc.) be sanitized?

UofGH and Humber have a dedicated disinfection team that will rotate around the campuses continuously disinfecting high touch surfaces. This includes door handles, railings, elevator buttons, vending machines, parking machines, drinking fountains etc. 

A product called Aegis has been applied to all high touch point surfaces, which works on a microscopic level to kill any viruses that come in contact with it. Though regular disinfecting will continue, Aegis provides another layer of protection between cleanings.

Washroom cleaning depends on location and use. For example, the washroom on the LRC first floor is cleaned hourly because of the high use, while some of the quieter locations are cleaned five times a day.

I am concerned my classmates are not following appropriate health and safety measures in class. Who can I report this to?

Please contact your instructor directly.

Will students have access to printers on campus?

Humber and UGH students who require access to printing/copying/scanning services will be able to do so by visiting the following locations:

  • North Campus – Xerox Print Centre Room H106 -  Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

These services are provided in the standard manner as all open learning spaces printing/copying/scanning services.  Additional information is available on the Information Technology Services website: COPY/PRINT/SCAN.

Students wishing to access these print sites will be expected to follow all established protocols set out on the Return to Campus Information website including:

  • Reviewing the Return to Campus video
  • Completing the Return to Campus Agreement
  • Completing the COVID-19 self-assessment on the Humber Guardian app prior to attending campus
  • Display the approval screen to designated staff reviewing the approvals at campus entrances.

Students coming to campus to use the printers will also be expected to follow all safety protocols reviewed in the Student Return to Campus Handbook and to use the wipes provided at the printing locations to wipe touchpoints on the printer before and after they use it.

Students should be aware that there will be limited staff support onsite to assist them with their printing. They will be expected to undertake their own printing at those sites. There will be staff available to respond to issues with breakdowns or ensure paper and ink supplies are replenished.

Can I hang out and study outside on campus grounds?

Yes, staff, instructors and students can use the campus outdoor space, but are asked to maintain physical distance from one another.

What happens if a student doesn't comply with the health and safety measures on campus?

UofGH takes the health and safety of its staff, instructors and students very seriously. If a student is found to be non-compliant with UofGH’s health and safety measures, include coming to campus when they are sick or taking actions counter to the Return to Campus agreement, the situation will be addressed through the Office of Student Conduct and may include disciplinary action in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct. Students who are unable to successfully pass the questions as set out in the Guardian app should stay home and not come to campus.

What do I do if I am feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of being ill as set out in the Humber Guardian app?

If you are experiencing symptoms of being ill or are feeling unwell and are unable to pass the questions on the Humber Guardian app, stay home and do not come to campus. Visit the COVID-19 Reporting at Humber: When and How to Report page for more information on what to do in your particular situation. Students who need to miss class or lab time as a result of following this healthy and safety rule, will be supported.

Will there be any differences to student services?

Student Services will be provided through a mix of delivery methods for the fall with service locations being open for in-person support along with a continuation of many of the online or virtual support options. What is open and the hours of operation will vary depending on alignment with public health guidance and requirements.

We anticipate that libraries, computer labs, athletic facilities, study, and other spaces will be open for the fall term. These spaces will be open within the parameters set out by Toronto Public Health and in alignment with the provincial reopening framework. This includes the likelihood of masking, physical distancing, and limitations on the number of people within the spaces at any given time.

IGNITE’s Dispute Resolution Clinic is operating online via email and Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments can be made on our website at http://ignitestudentlife.com

For more information about IGNITE services, visit http://ignitestudentlife.com.

Do I need to complete the self-screening on the Humber Guardian app every day?

Yes. Self-screening for COVID-19 is required by all individuals before coming to campus each day. This can be done through the Humber Guardian app, which is available in the Apple App and the Google Play stores. You may be asked to provide proof of successful completion in certain areas of UofGH and/or the College or in order to access some services. 

Can I have guests on campus?

Please note that if you plan to have visitors come to campus/class, you will be responsible for ensuring that they are aware of and comply with UofGH and Humber’s vaccination policy and all current provincial COVID-19 regulations. For more information on guest requirements please visit: https://humber.ca/staff/announcement/fall-2021-update-guidelines-guests-events-and-temporary-use-space.

Guests are not permitted in residence until further notice.

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Yes. Masks are mandatory inside all campus buildings. Bring a mask with you to campus each day. If you forget, masks are also available for purchase at the bookstore and in vending machines. Please remember that someone may have a medical exemption from wearing a mask.  

Physical distancing where applicable is also required. There are signs around campus to help remind everyone to stay six feet apart, wherever possible. 

I am concerned my classmates are not following appropriate health and safety measures in class. Who can I report this to?

Please contact your instructor directly.

What do I do if a faculty member is not being supportive of my need to stay away from campus because I am sick?

If a particular instructor is not understanding of a student's need to stay home when they are ill, the student should contact their Academic Advisor in order to discuss the situation. 

Financial Support

How can I learn more about financial support available to me?

Information and frequently asked questions on Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), student accounts, OSAP, government aid and/or scholarships, bursaries, and other awards can be found on the Student Financial Services page.

Since the fall term will be delivered both online and in-person, are there any reductions in fees

Post-secondary tuition and fees are established by the University in accordance with requirements from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. Tuition fees support the cost of academic program delivery and the general operations of the University.

Tuition is not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online); it is primarily for the instruction, assessment and administration of program delivery, which is ongoing. These are costs that continue during this time and are ineligible for refund or rebate.

To ensure students can plan for the upcoming term, all posted tuition fees are accurate and up to date. Financial aid information can be found on our website at guelphhumber.ca/sfs. Students may also email finaid@guelphhumber.ca with questions.

Residence

Is Humber Residence open?

The residence remains open, and we expect to be back to almost full occupancy for Winter 2022. We encourage students to apply and add themselves to the waitlist. If they meet the criteria and a space becomes available that they are eligible for, we will offer on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is Residence doing to ensure health and safety?

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority. A list of the current measures in place in residence to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 can be found at: https://humber.ca/residence/updates.

With limited access around the campus, how will it impact the dining plan?

Dining plan values will remain the same. Food Services is still in the planning phase for Fall. At the moment, we expect that there will be a focus on to-go food and the seating areas will be closed. At the North Campus, the Street Café, Tim Hortons, and Residence Cafeteria are expected to be open

Can I have guests visit me?

Guests are not permitted in residence until further notice, but we are hopeful that provincial and public health directives will allow us to relax some restrictions soon.

What will happen if a student who lives in residence is required to self-isolate?

As always, Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber follow direction from Toronto Public Health on appropriate measures to take. Students required to self-isolate may choose to go home if possible. Where this is not possible, the residence would ensure that the student is placed in a suite for the duration of their self-isolation or quarantine. For access to food during this time, the resident would pre-order meals from the cafeteria to be delivered outside their door daily or could order groceries online and staff would deliver outside their door.

Students who live in residence and need to self-isolate or have tested positive must inform the residence by calling 416-675-6622 ext.77201The residence staff will provide further information and support.

I currently live in residence and want to stay here next year also, can my application be approved now?

There are still many things that are unknown for Fall 2021, and for now, we expect that residence may still need to have a reduced capacity to assist with physical distancing. As a result, we plan to prioritize residence spaces for students who have courses that will be delivered in person/on campus, or students who have all online courses but who have been deemed to have exceptional circumstances. We value returning residents and the mentorship they provide to first-year residents, so we are making conditional offers to returning residents by March 15, but will need to wait until course delivery formats are confirmed so we know who meets these criteria before we send formal residence offers.

I live in residence now and I was approved because I have exceptional circumstances. Do I need to explain my circumstances again?

We understand that some residents who have been deemed to have exceptional circumstances for 2020-21 may have the same circumstances for 2021-22, but some students’ circumstances may have changed. For the new application, please ensure that you provide a detailed explanation of your current extenuating circumstances.

If all of my classes are online and I don’t receive a room offer for Fall, can I get a space in the Winter?

Students who are not eligible for residence in the Fall may become eligible for Winter and will be required to apply separately for Winter when the Winter 2022 application is available.

What if I accept a residence offer but change my mind before moving in?

Students who cancel their residence acceptance after paying their deposit but before January 8, 2022 will forfeit their deposit. If a student moves into residence and then decides to move out early, standard withdrawal procedures apply. This includes a $500 withdrawal fee, and the resident will be responsible for the residence fees for up to 60 nights unless an external replacement is found who meets the admissions requirements.

I was offered a single, but my first preference was a suite. Can I change my room to a suite?

If you identified a suite as your first preference at the time that you submitted your application, we would notify you if you have been upgraded to a suite. If a suite is no longer your first preference, please email resmail@humber.ca

I will be arriving from outside of the country. Can I complete my 14-day quarantine in residence?

Humber and UofGH continues to follow Government of Canada quarantine requirements and any student who travels internationally and is required to complete a government mandated quarantine, must complete their mandatory quarantine period elsewhere prior to coming to residence. Students who have been deemed exempt from quarantine upon arrival will be permitted to move into residence directly but will be expected to provide proof of quarantine exemption.

Does Humber require vaccinations for students living in residence?

UofGH and Humber implemented a vaccination requirement in residence in fall 2021. Beginning winter 2022, residents must have received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization, or one dose if Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, at least two weeks before checking into residence or have received an approved medical or Human Rights exemption from UofGH and Humber College before checking in. More information about the residence requirement can be found here.

What can I expect from the dining plan?

Dining plan values will remain the same. Food Services is still in the planning phase for Winter. Currently, at the North Campus, the Street Café, Starbucks, and Residence Cafeteria are open.

International Students

I am an international student and received my vaccination outside of Canada, what do I need to do to be in line with the University of Guelph-Humber’s vaccination policy?

For International students, the Government of Canada has issued guidance for individuals vaccinated outside of Canada

International student vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccination, not Health Canada approved – are encouraged to upload the proof of vaccine to public health and public health will e-mail individuals within 3-5 business days with the next steps. 

Students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is not approved by the WHO, are asked to call Public Health at 416-338-7600 or publichealth@toronto.ca for advice on next steps, which may include having to redo the vaccination series with a vaccine approved in Canada. 

Quarantining Upon Arrival

Disclaimers: Please check the Government of Canada's website for the most up-to-date information about travel exemptions and restrictions for international students. Needing a quarantine plan is only one of multiple eligibility criteria for entry to Canada. There are a number of essential steps required to enter Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Failure to follow these steps could result in fines, penalties, or being denied entry to Canada. 

Fall 2021 semester arrivals: At this point in time, when you arrive in Canada, you must quarantine unless you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Learn more about exemptions and eligibility requirements for travelers on the Government of Canada website.

All international students attending the University of Guelph-Humber who will be entering Canada are required to register their travel plans via the University of Guelph's Mandatory Quarantine Program (MQP). Registration in the MQP allows students to receive documentation proving that an adequate quarantine plan is in place, a requirement of all travelers entering Canada. 

You have two options under the MQP:

  1. Safe Study Corridor quarantine, which helps you find accommodation packages in Toronto-area hotels that meet government requirements and are flexible to suit student travel plans.
  2.  Arrange your own off-campus quarantine accommodations, provided they meet MQP requirements and federal guidelines for appropriate quarantine accommodation.

Is the University of Guelph-Humber on the approved list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 Readiness Plan?

Yes, the University of Guelph-Humber is on the Approved DLI List for COVID-19 Readiness as an affiliate campus of the University of Guelph. If you are a UofGH international student and have a valid or approved study permit, you are eligible to travel.

Learn more about updated travel restrictions.

How much of my program can be spent studying online?

You can continue to study online outside of Canada until December 31, 2021. Please refer to the guidelines set out by IRCC.

Will I have to complete a COVID-19 test prior to entering Canada?

All air travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website.

What will happen to my Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility if some or all of the Fall 2021 program is delivered online and I am currently outside Canada?

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), any time spent studying online from outside Canada since Spring 2020 now counts toward the length of a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).  You will not have time deducted from the length of your PGWP for studies you complete outside Canada until December 31, 2021.

Please see here for details: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#pgwp-outside-canada

What is the University of Guelph-Humber’s international refund and deferral policy for Fall 2021?

If your study permit is denied by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you may be eligible for a refund of your tuition and fees. You must request a refund, drop your courses through WebAdvisor and forward a copy (PDF) of your IRCC denial letter to admissions@guelphhumber.ca. This request must be received within 14 days of the denial letter date, otherwise, a refund will be denied. Please connect with Student Financial Services for further details.

If you have not yet begun your studies, you can defer your offer for one year. You will be required to accept your Offer of Admission prior to the response deadline as outlined in your offer letter and apply for a deferral by August 31, 2021. Please email admissions@guelphhumber.ca for more information.

Who can I contact for support as a University of Guelph-Humber international student?

University staff are here to help you as you prepare to return to campus. For general support related to study permits and international student resources on campus please visit the Humber International Centre.

For information or support related to the Mandatory Quarantine Program or admissions please contact Laura.Belgiorgio@guelphhumber.ca.

Useful Links

Staff and Instructor Questions

COVID-19 Related HROE Resources Page for Employees

Staff and Instructor FAQs which were previously housed on this website will now reside directly on HROE COVID-19 Resources for Employees website (accessible through the HROE website, under COVID-19 Updates). This staff-specific page will also contain important resources related to the gradual reopening of our campuses.

This page will only be accessible to current Humber employees (i.e. an employee with an active employee ID or N number to sign in).

Please refer to this website for answers to your questions from both the All-Employee and Human Resources-focused Town Halls. For all general updates or student-specific information, please continue to visit this pae.

General Vaccination Questions

How do I get a vaccine?

 Members of the Humber/UofGH community are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by public health. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Eligible residents can book an appointment at immunization clinics in Toronto using the province’s vaccination registration system or by calling the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). Find a clinic location.

 

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?

There are the 2 types of vaccines:

mRNA (messenger RNA vaccine: Comirnaty (Pfizer - 2 doses) SpikeVax (Moderna - 2 doses) & viral vector - Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD - 2 doses) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson - 1 dose).


None of the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada use the live virus that causes COVID-19. It usually takes the body approximately two weeks to build immunity/develop antibodies. after receiving a vaccine. It is possible that someone could become infected with the COVID-19 virus before or just after getting the vaccine and get sick. This happens because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection in the body.

What are the benefits of getting vaccinated?

 

All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in Canada are safe and effective at reducing the risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. Learn more about the different COVID-19 vaccines. You can also find additional facts about COVID-19 vaccinations from this Public Health Agency of Canada page.


All COVID-19 vaccines in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely to get COVID-19. Learn more about recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines.


Based on government and health information about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you get COVID-19.
Experts continue to conduct studies to learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.


In addition to protecting you, getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Should I get the vaccine if I have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past?

Information provided regarding vaccine safety suggests that it is safe and beneficial to receive the vaccination even after having tested positive for COVID-19, but individuals with such questions or concerns should speak to their own doctors/health providers to determine what is best for them.

 I think I have a low risk of contracting COVID-19; do I need to be vaccinated?

Anyone, at any age, can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die.

According to the World Health Organization, asymptomatic people infected with the virus can be contagious, and the virus can spread from them to other people. For these reasons, it is crucial to consider getting vaccinated, which may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

There is no evidence that any of the current COVID-19 vaccines can completely stop people from being infected and consequently prevent transmission. However, all approved vaccines in Canada have nearly 100% protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death.

Can I stop following public health guidelines if I am vaccinated?

No. Only when enough people are vaccinated against COVID-19 and cases are down will it be safe to lift public health measures.

It is important to remember that COVID-19 will not be eliminated. Therefore, you will still need to follow some public health measures like physical distancing and wearing masks.

The Government of Canada has released information about what we can look forward to when a certain percentage of the population is vaccinated. See COVID-19: Life after vaccination for more information. 

Effectiveness and Safety of Vaccines

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

Vaccines must be tested to ensure they are safe and effective before being authorized for use in Canada. Once a vaccine has been approved for use in Canada, it is monitored for:

  • safety
  • effectiveness (how well it works) in people

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada share responsibility for ongoing monitoring, which also involves:

  • provincial, territorial and local public health authorities
  • health-care professionals
  • the vaccine industry
  • the public

Information on vaccine safety can be found here.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines effective?

The data shows that all authorized vaccines work well at preventing serious illness requiring hospitalization and at preventing serious illness resulting in death.

All vaccination will reduce the burden of illness and death from COVID-19.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine have side effects?

According to Health Canada, most people who receive vaccines have no or mild side effects, but like any medicine, some people may experience some. Common side effects such as sore arm, muscle ache, headache or mild fever may occur, usually lasting only a few days.

These types of side effects are expected and indicate the vaccine is working to produce protection. As with any medicines and vaccines, allergic reactions are rare but can occur after receiving a vaccine.

Information regarding vaccine side effects can be found here. Any reported side effects following COVID-19 vaccination can be found here.

Can mRNA vaccines change my DNA?

According to Health Canada, messenger RNA (mRNA) is not able to alter or modify a person's genetic makeup (DNA). This is because the mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the cell's nucleus, where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body's natural defences to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease. Information about mRNA vaccines, how they work, safety, effectiveness, monitoring can be found here.

How quickly does the vaccine work? How long does it last?

Health Canada does not yet know for sure how long protection will last. It is likely to be at least several months, but repeat vaccinations are needed. Researchers are studying this closely. Learn more on Vaccine Efficacy Rates.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from new strains of the virus?

According to Health Canada, while early data suggests that these new variants may be more transmissible, to date, there is no evidence that they cause more severe disease or have any impact on antibody response or vaccine effectiveness. However, more research is required to confirm these findings, and the Canadian and global medical, public health, and research communities are actively evaluating these mutations.

Learn more about variants, including the effectiveness of vaccines currently known, on the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases Website.

How do I know there will not be long-term side effects from the vaccine?

According to the Canadian Red Cross, most of vaccine side effects occur shortly after receiving a vaccine, not months or years later. Once a vaccine is approved, scientists and government agencies continue to monitor its safety to identify rare side effects. These monitoring efforts also focus on vulnerable people, including people with specific medical conditions or pregnant women. 

Key Contact Information

Students who have indicated they did not receive the initial declaration form can email studentdeclaration@humber.ca with their student number, preferred email address and first/last name.


Students should only email covidreporting@humber.ca if think they may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.


Students with questions about the exemption process should contact studentexemptions@humber.ca.


Students with general questions about the vaccination policy can contact covidinfo@humber.ca.


Staff and instructors are to speak with their manager or contact the HR Support Centre.

Students should only email covidreporting@humber.ca if think they may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

 

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