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COVID-19 Update

May 1st, 2020

As we near the end of Week 6 of our alternative work/study arrangements, the Executive Management of North West College would like to thank all students and staff for their tremendous work during this difficult time. By staying at home, we are actively contributing to the flattening of the COVID-19 curve in Saskatchewan.  In accordance with the directives of the Government of Saskatchewan and the provincial Chief Medical Health Officer:

North West College students and employees will continue to study and work from home.

For more information about North West College and COVID-19, please see our COVID-19 Information Page with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Info Sheet as well as a number of other resources.

Locker Access: Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we limit access to our Battlefords and Meadow Lake Campuses. For those students with lockers, your belongings remain secure. Facilities and program staff are currently working on a plan to allow students to come to campus to retrieve the contents of their lockers. Students will be contacted before the end of May with a date and time to access campus. This process will be spread out over several weeks to ensure safety and the continuation of physical distancing.

Mobile carrier: In this time when internet connectivity in critical to our work and learning, it is important to be aware of potential overage changes on your home and cell phone. Please check with your provider to see if there are any COVID-19 packages available to you. For SaskTel customers, the provider has extended the waiving of data overage charges to May 31, 2020. There will be no data overage charges (for data used in Canada) for business or consumer customers, on SaskTel postpaid wireless plans, noSTRINGS Prepaid wireless plans, and fusion Internet plans from March 17 to May 31, 2020. If your mobile provider is with another business, please check their website for details.

SHA nurse graduate hiring process: The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has finalized their Nurse Graduate Hiring Process. They have created a survey-based application to allow graduates to submit their resume to the SHA, and provide them with additional information that will assist them in matching graduate preferences, practical experiences and skills to the staffing needs within the organization. Read more here.  

Federal Programs to support students and new graduates: We know that many in our community are experiencing financial uncertainty during this unprecedented time. For our students and recent graduates, the Federal Government has introduced a $9 billion support plan including:

  • The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) which provides $1,250 per month for eligible students from May through August 2020 and $1,750 for students with dependents.
  • Suspension of repayment/interest on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans: All student loan borrowers will automatically have their loan repayments and interest suspended until September 30, 2020.
  • Doubling Canada Student Grants: The federal government will double the grant for all eligible students, up to $6,000 for full-time students and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-21.
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): The federal government is providing a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19. Students who meet the criteria are eligible, but will not also receive the student benefit.

More information about this program and other benefits can be found the Government of Canada website.

Counselling and wellness: Extended isolation in a time of uncertainty can be extremely challenging to personal mental health. Please make sure you continue to check on your friends and colleagues. As always, our Student Services staff remain available for students in need. Here is the contact information for our Student Services Coordinators. 

Battlefords Campus:
Lindsey Gartner
306-937-5126
lindsey.gartner@northwestcollege.ca

Meadow Lake Campus:
Hilda Rose-Kadler
306-234-5108
hilda.rosekadler@northwestcollege.ca

 

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