COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Academy of Learning Career College Update

— May 15, 2020 —

Information issued by the CRA:

Supporting students during this time of crisis is an integral part of the Government of Canada’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From interruptions in their studies and significantly reduced employment and developmental opportunities, Canadian students are facing serious challenges. To that end, we are sharing information on the most recent fiscal measures announced by the Government of Canada which will help ensure that students who are unable to find work this summer due to COVID-19 are equipped for success when they return to school and enter the workforce.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) 

The Government of Canada recently announced a $9 billion fund to provide financial support to students and recent graduates during the summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. Among the measures included in this framework is the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) which will be delivered by the CRA.

The CESB will provide financial support to recent graduates and post-secondary students who are unable to work or find employment due to COVID-19 or are not earning over $1000, and who are not eligible for either the CERB or Employment Insurance (EI). The benefit will provide $1,250 every four weeks for eligible students or $2,000 every four weeks for eligible students with disabilities or those with children or other dependents. The CESB is available from May 10 until August 29, 2020. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2020.

Applications for the CESB will open Friday, May 15, 2020. To get ready to apply, the CRA encourages eligible students to take three important steps:

  • Step 1:Register a profile with the CRA. If you have never filed an income tax return with the CRA, you may not have a profile with us. Call 1-800-959-8281 to activate your SIN with the CRA.
  • Step 2:Register for My Account as this is the fastest and easiest way to apply for the benefit.
  • Step 3Enroll for Direct Deposit with the CRA through My Account or your financial institution to get your CESB within 3 days of applying. Alternatively, you must ensure your mailing information is up-to-date in My Account to receive a cheque by mail within 10 business days.

— April 22, 2020 —

You will find below an invitation from Statistics Canada to participate in a crowd-sourcing collection initiative on how COVID-19 is impacting students. We encourage all students to take part. The data you provide will be helpful for making future plans.

Invitation from Statistics Canada:

Statistics Canada is collecting data on the Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on post-secondary students.

Your participation is important: Your voice matters

You can provide your perspective on the current crisis, by letting us know how your studies, financial situation and other aspects of your life have been affected by the pandemic.

Please take five minutes to participate in this crowdsourcing data collection, and feel free to forward this email to other postsecondary students—the more people that participate, the better the data!

Results from this survey will be used by governments and other organizations to evaluate the need for services and assistance programs to support postsecondary students during and after the pandemic.

Participating is easy and secure

To find out more and to complete our short questionnaire, visit www.statcan.gc.ca/COVID-students. 

This survey is conducted under the authority of the Statistics Act, which ensures that the information you provide will be kept confidential, and used only for statistical and research purposes.

For general inquiries and technical assistance

Contact us Monday to Friday (except holidays), from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time):

— March 15, 2020 —

The Alberta Government has issued a statement as of March 15, 2020, stating “In-person post-secondary classes are canceled” to limit the spreading of COVID-19.

Thus Academy of Learning Career Colleges in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat will cancel all classes on campus starting March 16, 2020. 

Staff will be in attendance on campus, preparing for courses to be offered online so that students can continue their studies from home.

Admission Advisors will continue to meet with future students on the phone and via web meetings. To schedule a virtual meeting or phone call with an Admissions Advisor, please click here.

Please click here for the most up to date mandates and recommendations from Alberta Health Services.

Students, please contact your local campus for further information and details on how to access your course.

— March 13, 2020 —

Academy of Learning Career College would like to offer you an update on the developing health concern related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety of our students and staff is always first priority. When it comes to matters such as this, we will always take the lead from and follow the recommendations and directives from Canada’s and Alberta’s health agencies which are the Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Health Services.

From a campus perspective, we have increased the extent and frequency of cleaning in all buildings, focusing on door handles, taps, and other frequently touched surfaces.

To our students, our staff is also prepared and ready to support you in completing your coursework and achieve your career goals during these times.  As a reminder, please call the school to make arrangements if you are going to miss an appointment or class. We can work with you on a plan to keep up with your course requirements from home.

Edmonton Downtown Campus
Phone: (780) 424-1144 | edmdtn@academyoflearning.ab.ca

Edmonton South Campus
Phone: (780) 433-7284 | edmsouth@academyoflearning.ab.ca

Edmonton West Campus
Phone: (780) 496-9428 | westedm@academyoflearning.ab.ca

Calgary Northeast Campus
Phone: (403) 569-8973 | calgaryne@academyoflearning.ab.ca

Calgary South Campus
Phone: (403) 252-8973 | calgarys@academyoflearning.ab.ca

Red Deer Campus
Phone: (403) 347-6676 | reddeer@academyoflearning.ab.ca

Medicine Hat Campus
Phone: (403) 526-5833 | medicinehat@academyoflearning.ab.ca

The following are recommendations to avoid exposure and prevent spreading the virus as an individual:

  1. Avoid touching any part of your face (this may be the most ignored way to avoid spreading the virus).
  2. Remember to wash your hands a few times a day. Take your time washing your hands to let the warm water actually work its magic. Any time you wash, you should spend at least 20 seconds washing your hands with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  3. Cough/sneeze into your arm or tissue (not into your hand nor into the open air). If you happen to cough or sneeze into your hand, wash your hands.
  4. Stay home / go home if you are sick. Call your healthcare provider.

Alberta is still considered low-risk for the virus in the province. Naturally, we encourage everyone to adhere to the Alberta Health Services recommendations for measures to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, which includes:

  • Make sure everyone in households washes their hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in a garbage bag lined with a plastic bag. Wash your hands immediately after that. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze, or cough into your sleeve.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. If children are sick, keep them home from school.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are used often and/or shared by everyone in your home.

For the most up to date information, please also visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call your local campus and we’ll be happy to help.