COVID-19

Available services

Offices may be closed, but services are still available to students remotely.

Online resources

Need help making the transition to online learning or instructions to learning platforms?

Your health

OC cares about your mental and physical health. Check out info and supports available to you.

Stay connected

We might be physically distant, but OC is still a tight-knit community. Join in on the fun!

Okanagan College’s COVID-19 safety planning

Okanagan College is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment for our students, employees and visitors. To deal with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has developed a series of safety protocols, re-occupancy guides, and contingency plans that adhere to federal and provincial health and safety guidelines, as dictated by WorkSafeBC, the Provincial Health Officer and others.

At the root of our response is an expectation that anyone attending one of our campuses or learning centres will self-assess and will not come to learn, work or visit if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who does come and displays symptoms will be asked to leave. They should follow the advice provided by the provincial government.

We have instituted a series of protocols that ensure safe social distancing, and which include enhanced cleaning.

Okanagan College's Safety Plan is based upon a WorksafeBC template to ensure we are meeting expectations as an employer and will be following the Post Secondary COVID 19 Go-Forward Guidelines and any other directives issued by the Provincial Health Officer or by Interior Health.

Province announces three-week circuit breaker to bend the curve

To address rising COVID-19 case counts and help break the chain of transmission, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is amending the provincial public health orders effective midnight, March 30, 2021. This notice is posted to help inform the OC community of the updated public health directives. Please continue to follow all OC COVID-19 directives and posted signage if coming to campus.

New and amended orders and guidelines are in effect through April 19, 2021, and include:

  • For restaurants, bars and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios. People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble.
  • Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are also paused. Gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only i.e. one-on-one personal training.
  • The previously announced class variance for limited indoor worship services has been suspended. Outdoor worship services under the current variance may continue.
  • Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately.
  • All workers are strongly encouraged to work from home, where possible.
  • Public health guidance for schools has also been amended to support and encourage students down to Grade 4 to wear masks while at school.

Read more in the Province’s media release and find up-to-date information on provincial restrictions.

Notices

Okanagan College’s COVID-19 Mask Directive has been updated and posted online for students, employees and visitors to reflect the most recent…

OC students are reminded that emergency funding from the B.C. Government is in place to help you cope with financial pressures caused by COVID-19…

British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions should be planning a return to on-campus education this September, according to Provincial…

More than 400,000 people in British Columbia will be immunized from March to early April as the Province moves into Phase 2 of the largest…

The health & safety of our students is Okanagan College’s primary concern.  Due to the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19, and to…

Frequently asked questions

How will COVID-19 affect my admission to the College?

Okanagan College is committed to ensuring the application and admission processes remain as smooth as possible, and is working hard to ensure your application will be evaluated fairly, even if you have experienced disruptions due to COVID-19. Visit the Admissions page for more information and specific questions.

What services are available to me while learning from home?

Okanagan College services are still available, and many offer remote options for contacting individuals and departments. Check out this directory in Remote Services how to contact departments like Student Success Centre, the Library, Registrar’s Office and Student Services. More information about on-campus services for Fall 2021 semester will be shared once plans are finalized.

I have limited access to technology. Do you have computers available to students?

Laptops are available for loan through IT Services. Students can call ahead (1-866-839-4032) and IT Services can arrange to have hardware made available for you.

Where can I get support with learning online?

The College has several informative links available on the Online Resources page especially for students. It includes information on where you can access equipment, online learning platforms like Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate. For students with academic accommodations that may be more challenging on an online environment, Accessibility Services will reach out to you via email. However, if you have any questions about receiving academic accommodations, please contact your Accessibility Services Coordinator or email accessibility@okanagan.bc.ca.

For students considering financial implications

What financial support and resources are available to students?

The Financial Aid and Awards office is available to consult with students about financial support and resource options. Contact the department via email at financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca to book an appointment.

How do I access provincial or federal financial assistance?

How do I access provincial or federal financial assistance? There are different assistance plans available:

I have other questions about finances. Who should I contact?

Please visit the Financial Aid and Awards webpage for additional FAQs, information and contact details.

What is the status of the Library?

Visit Okanagan College's Library's webpage for details about services available, connecting with librarians and how to access spaces and resources.

What is the status of Student Success Centres?

Student Success Centres are providing academic support to students remotely.

What is the status of OC Bookstores?

Visit the OC Bookstore website to find out information about hours, booklists and how to place online orders

What is the status of food services on campus?

Food services on the Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses are currently closed.

Infusions Restaurant on the Kelowna campus is offering takeout via online orders. OC Culinary and Pastry Arts programs, in conjunction with the Okanagan College Students’ Union, are also offering a free meal program called OC Serves Up. Students can apply to request a meal by emailing: ocservesup@ocsu.ca

What is the status of recreation facilities on campus?

Recreation facilities on campuses are currently closed.

What is happening with student housing?

For inquiries about Okanagan College Student Housing at the Kelowna campus, contact housing_klo@okanagan.bc.ca.

What is the status of OC's Convocation ceremonies?

After polling graduating students on their wishes, Okanagan College made the decision to postpone Convocation ceremonies. Please stay tuned for details.

What is the status of events?

OC students looking to make friends and get involved are encouraged to visit Student Life to find out about virtual and other opportunities to connect with the College community. OC is committed to student safety, so the limited number of on-campus gatherings like drive-thrus must have an approved health and safety plan in accordance with the Provincial Health Office directives. The vast majority of virtual events are free and offer awesome prizes for those who take part – check out our Event Calendar for what’s coming up.

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What should I do as an International student who wants/needs to travel to Canada?

Please contact the International Education department with any questions you might have about studying at Okanagan College, current travel restrictions and other considerations.

Are Co-op interviews being suspended?

No. Many employers are willing to do phone or video interviews and the co-op department is assisting them in doing so.

I am a Co-op employer. How do I apply for funding?

Visit this resource page in the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment section for details.

I have questions relating to Co-op. Who should I contact?

Touch base with the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment department with inquiries.

Employee SALTO maps

Use these maps to find the nearest SALTO to swipe when you come on campus.

By swiping your SALTO card, you are acknowledging you have none of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches

Nor have you:

  • Travelled out of country within the past 14 days
  • Had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and been advised by a health authority to self-isolate

If you do not have your SALTO card, please fill out this online form.