COVID-19

B.C. enters Step 2 of Restart Plan

Premier John Horgan and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that effective Tuesday, June 15, the province has transitioned into Step 2 of BC’s Restart plan. Read more in the full media release from the province.

In terms of highlights pertinent to members of the Okanagan College community, this means the resumption of:

  • Outdoor personal gatherings of up to 50 people
  • Indoor seated organized gatherings up to 50 people
  • BC-wide recreational travel
  • Increased service for BC Transit and BC Ferries
  • Indoor team games for all ages – no spectators
  • Spectators for outdoors sports – up to 50 people
  • Small in-person meetings permitted in offices and workplaces, for those currently working on campus

Watch this space, your inbox and other channels for updates about return to campus this fall.

Okanagan College will be sharing updates in the coming days regarding progress and the latest developments in its Return to Campus planning. The Province’s Go Forward Guidelines, now titled the Return to Campus guidelines, will coming at the end of June and take effect August 1.

This page will serve as a central point of communication for students and employees. Communication will flow actively across other channels as well, from Moodle to MyOkanagan.

Your health

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

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?

Stay connected

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

Notices

A virtual town hall meeting was held on May 28, 2021 to discuss the preliminary public health guidance for September 2021 provided in the COVID-19…

Revised April 28:
The Workplace and Post-Secondary Institution Safety Order from the Provincial Health Officer has been changed to require…

On April 23, the B.C. Government announced new travel restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C. in place until May 25 to stop the spread of…

OC international students should note that mental health supports are available to any B.C. post-secondary international students who are affected…

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…

To address rising COVID-19 case counts and help break the chain of transmission, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is amending the…

Frequently asked questions

How will classes be delivered this fall?

Okanagan College is actively planning for the return of our communities back to campus this fall. Like all post-secondary institutions, OC will follow provincial guidelines to ensure the safety of students and staff during the transition. More information will be available after those guidelines are provided. In the interim, students can anticipate classes will be held face-to-face, online or a hybrid of both, depending their program. In-person orientation planning is also underway for each campus, with online options available. Please stay tuned for details.

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?

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 online or hybrid learning?

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?

The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan includes links to the Employment Insurance program, Canada Recovery Benefit, and information on waiving interest on student loans. The Government of B.C. is accepting applications for the B.C. Recovery Benefit until June 20, 2021.

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. Stay tuned for updates on service delivery for fall 2021.

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

Updates on food services this fall will be posted once finalized.

What is the status of recreation facilities on campus?

Recreation facilities on campuses are currently closed. Any updates on amenities access will be posted here once finalized.

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?

Visit the Ceremonies page for details about upcoming ceremony information.

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 opportunities to connect with the College community. OC departments are eager to welcome students back, but we are also committed to student safety. Any in-person events  this fall will be held in accordance with Provincial Health Office guidelines. In the meantime, 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.

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.

Visit the Province’s Travel and COVID-19 page to review the latest travel restrictions in B.C. and how they may impact post-secondary students and staff. 

What is the status of co-op work terms and interviews?

Many employers are willing to do phone or video interviews and have established a safe working environment for students. Contact the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment department for information.

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

We recommend you contact the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment department for details. Visit this resource page in the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment section for funding 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.

Okanagan College's COVID-19 response

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.