Return to Campus FAQs
Return to Campus FAQs
In step with other postsecondary institutions, Centennial College has launched its Immunization Policy and Procedures that require proof of vaccination for students, employees, visitors and contractors in order to have access to the College’s locations.
For those who do not submit proof of vaccination (because they are exempt as per the forthcoming College Policy and Procedures) and need to come on site, there is a requirement to participate in regular, College-facilitated testing
Learn more here.
In response to the pandemic situation, the College has decided to limit in-person extra-curricular activities and events for members of the Centennial community, including:
- Fitness facilities are open with limited capacity; visit the CCSAI website
- We have decided to immediately pause all varsity practices and training, until further notice
For information on all other programs and activities, please visit ways to get involved with leadership, peer mentoring and global experience programs, global citizenship education and inclusion programs, and student clubs.
With the exception of a small number of classes, all in-person, non-lab classes will be moved online to begin the winter semester. All in-person labs, clinics and studios will continue in person, with a focus on health and safety measures, including continued enhanced and extensive cleaning of labs and common spaces, as well as strict adherence to our Immunization Policy and return-to-campus guidelines.
The health and safety of Centennial College’s students, faculty and staff on campus remains our top priority, while also enabling academic progression and important experiential learning for career success. We continue to strictly follow Public Health and government COVID-19 guidelines and, in many cases, exceed requirements to ensure a safe learning, teaching and working environment.
Centennial College requires everyone coming on campus to be familiar with our Campus Re-entry Guidelines and Protocol and show proof they have successfully completed the related training. Added to this measure, everyone coming on campus must complete a daily Pre-Assessment Screening that is available through our Campus Safety App.
In large part, our student and ancillary services have shifted to online delivery, with limited in-person services as demand dictates. Current services include:
- Bookstore - All campus bookstores are open for in store shopping with revised hours. Students can shop online and opt to pick up their order in store or have it shipped to their home for a flat rate of $7.50 to addresses in Canada. Shipping rates for international deliveries will vary.
- Device Loan Program - Students can borrow a Chromebook from the College.
- Fitness Facilities - Campus fitness facilities at Ashtonbee, Morningside and the Story Arts Centre will resume operations on January 4 and operate daily, Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm. The Athletic and Wellness Centre at Progress Campus and the facilities at Downsview Campus will remain closed until at least January 28.
- Food Services - Select food services offered with limited hours; hot/cold drink and snack vendors available.
- Library and Learning Centres - Library services will be online/virtual until at least January 28.
- Locker Rentals - Lockers will be free at full capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Parking - Campus parking fees are in effect. Visit Parking Rates and Important Information to learn more.
- Residence - The Centennial Place Residence at Progress Campus is available at full capacity for on-campus housing.
- The Local Cafe and Restaurant - Dine-in with current physical distancing will be permitted to continue as long as deemed allowable by Ontario and Toronto Public Health guidelines. Kitchen lab courses will run on campus until such time as government directives dictate a shutdown, which will require courses to shift to online learning.
- CCSAI - The Centennial College Student Association offices at the Progress Campus Student Centre is open from January 4, 10 am to 3 pm daily. The Food Bank located in the office will be available to patrons during this time. All other CCSAI campus offices will be closed until at least January 28.
- MyCard - MyCard Office is open with limited hours for questions and distribution of ID cards.
Our Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS) provides a range of programs and services developed to empower students in meeting their wellness goals, accommodation and disability-related needs, and creating a more accessible campus community. Our team of professional psychotherapists, social workers, educators, and staff offer services such as brief, solution-focused psychotherapy, accommodation planning, health and wellness education, group counselling and psychoeducational workshops, adaptive technology, and peer support. To learn how to book an appointment with a CALCS team member, visit this webpage.
Returning to in-person learning and other activities can be stressful after a period of avoiding close contact with other people. Our Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS) department has a team of professional counsellors (psychotherapists and social workers) who can support students in exploring their anxieties, and identifying strategies to manage or overcome them as we work to return to campus. The team is also available to support students experiencing any type of distress throughout the academic year in a safe, nonjudgmental, and confidential environment. To learn how to book an appointment with a CALCS counsellor, visit this webpage.
We decided to enter the winter semester with a more limited return-to-campus plan than previously anticipated due to the emergence of the Omicron variant and the subsequent guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health. The health and safety of students, faculty and staff on campus remains our top priority while we also strive to enable academic progression and important experiential learning for career success.
Centennial College has resumed charging for parking on campus. Visit Parking Rates and Important Information to learn more.
Starting September 2021, libraries are open for study, computer use and in-person browsing. You can pick up library books in person or have them mailed directly to your home. Visit the library website for updated hours.
Access thousands of online eBooks, databases, articles, videos and more through the Library website. You can get help finding information and resources for your courses and assignments by phone, email and chat. For in-depth research help, book a virtual appointment with a librarian.
Government and public health directives permit the removal of masks for the purpose of eating or drinking in designated areas. Please see below for the locations where you can sit to have a drink, snack or meal while on campus:
|Campus||Designating Seating for Drinking/Eating|
|Ashtonbee||Cafeteria – room B109
930 Warden - Automotive building, seating in front of Tim Hortons.
|Downsview||Designated seating - Student Commons|
|Morningside||100 Level The Commons
400 Level near bridge entrance
|Progress||Cafeteria - room C102
L Block common space by vending machine
The Local Restaurant – R Block
|Story Arts Centre||Cafeteria – room 128|
We’re strictly following the current legislative regulations and public health guidelines (e.g. TPH Guidance for Post-Secondary Institutions) to ensure the health and safety of the College community. The legal regulations (i.e. O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at The Roadmap Exit Step) and respective public health and government directives mandate continued physical distancing in all non-instructional spaces on campus, including cafeterias, libraries, hallways, etc. However, physical distancing measures have been eased for indoor and outside instructional spaces (e.g. classrooms, labs, studios). For more information concerning the health and safety measures followed on campus, please refer to the Campus Re-Entry Guidelines and Protocols.
Following a review conducted by the College’s Facilities and Health & Safety teams, and in compliance with public health regulations, plexiglass barriers were installed in all student facing service areas at all campuses over the summer of 2020. The College has no plans to install plexiglass in labs, common areas, open office areas or classroom settings where we follow stringent cleaning regiments and public health measures such as wearing masks. The current PPE standard that has been in place since summer 2020 has proven to be effective in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in lab settings. Face shields are also available for faculty, lab technicians and student-facing support staff who wish to have an added barrier.
Submit requests for additional Plexiglass barriers to Facilities via the Archibus Facilities Service Request Management Tool (myCentennial >Employee Resources). Select Maintenance Requests > Report Problem and complete the online form. Requests will be considered against our current standards and public health regulations.
All HVAC systems at Centennial College campuses (including Progress Campus) have had their control systems modified to what we call “COVID-19 mode”, which means the systems have been optimized to provide as much fresh air as possible, that their design will allow for without freezing associated systems in the Winter and overheating in the Summer, while still being able to maintain normal local zone temperature for occupancy.
The college has also utilized high efficiency filters, and the filters are maintained by our building operators at each campus.
Enhanced cleaning protocols have been in effect since March 2020 when we students were allowed to return to campus for essential labs and studio work. Specifically, the College's cleaning staff disinfect touchpoints (door handles, elevator buttons, railings, etc.) throughout the campus three times each day, and washrooms are fully cleaned and disinfected (including faucets, soap dispensers, handles etc.) four times each day.
All classrooms and labs being used for in-person instruction are fully cleaned and disinfected each night, and all learning spaces are equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. As part of our pandemic protocols, all individuals are encouraged to sanitize their hands on their way in and out of a lab or classroom, and asked to use the disinfecting wipes to wipe down their used spaces (podium, desks, chairs) before and after use. These stringent protocols are outlined in detail in our Campus Re-entry Guidelines and Protocols.
All students, faculty and staff are asked to come on campus wearing medical grade masks. If a member of the College community forgets, loses or soils their mask, they can get a new one from their campus’ security kiosk. The masks being provided by the College are Level 1 and Level 2 surgical type masks. Faculty, staff and students who desire an extra layer of protection may also get face shields from the security kiosk at their campus. This Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) standard has been in place since summer 2020 and has proven to be effective in lab settings where Faculty deliver in-person instruction.
Yes, all offices in use will be supplied with hand sanitizer at the entry and disinfecting wipes. Office protocols signage will be posted to remind users to utilize the disinfecting wipes to disinfect touchpoints at their workspace before and after use, in addition to other protocols such as wearing a face mask, keeping a 2 m distance and washing/sanitizing hands often.
Select food services and vendors will be open with reduced capacities and line management supporting physical distancing in place. The hours of operation will be adjusted based on revenue, population and class sizes, and will be clearly marked on campus and communicated online.
The College is obligated to comply with all government and public health directives. Postsecondary institutions must maintain strict cleaning protocols and hygiene measures, and mandate all students, faculty and staff to wear face masks whenever they are inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
Both government and public health officials continue to mandate the wearing of masks when indoors and physical distancing measures remain in place. The province mandates the continued wearing of masks indoors and stringent cleaning protocols, and directs institutes to encourage everyone who is able to get fully vaccinated and to provide vaccination clinics where possible. Centennial College hosts a vaccination clinic at Progress Campus T-Block (940 Progress Ave.) and you can make an appointment through the Scarborough Health Network portal.
Faculty, staff and students are all asked to bring their own mask to campus with them each day. If an individual forgets or loses their mask, they can secure one from the security desk at their campus. The College will provide student-facing faculty and staff with face shields – contact the security desk at your campus.
We are all responsible for our own safety on campus. While we should always support one another, we do not want you to be in harm’s way. If you happen to see someone who is intentionally not following our guidelines and protocols (e.g., not wearing a face mask or not wearing a face mask properly on campus), please do not confront them directly. Instead, call the Campus Security General Information line 416-289-5240 > option 2, or email email@example.com and let them address it.