Government announces next steps in province’s reopening

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced today readiness to progress with the first stage of the province’s reopening framework.

While today’s announcement did not mention universities specifically, reference to research was made. With respect to all research, the University of Guelph is still operating according to the guidance notes provided by the Office of Research. U of G research guidance is being reviewed relative to the new provincial announcement, but until further notice, and consistent with current guidance, any research that makes physical use of University of Guelph-operated facilities must be approved through the internal adjudication process for time-sensitive and/or critical research.

At this point, the OVC Health Sciences Centre remains open for emergency referrals only. It will open fully as of Tuesday, May 19.

The University’s buildings remain accessible for essential services only. If you are not conducting essential work or approved research, please do not come to campus.

Stage 1 is expected to last for at least the next two weeks.


Students can apply for Canada Emergency Student Benefit starting May 15

Students can begin to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) starting May 15. Application windows will be staggered and are based on your period of study and your birthdate. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2020.

The CESB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and 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 more than $1,000 before taxes during the four-week period applied for, and
  • have not applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Employment Insurance and are not receiving support from either of those programs.

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 Aug. 29, 2020.

Before you apply for the CESB, make sure you have completed the following steps:

  1. Register a profile with the Canada Revenue Agency. If you have never filed an income tax return with the CRA, you may not have a profile. Call 1-800-959-8281 to activate your social insurance number with the CRA.
  2. Register for CRA My Account as this is the fastest and easiest way to apply for the benefit.
  3. Enrol for direct deposit through CRA My Account or your financial institution to get your CESB within three 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.

Learn more about the CESB and apply online through the CESB website.

Learn about financial supports for students on the student financial services website.


New stretching exercises from Athletics

Take some quick stretch breaks to help relieve tension in your body. Follow a 10-minute stretching routine created by Gryphon Athletics that you can do from your work chair.

The University’s COVID-19 website is your best source of information on U of G’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.