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COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

At TMUIC, nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our students. We know you may have questions about actions we’re taking to help protect our students, staff, and faculty. We will keep the TMUIC community updated with plans for future terms as they become available, in line with government and public health recommendations.

Should you have any questions in relation to the COVID-19 virus or wish to follow-up in relation to one or more of the students or families with whom you interact with, please feel free to contact us directly.


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

COVID-19 Information

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19 and include: 

  • fever 
  • cough 
  • difficulty breathing 
  • pneumonia in both lungs 
How is it spread?
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 metres/6.5 feet). 
  • Through respiratory droplets, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or in saliva when speaking in close proximity. 
  • According to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 
  • Touching an object that has the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, eyes before washing your hands. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. 
How can I prevent getting sick?
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Practice social distancing. 
What is social distancing?

According to the CDC, social distancing involves “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance” whenever possible to limit the ability of the virus to spread. 

This means avoiding concerts, restaurants, bars or clubs, malls, conferences, and any non-essential locations where there are large groups of people who may not know they are sick yet. 

How will social distancing save lives?

While the same number of people will still get the virus, social distancing slows down the rate at which people get sick.

This gives hospitals and the health care system a chance to help the most severe cases to recover.

This also protects doctors, nurses, and health care workers as well as other patients in hospitals from spreading the virus.

This concept is called “Flattening the Curve”. If you want to understand more about how viruses spread and how social distancing can help save lives click the link  Corona Simulator.

Identifying COVID-19 symptoms can be difficult as they are like those of a common cold or flu: 


Toronto Metropolitan University International College Updates

Should I still apply to TMUIC?

Yes! TMUIC has returned to campus. There are plenty of options to take classes on campus, and for students that are still waiting for their Study Permits. There are options for you to begin your semester with us.

Please note:

  • The Government of Canada has set vaccination guidelines for all travellers. For the most up-to-date requirements, please refer to the Government of Canada website.
What will happen to my deposit if my semester is cancelled because of COVID-19?

Students’ deposits are completely safe. In the unlikely event that we will have to cancel a semester because of COVID-19, students will have the option to either defer to a later semester or receive a refund. 

Please note that the likelihood of this happening is extremely low. We have options available to ensure students still get the education and support they require. 


Toronto Metropolitan University Updates

Can I still come to campus?

The TMU campus is open to all students, staff, and faculty. Campus buildings continue to be accessible via the OneCard. As of May 1, COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required in order to access campus.  

While vaccination is not a requirement to access campus, community members are asked to keep their vaccination status in the RyersonSafe app up to date. For more info please refer to the Health and Safety updates on the Toronto Met website.

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