PARRY SOUND, ON-To ensure students complete their courses, Canadore College is planning on returning some of its students following the Ontario Government announcement. 

President George Burton told MyParrySoundNow that in-person instruction would be resuming in August for about 700 to 900 students that are in programs that require practical learning like nursing, engineering, child care, construction, and welding. 

“This is tremendous news for students and for employers in key sectors who need qualified people to drive Ontario’s economic recovery,” said Burton. “As the work begins to rebuild Ontario’s economy, it’s essential that colleges have the flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to changes in the labour market.”

Burton said that while the announcement noted that students could come back in July, the College is sticking with its original plan of having its students return in August. 

“During this, what the government is calling the pilot phase, it will enable us to identify and how we are going to accommodate larger groups of students on campus eventually. Our intention is if the pandemic curve continues in its downward trend, that we will increase the number of individuals on our campuses this upcoming fall.”

Burton said that while instruction will not commence until August, they will be bringing some of their students back in mid-July to go over sanitization procedures and how people should conduct themselves while on campus. 

The College said that they plan on keeping their students updated on any changes and upcoming dates.