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Update: May 1st, 2020

Overseas students from Business and Tourism programs that have an approved visa will be allowed to start their programs from overseas. Click here to read the full update.

Spring (May) 2020 semester classes will be delivered remotely through an online delivery.

Latest news (read more on previous updates section):

  • May intake start date for local and returning students: May 19th
  • May intake will be delivered remotely through an online delivery
  • Overseas students deferred from MAY 2020 to SEPTEMBER 2020.
  • Convocation cancelled
  • Classes delivered online

Resources

The following food banks are distributing food to people that need help. Please contact them to find out when and how to get help from them.
 
1. Salvation Army, Community and Family Services - 3080 Birchmount Rd, Toronto, ON M1W 3K3

Phone: 416-497-7520

Website: https://www.agincourtcommunitychurch.com/product/food-bank/

2. Grace Community Food Share - 201 Tempo Ave, Toronto, ON M2H 2R9
Phone: 416-499-0111 ext 114

Website: https://gracefoodbank.ca/

3. North York Harvest Food Bank - 116 Industry St, York, ON M6M 4L8
Phone: 647-772-3664

Email: info@northyorkharvest.com

4. FoodShare Toronto - 120C Industry St, Toronto, ON M6M 4L8
Phone: 416-363-6441

Website: www.foodshare.net

5. The Stop Community Food Centre - 1884 Davenport Rd Rear Entrance, Toronto, ON M6N 4Y2
Phone: 416-652-7867

Website: www.thestop.org

6. Society for the Living Food Bank - Apostles Revelation Church, 274 Eddystone Ave, Toronto, ON M3N 1H7
Phone: 416-746-0388

Website: www.societyforthelivingfoodbank.com

Email: societyfortheliving@yahoo.ca

7. Church of St Jude (Wexford) Deacons Pantry - 10 Howarth Ave, Toronto, ON M1R 1H4
Phone: 416-755-5872

Website: www.stjudewexford.ca/home/food-bank/

8. Flemingdon Park Community Food Bank - 10 Gateway Blvd Bsmt, Unit 154, Toronto, ON M3C 3A1
Phone: 416-422-4322
Email: fcfoodbank7@gmail.com
Website: https://www.fcfoodbank.com/contact

9. Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre - 2 Carlton St Suite 500, Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
Phone: 416-593-7655
Website: http://www.whiwh.com/event/food-bank-1000am-1200pm

10. Seva Food Bank - Wolfedale - 10-3413 Wolfedale Rd, Mississauga, ON L5C 1V8
Phone: 905-361-7382 ext. 1
Website: http://www.sevafoodbank.com

11. St. Mary's Food Bank - Dundas - 1699 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X 1L5
Phone: 905-890-0900
Website: http://www.stmarysfoodbank.ca/

12. Seva Food Bank - Malton - 2832 Slough Street, Mississauga, ON L4T 1G3
Phone: 905-361-7382 ext. 2
Website: http://www.sevafoodbank.com/

13. Knights Table - 287 Glidden Road, Unit #4 Brampton ON L6W 1H9
Phone: 905-454-8725
Website: https://knightstable.org/programs-and-services/food-programs/

14. St. Paul’s United Church - 30 Main St. S. - Brampton
Phone: 905-451-1405
Website: http://www.stpauls.brampton.on.ca/

April 22nd: The May semester will start in May 19th.

 

Update on March 27th: Alpha International Academy has made the difficult decision to defer all of our Spring 2020 overseas students to Fall 2020 intake. This applies to all overseas students regardless of when their visa was approved.

Update on March 23rd: In light of the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Alpha International Academy have made the decision to delay the start date for the Spring 2020 Semester. The first day of classes will be Tuesday, May 19 2020.

Update on March 19th: All classes are now delivered ONLINE. Students must attend online classes as attendance will be taken.

As of March  16th, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring 76 positive cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. To help slow the rate of COVID-19 infection, the City of Toronto has cancelled programs and closed a number of facilities.

As of March 11th, the World Health Organization made the assessment that Covid-19 can be characterized as a pandemic, which means that the disease is spreading worldwide. 

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring 18 positive cases of the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 in Toronto. 

As of March 9th, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring 17 positive cases of the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 in Toronto. To date, there have been three other confirmed cases reported in Toronto. All three of these people have since recovered from their illness.

As of March 5th, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring 9 positive cases of the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 in Toronto. To date, there have been three other confirmed cases reported in Toronto. All three of these people have since recovered from their illness. At this time the virus is not circulating locally.

Source: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/

About the COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

 

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough

Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY 

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

 

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

 

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

 

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

 

AVOID TOUCHING EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

 

PRACTICE RESPIRATORY HYGIENE 

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

 

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

 

IF YOU HAVE FEVER, COUGH AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING, SEEK MEDICAL CARE EARLY

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

 

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

 

STAY INFORMED 

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

 

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

 

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following:

  • stay home while sick
  • avoid close contact with others
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

Coronavirus infections are diagnosed by a health care provider based on symptoms and laboratory tests. In some cases, travel history may be important.

If you have any questions or feel sick, call Toronto's Health Department at 416-338-7600 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

 

  • What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

 

  • How does COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

 

  • What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.

 

  • Should I worry about COVID-19?

Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care. It is therefore quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones.

 

  • Who is at risk of developing severe illness?

While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. 

 

  • What's the best way to protect myself?

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. See basic protective measures against the new coronavirus for more information.

 

  • How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?

The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.

 

  • How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment). If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

If you feel sick, call Toronto's Health Department at 416-338-7600 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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3405 Kennedy Road, Toronto, ON, M1V 4Y3, CANADA

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