Limited in-person instruction may resume February 22

Thursday, February 4, 2021

This message was originally sent to employees by president and vice-chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur.


  • In-person learning that was previously suspended for the stay-at-home order will resume on Monday, February 22, pending confirmation of the government’s instructions. 

As we approach the end of the government’s recent stay-at-home order, I am writing to clarify our immediate next steps to restart our phased return to campus.

If the order is lifted on February 11, we will resume limited in-person teaching and learning after reading week on Monday, February 22, 2021.

This buffer gives instructors time to prepare for in-person learning that the recent lockdown suspended. It also allows some time for our support functions to resume their work to support those who are on campus.

Other campus activities will go back to the operational levels from before the Winter break when the stay-at-home order is lifted. Units will use their return to campus safety plans developed last year. If you have any questions about what your units plan is, please talk to your supervisor.

These immediate plans may need to change if the government extends the stay-at-home order, imposes other restrictions or provides new direction for post-secondary institutions. You can expect to hear more from us once we know more.

Please continue to review the COVID-19 website for the latest news and updates on campus reopening. In the meantime, unless your department or unit plans for return-to-work say otherwise, please continue to work remotely.

We will share more information on our plans for Fall term 2021 in the coming weeks.