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Update - Friday April 3rd 2020 at 4 p.m.

CCNB Student Population Emergency Fund
Today the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour announced an emergency fund for post-secondary students who do not qualify for previously announced federal and provincial assistance programs.

The one-time financial assistance will be up to a maximum of $750 for students who meet the eligibility criteria.  Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The financial assistance will be for needs such as food, rent, mental health resources, medical care not covered by health insurance plans, learning support (online tutor, online resources, purchase of computer or software needed to continue online courses), or Internet access, among others.

To submit a request for financial assistance, you must complete the form by clicking here.

 

Update - Wednesday April 1st 2020 at 4 p.m.

Financial aid :
Here are the links for full details and eligibility criteria for the provincial ($900) and federal ($2,000 for 4 months) emergency fund programs.

- Canada Emergency Response Benefit ($2,000 for 4 months): https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/covid19-individuals.html#new_canada_emergency_response_benefit
- New Brunswick Workers Emergency Income Benefit ($900): https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/post-secondary_education_training_and_labour/promo/nbweib.html
- Employment Insurance Regular Benefits: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit.html

Food banks in the regions :
Click on your city to find food banks in your area: https://fooddepot.ca/need-help/

 

Update - Monday March 30th 2020 at 4 p.m.

Message from the CEO to staff

With your help and despite the challenges we face, we have demonstrated great adaptability and a deep commitment to our province. New Brunswick is counting on us to train people and support the innovation that will enable the province to revive its economy once we defeat COVID 19. We are counting on you to continue this vital work!

The NBCC and CCNB recognize the contribution and work of their staff over the past few weeks to stay the course during this unprecedented period. Many have had to adapt to new realities and once again, thank you!

Here are some facts that demonstrate the important role of the two public college systems in New Brunswick, NBCC and CCNB.

- Nearly 200 regular NBCC and CCNB programs moved to online delivery formats; instruction resumed across the province within a week of the government's decision to provide only essential services.
- More than 6,000 students continue their studies at NBCC and CCNB, preparing to contribute to the recovery of our economy.
- All essential student services (mental health, learning support, international and guidance) are online and continue to provide a significant volume of services.
- Over 90% of employees work from home.
- We provide equipment and supplies to the various medical teams of the Horizon and Vitality Health Networks, such as respirators from the CCNB - Dieppe Campus.
- In addition, the CCNB-INNOV applied research team at the Grand Falls site is working closely with four New Brunswick distilleries to produce thousands of litres of hand sanitizer per day to meet the growing demand.
- NBCC culinary programs have donated perishable foods to local food banks and community kitchens. Due to building closures, we had an excess of hand sanitizer, some of which was donated to local community organizations.

 

Update - Thursday March 26th 2020 at 4 p.m.

Please follow the instructions of Public Health.
It is imperative and mandatory that everyone follow the instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of New Brunswick. All of you must help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay informed
Each day at 2:30 p.m., the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Premier of New Brunswick provide an update to the public. You can follow these media briefings live at this address: https://www.youtube.com/gnbca

Following the press briefing, a press release outlining the main points is published at this address: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news.html

 

Update - Wednesday March 25th 2020 at 4 p.m.

Please follow the instructions of Public Health.
New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health announced earlier today that our province now has 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of eight new cases since yesterday, Tuesday.  It is imperative and mandatory that everyone follow the guidelines of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick. All of you must help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Message from the CEO to CCNB staff
I have no words to express my gratitude and pride in your dedication and resourcefulness under what can be difficult conditions.  I am thinking in particular of you, our teaching staff, who were quick to find alternative ways to continue teaching.  Your efforts are crucial to the success of our student population.

I am also thinking of you, members of the staff designated as essential, and also of you who work from home.  I want to thank you for your remarkable adaptability and determination.

Keep up the good work; in times of crisis like this, we need to be supportive and resilient. The entire Management Team is proud of you!

Pierre Zundel, CEO

 

Update - Tuesday March 24th at 4 p.m.

Message from the CEO to the student population : Congratulations for your perseverance!
We are aware that our new reality requires a great deal of adaptation on your part, that it is not easy, and we recognize that some of you are experiencing special situations. You may have children with you at home while you pursue your college education, or you may have learning difficulties that make distance learning more difficult.

Please be assured that we are aware of your different situations and are working to find solutions to mitigate the impact on your college year. Keep up the good work! Your determination and perseverance are a guarantee of success.  The CCNB staff is proud of you! 

Government of New Brunswick Help Line and e-mail
A toll-free information line and e-mail address are now available to help answer non-health related questions, including questions related to compliance during a state of emergency. People can call 1-844-462-8387 seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The e-mail address is: helpaide@gnb.ca. Service is available in both official languages.


Updated on Monday March 23th 2020 at 4 p.m.

Link for self-assessment
In order to relieve congestion on the 811 line, NB Public Health has made available a self-assessment tool to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else who is not able to do so. Click here for the link to the test.

Access to the buildings
REMINDER: all CCNB buildings are now locked for the entire student population and all staff until further notice.

Acknowledgements from the CCNB Board of Governors
On behalf of the CCNB Board of Governors, the president, Rachel Maillet Bard, would like to thank all CCNB staff for their efforts in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Maillet Bard emphasizes the speed with which each staff member adapts to his or her new reality, whether it is working from home, implementing alternative modes of teaching in order to continue training to minimize the impact on the college year, or performing the tasks identified as essential.

The Board of Governors would also like to thank the entire student population for their patience and understanding in this extraordinary situation.

 

Updated on Friday March 20th 2020 at 4 p.m.

Following yesterday's declaration of a state of health emergency in New Brunswick by Premier Higgs, the CCNB has redoubled its efforts to meet the new guidelines this will entail for CCNB staff and students.

Access to buildings

As of today, Friday March 20th, all CCNB buildings are now locked for all students and staff until further notice.

Follow public health recommendations

With the declaration of a state of emergency in New Brunswick, it is imperative and mandatory that everyone keep themselves informed and follow the instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of New Brunswick. All of you must help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental Health

Remember to pay special attention to your mental health and that of your loved ones. Take care of yourself by doing stress-relieving activities.  Here is an interesting link on mental health and psychological adaptation during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of NB.

Message from the CEO, Pierre Zundel

Over the past few days, we have been living through unprecedented moments of insecurity.  Despite this, I know that you are maintaining morale, reorganizing your work from home or, for the teaching staff, using different alternative ways to deliver the courses. I want to thank each and every one of you for your patience, your resourcefulness and your mutual help among colleagues, by phone or video of course.  Thanks to you, directly or indirectly, we will minimize the impact on the college year of our population.  I sincerely thank you for that.

And finally, I would also like to thank all our students for their patience and adaptability during these turbulent times.

Latest update Thursday, March 19th 2020 at 4 p.m.

State of emergency in New Brunswick:

The Government of NB has declared a state of emergency, giving it the authority to act to contain the COVID -19 pandemic. As students, international students and citizens of New Brunswick, we have an obligation to follow the measures announced in the declaration of a state of emergency by Premier Blaine Higgs today, Thursday, March 19, 2020.

This declaration of a state of emergency will modify access measures to CCNB buildings and facilities. We will inform you as soon as possible of the additional measures that will be put in place. However, they will not affect our plans with respect to distance learning.

Follow public health recommendations:

With the declaration of a state of emergency in New Brunswick, it is imperative and mandatory that everyone keep themselves informed and follow the instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of New Brunswick. We must all help contain the spread of the  COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources available to the CCNB student population :

If you feel the need, mental health and international student support services are always available: Resources for Students

 

Latest update Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Remote Library Service: Since CCNB libraries are closed, here is how to go through the Cube to access many interesting virtual resources. Access by clicking here : The Cube

Then add your CCNB username and password.  On the home page, on the right, click on "bibliothèque".

Reducing the use of VPNs and virtual desktops : Today the CCNB continued its efforts to minimize the number of employees designated in essential services and who must physically be in its buildings.

In this regard, given the large number of people now working from home, it is important for CCNB staff to follow CCNB’s ICT guidelines in order to reduce the likelihood of connectivity problems. Among other things, they are asked to use the VPN and virtual desktops only for tasks that absolutely require it, and to disconnect afterwards since there are a limited number of simultaneous connections.

Mental health: To avoid exhaustion, it is important to have activities and find ways to relieve stress. Examples include taking walks outside, eating well, playing with your children or your pets.  Here is an interesting link on mental health and psychological coping during the VIDOC-19 pandemic from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of NB.

Essential services staff across the province will be working long hours and under undue pressure. Do not hesitate to email or call people you know to offer your support and compassion. Your understanding, patience and empathy will be paramount in the weeks ahead.

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Latest update Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Access to CCNB facilities: As the CCNB buildings are closed, except for employees designated for essential duties, information on the procedure to be followed to retrieve material from the CCNB facilities will be communicated by your campus management by tomorrow morning at the latest (Wednesday March 18).

Instructions for borrowing books from the libraries: Borrowed materials will not accumulate late fees during the closure of the CCNB facilities. Return dates will be extended. Book chutes are closed.

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Latest update Monday, March 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

The suspension of face-to-face classes, internships and learning blocks is extended until Friday, March 27.  This applies to all CCNB campuses and off-campus sites, including regular and continuing education.  For the time being, distance education courses continue as planned. 

Furthermore, in accordance with the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of New Brunswick and the Government of New Brunswick to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the CCNB will focus on maintaining its essential services and will cease normal operations as of Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, at 8:00 a.m., until further notice.

As of Tuesday morning, the CCNB buildings will be closed except for employees designated for essential duties. Instructions will be issued on Tuesday, March 17th if people need to retrieve equipment from the campuses.

Reducing the impact on the college year

As you know, the CCNB is a big family and our student population is part of that family. All CCNB staff share these difficult times with our students and remain available to support them.

The priority for the CCNB is to minimize the impact so that they can complete their program in June.  All teams at the CCNB are currently working on alternative solutions.

Please refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada website for symptoms and treatment.  Also, respect the instructions you have already received regarding the preventive measures prescribed by the provincial and Canadian authorities: Prevention and risks

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Latest update Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 7:00 PM

In addition to in-person classes, internships and apprenticeship blocks are also suspended for the week of March 16 to 20 at all of its campuses and off-campus sites, including regular and continuing education. Directives published by CCNB on Saturday March 14 at 3:00 p.m. still apply.  Additional information will be provided tomorrow, Monday, by the end of the day. Please check this page for regular updates.

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Latest Update Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM

CCNB is suspending in-person classes for the week of March 16-20 at all of its campuses and off-campus sites, including regular and continuing education.  However, CCNB buildings will be open.

Staff members are requested to report to work on Monday morning unless arrangements have already been made to work from home and if they are symptom-free.  Please refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada website for symptoms and treatment.

IMPORTANT FOR STUDENT POPULATION AND STAFF: Please follow the instructions you have already received regarding preventive measures prescribed by provincial and Canadian authorities: Prevention and Risks 

CCNB is issuing these directives to enable staff to take the necessary steps and identify alternative solutions for work and teaching for the remainder of the college year.  Updates will be sent to you regularly as the situation evolves and will be available on this page. (ajouter hyperlien de la version anglaise.)

CCNB thanks you for your patience during this period and rest assured that CCNB’s priority is the protection and health of our community as well as our commitment to support our student population in their learning.

- Pierre Zundel, CEO

For all details and updates on COVID-19, please consult Public Health Agency of Canada web site.