COVID-19 Update as of April 2, 2020

For new students:

First day of classes will be April 14th, students will receive their class schedules in the next few days by our Student Advisor.

For current and new students:

The Spring break originally scheduled for April 4th to April 13th will be moved to start instead on March 30th and ending on April 13th. Classes will resume on April 14th by online delivery.

For students in Canada:

To facilitate the delivery of courses we will be using ZOOM as the online platform. If you are a current student located in Vancouver, your classes will be in real-time. This means that for example, if you are scheduled to attend a class on April 14 for a Business Management course, you should follow the link to the class that your instructor will send you, the class will take place on the same days and time as per your schedule.

Here are the instructions to access your class:

  1. Click on the link your instructor will send you
  2. You are now in your class!
  3. If you have difficulty accessing your class, please get in touch with your instructor directly.
  4. Happy online learning!

Minimum technical requirements:

We recommend that you use a laptop with a good internet connection. Your laptop should have a good microphone and a video camera. You can access your class through your smartphone, make sure you are using Wifi.

For Students outside of Canada:

Your classes will not be in real-time but pre-recorded. This means that you can access your classes and work on your courses at the time that best suits you. However, your instructor will require you to do assignments and presentations that you will need to submit within a deadline. You will need to follow the classes as per your class schedule.

Here are the instructions to access your online course:

  1. Click on the link your instructor has sent you
  2. You will be now looking at the recording of an actual class for your course.
  3. If you have difficulty accessing the recording please get in touch with your instructor directly.
  4. Your instructor will provide you with instructions on how to complete your assignments and deadlines to submit them.
  5. Happy online learning!

Minimum technical requirements:

We recommend that you use a laptop with a good internet connection. Your laptop should have a good microphone and a video camera. You can access your class through your smartphone, make sure you are using Wifi.

We will continue to provide further announcements to all of you as the situation evolves. Please make sure to check your emails regularly.

Please contact us at: customerservice@arbutuscollege.com or cell phone number 778-319-7320 regarding programs, intake dates and admission.

For tuition fees payment and payment plans please contact us at mariacolwell@arbutucollege.com

You can also contact us at studentadvisor@arbutuscollege.com or call us at 604-622-4446, 778-227-6496 or 778-227-6869 for any questions or concerns you may have about your courses.

New information on student eligibility for the CERB (one-time payment of $1,000):

To qualify for CERB benefits, applicants must (a) be a resident of Canada, (b) be 15 years or older, and (c) have had a total income of at least $5,000 (combined) in 2019 or in the 12 months immediately preceding the application, from any of the following sources;

  • Employment income,
  • Self-employment income, and
  • Maternity or parental leave benefits.

Additionally, to be eligible for the CERB benefit, a worker must receive no income for 14 consecutive days in a 4-week period for which they apply for benefits. This means no income from:

  • Employment or self-employment;
  • Employment Insurance;
  • Any allowances/money/benefits in respect of pregnancy or parental leave, including adoption; or
  • Any other income prescribed by regulation, no regulations have been passed to date.

If a student has already applied for Regular Employment Insurance they will automatically be considered for the CERB as well.  Applications through service Canada per the following guidelines:

If you were born in the
month of
Apply for
CERB on
Your best day to apply
Day to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit:  
January, February or March Mondays April 6
April, May, or June Tuesdays April 7
July, August, or September Wednesdays April 8
October, November, or December Thursdays April 9
Any month Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Note: If a student has not been laid off and has simply not been working they will not be eligible for this benefit.

For students, faculty and staff:

We would like to emphasize that if you are feeling ill, please stay home, monitor your symptoms and call your family doctor for further instructions, and if you are in Vancouver, call 811 or visit the BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool website for further guidance (https://bc.thrive.health/).

Please also contact Arbutus College via our dedicated email covid-19@arbutuscollege.com regarding your health situation.

We will continue to provide further announcements to all of you as the situation evolves. Please make sure to check your emails regularly.

Finally, we urge you to practice social distancing, continue to exercise good hygiene habits, wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face.

473 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
BC V6B 1L4 Canada
1- 604-622-4446