The health and wellbeing of students and staff remains the priority of Camosun College.
Camosun’s COVID-19 Response Coordination Team continues to monitor the situation, work on advanced planning and keep the college community safe. Due to COVID-19, we are planning for a mix in course delivery. The college will follow guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC and the B.C. Government to ensure the health and wellbeing of students and employees.
Latest Update: August 4, 2020
COVID-19 Safety Training & Screening for students
It is important to Camosun College that all students, staff and faculty stay health and safe during this challenging time. Maintaining a safe learning environment and reducing the spread of COVID-19 is both an individual and a shared responsibility.
All students who are enrolled in a course with any on-campus or face-to-face component must complete the COVID-19 Safety Training and Initial Symptoms Self-Assessment before attending campus. There are knowledge testing questions throughout the training to support learning. Once you complete the training and final declaration form, you will receive a certificate by email to save for your records.
Camosun employees working from home and T2200 tax form
For Camosun College employees who have been asked to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are questions about the cost to maintain a home workspace and equipment, and the supplies needed to carry out their work remotely. Employees have asked if they will be eligible to claim employment expenses on their 2020 income tax form.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) form T2200 Declaration of Conditions of Employment is completed by the employer to certify that an employee is required to work from home and that any employment expenses not reimbursed by the employer may be claimed on their annual tax return.
In normal times, most Camosun College employees do not qualify to claim employment expenses because the College provides the workspace and necessary equipment and supplies. However, expenses incurred by employees during the 2020 “stay home” directive may be eligible when filing a tax return for the 2020 calendar year required by April 30, 2021.
While the CRA has not announced any special tax provisions due to the pandemic, we expect that this will be addressed by the Canadian government. The CRA is currently focused on the emergency subsidy programs and the safety of their own employees.
In the meantime, Camosun College employees should retain receipts of all purchases necessary to perform their duties remotely. Employees should also familiarize themselves with the tax rules per CRA guidelines for what are considered eligible home office expenses and calculation requirements.
The College will continue to monitor announcements from the CRA on this matter and provide updates to the College community when received.
- Camosun Student Quarantine Plan / COVID-19 Safety Plan - July 23, 2020
- SafeStart Update: Information for visitors, contractors and service personnel coming on campus - July 13, 2020
- A conversation with President Sherri Bell – two metres apart - June 11, 2020
- Camosun directive on campus absences due to COVID-19 - June 10, 2020
- Reminder: deadline for Safe Start Camosun - June 4, 2020
- Safe Start Camosun – limiting on-campus learning - June 1, 2020
COVID-19 Safety Plan
The most current copy of the college’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel & Tourism Canada
- COVID-19 Stigma Guide
- Ministry of Health BC COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool
- How COVID-19 is affecting IRCC
- For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc):