Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Planning continues for a full return in September

Update: May 3, 2021

From Occupational Health & Safety

Camosun continues to work on transition planning for a full and safe return to campus in September 2021 as outlined in the letter from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. As part of the process, on Friday, April 30, the B.C. Government announced the availability of a primer offering high-level guidance to assist colleges and universities with their preparations. The COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer is an update in advance of the revised Go-Forward Guidelines. The primer was developed by a team comprised of public post-secondary representatives in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control, regional health authorities and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. The primer advises that until the revised Guidelines are implemented on Aug. 1, the current Guidelines remain in effect.

Camosun will be providing further information on transitioning back to campus for schools and departments in the weeks ahead. Occupational health and safety measures will be introduced across all school and faculty spaces, service areas and administration spaces as part of the return to campus. Employees are asked not to initiate work on their areas without occupational and safety direction, and will be provided with the opportunity to ask questions in the coming weeks, so please wait for more on how that will unfold. In the meantime, the primer and existing Guidelines may help answer immediate questions.

The health and safety of students, employees and campus visitors continues to be main priority for Camosun.

Paid leave of absence for COVID-19 vaccination

From Human Resources Department

Recent amendments to the Employment Standards Act provide employees in B.C. with a new paid leave of absence to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The new leave gives employees the right to up to three hours of paid leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and is available each time an employee needs time off to be vaccinated. The legislation is effective retroactive to April 19, 2021.

Illustration of the COVID 19 virus

COVID-19 updates

Past updates detailing Camosun College's response to COVID-19.

Contact information

Rodney Porter

Executive Director, Communications and Marketing

Camosun College