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Update for July 7, 2020

To all JIBC students,

As British Columbia gets closer to some semblance of normalcy as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, let’s all remember that life is still different during this pandemic.

As such, please remember to manage expectations of yourself and the world outside your door. The change all around us is only temporary and we will get through this.

To help you cope and adapt, I’d like to share the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed in the U.K. and adapted by New Zealand’s Mental Health Foundation. These are five simple things we can all do each day to build resilience, foster wellbeing and help prevent or reduce the risk of mental health issues arising during this or any other challenging time. 

Here are the five ways:

Connect: Make sure to connect with people close to you, from family and friends to colleagues and neighbours. Strengthening relationships can boost wellbeing significantly.

Keep learning: Lifelong learning, whether that’s trying something new or being curious, can provide positive stimulation for our brains.

Be active: Exercise and physical activity can have a positive impact on our moods and reduce stress, depression and anxiety.

Give: Being kind, carrying out acts of kindness, and volunteering to help someone somewhere can increase happiness and a person’s sense of wellbeing.

Take notice: Be present, notice the small, positive things around us along the lines of “stopping to smell the roses.”

Keeping these five ways in mind each day can help as we continue our efforts to safeguard ourselves from COVID-19. Remember, physical distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Disruption can lead to positive changes in habits and attitudes. And make sure to look after yourselves so you can continue to help others, whether it’s your loved ones, your colleagues, or the community you serve.

As always, please continue to physically distance and practise infection control measures. Consider wearing a face mask when physical distancing is not possible. Continue to restrict the numbers of people in your close circle or “bubble.” Remember to wash your hands frequently and to not touch your face.

Again, feelings of stress and anxiety are natural in times such as these. Support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca.

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training has recently launched Here2Talk, which offers free, confidential, single-session services with trained counsellors by app, phone or online chat 24/7 at here2talk.ca, 604.642.5212 or toll-free at 1.877.857.3397.  The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

Thank you again for your support during this difficult time. Stay safe.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for June 16, 2020

To all JIBC students,

I hope everyone is doing well as we slowly emerge from under COVID-19 restrictions and begin a cautious resumption of regular activities, albeit adjusted versions in many cases.

I wish to draw your attention to June as National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. Since 1996, Canada has formally recognized this occasion as a day of celebrating the unique and rich history, cultures, languages, traditions and achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.

JIBC campuses are situated on traditional Indigenous lands, many of these, unceded territories. Each year, JIBC is proud to host celebrations and opportunities to learn about Indigenous cultures to commemorate and honour First Peoples living in British Columbia. We have also stated a commitment to Indigenous education in our new Strategic Plan 2020-2025. As a higher learning Institution, JIBC has a responsibility to uphold its commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and other pertinent legislation and human rights mechanisms such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This year, COVID-19 presents new opportunities and challenges for the way we will honour our First Peoples. JIBC’s Office of Indigenization has planned events this week for JIBC employees, and will be providing students with links to videos and resources at a later date.

History has shown the resiliency, agility and adaptability of Indigenous Peoples as the ultimate survivalists. I encourage you to embody this spirit and press on amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to find meaningful ways to learn from and safely celebrate, Indigenous Peoples and Indigeneity.

As mentioned in my previous update, JIBC has started to resume some classes at the New Westminster campus this month. We are providing limited face-to-face training opportunities for justice and public safety professionals where training and evaluation cannot be achieved remotely. Wherever possible programs and instruction will continue to be provided in online formats.

The following programs and areas of study will resume limited face-to-face classes in June:

  • Sheriff Recruit Training
  • Paramedic programming
  • Police Recruit Training
  • A small selection of short courses
  • Fire Fighter Technologies Certificate program at the Maple Ridge campus

Our first priority will always be the continued health and safety of JIBC students, staff and faculty, and our broader community. We have developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan and COVID-19 Recovery Framework following the principles and guidelines provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, the Provincial Health Officer, and WorkSafeBC. These documents will provide details of the COVID-19 safety protocols we’ve put in place at JIBC.

We are pleased to be able to provide limited, small-enrolment programming with protocols developed to reduce the likelihood of infection transmission. However, it is important for everyone to understand that choosing to participate in any face-to-face activity (at school, work, or socially) requires you to consider the risk to your own social circle and to also accept a responsibility to others on our campuses.

As the COVID-19 situation is continually evolving, we will adjust as needed to any new information and guidance from provincial health officials. We must continue to do what we can to protect ourselves and each other from this global pandemic.

As usual, please continue to physically distance and practise infection control measures in your everyday lives. Consider wearing a face mask when in situations where physical distancing is not possible. Continue to restrict the numbers of people included in your close circle or “bubble” to minimize “contact intensity.” Remember to wash your hands frequently and to not touch your face.

As always, support for feelings of stress and anxiety is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca.

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training has recently launched Here2Talk, which offers free, confidential, single-session services with trained counsellors by app, phone or online chat 24/7 at here2talk.ca, 604.642.5212 or toll-free at 1.877.857.3397.  The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

Thank you again for your patience and support during this challenging time. Stay safe.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for June 3, 2020

To all JIBC students, staff and faculty,

Let me start by wishing everyone a happy Pride Month! JIBC is recognizing the occasion by raising the rainbow Pride flag at all our campuses. The flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) pride and LGBT social movements.

The month of June was chosen for LGBTQ2S Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTQ2S people have had in the world.

The New Westminster campus is now also home to a rainbow crosswalk, a permanent symbol of JIBC’s support of all LGBTQ2S people, and in these trying times, by extension, the rich diversity of people that make up Canada and the world.

I am pleased to report that JIBC has started to resume some classes at the New Westminster campus this week, with more being rolled out throughout the month of June. We will be providing limited face-to-face training opportunities for justice and public safety professionals where training and evaluation cannot be achieved remotely. Wherever possible programs and instruction will continue to be provided in online formats.

The following programs and areas of study have been confirmed to resume limited face-to-face classes in June:

  • Sheriff Recruit Training
  • Paramedic programming (late June)
  • Police Recruit Training (late June)
  • A small selection of short courses
  • Fire Fighter Technologies Certificate program at the Maple Ridge campus

Please contact program area staff for more details on the specific courses being offered.

Our first priority will always be the continued health and safety of JIBC students, staff and faculty, and our broader community. We have developed a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan following the principles and guidelines provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, the Provincial Health Officer, and WorkSafeBC.

We are pleased to be able to provide limited, small-enrolment programming with protocols developed to reduce the likelihood of infection transmission. However, it is important for everyone to understand that choosing to participate in any face-to-face activity (at school, work, or socially) requires you to consider the risk to your own social circle and to also accept a responsibility to others on our campuses.

It is clear that COVID-19 is transmitted most easily when people are indoors together for an extended period of time, especially when physically active and speaking. As this describes many of our activities at JIBC, the safety plan sets out protocols for staff, faculty and students addressing: daily personal health screening; occupancy limits; physical distancing; hygiene practices; risk assessments; class agreements; and the use of masks when two-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained.

JIBC’s COVID-19 safety protocols include:

  • Students, staff and faculty must complete a personal health assessment questionnaire daily before arriving on campus. Anyone with symptoms must not attend campus and must arrange medical assessment and/or self-isolate for 10 to 14 days. Instructors or supervisors must be informed of your status immediately to make alternate arrangements.
  • Occupancy limits in rooms and elevators to enable physical distancing
  • Changes to work and class schedules to stagger attendance, enabling physical distancing
  • Plexiglass barriers installed at face-to-face service desks, in some training facilities, on desks in certain classrooms, and in one vehicle to allow for first responder driver training
  • Participants in activities requiring close contact will be limited to designated “partners” or “work pods” for the duration of the course
  • Access to campuses limited to registered students and authorized staff and faculty
  • Wearing of non-medical masks is suggested in general and required during specific activities when physical distancing is not possible. Use of masks must be done in conjunction with proper hand washing and physical distancing.
  • Increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces

As the COVID-19 situation is continually evolving, we will adjust where necessary as any new information and guidance comes from provincial health officials. We must continue to do what we can to protect ourselves and each other from this global pandemic.

Please continue to physically distance and practise infection control measures in your everyday lives. Consider wearing a face mask when in situations where physical distancing is not possible. Continue to restrict the numbers of people included in your close circle or “bubble” to minimize “contact intensity.” Remember to wash your hands frequently and to not touch your face.

Thank you again for your patience and support during this challenging time. Stay safe.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for May 19, 2020

To all JIBC students, staff and faculty,

Let me begin by extending our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Capt. Jennifer Casey of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canada’s Snowbirds team in light of the tragic accident in Kamloops on the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are also with Capt. Richard MacDougall as he recovers from his injuries.

Canada’s Snowbirds are a source of national pride and we thank them and the Canadian Armed Forces for all they do for Canadians. We at JIBC stand beside them in this time of sorrow and wish them the best as they recover from this tragedy.

Outlook on JIBC’s summer and fall terms

British Columbia’s success in bending the curve of COVID-19 infections has allowed JIBC to begin looking forward to our summer and fall terms. 

The B.C. Government’s Restart Plan to ease COVID-19-related restrictions gives us the starting point to develop a JIBC recovery plan outlining our approach to program delivery.

Our first priority will always be the continued health and safety of JIBC students, staff, and faculty. JIBC’s planning will adhere to the principles provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training as well as guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC for the safe operation of workplaces.

We are working on a plan that will be safe, practical and sustainable for the coming 12 to 18 months during which it is hoped a vaccine for the virus can be developed and distributed to create greater immunity for the general population.

Classes and programs

JIBC will not be returning to pre-COVID-19 levels of face-to-face classes and programs. Instead, we will be developing a plan with the following approach:

  • Courses will continue to be conducted online wherever possible.
  • For programs that require some face-to-face instruction and evaluation, all theory instruction will be online where possible to minimize the amount of time students will be on our campuses.

Students will be contacted directly by JIBC program staff when plans are complete and classes are ready to proceed either online or face-to-face. Anyone with concerns about returning to campus is asked to discuss them with the appropriate program staff, or in the case of recruits, their employers.

Health and Safety

Any plans for students, staff and faculty to return to our campuses will be subject to safety and risk assessments according to the guidelines set out by the B.C. Government, Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. COVID-19 mitigation measures are being put in place on campuses, including procedures, training materials, equipment and signage to facilitate physical distancing. Measures being considered include directional signage, one-way traffic flow, and adjusting the setup and capacity of classrooms.

JIBC employees are expected to continue to work from home until they hear otherwise from their Director or Dean.

Much has changed in the world since the global pandemic was declared in mid-March. At JIBC, as in the rest of British Columbia, our preparations are a continual work in progress as we adapt to new understanding of the COVID-19 virus and the experiences of other jurisdictions around the world as they restart their own economies.

While we don’t have all the answers yet, rest assured that we will provide updates as soon as they’re available so you can make your own plans for the future with as little uncertainty and anxiety as possible.

I look forward to the day when we can all meet again in person on JIBC campuses. Until then, thank you again for your support, patience, dedication, and willingness to adapt as we chart a path together through this challenging time in our history.

While stressful, this experience has led to a renewed public recognition of the importance and value of first responders and public safety personnel, many of them JIBC graduates. All of us at JIBC – students, staff and faculty – can certainly take pride in being part of that.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for May 12, 2020

To all JIBC students,

With the B.C. government’s announcement of its Restart Plan to ease COVID-19-related restrictions, I wanted to let you know that JIBC’s senior management team is currently reviewing these guidelines.

Our first priority remains the continued health and safety of JIBC students, staff, and faculty as we look to easing some restrictions. JIBC’s planning will adhere to the principles provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training as well as guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC for the safe operation of workplaces.

We hope to be able to announce a JIBC COVID-19 recovery plan next week outlining our approach to program delivery whether it be online, face-to-face or in a hybrid manner for the months of June, July and August as well as the fall of 2020. All plans must meet with provincial safety guidelines and need to be reviewed by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training before we can begin to invite employees and students back onto our campuses.

The recovery plan will be designed to help meet the provincial government’s goal of maximum social contact being no more than 60 per cent of what was normal pre-COVID-19 to prevent a resurgence in infections and community spread. JIBC is working on a recovery plan that will be safe, practical and sustainable for the coming 12 to 18 months during which it is hoped a vaccine for the virus can be developed and distributed to create greater immunity for the general population.

In the meantime, please stay vigilant and continue to physically distance and practise infection control measures. Thank you again for your patience and support during this challenging time.

As always, support for feelings of stress and anxiety is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca.

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training has recently launched Here2Talk, which offers free, confidential, single-session services with trained counsellors by app, phone or online chat 24/7 at here2talk.ca, 604.642.5212 or toll-free at 1.877.857.3397.  The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for May 5, 2020

To all JIBC students,

As we all await the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions, we continue to express our appreciation for front line workers across the province.

As a show of unity and support for health care workers and the emergency services family, JIBC will participate in the parade past Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster at 7 p.m. tonight (May 5) as part of Giving Tuesday Now with several JIBC training vehicles, including an ambulance, police car and fire truck. I invite you to join in as you are able.

The Government of Canada has announced several initiatives to assist students financially during the COVID-19 pandemic including the Canada Emergency Student Benefit and changes to the Canada Student Loans Program. While some details are not yet available, you can find out more at Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

In the words of Sir Winston Churchill, we are only “at the end of the beginning” in our response to this global pandemic. Please remember to continue practising infection control measures as easing up on these new habits could easily lead to a resurgence of climbing numbers of COVID-19 infections.

As BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said, our future “is in our hands, as long as we don’t forget to wash them.”

As always, support for feelings of stress and anxiety is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca.

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training has recently launched Here2Talk, which offers free, confidential, single-session services with trained counsellors by app, phone or online chat 24/7 at here2talk.ca, 604.642.5212 or toll-free at 1.877.857.3397.  The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

Thank you again for your support during this unprecedented time in our history.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for April 21, 2020

To all JIBC students,

As we express a collective sigh of relief that our efforts to bend to curve on COVD-19 infections appear to be succeeding, I urge you all to continue to be cautious. To prevent all our sacrifices of the last several weeks being for naught, we must ensure we do not let up too soon.

“The numbers are going down but we are not immune,” said BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. “This is our time to be patient and to continue together.”

After all, it is only together that we will be able to prevail against this insidious virus.

Canadian post-secondary students can also help provide insight into the educational, employment and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by completing a new Statistics Canada survey. I encourage you to complete the survey to inform and assist in planning and decision-making across the country. This survey is voluntary and available at Statistics Canada until May 1.

As always, support for feelings of stress and anxiety is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca.

The BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training has recently launched Here2Talk, which offers free, confidential, single-session services with trained counsellors by app, phone or online chat 24/7 at here2talk.ca, 604.642.5212 or toll-free at 1.877.857.3397. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

Let’s hold the line in our response to the global pandemic. Carry on washing our hands frequently, staying home as much as possible, and practising physical distancing when in public. Thank you again for your support during this challenging time.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for April 17, 2020

To all JIBC students,

With the COVID-19 situation adding one more concern to what is already on your minds as students, I know it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

But as we all do our part to help slow the spread of the virus, please know that JIBC is here for you in times of stress and anxiety, and so is the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (AEST).

AEST has just announced the launch of a new mental health counselling and referral service for all post-secondary students in British Columbia. It offers free, confidential, single-session services by app, phone or online chat 24/7.

Chat sessions are with a trained counsellor and can be accessed by downloading the Here2Talk app or by visiting: here2talk.ca. Students can speak to a counsellor by phone, toll free at 1.877.857.3397 or direct at 604.642.5212.

As always, support is also available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

Heading into the weekend, let’s remember to hold the line in our response to the global pandemic. Carry on washing our hands frequently, staying home as much as possible, and practising physical distancing when in public. Thank you again for your support during this challenging time.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for April 15, 2020

To all JIBC students,

I hope the past Easter long weekend was a time of rest and connecting, virtually, with family and loved ones. As a community, we all appreciate the efforts of not only health care workers and first responders but of each and every one of you who does their part to help bend the curve on COVID-19 infections.

I am heartened by the public’s response to this time of adversity and believe as a society, we will emerge more reflective and better prepared for what the future holds.

As we continue to adjust to new ways of operating I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your efforts in recent weeks, including JIBC students and graduates currently serving as paramedics, firefighters, police officers, correctional officers, and emergency management personnel, among others, who are on the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis.

We may need to continue with this “new normal” for weeks or months to come, but individually and collectively, we at JIBC are all making a difference in our response to the global pandemic. As BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said, “This is for today, not forever.”

Let’s carry on washing our hands frequently, staying home as much as possible, and practising physical distancing when in public. Thank you again for your support and patience during this difficult time.

The JIBC Emergency Operations Centre group continues to meet remotely on a regular basis to manage our pandemic response and address any issues that arise. 

To anyone feeling stress and anxiety at this time, please know this is natural. Support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for April 9, 2020

To all JIBC students,

For many, the month of April holds great religious significance, with the coming days and weeks normally including celebrations such as Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi and Ramadan, among others.

This year, these celebrations bring added significance as we reflect on what we are grateful for, from good health to the everyday heroes among us, and what continues to concern us, from COVID-19 and its impact on our lives so far to loved ones who are ill, at risk of being so, or who we have lost.   

You are all in my thoughts as we continue to navigate our daily lives during the global pandemic.

This month, that includes our religious celebrations. They can continue as always, but as with everything, health officials are urging us to adapt and carry them out differently in light of COVID-19. 

Please remember we can still celebrate together, but virtually, as we still should not gather together physically with people outside our own households.

As we head into the Easter long weekend, we are reminded that in British Columbia, we are in the midst of a crucial two weeks in our efforts to slow the spread of this virus. As BC Health Minister Adrian Dix said, “Let’s bend the curve, not bend the rules, this weekend.”

I encourage you to read the letter from Minister of Advanced Education, Skills & Training Melanie Mark and her messages of reassurance that the public, post-secondary system in BC is doing all it can to mitigate the impacts on students, staff and faculty during this challenging time.

As Minister Mark says, “We are going to get through this by paddling together.”

Let’s continue to do our part to help each other by washing our hands frequently, staying home as much as possible, and staying at least two metres apart when in public. Health officials say there are indications that everything we are doing is working to flatten the curve but we must remain steadfastly committed in order to not lose any ground to COVID-19.

Thank you again for your support and patience during this unprecedented time.

The JIBC Emergency Operations Centre group continues to meet remotely on a regular basis to manage our pandemic response and address any issues that arise. 

To anyone feeling stress and anxiety at this time, please know this is natural. Support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for April 7, 2020

To all JIBC students,

As we continue to celebrate health care workers and first responders, and do our part to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic, we do our best to carry on with our regular lives while meeting requirements for physical distancing and infection control.

Unfortunately, for many people these changes have led to additional challenges and hardship. I am pleased to let you know that, in addition to the financial assistance announced earlier by the federal and provincial governments, the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (AEST) has announced $3.5 million in one-time emergency financial assistance to the province’s 25 public post-secondary institutions. 

For JIBC, that translates to an additional $140,000 in emergency assistance, non-repayable grants to help full- and part-time students address short-term, unexpected financial difficulties. This can be used towards a broad range of costs including living expenses, food, travel, and portable computers and other supports for students who don’t already have the ability to study remotely. To apply and for more information on this program, email financialaid@jibc.ca.

AEST is also providing an additional $1.5 million provincewide to supplement the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides help to Indigenous students who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency that may affect their ability to finish their studies. To apply and for more information on this program, email indigenization@jibc.ca.

JIBC will also receive AEST funding to enhance the post-secondary educational experiences and outcomes of Indigenous learners ($125,000), and to support the success of students with disabilities in programs with high labour market demand ($75,000).

Meanwhile, we all must continue to help each other by washing our hands frequently, staying home as much as possible, and staying at least two metres apart when in public. There are encouraging signs that our efforts are having the desired effect, and now we are being asked to “hold the line” and be unwavering in our commitment to this cause.

The JIBC Emergency Operations Centre group continues to meet remotely on a regular basis to manage our pandemic response and address any issues that arise. 

Thank you again for your support during this challenging time.

To anyone feeling stress and anxiety, please know this is natural at this time. Support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for April 2, 2020

To all JIBC students, 

It starts at 7 p.m. every night.

Across the province, and indeed now in cities across Canada and beyond, people are taking to their front steps and balconies to bang pots and pans, applaud and cheer. All to thank health care workers and first responders for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And every night I feel a surge of pride in the role JIBC plays in educating and training many of those being celebrated ­– from paramedics to police officers and firefighters.

That pride turns to appreciation for all they do, and for all you do as students who are preparing to join their ranks.

Thank you again for your support, resiliency and patience during this challenging time.

While provincial health officials are encouraged by statistics that show physical distancing appears to be working to help flatten the curve of this virus, the crisis is far from over. Just as JIBC is a partner in these efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, we all must remain committed to the cause by staying home as much as possible, washing our hands frequently, and staying two metres apart when in public.

As BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said, “No one is immune to this virus but everyone can make a difference.”  

The JIBC Emergency Operations Centre group continues to meet remotely on a regular basis to manage our pandemic response and address any questions and challenges that arise. 

To anyone feeling stress and anxiety, please know this is natural at this time. Support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Senior Manager of Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Update for March 31, 2020

To all JIBC students,

Early indications from provincial health officials are that our physical distancing efforts are working to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. However, it’s still much too early to score a victory against this virus. We all must continue to wash our hands frequently, keep two metres apart when in public and stay home as much as possible.

At JIBC, our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) group continues to meet remotely on a regular basis to manage our response to the pandemic and the logistics of the transition to learning and working remotely. Thank you once again for your support and patience during this challenging time. 

To anyone who has feelings of stress and anxiety, please know this is natural at this time. Support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Manager of Student Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

For further updates and a FAQ about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Latest Update: March 27, 2020

To all JIBC students, staff and faculty,

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, I recognize this relatively quick transition to learning and working remotely has been disruptive on everyone involved and wanted to remind you that all these changes will ultimately make a difference in combating this virus.

While the daily news reports and updates from the BC Health Ministry on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may make the current situation seem daunting, keep in mind that what steps we all take now will make a difference in the weeks to come.

Health officials believe all our efforts as a wider community to practise physical distancing and infection control measures will result in fewer new cases of this virus but it will take time for that evidence to emerge.

In the meantime, JIBC will continue to do its part to help flatten the curve. I want to thank you again for your support and willingness to adapt to the circumstances in this challenging period in our history.

Feelings of stress and anxiety are natural at this time. Support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Manager of Student Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

For further updates about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Latest Update: March 25, 2020

To all JIBC students,

As we all continue to adapt to the COVID-19 situation, I wanted to acknowledge the challenges you face and the disruption to your lives and studies. We at JIBC sincerely appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to do our part to help flatten the curve on the COVID-19 pandemic and meet our first priority of maintaining the health and safety of students, staff and faculty.

We wanted to keep you updated on the latest measures JIBC is taking to mitigate this health crisis and minimize its impact on students:

  1. All face-to-face classes scheduled to take place in April have been cancelled and classes in May are being assessed as to our ability to offer them face-to-face. Information on future classes will be provided as decisions are made. 
    If your class is cancelled, you will be notified directly by the JIBC Registration Office. For any questions about classes and registration please email register@jibc.ca.
  2. Spring Convocation in June has been postponed and is expected to be rescheduled to November.
  3. Classes at JIBC’s regional campuses (Chilliwack, Victoria, Kelowna, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows) have moved online or have been postponed in support of COVID-19 mitigation measures to keep British Columbians safe. This measure will be in place until further notice.
  4. Both the JIBC Library and JIBC Store closed as of March 23 and will continue to provide services by email or phone.

While JIBC remains open, we strongly encourage you to conduct any business with the Institute through email or phone as part of the social distancing efforts necessary to quell the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Such measures are temporary, but there are indications from the provincial government that they will be of an extended duration, until at least the end of April if not longer. As a wider community, our focus must remain on slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and JIBC is a full partner in these efforts.

But with uncertainty of such magnitude will naturally come stress and anxiety. Please know that JIBC is with you and support is available to all JIBC students by contacting the Manager of Student Learning Support and Disability Resources, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, by phone at 604.528.5884 or 1.877.275.4331, or by email at studentresources@jibc.ca. The BC Crisis Line is also available 24/7 at 1.800.784.2433.

Thank you again for your support and willingness to adapt to the circumstances in this challenging and unprecedented time. Please remember to practise the recommended physical distancing and infection control measures as we do our part to combat this virus. For further updates about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

As BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said so aptly, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe.”

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Latest Update: March 20, 2020

Update from JIBC President & CEO:

JIBC’s first priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty and the public in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet this commitment, and to facilitate social distancing, JIBC has implemented a number of temporary changes to its operations until further notice:

  • Employees are being encouraged and supported to work remotely where such arrangements are possible.
  • External facility rentals and activities on campus have been suspended as a proactive and preventative measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • All self-service access in the JIBC Cafeteria at the New Westminster campus has been discontinued and replaced by pre-wrapped food items.

With all campuses remaining open, these changes are in addition to existing enhanced health and safety measures such as increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch objects and surfaces, and increased access to hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes in common areas of each campus.

While we are social distancing, we are also encouraging students, staff and faculty to stay connected and take care of their mental health and wellness. JIBC students can review a range of student supports at jibc.ca/studentsupport. JIBC staff and faculty can access the Institute’s Employee & Family Assistance Program as well as Starling Minds.

As we all do our part to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to commend and express my deepest appreciation to all JIBC staff and faculty. Your dedication, commitment and tremendous efforts over the past week have been remarkable as we support each other and respond to the needs of our students, clients and partners during this unprecedented, challenging situation. Thank you all for the hard work you are doing to fulfill the vision, mission and mandate of JIBC at this critical time.

For further updates about JIBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit jibc.ca/covid19.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO


Latest update: March 16, 2020:

Message from JIBC President & CEO:

In the midst of the uncertainty of the past weeks, I wanted to reach out on behalf of everyone at JIBC with the hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Our first priority is the health and safety of JIBC students, staff, faculty and the public in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain this coronavirus. As we continue our efforts to slow the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, advice regarding public health measures in our communities is evolving quickly.

JIBC update on course and program delivery as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020

JIBC is committed to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 by taking the following proactive measures despite no instances of COVID-19 presently on campus.

Students in Face-to-face, Semester-based Courses

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 we are pausing all semester-based face-to-face courses. We will be resuming courses on Monday, March 23, 2020 in an alternate delivery format.

Details about this transition will be made available to students through their instructors or program staff. They will work with students to facilitate completion of their courses this semester and ensure that this situation will not affect a student’s ability to complete their course and fulfill their program requirements.

Students in Short Courses and Programs – Tuition Courses

We are postponing all upcoming face-to-face deliveries of tuition courses as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Students registered in a tuition course can email register@jibc.ca to reschedule their course to a future offering, or request a refund.

Students in Short Courses and Programs – Contract Training

JIBC will be in contact with clients to reschedule contract training as required to meet their needs.

Students in Health Sciences Programs

All face-to-face courses delivered by Health Sciences Division (HSD), including all paramedic programs, will be temporarily adjourned effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Details about alternate delivery options will be provided to students by Friday, March 20, 2020. BCEHS and our clinical partners have advised that practice education will be cancelled until further notice. HSD is notifying impacted students directly.

Students in Emergency Services Programs

For students in our emergency services training programs, such as municipal police and deputy sheriff recruits, JIBC continues to work with our partner agencies as we monitor the situation and adjust as requested and required on a day-by-day basis to meet training,health and safety needs.

Students in Online Courses/Programs

There is no change for students currently in, or already scheduled to take, any JIBC online course.

All Campuses Remain Open

All JIBC campuses will remain open and all other Institute operations will continue as normal as we transition affected face-to-face courses and assessments.

JIBC is ensuring no gathering of 50 people or more following guidance from the Provincial Health Officer.

JIBC continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and work with the Provincial Health Officer, BC Ministries of Health and Advanced Education, Skills & Training, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and will provide additional information on the JIBC (jibc.ca/covid19) as it becomes available.

The Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control continue to advise that the threat to residents of BC is low, and so this transition of affected courses is a voluntary and proactive measure.

We understand that this is a significant change in our program delivery for many of our courses and programs, and there will be questions and details to be determined as this rolls out.

We ask for and appreciate your patience as we deliver on this transition in this rapidly evolving situation. I’d like to thank everyone working on this transition for your commitment and extraordinary efforts.

Further details for students, faculty and staff are below and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Michel Tarko, PhD
President & CEO
Justice Institute of British Columbia


March 13, 2020 Update:

Message from JIBC President & CEO

To all JIBC students, staff, faculty, clients and community partners,

The COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it has affected millions around the world and raised numerous questions about the impact, including here at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC). 

I want to assure you that JIBC is working to provide answers to such questions as soon as possible with an aim to minimize the impact during this extraordinary situation.

JIBC has activated a COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre with its members meeting regularly to monitor the situation, develop plans and respond as needed. We are working with the BC Ministries of Health and Advanced Education, Skills & Training, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and will provide additional information on the JIBC website (jibc.ca/covid19) as it becomes available.

In the meantime, we remind people of the following ways to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands frequently, and use hand-sanitizer when washing facilities aren’t available
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue to contain any droplets, then dispose of the tissue appropriately
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice social distancing, avoiding close contact with others, especially those who are sick
  • If you have a cold or the flu, or similar symptoms, stay home

We appreciate your patience as we coordinate JIBC’s response to this global health crisis.

Kind regards,

Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO

 


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