Institutional Support for Students in B.C.

COVID-19 guidelines for fall 2020 sessions for colleges and universities in B.C.

The B.C. government is encouraging post-secondary institutions to implement suggested protocols to help everyone stay safe while teaching or learning.

The post-secondary institutions of B.C. have been busy creating and sharing resources to help students, faculty, and staff access resources, develop strategies, and adapt to the new normal.

While we’ve organized the following resources by the institution to make it easier to quickly find the content about your specific institution, much of the information is relevant regardless of where you are. Explore this list to find the tools you need to transition to online learning, find support, and continue your education during and after the pandemic.

Some of the following information includes pre-pandemic services and supports. Visit the institution’s website to learn how to access these resources safely.


  • Academica has assembled this impressive list of post-secondary institutions across Canada, with linked information about each institutions’ plans for the fall intake of 2020. The list is not complete, and we anticipate the content will be updated as new information is made available.

Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (ACE-WIL)

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

  • The BCIT Learning Hub provides training, real-time desktop conferencing, exam conversion, digital storytelling, and assistance with other educational technologies

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

Camosun College

Capilano University

  • Centre for Teaching Excellence — a comprehensive resource for educators, faculty, and staff seeking innovative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning
  • The Learning Commons — a supportive environment with reference materials and presentation facilities for students

Douglas College

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC)

  • Learning Resources — learning strategies, writing supports, tip sheetings, and library info for JIBC

Langara College

Okanagan College

Selkirk College

Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Thompson Rivers University (TRU)

  • Academic Supports — academic advising, international student support, a friendly and inviting Indigenous centre, and other resources to help TRU students be successful through online learning
  • Writing Centre — free tutoring through WriteAway and WritingCentre Online, providing feedback and advice to learners looking to improve clarity, ideas, sentence structures, and more

University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • Keep Learning — tips and resources to help students thrive in an online learning environment
  • Online Learning Guides — via Google Docs a vast selection of online guides available, featuring international content ranging from overall coronavirus to specific districts, international schools (including IB), and distance learning and flipped-classroom plans
  • Tool Guides — an online compendium of tool-guides to use the various tools available at UBC
  • UBC Geering Up – Online Resources during COVID-19 — virtual camps, courses, and e-learning resources for engineers and educators

Faculty-Specific Teaching and Learning Centres

University-Wide Teaching and Learning Centres

University of Fraser Valley

University of Victoria (UVic)

  • Centre for Accessible Learning — the CAL works with faculty and students to promote educational equity and accessibility for students with disabilities
  • English Language Centre — staffed by teachers, a cultural assistant, and volunteers, the ELC learning centre is available to help learners develop their English language skills
  • Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation — the LTSI is available for faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants looking for professional development and guidance
  • UVic Learn Anywhere — academic support, learning strategies, and well-being resources for UVic students

Stay safe, observe the best practices, and help Canada overcome this pandemic.