Information for apprentices about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated on January 5, 2021

The Ontario government recently updated the regulations to include a 10-person limit on in-person instruction for postsecondary institutions in regions that have been designated as a Grey or “Lockdown” zone.

In response to this change, our team has been working hard to re-arrange schedules and classes to try to make it work.  The college has expanded its operating hours to include evenings and weekends and hired additional teaching staff to accommodate the increased number of classes and labs, while maintaining our commitment to health and safety and complying with all required public health measures.

All available options have been explored to avoid having to postpone training. Unfortunately, we were unable to accommodate every program and it became necessary to postpone some training dates. Impacts were made to the following programs.  Please visit our  2020/2021 Ministry Funded Apprenticeship Training Dates.  For those who were impacted, the notifications were sent as soon as it was determined we would not be able to commence on the scheduled date, and in some cases these notices were sent on evening and weekends. Our intent was to notify students as soon as the decision was made.

The college continues to work closely with our local ministry office to reschedule the start dates for our apprenticeship offerings. This is our highest priority and we will update you as soon as new information becomes available.  

If you have been impacted by a Rescheduled Class:

  • I have received an email indicating that my class has been rescheduled? The Ministry has been notified that your class has been deferred and your name has been placed back on the waitlist.  The college continues to work closely with our local ministry office to reschedule the start dates for all of our apprenticeship offerings. This is our highest priority and we will update you as soon as new information becomes available 
  • How was the decision made to reduce class sizes? In consultation with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) and the changes in class size, apprentices were deferred based on their registration date with the Ministry.   

  • If you are currently attending training:

  • I am unable to see my courses in mycanvasIf you cannot see a course in canvas, this is likely because it has not be published yet.  Each course must be published separated.  Please follow up with your specific faculty after your first class.

  • What will my first day of training look like? Will I be required to attend in person or via a Zoom call?
  • Your first day of training will be a Zoom call.  Details surrounding your first day of class will be emailed to your MyMohawk email and personal email on file. Please note: You will not be able to view your courses in MyCanvas until your first day of class.
  • What will Hybrid Delivery look like?
    The majority of the training will occur in a hybrid format, which includes lecture-based program components to be delivered in a remote/virtual environment while required labs, simulations and assessments will be delivered on campus. This may vary by trade and information for your specific trade will be shared with you directly by your program area closer to the start date.
  • When will I get my schedule?
    Schedules will be issued on the first day of class.
  • How often will I be expected to be on campus?
    The hours/days on campus for labs will vary for each trade and level. This information will be shared with you directly by your program area.
  • Can I still work while attending training?
    Your training is delivered in a BLOCK format, scheduled 5 days per week, which indicates full-time studies. Eligible recipients in Block classes will receive a 16-digit code which will be issued by the Ministry (MLTSD) for the purposes of Employment Insurance (EI).
  • I am travelling from a distance; can I still stay home?
    You will be required to come to campus for mandatory in-person learning throughout the week.
  • I am in Level 3, when will we do exam prep?
    The decision has been made to deliver exam prep during your scheduled training dates.  There will not be an additional week at the end of the 8-week training period.
  • Are trade equivalency exams available?
    Trade Exemption tests will be available soon, once the campus restrictions are lifted. Please check back for updates.
  • How do I request a refund/withdraw from my class?
    Should you decide not to attend Mohawk College before classes start, forward your completed Apprenticeship Withdrawal / Refund Application PDF (44kb) to apprenticeship [at] mohawkcollege.ca and you will be issued a full refund. There will be a $50.00 administration charge if you withdraw on day 1-3 of classes. There will be no refund available after the 3rd day of classes.

    Any refund requests will be processed within 4-6 weeks and the credit will be made to your original mode of payment.

    Please note you will be placed back on the Ministry waitlist and subject to the Ministry issuing an offer of classroom training for a future date.
  • See the 2020/2021 Ministry Funded Apprenticeship Training Dates.