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Coronavirus Information

Daily Roundup

April 22, 2020

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

The Government of Canada announced today that it will soon boost funding and support to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Eligible students will receive $1,250 a month from May to August, or $1,750 if they are a caregiver or have a disability.
  • College and university students currently in school, planning to start in September, or who graduated since December 2019 are eligible.
  • Students who work but earn less than $1,000 a month can also apply.
  • Students who volunteer over the summer can receive between $1,000 and $5,000, based on the hours they work.
  • Student grants for eligible students are doubling, up to $6,000 for full-time students and up to $3,600 for part-time students.

The government still needs to pass legislation to activate the CESB. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.

Red River College students need you

The College has received an overwhelming number of applications for funding through the COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund, and it currently does not have enough to provide to all students in need.

We’ve heard from students who are putting their groceries on credit, who can’t afford to pay rent and utilities, who have been laid off or have a partner who has been laid off.

Please help us relieve some of the financial burdens our students are experiencing so they can confidently move forward, and graduate into the workforce as leaders in their chosen fields. Every donation helps.

Donate now

Beware COVID-19 phishing emails, texts and calls

A number of new phishing and online scams have surfaced, each seeking to take advantage of the public’s concern surrounding COVID-19.

Find out what you need to watch for and how to protect yourself »

Counselling Services enhances supports

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and RRC’s switch to virtual delivery, Counselling Services continues to operate via telephone and video conferencing, and now offers an enhanced range of services:

  1. Students and staff can visit the Wellness Blog to learn about developing strong coping skills, caring for their holistic health, and staying resilient.
  2. Request a Wellness Check. Students may complete the secure online form, and a counsellor will call them for a brief, supportive conversation.
  3. Counselling Services. Our professional, registered counsellors are ready to help students with personal/relational challenges and managing their mental wellness.  Complete the secure online intake form to get started.
  4. BEACON Digital Therapy. Through BEACON, registered mental health professionals  provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, and insomnia – digitally, through computer, smart phone or tablet. Learn more here.
  5. Same-Day Crisis Service. If the situation a student is experiencing cannot wait for a regularly scheduled appointment and may result in serious consequences or distress, they may complete this secure online form. Someone will respond to them within one business day.

If you’re an instructor concerned about a student’s mental health and wellness, and would like to consult on how best to support the student, please feel free to contact Laureen Janzen at A time to talk by phone or video can also be arranged.

Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator

Behind the Scenes at RRC

In times of great fear and stress, many of us would do well to follow the advice of Mr. Rogers: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Meet RRC’s mental health helpers — the counsellors dedicated to helping students cope with the challenges of school, work, life, and COVID-19.

Read the story »

Stronger together while staying apart

RRC’s alumni community continues to raise the bar with ingenious solutions to our new living and working conditions. From forging new paths of contactless food delivery to finding innovative alternatives to physical events, what you’re doing is working (albeit a little differently).

Read the latest good news stories from our alumni community »

Earth Day 2020

For the first time in history, Earth Day (April 22) has gone digital. RRC Library invites you to explore environmental topics from home with e-books and streaming videos from the Library’s online collection.

Check out our Earth Day blog post to see what we’ve picked out for you!

How can I manage testing anxiety?

The Academic Success Centre’s Student Blog offers a deeper understanding of how different psychological concepts (e.g. memory, coping mechanisms for stress, emotions, mindset types, and motivation) impact your ability to learn.

Today’s topic: How Can I Manage Testing Anxiety? (Part II)

Homemade mayonnaise and olive oil, eggs, mustard and lemon. Getty Images.

Whip it good

Fire up your forearms and whip up your own homemade mayonnaise with this #RRChomechef recipe!

Mayonnaise is a kitchen staple – having this quintessential recipe in your repertoire is certain to elevate your home cooking!  Try out RRC Instructor Chef Gordon Bailey’s mayonnaise recipe and have fun experimenting with variations.