So Much More Than Textbooks!
At Academy Canada we believe that college life is about more than books and lectures! It should be an opportunity to reinvent yourself, explore new things and meet interesting people…all while getting a quality education.
Our family (lovingly called AC Nation”) works hard every year to find new ways to make your experience enjoyable. Whether you are looking for volunteer opportunities, athletic competition, social events or a way to pamper yourself, we’ve got activities that are sure to please.
|Social Life||Our monthly on-campus socials and group outings are excellent opportunities to make new friends and have a ton of fun. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our activities for September Orientation, Halloween party, Christmas Talent Show, Winter Blah Busters, Valentine’s Day, St. Paddy’s Day and summer celebrations. If you have an idea for a new event we’d love to help you organize it!|
|Volunteerism:||Over the last 30 years Academy Canada students and staff have volunteered more than three million hours with worthwhile community groups! They support amazing sports groups, community agencies and medical causes. We strongly support their spirit of giving and the difference it makes in the lives of others. Not only is it a great resume builder…it feels great! We’d be happy to help you find a cause that matches your passion.|
|Exposure to new ideas:||The college routinely welcomes guest lecturers to speak to classes on a wide range of topics related to their field of training, the world of work or life in general.|
|Pampering:||You work hard and deserve a break every once in a while. Don’t be afraid to take them. Several of our campuses offer free or virtually free weekly Client Day services to students to help them beat the stress. For example, you can get a haircut, coloring, braids or foils, scalp treatment, waxing, manicure/pedicure, electrolysis, make-up, facials, body wraps, LCN nails, or a massage…right on campus!|
We can even give your cat or dog a special day out at our Animal Grooming Clinic. No other school can offer you those services!
|Athletics:||The college regularly hosts ball-hockey, softball, darts or other tournaments to help get the competitive sports flowing.|
|Great Food:||Several of our campuses have cafeterias with catering services. At our Harding Road campus, for example, our in-house Chefs prepare daily specials that will make your mouth water.|
|Pet Therapy:||Don’t be surprised if you regularly see amazing cats and dogs around campus. Our Animal Grooming and Veterinary Assistant programs welcome them to class all the time and they are always a highlight.|
|Picture It:||Our Photographic Studies class is always looking for photo shoot models. Don’t be surprised if they pick you out of the crowd and ask to capture your beauty/handsomeness.|
Mandatory Face Mask Advisory
Effective August 24, 2020, Academy Canada students, staff, and instructors must wear a non-medical face mask while inside the building to conform with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health regulations.
However, if you’re in a seated area, such as a classroom, or have a medical exemption, you have an option to take off your face mask.
When in doubt, wear a face mask.
Please be advised to wearing a non medical mask is no substitution for physical distancing, so please remain two metres apart from another person.
For more information about Newfoundland and Labrador’s “Non-Medical Mask (NMM) Use in Indoor Public Spaces” regulations, please visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 “Non-Medical Mask (NMM) Use in Indoor Public Spaces” page at https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/non-medical-masks-use-in-public/.
Key Dates 2020-2021
Note: If Regatta Day is postponed due to inclement weather, St. John’s campuses will still observe this holiday on the first Wednesday of August.
Academy Canada students are a proud bunch! To help them show off their pride the college has partnered with Headline Promotions to offer school clothing through our Online Apparel Store. Students, staff and graduates can order school jackets, hats, sweatshirts, pants and other swag by clicking here.
Academy Canada and Eastern Academy have partnered to create a Facebook page called “AC/EA Classifieds.” It allows students and the public to advertise and trade college related items such as:
- Items Available (must be course related)
- Transportation Arrangements
- Used Books
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This Facebook page is provided for the use of students and service providers. The quality/reliability/price of services, products, vendors or consumers making offers here are not reviewed by either Academy Canada or Eastern Academy. We accept no responsibility for arrangements made through this page and encourage participants to use their own discretion. The Administrator of this page reserves the right to delete any inappropriate posts.
ABE On The Spot
Throughout the College Year, from September to June, Academy Canada releases a monthly e-newsletter entitled “ABE On The Spot”.
“ABE On The Spot” highlights the events, activities, achievements, and other milestones from our Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, staff, and instructor at each “ABE Learning Centre” each month.
Click a link below to view an “ABE On The Spot” e-newsletter for a specific month.
Corona Virus (COVID-19) Prevention and Protection
About Corona Viruses
Human corona viruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
- Respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
- Close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.
Preventing Corona Viruses
At this time, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 or any natural health products that are authorized to protect against it.
If you have travelled to Hubei province, China, or Iran in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for 14 days, starting the day you began your journey to Canada. This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact the public health authority in your province or territory within 24 hours of arriving in Canada for advice.
If you have COVID-19, reduce contact with others
If you are sick, the following steps will help to reduce contact with others:
- Stay at home and self-isolate (unless directed to seek medical care)
- If you must leave your home, wear a mask or cover your mouth and nose with tissues, and maintain a 2-metre distance from others
- Avoid individuals in hospitals and long-term care centres, especially older adults and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems:
- Avoid having visitors to your home
- Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing and sneezing
- Have supplies delivered to your home instead of running errands. Supplies should be dropped off outside to ensure a 2-metre distance
It is important to know how you can prepare in case you or a family member become ill.
Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- When coughing or sneezing:
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
- Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water):
- Door Handles
- Bedside Tables
- Television Remotes
If you are a healthy individual, the use of a mask is not recommended for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Wearing a mask when you are not ill may give a false sense of security. There is a potential risk of infection with improper mask use and disposal. They also need to be changed frequently.
However, your health care provider may recommend you wear a mask if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while you are seeking or waiting for care. In this instance, masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control measures. The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading you when you cough or sneeze.
Risk of Getting Corona Viruses
At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
- Aged 65 and over
- With compromised immune systems
- With underlying medical conditions
While a COVID-19 outbreak is not unexpected in Canada, our public health system is prepared to respond. PHAC, along with provincial, territorial and community partners, continues to reassess the public health risk, based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.
The risk to Canadian travellers abroad will vary depending on the destination, as well as the person’s age and health status. There are some destinations where the Government of Canada recommends avoiding all travel or all non-essential travel. Check the latest travel health notices often before travelling.
As well, the risk for COVID-19 may be increased for certain settings such as:
- Cruise ships
- heavily affected areas
- international conferences and other large gatherings in enclosed spaces
It is important for all travellers to:
- Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after returning to Canada
- Avoid places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill
If you have even mild symptoms, stay home and call the public health authority in the province or territory you are in to inform them. They will provide advice on what you should do.
We will continue to adapt our risk assessment based on the latest data available.
Products Shipped from China
Corona viruses generally do not survive on surfaces after being contaminated. The risk of spread from products shipped over a period of days or weeks at room temperature is very low.
There is no known risk of corona viruses entering Canada on parcels or packages coming from affected regions in China.
Animal-to-human infection in Canada
There is currently no evidence to suggest that this virus is circulating in animals in Canada. It is possible that some types of animals may be able to get infected with COVID-19, but it is not yet clear whether they would show symptoms.
There are still many unknowns about COVID-19 and this is an area that remains to be studied and understood.
Until we know more, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a pet or other animal:
- Avoid close contact with them
- Do not snuggle or kiss them, or let them lick you, sit on your lap, or sleep in your bed
- Avoid coughing and sneezing on your animals
- Have another member of your household care for your animals
- if this is not possible, always wash your hands before touching or feeding them
- Limit your animal’s contact with other people and animals
- This may mean keeping them indoors
These recommendations will be updated as more information becomes available.
Animal-to-human infection in other countries
The current spread and growth of the COVID-19 outbreak is mainly associated with transmission from person to person. However, experts agree that the virus likely originated from bats and may have passed through another animal source (currently unknown) in China before being transmitted to humans.
It is recommended that individuals who travel to an affected country or region avoid contact with animals and animal products. This includes wild meat and markets that sell fresh meat, fish, produce and other perishable goods.
If you are considering travel, check the latest travel health notices for the most up-to-date travel advice prior to travelling.
Source: Health Canada “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks” – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html
“Client Day Events and Clinics”
Corner Brook Campus – Massage Therapy Clinic Days
Posted September 9, 2020
Corner Brook Campus will have Massage Therapy clinics every Wednesday starting September 16, 2020.
If anyone is interested in booking a Massage Therapy appointment, the phone number is 709-388-2022 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Fee is $15.00.
“Campus Life” Events and Articles
Office To Advance Women’s Apprentices – Job Search Assistance
Posted October 16, 2020
If you’re a tradeswoman looking for work, or currently enrolled in a trades program, “Office to Advance Women Apprentices” can assist you with your job search; resume writing; interview prep; mentoring, and networking.
For more information, please visit the “Office To Advance Women’s Apprentices” website at https://www.womenapprentices.ca/newfoundland-labrador/.
“Office to Advance Women Apprentices” Here To Help Women’s Tradespersons
Posted July 20, 2020
”The Office to Advance Women Apprentices are here to help female students and graduates in the Skilled Trades.
If you identify as female and are currently enrolled or a recent graduate in an apprentice program with Academy Canada, please contact Mary at email@example.com to register.
We assist in a full range of services including job search assistance, wage subsidy and wrap around supports, this is a free service to you.
Register today and we can have you assisted for the subsidy program and may be able to assist with other barriers to employment that you identify in your training needs.
Office to Advance Women Apprentices, connecting apprentices with employers.
Canada Student Grant and Department of Advanced Education, Skills, and Labrador “Full Time Students – Additional Support” Changes
Posted July 2, 2020
The Newfoundland and Labrador “Department of Advanced Education, Skills, And Labour” wishes to remind all new and returning students that the Canada Student Grant for Full-time Students has doubled for the 2020-21 academic year for eligible students!
Eligible students can receive up to $6,000 in non-repayable grants.
In addition to the Canada Student Grant being doubled, full time students can also receive the following additional support for the 2020-2021 Academic Year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Fixed Student Contribution will be waived for 2020-2021
- Spousal Contribution will be waived for 2020-2021
- CSG for Full-time Students increased up to $750 per month, (up to $9,000 per academic year)
- CSG for Students with permanent disabilities increased to $4000 per academic year
- CSG for Full-time Students with dependents increased up to $400 per dependent per month (up to $4,800 per academic year)
- CSL for full-time Students increased up to $350 per week
For more information about changes to Advanced Education, Skills, and Labrador student support changes, please visit their website’s “Student Aid – Full Time Students” page at https://www.gov.nl.ca/aesl/studentaid/fulltime/.
“Will you be ready?” Series
“More Women Looking to Trades for a Promising Career Path” – Will You Be Ready?
Posted September 12, 2019
While attracting more women to work in the skilled trades has been an ongoing issue, colleges are now doing a better job attracting them.
For more information about women looking for trades as a promising career path, please click here to read the VOCM news article entitled “More Women Looking to Trades for a Promising Career Path”.
Will you be ready?
Labour Shortage Has Atlantic Canadian Employers Sweetening Job Offers – Will You Be Ready?
Posted September 9, 2019
According to “The Guardian” article entitled “Labour Shortage Has Atlantic Canadian Employers Sweeting Job Offers”, a combination of demographic changes, skills mismatches, competition for skilled labour, and a move away from traditional occupations are creating a perfect storm for the Atlantic Provinces, a looming labour shortage.
A tight job market in many Atlantic Canadians cities such as Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, and St. John’s where unemployment rates are below 8% are also making the labour shortage worse.
While the skilled trades sector are known for its labour shortage, other traditional occupations are experiencing it, notably Salespeople.
Labour shortages not only impact various sectors, but if not address, can also ruin many businesses as well as the economy.
According to Robert Hogue, Royal Bank of Canada’s Chief Economist, a mixture of solutions, including increasing compensation and retention bonuses, teaming up with trades and community colleges, and changing government policies and regulations to reflect the labour realities are needed to address the looming labour shortage.
If businesses, post secondary system, and government can work together to address the looming labour shortage, the Atlantic Provinces have a potential to become an economic powerhouse.
Please click here to read “The Guardian” article entitled “Labour Shortage Has Atlantic Canadian Employers Sweetening Job Offers” to learn more.
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Canada needs at least 167,000 new apprentices in the next five years – Will You Be Ready?
Posted July 13, 2019
A recent Statistics Canada and Canadian Apprenticeship Forum report states that Canada needs to attract 167,739 new apprentices over the next five years just to keep pace with current demand.
That is just a conservative or low estimate.
Since these figures don’t include Quebec, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon, the projected needs for new apprentices is actually much higher.
Not only is Canada facing a need for apprentices, but also Red Seal Journeypersons as Canada experienced at least 60,170 job vacancies in Red Seal trades.
With more people leaving than entering the skilled trades, the demand for new apprentices and Red Seal Journeypersons are expected to rise in the next five years.
Some skilled trades are facing much greater demands such as Steamfitter/Pipefitters, Iron Workers, Insulators, Metal Fabricators, Tile Setters, Landscape Horticulturalists, Rig Technicians, and Automotive Service Technicians.
With Canada facing a large skilled trades shortage, the Canadian economy will need more tradespeople, including apprentices and Red Seal Journeypersons, to meet the growing demand.
Please click here to read the CBC News Article entitled “Here’s where Canadians are finding well-paying jobs in the trades” to learn more.
Will you be ready?
St. John’s To Benefit From Oil Boom – Will You Be Ready?
Posted July 10, 2019
Newfoundland and Labrador’s oil industry is now booming, fueling a rosy economic forecast for the St. John’s area.
Increased capital investment that West White Rose oil development and Voisey’s Bay, along with a significant increase in oil production, will spur large GDP growth for the Greater St. John’s area.
While economic diversification is important, the oil sector’s recovery will be a key to St. John’s’ boom.
Will you be ready.
Click here to read the VOCM news article entitled “”Oil Powering Robust Economic Forecast in St. John’s” to learn more.
Largest Infrastructure Project In Western Newfoundland’s History Is About To Begin – Will You Be Ready?
Posted July 2, 2019
On June 28, 2019, the Newfoundland and Labrador Government announced a winning consortium for one of the largest and most expensive projects in Western Newfoundland’s history, the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital.
This hospital will be seven stories high and over 600,000 square feet of space.
In order to build this 600,000 square foot, 164 bed facility, Corner Brook Health Partnership will need to hire hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of skilled tradespeople throughout Western Newfoundland as well as the entire province, or even throughout Atlantic Canada.
This project will add over 4,000 person years of employment, generating over $460 million to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gross Domestic Project.
Corner Brook Health Partnership along with its affiliates, Plenary Group Ltd., PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Marco Services Ltd., and Johnson Controls Canada, will be hosting job fairs throughout Western Newfoundland to recruit skilled tradespeople for this project.
Will you be ready for one of the largest projects in Western Newfoundland history?
Please click here to read “The Western Star” article entitled “Province aiming to have more local workers hired for Corner Brook hospital project” to learn more.
Corner Brook To Become A Construction Hotbed – Will You Be Ready?
Posted June 24, 2019
According to “The Telegram” article entitled “Corner Brook mayor hopes city will be a hotbed of construction”, Corner Brook Mayor, Jim Parsons, is bullish on the potential major construction project opportunity the Western Newfoundland city will experience over the next few years.
In fact, several major projects are on the horizon for Corner Brook, including a new 145 bed long term care facility, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper upgrades, Grenfell Campus pool renovations, and projects to improve its dynamic tourism sector.
While these major construction projects will be a boom for Corner Brook, it will impose some challenges such as a high median age of 48 years along with a third of their population over age 60. A result is a major demand for not only service and retail sector employees, but also skilled tradespeople needed for these projects.
Due to these demographic challenges, Corner Brook will need skilled tradespeople more than ever to meet their growing construction demands.
Will you be ready?
Source: “The Telegram” “Corner Brook mayor hopes city will be a hotbed of construction”, https://www.thetelegram.com/business/corner-brook-mayor-hopes-city-will-be-a-hotbed-of-construction-325230/
Prince Edward Island needs at least 500 construction tradespeople over the next five years
Posted June 11, 2019
According to the Construction Industry Association of PEI, labour market projections are showing a need for 500 new tradespeople over the next five years.
While Carpenters are in the greatest demand, so are the need for Electricians, Landscapers, Plumbers, Electricians, Equipment Operators, Truck Drivers, Estimators, and Senior Management.
With a growing demand for tradespeople in Prince Edward Island, will you be ready?
Please click here to learn more.
N.L.’s construction labour force needs to evolve to handle the next surge in investment
Posted May 24, 2019
According to “The Western Star” news article entitled “N.L.’s construction labour force needs to evolve to handle the next surge in investment”, while the last few years have seen a downturn in major construction projects, the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council strong believes that it could be short lived.
The early to mid 2020s could be something special for Newfoundland and Labrador as numerous oil, natural gas, aquaculture, and cannabis based projects along with oil exploration activity are about to happen.
Along with a potential $7-billion Bay du Nord project, existing offshore projects will experience some expansion activity over the next few years and over $4 billion of exploration activity planned that will provide a boost in the medium term. Major international oil companies like BP, BHP Billiton and CNOOC builds on the success and knowledge of established companies to expand the Newfoundland offshore into a more mature oil basin.
In addition to major oil and gas exploration, Newfoundland and Labrador are expected to experience growth in aquaculture and marijuana manufacturing projects.
While these minor and major construction projects are great news for Newfoundland and Labrador, competing for local labour supply will be a challenge, especially against a planned Liquidfied Natural Gas (LNG) project in British Columbia, or Shipbuilding, port construction, LNG, and mineral exploration projects in Nova Scotia.
Another challenge facing the Construction Industry are their aging labour force as the average age for Construction Workers in Newfoundland and Labrador is 55, meaning a greater demand for skilled tradespeople than ever before.
With numerous major construction projects about to happen in Newfoundland and Labrador, along with increased competition and aging workforce, tradespeople will be in greater demand than ever before.
To read more about Newfoundland and Labrador’s growing demand for skilled tradespeople in the Construction Industry along with facing tougher competition, please click here to read “The Western Star” news article entitled “GUEST COLUMN: N.L.’s construction labour force needs to evolve to handle the next surge in investment” at.
Will you be ready?
Skilled Trades Workers Are Wooing Youth As Shortage Looms
Posted May 21, 2019
According to the CBC Ottawa news article entitled “Skilled trade workers wooing youth as shortage looms”, tradespeople are trying to persuade young people to consider construction trades for a career as a shortage looms.
According to Ontario Construction Secretariat’s CEO, Robert Bronk, Ontario’s construction industry will need about 100,000 additional tradespeople across the province.
Will you be ready?
For more information, please click here to read the CBC Ottawa news article entitled “Skilled trade workers wooing youth as shortage looms”.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Construction Industry Is Gaining Steam Through Small Projects
Posted March 8, 2019
While Newfoundland and Labrador’s major projects such as Muskrat falls are winding down, small scale and independent projects are in greater demand.
According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association Chairperson and Academy Canada Consultant, James Loder, the Construction Industry’s biggest challenge is to find people to fill these jobs as more existing tradespeople retire.
For more information about our Construction Industry’s increasing demands for more skilled tradespeople, please read the VOCM Website’s “Construction Industry Building Steam Through Small Projects: NLCA” at http://vocm.com/news/construction-industry-building-steam-through-small-projects-nlca/.
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British Columbia Facing Skills Shortage Challenge
Posted January 28, 2019
Over the next few years, up to 15,000 skilled trade workers will be needed for several major projects in British Columbia including Site C Dam, LNG Canada, Coastal GasLink, and possibly Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Many more could be needed for other civic and housing projects throughout British Columbia.
For more information about exciting skills trades opportunities in British Columbia, please click here to read the article entitled “Skills shortage challenge: B.C.’s skilled labour pains about to become acute”.
Will you be ready?
Academy Canada Joins Forces With Westmount Estates To Provide Services To The Retirement Community
Posted November 18, 2020
If you remember an old saying, there is strength in partnerships.
Academy Canada’s “Esthetics and Spa Management with Electrolysis” students gain hands on experience as we brighten a day for Westmount Estates’ residents with Hollywood style treatment with medicures, pedicures, and finish it off with a relaxing massage.
According to Lisa Lovelady, Academy Canada’s vice-president academic and chief operating officer, partnerships with Retirement Homes and other non-profit organizations gives students an opportunity to contribute to the community as well as gain hands on experience.
For Academy Canada and Westmount Estates, the plan is to offer the manicures and pedicures on Mondays and Fridays, with more services such as Hairstyling and Massages in the near future.
Thank you Westmount Estates for establishing partnerships with Academy Canada.
Source: Saltwire Network “Westmount Estates partners with Academy Canada to bring services to residents at Corner Brook retirement community” – https://www.saltwire.com/lifestyles/local-lifestyles/westmount-estates-partners-with-academy-canada-to-bring-services-to-residents-at-corner-brook-retirement-community-520246/
St. John’s Campus Therapeutic Recreation Students Lend A Hand At “The Gathering Place” Clothing Boutique
Posted February 10, 2020
“The Gathering Place” wishes to send a big thank you to Academy Canada’s Therapeutic Recreation program students for lending their hand at their Clothing Boutique to sort and organize the generous donations we receive.
They still have a need for gently used winter jackets and boots, so if you have an item that could be put to good use, please drop by The Gathering Place on Military Road to help those in need.
St. John’s Campus’ Therapeutic Recreation Students gave a helping hand sorting their clothing and footwear donations at their “Clothing Boutique”.
Wall of Fame
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