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CSI has assembled this web resource to help you navigate services that are available to you through the campus closures do to COVID-19.

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Engage with us online

We are hosting online events through our social media channels and through Zoom to offer you quality, premium entertainment while you are studying from home. Everyone can participate in events, but only students who have paid the CSI events fee are eligible to win the awesome prizes we are offering all semester long.

Stay tuned to our social media channels, mobile app and web calendar to stay up to date with what’s going on.



Check out our events calendar and join in!

Through this semester, our events are being hosted through our social media channels. Keep up to date with ways you can join in and own your student experience!

Events Calendar


Check out our online calendar for more information on our regular events like:

  1. Trivia Tuesdays
  2. B-I-N-G-O is the Game-O
  3. Late at 8 Wednesdays
  4. Live Music Thursdays

get involved

  • CSI’s Board of Directors

    The CSI Board of Directors (or BOD) is here to represent you as a student during your time here at Conestoga. See something you like? Let us know! See something that needs improving? Tell us! We are here to make sure that your college experience is the best it can be.

    Learn how to get involved

    Learn more about the board

  • CSI’s Student Rep Program

    The Student Rep program was created to establish a link between the students of Conestoga College and their Student Association, Conestoga Students Inc. This program acts as a two-way communication platform where student reps will have the opportunity to voice ideas, concerns and feedback on behalf of their classmates, while acting as an ambassador of CSI by delivering news back to students.
    Learn how to get involved

  • CSI’s International Student Advisory Council

    The purpose of this council is to gain the knowledge and feedback required to continuously better our International Students experience. The student members of this council provide feedback on their experiences on a variety of pertinent topics (coming to Canada, events at Conestoga, etc.) and this feedback is passed to the college. Student volunteers will also receive education on the college and their Canadian experience, and will receive team bonding opportunities.
    Learn how to get involved

  • CSI Clubs

    Make sure to connect to others and create or join a physically distanced community through similar interests. Keep up your motivation and connect with your peers through clubs.

    Learn more about Clubs
    Learn more about current clubs

  • Library Services

    Services
    • Teach Me Tech
    • Accessibility Supports (Virtual)

    Off-campus Resources
    • Online Resources (Ebooks, Article Databases, Online media and Videos, Copyright compliant images, Standards and Codes, Other Resources Types)
    • Online Help (Email and Chat, Online Consultations, Self-Serve Resources)
    • Renewing Materials
    • COVID-19 Information and Supports

    Virtual Workshops
    • Public Events Such as (EXCEL: Formula and Functions, Revising Your Paper, Citing referencing Your Work, Productivity Tips and Tricks with Chrome Browser Extensions)

    Teach me Tech
    Get Our Apps
    • Libby by Overdrive
    • in LEARNING WITH LYNDA.COM CONTENT
    • OREILLY Safarri
    • Pressreader

    Writing and Citing

    Get Help
    • Ask Us
    • Online Tutorials
    • Research Topic Guides
    • Writing and Citing
    • Tech Help from Tech Tutors
    • Copyright & Academic Integrity

  • eConestoga

    eConestoga
    • ePortfolio
    • Studdent Support
    • eConestoga Guide (Syncing Gmail calendar with econestoga, Student reference, Syncing with eConestoga)
    • Link (Learn to study with your eText in Texidium app)
    • eConestoga Support
    • Phone: 519-748-5220 x 3187

  • Academic Integrity

    Academic Integrity
    • Types of Academic Incidents (Citing & Referencing Omissions, Plagiarism, Cheating, etc.)
    • Procedure for Academic Incidents
    • Penalties for Academic Incidents
    • Student Support
    • Turnintin Tips for Students
    • Acknowledging Sources
    • Study Strategies & Time Management
    • Faculty Support
    • Test Your Knowledge
    • Academic Integrity Action Plan

  • Printing Services

  • Student Support

    ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES/STUDENT SUCCESS SERVICES
    myWELLNESS
    o Mental Health
    o Medical Care
    o Counselling
    o Emergency and Crisis Care
    o Health Insurance
    myLEARNING
    o Academic Testing and Accommodation
    o Services and Supports
    o Tutoring
    o Transition
    o Related Services & Resources
    myCAREER
    o Career Advice
    o Job search
    o Career events

    ASK FOR HELP
    • Student Self-Referral Form

    CONESTOGA ONE CARD
    • Condor Cash (accepted form of payment for purchase)
    • Bookstore
    • Library fees

    REMOTE SERVICE HOURS
    • INSTANT CHAT (weekly/monthly schedule)
    • Research help
    • Tech How-to Assistance – Instant Chat
    • International Tech Support
    • Writing Service Drop-Ins
    • Accessibility Advising
    • Learning Skills Advising
    • Counselling & Peer Support
    • Medical Care Clinics
    • Math Consultations
    • Research Consultations
    • Tech How-to Assistance – Consultations
    • Writing Consultations

    STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Student Rights
    • Student Responsibilities
    • Finding Resolution
    • Informal Resolution
    • Formal Resolution
    • Contact to discuss confidentially about: Interpersonal disputes; Disruptive student behaviour; Barriers to access and inclusion; etc.

  • Housing

    Housing
    • Live off campus
    • Places4Students.com
    • Live on campus
    • Conestoga Residence

  • Student Financial Services

    Student Financial Services
    • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
    • Canada Apprenticeship Loan
    • Student Assistance Bursary
    • Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships
    • Giving to Student Awards
    • Accessibility Registered Students
    • Financial Emergency
    • Work Study

  • Student Engagement

    Student Engagement
    Get Involved
    o English Conversation Partners
    o English Conversation Circles
    o Student Committees
    o Connect Leadership Workshops
    o Orientation Leaders
    o Paid Leadership Opportunities
    Resources
    o Diversity and Inclusion
    o LGBTQ2+
    o Indigenous Education
    o Communication
    o Related Community Supports

    CO-CURRICULAR RECORD (CCR)
    opportunities
    o Connect Leadership Workshops
    o Conestoga Student Inc
    o Student Engagement
    o Orientation
    o Athletics and Recreation
    o School of Health & Life Sciences
    o College Anti Sigma Initiative (CASI)
    Attend Events
    o Public Events such as (Virtual Yoga Class, Conversation Café)
    Track Involvement

    Orientation

other resources

  • Financial Support for Students during COVID-19
  • Canada Child Benefit

    If you filed a 2018 tax return and you have an eligible child in your care in May 2020, you may receive a payment increase of up to $300 per child.
    More information can be found here

  • Canada Student Grants

    Effective for 1 year from August 1, 2020,
    • The grant for Full-Time Students will increase up to max. $6,000;
    • The grant for Part-Time Students will increase up to max. $3,600; and
    • The grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependants will be doubled.
    More information can be found here.

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

    The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) gives financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19.
    Learn more here

    You may be eligible for CERB if you,
    • Are residing in Canada and are at least 15 years old;
    • Have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 OR are eligible for EI benefits OR have exhausted your EI benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
    • Had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of your application; and
    • Have not quit your job voluntarily.
    • Apply as soon as possible after you stop working. Do not wait for your Record of Employment (ROE).

    When submitting claims for this benefit,
    • You cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your first claim, and
    • You cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of each subsequent claim.

    Under CERB, you would receive $500 per week for up to 16 weeks.

  • International Students

    If you have a valid study permit, or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you are exempt from the travel restrictions to enter Canada.
    With a study permit you are typically allowed to work off-campus up to max. 20 hours per week during the academic session; however, you are temporarily allowed to work more than 20 hours if you are:
    • a study permit holder in an academic session;
    • eligible to work off campus; and
    • providing an essential service.
    Learn more here

    If your study/work permit has not expired:
    • If you are no longer working/studying, apply to change your status to “visitor”
    • If you need to continue working/studying, apply to extend your work permit or study permit

    Work permits
    Study Permits
    If your study/work permit has expired within the last 90 days, apply to restore your status as a:
    • visitor
    • student
    • worker
    More information can be found here.

  • GST/HST Credit

    If you filed a 2018 tax return, you may automatically receive an extra GST/HST credit amount. If you have not, you can file a late tax return for 2018 to receive this.
    The maximum amounts for the 2019-2020 benefit year will increase from:
    • $443 to $886 if you’re single;
    • $580 to $1,160 if you’re married or living common-law;
    • $153 to $306 for each child under the age of 19 (excluding the first eligible child of a single parent);
    • $290 to $580 for the first eligible child of a single parent.
    More information can be found here

  • Canada Student Loans

    From March 30 to September 30, 2020, for both the federal and provincial portions of your student loan,
    • Repayment is suspended;
    • Pre-authorized debits will be stopped (if this was set up through your bank, you may need to pause or cancel these payments yourself); and
    • Interest will not accrue.
    • Effective August 1, for the 2020-2021 academic year, the weekly maximum loan limit will increase from $210 to $350 (up to a total of $11,900).
    More information can be found here

  • Employment Insurance
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

    The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.
    Learn more here
    You may be eligible for CESB if:
    • You lost work opportunities due to COVID-19, you are not receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and you either,
    • Are enrolled in a post-secondary education program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate;
    • Ended your studies or graduated in December 2019 or later;
    • Are a high-school graduates who has applied for and will be joining a post-secondary program in the coming months; or
    • Are a Canadian student who is studying abroad and meets one of the above criteria.

    Under CESB,
    • Students would receive $1,250 per month for up to four months (May-August 2020);
    • Students with Disabilities and Students with Dependents would receive $2,000 per month for up to four months (May-August 2020).
    More information can be found here.

HOW DO I SAVE MONEY DURING THIS TIME?

Save money on Groceries

Sobeys, Zehrs, Value Mart and Food Basics all have Student discount days. All you must do is visit one of these grocery stores during their allotted student day and show your ONEcard. Discounts are ranging from 10%-20% off.

  1. Sobeys: Student Discount days Tuesday to Thursday;
  2. Zehrs: Tuesdays;
  3. Value Mart: Tuesdays
SPC Card
SPC (Student Price Card) is a great place to get deals and additional savings specifically tailored to student’s needs! Please visit the SPC website to learn more

Flipp
Flipp is also a good app to use to see where the best deals for your favourite foods and grocery items. You can then price match items on sale at participating stores.

Honey
Honey is a great chrome extension that automatically applies the best promo codes and coupons to your cart and gives you points for shopping online. These points can be converted into gift cards for select stores.

Have at least one ‘no-spend’ day each week

Having a no-spend day is both incredibly simple and surprisingly difficult. When you stop to think about it, you probably spend money on at least one thing every day, even if it’s as small as a bus fare or a small snack while you’re out and about.
Exercise some self-restraint and try to have at least one no-spend day each week (pay for travel if it’s absolutely necessary – otherwise, walk or bike). It’ll take some forward planning (like packing a lunch or pumping up your bike tires), but the psychological impact of learning not to spend money even on one day should mean you become a lot more careful with it in the long term!

EATING WELL

You can eat a variety of healthy foods every day to feel good and maintain your health, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conestoga College, Conestoga Students Inc, Region of Waterloo, The Government of Canada offers resources on healthy eating habits and meal planning.

Region of Waterloo
Government of Canada

STAYING ACTIVE

Do you want to stay or become physically active, but you don’t know how, especially in this period of uncertainty and change brought on by Social distancing?

If you answered “yes”, you should definitely read the following blog post based on guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO). You may have limited space at home, but you can still be active.

Learn more

Here are tips to be active and reduce sedentary behaviours while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Did you know that there are online fitness classes?

For example, Conestoga Students Inc and Conestoga Athletics offer a variety of free events that allow us to move in a lot of ways. Check out the calendars for an upcoming event

Take a walk around the block

Walking is already an integral part of our daily life. Despite the context we are facing at the moment, we can increase our number of steps at any time by walking around our house (e.g., during a phone call), going up and down stairs, walking in our neighborhood (making sure to maintain at least a 2-meter distance from other people), etc.

Try to stand when studying or working

It is possible to work in a stand-up position by setting up a standing desk using a high table, your kitchen counter or getting an adjustable stand to help lift your computer.

Remember to do some stretching exercises and try balance training

Stretching and balance exercises can positively influence our physical health (e.g., flexibility) and therefore improve our ability to carry out our daily activities; try not to underestimate their importance!

Doing any activity is better than nothing at all

For example, we can dance to our favourite upbeat music a few minutes, play active video games, perform household chores, etc.
Are you interested in simple and enjoyable physical activities with your family and friends?
CSI Offers several clubs that cater to Biking, yoga and meditation.

Find your own motivation

Motivation will be different for everyone. Finding your motivation will be important to continuing working out.

To remember…

It is important to do only the exercises that match our abilities (some exercise adjustments may be necessary) and to gradually introduce physical activities into our routine to avoid injury.

Don’t forget…

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE FINE!