COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

Updated:  December 16, 2021


Is the University of Toronto School of Continuing (SCS) open?

As of December 16th, 2021 and in effect until at least January 31st, 2022, all University of Toronto administrative buildings are closed to the public. This includes the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). The academic administration that enables the support and services of SCS are fully operational, and our teams continue to work from their homes, at full capacity.

If you are currently enrolled in an SCS course, we encourage you watch your email and our website for updates.


Q: When will the School of Continuing Studies open to the public?

Under the current pandemic state, we are unable to commit to an exact date as to when SCS will open to the public. At this time, we can say with certainty that the closure of public access is in place until at least January 31st, 2022.


Q: I am currently enrolled in an in-person SCS courses that starts in January 2022. What will happen?

Under the guidelines announced by the University of Toronto on December 15th, 2021, in-person learning will pause until at least January 31, 2022. Our administrative teams will be reaching out to those enrolled in courses slated to be delivered in person. Please check your email regularly, and ensure you have a valid email address on file within your UofT SCS Destiny and Quercus profiles.

Q: When can we take courses in class?

We continue to follow local public health, federal, and provincial government mandates around physical distancing, vaccination rates, and case rates.  For the Winter 2022 term,  we will offer a cull complement of offerings online. 

  • We remain committed to ensuring our offerings will continue to meet our high standards of academic quality and learner experience.

Q: How will COVID-19 impact my online course?

Enrolment for currently running and upcoming courses is continuing as normal, with no interruption of course delivery. SCS’s leadership team is working to determine options for exam solutions and scheduling. We can confirm that no exams will be in person.  


Q: I live well outside the city and the increase in online offerings has allowed me to enroll in courses that weren’t previously available. When the time comes to resume to face-to-face learning, will you continue to offer the same suite of online courses currently available so I can complete a certificate?

In order to adapt to the in-person teaching challenges presented by COVID-19, SCS has made a big investment to move courses online, and support our instructors in teaching remotely. It is our goal to continue offering most of the courses that have moved online since April 2020 in online formats, even once we are able to resume in-class teaching.


Q: Does the University of Toronto have a vaccine mandate?


The University of Toronto requires everyone visiting the campuses to be fully vaccinated. This will include SCS instructors, learners, and staff. More information is available here:



Q: I am currently enrolled in a course with an exam. What will happen?

Enrolment for current running AND upcoming remote/online courses is continuing as usual with no interruption of course delivery. We can confirm that no exams will be in person

We encourage you to check your email regularly, and to make sure you have a valid email address on file within your UofT SCS Destiny and Quercus profiles.



Q: Is there any chance that a course that starts online during the Winter term (which runs from January through to the end of April) will move to an in-class setting?  

The short answer to this question is no. The University of Toronto has made the decision that courses will finish in the format they began, and SCS will be following this standard.



Q: Does SCS have any financial assistance available as a result of the impact of COVID-19?

SCS has some awards and bursaries, and more details are available from our Awards and Bursaries page.  The bursary application period for the Winter term is closed. The bursary application period for the Spring term will be open from February 28th to March 18th, 2022.


Q: Are there any discounts on our courses?

We are pleased to announce that a series of our artificial intelligence courses qualify for discounted tuition. For a list of our eligible courses, please view


Q: Do you have financial aid for newcomers to Canada?

We have partnered with Windmill Microlending, a non-profit serving newcomers to Canada since 2005. Windmill offers low-interest, affordable career loans of up to $15,000 to help skilled immigrants and refugees pay for the costs of education and training programs, credentials, licensing and more to reach their career goals.











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