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College Events & Key Dates

Campus Life

At Eastern Academy your personal and professional development is important to us.

Throughout your time in your program, campuses plan a variety of events to help you feel your school’s spirit. Many of these events include:

themed campus lunches
social gatherings
community fundraisers
campus contests and more

Each year we host campus socials to celebrate Christmas, Halloween and other key holidays. Our students and staff are also very active in the community and do regular fundraisers for those in need and volunteer hundreds of hours back to many local teams, groups and charities – both inside and outside their field of study.

We also welcome all students to form any club, sports teams, group or association that interests them and their classmates. We will assign you a staff mentor to help make it happen and ensure that you get the college support you need.

Taking a leadership role in College will be very rewarding, a lot of fun and look amazing on your resume.

When you attend our campus, you will feel a sense of family. The staff is very welcoming and committed to see you grow and develop as an individual.

Key Dates

September 07, 2020 - Labour Day (No Classes)
October 12, 2020 - Thanksgiving Day (No Classes)
November 11, 2020 - Remembrance Day (No Classes)
December 21, 2020 - Christmas Break Begins
January 01, 2021 - Christmas Break Ends
February 22, 2021 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes)
April 02, 2021 - Good Friday (No Classes)
April 05, 2021 - Easter Monday (No Classes)
May 24, 2021 - Victoria Day (No Classes)
June 14, 2021 - Staff Professional Development Day (No Classes)
July 01, 2021 - Canada Day (No Classes)
August 04, 2021 - Regatta Day (Weather Dependent)
September 06, 2021 - Labour Day (No Classes)

AC/EA Classifieds

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:

  • Accommodations
  • 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.

“Will You Be Ready?” Series

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.

Will you be ready?


Canada Student Service Grant

Posted July 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has increased the demand for charities and not-for-profit organizations provided services in your community — and they need your help.

If you’re a registered post-secondary student or a recent graduate, you can help your community by volunteering with a local organization. In recognition for your service, you can receive a grant of between $1,000 and $5,000.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain meaningful volunteer experience and receive financial aid for their education. For more information and to determine your eligibility, please visit https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/volunteer/initiative.


A Message from the National Association of Career Colleges about the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Posted May 18, 2020

Supporting students during this time of crisis is an integral part of the Government of Canada’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From interruptions in their studies and significantly reduced employment and developmental opportunities, Canadian students are facing serious challenges. To that end, we are sharing information on the most recent fiscal measures announced by the Government of Canada which will help ensure that students who are unable to find work this summer due to COVID-19 are equipped for success when they return to school and enter the workforce.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Government of Canada recently announced a $9 billion fund to provide financial support to students and recent graduates during the summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. Among the measures included in this framework is the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) which will be delivered by the CRA.

The CESB will provide financial support to recent graduates and post-secondary students who are unable to work or find employment due to COVID-19, or are not earning over $1000, and who are not eligible for either the CERB or Employment Insurance (EI). The benefit will provide $1,250 every four weeks for eligible students or $2,000 every four weeks for eligible students with disabilities or those with children or other dependents. The CESB is available from May 10 until August 29, 2020. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2020.

Applications for the CESB will open Friday, May 15, 2020. To get ready to apply, the CRA encourages eligible students to take three important steps:

  • Step 1: Register a profile with the CRA. If you have never filed an income tax return with the CRA, you may not have a profile with us. Call 1-800-959-8281 to activate your SIN with the CRA.
  • Step 2:Register for My Account as this is the fastest and easiest way to apply for the benefit.
  • Step 3: Enroll for Direct Deposit with the CRA through My Account or your financial institution to get your CESB within 3 days of applying. Alternatively, you must ensure your mailing information is up-to-date in My Account to receive a cheque by mail within 10 business days.

The new CESB will help many students and recent graduates, like Peter and Jessica:

“As a recent graduate, I know first-hand how challenging it can be to balance education, work and other priorities all while operating within a limited budget. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, my financial situation—as well as that of many of my peers—has become even more fragile.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit will support students and recent graduates, like me, during this difficult time. This benefit will provide us with financial support over the summer, helping us to either continue our studies in the fall or get the support we need to start our careers.”

– Peter Mott, M.Eng., University of British Columbia

“I am a second year IT-Data Analytics student at the Nova Scotia Community College. The COVID-19 outbreak has created several barriers to successfully completing my program. Most salient is the challenge of finding a work term to provide income over the summer and meet program requirements. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit will allow me to financially survive the summer while building my work portfolio, so I am better prepared to find gainful employment once the pandemic has waned.”

– Jessica Inkpen, IT Data Analytics, Nova Scotia Community College


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

Being Prepared

It is important to know how you can prepare in case you or a family member become ill.

Hygiene

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):
    • Toys
    • Toilets
    • Phones
    • Electronics
    • Door Handles
    • Bedside Tables
    • Television Remotes

Wearing masks

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


Other Campus Life Articles

“Regatta Day” Change Advisory – To Be Known as St. John’s Civic Holiday for 2020
Posted July 3, 2020

As you’re aware, Regatta Day is usually observed on the first Wednesday of August each year.

However, this year’s Royal St. John’s Regatta is cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its place, St. John’s Civic Holiday will be observed on Monday, August 3, 2020.

No classes will be held that day for Eastern Academy students and staff.


“Choices for Youth” Pandemic Survey
Posted May 14, 2020

Have your employment and educational plans been impacted by COVID-19?

Share your perspective by filling out the survey at http://www.choicesforyouth.ca/pandemic-survey, or share with anyone you know between the ages of 16-29 who you think could share their experience.

This survey is part of a larger initiative at “Choices for Youth”, to help us understand how the pandemic is affecting the educational and employment goals of individuals ages 16-29.


“International Child and You Care Worker Week” Appreciation
Posted May 8, 2020

From May 3, 2020 – May 9, 2020, “International Child and You Care Worker Week” was celebrated worldwide.

To show appreciation for Eastern Academy’s Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker students, we had a random draw for prizes.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Lucy MacLean
  • Elizabeth Simmons
  • Abbie Chaytor
  • Samantha Connors
  • Stephanie Walsh
  • Mercy Muoboghare

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this pandemic. We can’t wait to have you back in the classroom!

Happy International Child and Youth Care Worker Week!!


“Staff Professional Development Day” and “Eastern Academy Day” Cancellation Advisory
Posted January 23, 2020

Due to lost time relating to a “State of Emergency”, Staff Professional Development Day and Eastern Academy Day scheduled for February 14, 2020 and February 17, 2020 are cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!!!


Refer a future student, get paid
Posted January 16, 2020

Do you know someone who is thinking about changing their career or upgrading their skills?

We’d be thrilled to help them meet their goals!

If you refer a future student, Eastern Academy will reward you with a cheque for $100!

Fill out our Referral Form at https://www.easternacademy.ca/admissions/student-referral-program/.


Holy Heart High Schools “Carol Gram”
Posted December 18, 2019

Holy Heart Choir delivering Carol-Grams to Eastern Academy instructors!Beautiful voices !

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Eastern Academy‎‏ في الأربعاء، ١٨ ديسمبر ٢٠١٩


Congratulations to Eastern Academy’s “Class of 2019”
Posted November 29, 2019

Eastern Academy congratulations our Class of 2019!!


Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women
Posted December 19, 2018

In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women in entering, progressing, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are under-represented.

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person.

Applications are now being accepted. For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit here.

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