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Latest update – January 6, 2023

Keeping Our Community Safe During Cold and Flu Season

On November 2, Ottawa’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Vera Etches, released a statement urging everyone to remain vigilant to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 as well as seasonal colds and flus.

Since the start of the pandemic, Saint Paul University has regularly reviewed its response to COVID-19, relying on the latest federal, provincial, and municipal health guidelines. And so, we want to take this opportunity to remind our community that we can all do our part to keep each other healthy and safe.

In particular, we strongly recommend you:

  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Self-evaluate each day and follow health guidelines if you feel sick
  • Keep a safe distance from others where possible
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors if distancing could be challenging or is not possible – please carry an appropriate mask with you
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Clean your hands frequently

As a precautionary measure, the protective shielding installed in various workspaces will remain in place to better protect employees. Additionally, hand sanitizer will continue to be available in common areas across the campus, and each classroom will be supplied with spray disinfectant and wipes.

By exercising these health measures, we can keep ourselves, our families and our community healthy and safe through the fall and winter months. As the situation is currently evolving rapidly, we will continue to provide updates relevant to the SPU community.

Stephen A Stuart Ph.D.
Vice Rector, Administration


Mental Health Resources

If you are feeling overwhelmed, please know that there are resources available to you at all times.

Below you will find a list of mental health services that are available through the University, as well as services offered throughout Ottawa.

Guides to local resources by topic:

Guides to resources available to students:

Screening tool to help you explore your mental health:

Mindfulness Resources and Exercises:


More Information on COVID-19:

Government of Canada Public Health

Public Health Ontario

Government of Ontario

World Health Organization