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COVID-19 updates

(Updated January 19, 2022)

A memo was shared today with all University of Toronto students and employees from Cheryle Regehr, Vice-President & Provost and Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture. The Memo provides and update on the University’s plans for the winter term and notes that exact plans will vary depending on local factors.

> Click here to read the full memo. 

Please be assured that FIFSW will reach out to students, faculty and staff by email to share the plans specific to our Faculty by the end of this week or early next week.

Our plans will also be posted on this page at that time.

(Updated December 2021)

On December 15, the U of T community received a communication from Trevor Young, Acting Vice-President & Provost, and Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture on the immediate steps that the University of Toronto is taking to limit the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant. The University’s plans were made, and have been implemented, as a result of recent government announcements.

For those who may have missed it, you can find the communication that was sent to all students and employees here.

Following the University’s decision:

  • All FIFSW courses will be moved online from the start of the semester January 3 until January 31. (Please note that a separate email will be sent to ITR students to address plans for the intensive courses scheduled to begin January 9.)
  • Classes that have been scheduled for in-person learning in the Winter 2022 term are expected to resume in person after January 31.
  • MSW Practicums may be affected; however, this will depend on each individual practicum site. Some may continue in person; some could choose to operate remotely. Others may adjust their plans for taking students depending on their circumstances. As January 5 (the first day of practicum in 2022) approaches, you are encouraged to contact your practicum supervisor for more details.
  • FIFSW’s building will be closed January 3-31. During this time, persons with fobs will be able to access the building if needed. Employees have been advised to work remotely January 3-31 with the exception of those who must be on campus to support specific activities.

Information about how to access your courses in the new year will be provided via your course instructors.

Students with questions are invited to submit them via the online form that was created for questions about the 2022 Winter Term Reopening. You may also email questions to Milad Tabataba, Assistant Dean, Student Services and Registrar, at

These new measures are intended to protect the safety of our community members. We hope that you continue to take care of your wellbeing and that of your loved ones during this time, and we would like to thank you for your part in helping to limit the spread of this new variant.


FIFSW’s Academic Leadership Team

U of T Vaccine Requirement

The University of Toronto requires all those intending to be present on our three campuses, or on premises owned or operated by the university, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination via UCheck.

Click here to learn more.

Read U of T’s COVID-19 Weekly Planning Updates.

> UTogether: Your guide to 2021-2022 school year at U of T

> Information for International Students

NEW: Introducing Navi

U of T has launched a Student Mental Health Virtual Agent to help students navigate mental health supports at the University of Toronto. Navi (short for navigator) is an anonymous wayfinding tool that is available 24/7. It can currently speak to 48 broad topics related to mental health including: stress, anxiety, loneliness, harassment, discrimination, bullying, academics, career, sleep issues, accessibility, coping techniques, abuse, eating disorders, how to get involved, health care access, and more. Click here to learn more.

> Click here to access Navi: Your mental health wayfinder

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> Recommended Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Learning

Research information

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Further resources:

FIFSW Contacts

Members of the FIFSW community who have questions, are encouraged to contact appropriate faculty member below:

Student services and registrar:
Milad Tabataba, Assistant Dean, Student Services and Registrar

*Students with questions are also invited to submit them via the online form that was previously created about the 2022 Winter Term Reopening.

Master of Social Work:
David Burnes, Associate Dean, Academic, and Associate Professor

Micheal Shier, MSW Program Director

Eileen McKee, Assistant Dean, Field Education

PhD program:
Lin Fang, PhD Program Director, and Associate Professor

David J. Brennan, Associate Dean, Research, and Professor