Heartland’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Heartland’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus)

As part of our response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, this website has been created to provide students, staff, agents, and homestay families with the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, including tips for staying healthy, information for travelers, and other useful resources.

Heartland is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the World Health Organization, Manitoba Health, and Ontario Health. The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with the virus for Canada as low. At this point in time, Heartland has no cases presumed or confirmed.

Heartland is also closely following updates from industry associations such as Languages Canada, and the International Association of Language Centres (IALC).



March 24, 2020

  • Heartland’s first online class start date was March 23, 2020.  The online placement test was a success and students were able to join their classmate virtually for their first classes. Overall the reviews have been positive! We are looking at ways to expand on this option to include more new students who are already in Canada, and hopefully students who are abroad as well. Please keep checking for updates.

March 20, 2020

  • The province of Manitoba (which includes the city of Winnipeg) is declaring a provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The public health orders currently in place for a period of 30 days include:
    • Limiting public gatherings of more than 50 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals.
      • This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided. Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business. Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of one to two metres from others assembling at the facility.
      • Limiting hospitality premises where food or alcohol is served or any theatres offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms as movies theatres to 50 people or 50 per cent of the capacity of the premises, whichever is lesser.
      • These establishments must be able to ensure social distance of one to two metres between customers.
    • Immediate closures of all bingo and gaming events.
    • Immediate closures of all wellness centres offering physical activities, gyms, fitness centres and athletic clubs and training facilities.

March 19, 2020

  • Heartland developing online placement test and orientation to allow new students to join virtual classes soon.  News will be released soon.

March 18, 2020

  • First day of online classes for both campuses a success.

March 17, 2020

March 16, 2020 – Heartland Winnipeg:

  • working towards offering online classes. More details to be announced as soon as possible
  • reduce class sizes by adding another classroom
  • reconfigure desks in classrooms to allow more space between students
  • is only admitting new students who have already been in Winnipeg for 14 days or longer and have been symptom-free
  • is requiring all students to wash hands before entering class
  • installed two hand-sanitizer dispensers outside of elevator

March 12, 2020

  • Heartland created a COVID-19 website resource page where we post the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, including tips for staying healthy, information for travelers, and other resources for students, staff, agents, and homestay families.

March 9, 2020

  • COVID-19 hand-out circulated to all staff and students, and added to weekly student orientation

March 6, 2020

  • Posters mounted throughout school advising students on how to stay healthy (wash hands, avoid touching face, staying home when sick, etc.)
  • Additional cleaning procedures scheduled
  • Communication circulated to staff