COVID-19: Update on OLBI Activities

Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2020



Like all of you, we are closely monitoring the evolution of the global impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We adhere to the measures taken by the University of Ottawa to insure the health and safety of our students, employees and partners, as well as the completion of the current academic year. Below is a list of the measures that are currently in place. The situation is fluid and we ask that you please visit theuOttawa coronavirus website regularly for further updates. 


All classes are cancelled on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, and all classes and exams will be held online starting Wednesday, March 18 until the end of the semester. Professors and instructors will be in touch with their students with all the details, if they have not been already. 

The International Office is offering an in personOR online information session for international students in order to provide information on the continuation of the session and the coming weeks. Please contact if you have any questions. 

Date:Tuesday, March 17, 2020 

Time: 4 to 5 p.m. 

Location:Tabaret Hall, room 112 or Online via Zoom. You can access the meeting through the web or the software: 

Meeting ID: 664 752 964 

You can also join by phone: +1 647 558 0588. 

Administrative staff 

All members of the administrative staff will work from home as of Monday, March 16, except those whose duties are essential to the continued operations of the campus. Employees will have access to their work e-mail and will be able to respond to messages. 

Cancellations and closures 

The following is a list of ILOB activities that are cancelled or postponed: 


  • CCERBAL 2020 Conference 

    The CCERBAL 2020 Conference will be postponed to a future date in 2021. For the time being, we will reimburse all participants who have already registered. We will communicate the new Conference details as soon as possible and reopen registration in 2021. 
  • Arts in April 

    The Faculty of Arts is postponing all its Arts in April activities to a later unspecified date. The OLBI student showcases are cancelled.  
  • OLBI Research Forum – March 27, 2020 

    The Forum entitled: The need for evidence-based strategies to navigate the changed linguistic landscapes in education by Emmanuelle Le Pichon-Vorstman, University of Toronto will be postponed to a later date. Please refer to the OLBI Research Forum website for future updates. 
  • Julien-Couture Resource Centre 

    The Julien-Couture Resource Centre will be closed until further notice. Note that some online resources can be accessed through the KOHA platform. 


In this time of uncertainty, please take all the necessary precautions to preserve your health and take good care of yourself and those around you. We thank you for your understanding and precious collaboration. We remain at your disposal to answer any questions that you may have at 


Best regards,


Jérémie Séror 

Director and Associate Dean 

Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute 

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