COVID-19 UPDATES: Up-to-date information about RDC's response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. Learn more

Previous COVID-19 Updates

Red Deer College has the most up-to-date updates on the Novel Coronavirus page. The information below has the details provided in earlier updates.

April 3, 2020 (1:30 pm)
April 2, 2020 (12:15 pm)
April 1, 2020
March 31, 2020 
March 30, 2020 (3:00 pm)
March 27, 2020 (2:00 pm)
March 26, 2020 (2:30 pm)
March 25, 2020 (2:30 pm)
March 24, 2020 (3:45 pm)
March 23, 2020 (2:00 pm)
March 20, 2020 (11:45 am)
March 19, 2020 (2:00 pm)
March 18, 2020 (4:30 pm)
March 17, 2020 (2:30 pm)
March 16, 2020 (5:00 pm)
March 15, 2020 (7:23 pm)
March 15, 2020 (3:00 pm)
March 13, 2020 (6:00 pm)

Update April 3, 2020 (1:30 pm)

As we wrap up another busy week, we are pleased to report that Alberta Health Services has still not advised RDC of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to our campuses.   

As we continue to get used to a ‘new normal’ of working and studying from home, or maintaining physical distancing measures for anyone who is still required to be at RDC’s campuses, we appreciate everyone’s diligence and efforts in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Special thanks to our colleagues with BEST Service Pros and others across RDC’s campuses who continue to implement heightened cleaning protocols and other measures to help keep our College community as healthy as possible.      

At RDC, we also want to share our appreciation for healthcare workers who are doing their best work caring for community members who are ill during this COVID-19 situation. Each night, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is lit in blue and green (Alberta Health Services’ colours) to demonstrate our institution's appreciation for these frontline workers. We are especially proud of the many RDC alumni and instructors who are among the thousands of valued healthcare professionals in our province helping to keep us all healthy and safe every day.

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre lights

Update April 2, 2020 (12:15 pm) 

In a continued effort to inform our community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Postponement of Convocation 2020

  • After much consideration, Red Deer College has decided to postpone our Convocation Ceremonies that were scheduled for Friday, June 5. 
  • A new date has not yet been determined, but this will be communicated as soon as it is established.
  • This decision was not made lightly, as Convocation is a wonderful time of celebration for students and their families, as well as faculty, staff and community members. We’ve chosen to postpone Convocation 2020 because, in alignment with Alberta Health directives, the health and safety of everyone on our campuses is our highest priority. 
  • Students who are eligible to graduate will still earn their credentials, and they will receive their parchments by mail after June 5, 2020. The Office of the Registrar is contacting all students with details about the postponement and the related processes.
  • For additional information and frequently asked questions, please see RDC’s Convocation page.

Postponement of RDC Events

  • Following directives from Alberta Health Services and governments, with the health and safety of our community members in mind, RDC will postpone all events that are hosted by, or at, the College between now and June 5, 2020
  • For RDC, this includes: Convocation, Athletics Awards Night, Community Awards Celebration, Annual Fine Wine and Food Tasting Event and all other small and large in-person events 
  • Anyone who previously purchased tickets for RDC events will automatically receive refunds as quickly as they can be processed in the next four to six weeks
  • RDC is communicating this decision with community partners who have rented our facilities for upcoming events in this time period, and those organizations will then inform their guests of this decision 

Campus Store

  • With the Campus Store currently closed for in-person traffic, students who rented textbooks and other course materials that are due in April can ship these rented items by mail with a shipping label provided by the Campus Store
    • To receive your free shipping rental return label, email the Campus Store: 0913mgr [at] follett [dot] com. When you email, include your first and last names, your address and your daytime phone number. The Campus Store will then email you a shipping label
    • You will then have to bring your rental return shipment to the nearest Purolator drop-off store to be shipped to RDC’s Campus Store
    • If you rented materials online, you may convert these items to purchase or extend the rentals by visiting and then logging in to “My Account” on or before the due date which was provided at the time of rental
  • You may purchase course materials and other merchandise for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters from the Campus Store and The Pulse by visiting Purchases will be shipped for free to the mailing address you provide in your online order
  • RDC’s Campus Store is pleased to provide free shipping for book rental returns and new purchases that are made on its website as a small way to help make this situation less stressful for our students and other customers 

Update April 1, 2020 

It is April 1, April Fool’s Day, which is a day typically filled with fun and pranks. 

We know that the situation presented by COVID-19 is no laughing matter. However, we thought we’d share with you a blog that highlights the spirit of our College community and some of the encouraging words that our community has recently expressed for our students.  

RDC will continue to provide members of the College community with updates about RDC’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation as new information arises.  

Update March 31, 2020 

RDC has no updates today relating to our response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. We have compiled a variety of resources that we invite you to view, including information from RDC’s Counselling Services, Alberta Health Services and governments. 

RDC will continue to provide our community with updates as information changes.  

Update March 30, 2020 (3:00 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), please note today’s update: 

Service Areas 

RDC will continue to provide service delivery online or over the phone, until further notice. This includes services for: Counselling, the Library, Campus Store, Student Connect Centre, Office of the Registrar and Financial Services. 

All food services at the College’s main campus remain closed, until further notice.

View current details of RDC’s Services and Contact Information

Update March 27, 2020 (2:00 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Employees Working From Home Update

  • The College continues to respond to public health directives relating to COVID-19. As such, in an effort to promote physical distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19, RDC continues to urge employees to work remotely if their work does not require them to be present at the College. This precaution measure to work remotely is expected to continue until further notice.

Students’ Association Hours & Resources

  • Effective Monday, March 30, Students’ Association of Red Deer College (SA) hours will be adjusted:
    • Open 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 
    • Closed on Mondays and Fridays
  • The SA, in partnership with local grocery stores, provides RDC students with a 10% discount on groceries at Sobeys Village Mall, 5% discount at Sobeys South and 5% discount at IGA Eastview. To receive these discounts, students should show their RDC iCard at the grocery store check-out.
    • Students may also apply to receive a food hamper by completing this Food Bank Application if they are experiencing financial shortfalls. To help the greatest number of students, hampers are limited to a maximum of one hamper per four-month term and a lifetime maximum of three hampers.
  • You can access mental health resources, including an online mental health tool called mywellness.
  • Call the Students’ Association at 403.342.3200 or email inquiries as follows:
    • Academic supports & other student challenges: sardc-president [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Health and dental: reddeerplan [at] mystudentplan [dot] ca
    • General inquiries: sardc-general [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

RDC Partnering to Make Disposable Face Masks 

Update March 26, 2020 (2:30 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Academic Update 

  • Final Exams will continue to be administered at the end of the Winter semester in RDC classes, as per our normal practice at the discretion of instructors. Final exams will be held online and not at Red Deer College's campuses. This is one of many ways in which students’ progress is assessed in courses. Students will continue to be informed by their instructors about final projects and exams, as well as other details relating to their courses
    • RDC’s academic teams and faculty members are aware of, and sympathetic to, the stressful situation that students are experiencing, as we have rapidly transitioned to online learning
    • To help minimize stress, for any final exams that are administered instructors are using technology that is familiar for students and is user-friendly 
    • With a breadth of courses offered by RDC, a ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ for accommodating decisions such as grade assessments and final exams for our students is not possible 
    • Please see the FAQ page for further details. 

New Process: Check-In & Check-Out at Main Campus 

  • Effective Friday, March 27, to help ensure the safety of our employees, students and visitors to RDC’s main campus, everyone should please check-in as you arrive at the Welcome Centre (inside the main entrance) and check-out as you leave
  • As a friendly reminder, only the main entrance remains open, and all other exterior doors are locked. All individuals should park in Lots C and Public West for easiest access to the main entrance. Parking enforcement has been suspended temporarily until further notice to help accommodate these parking changes


  • Counselling 
    • RDC’s Counsellors are available to connect with members of the College community by phone or email during this stressful time. RDC’s Counselling Services has also created a variety of helpful resources about a variety of topics for people to access 

Update March 25, 2020 (2:30 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Academic Update

After consultation with the College’s academic teams and instructors, RDC will continue the practice of issuing students with letter grades upon completion of courses this semester. Discussions continue regarding how to assess our students, including use of final exams, and information will be provided once these details are established.  

Staying Connected Through Social Media

As people everywhere continue to transition and adjust to the temporary new normal that COVID-19 brings, we encourage you to stay connected and to share the little wins you may be experiencing.

Please visit RDC’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to share messages of positivity with the people who have helped you through this challenging time. 

Update March 24, 2020 (3:45 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Students’ Association: Lockers and Hours

  • Students who have rented lockers can return their locks to the Students’ Association (SA) office no later than June 30 to receive a $10 refund (as per normal practice). 
  • Students with lockers in the 2400 Wing should return their locks to the SA no later than March 31, as previously planned renovations will begin in that area in April and access won’t be possible to the 2400 Wing
  • RDC’s Students’ Association is open with reduced hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday, until further notice

Travel for College Business

  • Effective immediately, all interprovincial College-related travel (for professional development or otherwise) is not permitted. This is in addition to the College’s previous decision to suspend all international travel for employees and students. This decision will be in effect until June 30, 2020, unless the COVID-19 situation improves sooner, at which point an update to this decision will be provided

RDC’s campuses remain open, with altered and limited services in many areas. If you are attending RDC’s main campus for any reason, please park in Lots C or Public West and enter through the main entrance, as all other entrances are now closed. Please see the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for details on temporary facility closures and changes to parking. 

Update March 23, 2020 (2:00 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Facility Temporary Closures

With greatly reduced in-person traffic at RDC’s campuses, starting Tuesday, March 24 the following temporary facility closures and changes to access will begin, until further notice: 

  • All access to RDC’s main campus building will be through the main doors adjacent to the Welcome Centre. All students, staff and visitors are requested to use these doors, as all other doors will be locked
  • RDC’s Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre will be accessible from the north entrance only; all other exterior doors will be locked 
  • Cenovus Energy Learning Common, NOVA Chemicals Learning Common, and Computer Labs (Rooms 907B and 907C) will be closed
  • Many washrooms on main campus will be closed
  • RDC’s Welikoklad Event Centre (located in downtown Red Deer) will be temporarily closed 
  • Please see RDC’s campus maps for details about the locations indicated

Signage will be posted on all washrooms, classrooms, and other areas of RDC’s campuses that are temporarily closed. Please do not enter these spaces, even if you may have keys to access these areas, without first contacting Campus Security. This ensures these spaces remain clean, allowing RDC’s janitorial staff to concentrate their efforts in other higher traffic corridors and common areas.

Parking on Main Campus

Starting Tuesday, March 24, all individuals should park in the two parking lots immediately north of the main entrance (Lots C and Public West). This will facilitate easy access to the main door. Access to other parking lots will be closed. View this parking map if you require directions.

Parking enforcement has been temporarily suspended until further notice to help accommodate these parking changes

Testing Services

Effective immediately, all in-person testing in RDC’s Test Centre is cancelled. Test Centre staff will contact students and faculty who have exam bookings scheduled in Access+ for the period of Monday, March 23 to Wednesday, April 8. If previously booked testing is impacted, Test Centre staff will assist individuals with setting up alternate arrangements to ensure testing is completed, and to ensure that students receive the accommodations they require

Please see the Service Updates page for details about changes to services at RDC 

Update March 20, 2020 (11:45 am)

In a continued effort to inform our College community of updates about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), please note today’s updates:

Food Services

  • Effective Monday, March 23, Tim Hortons in the Red Deer Bottling Forum will be closed. This means there will be no food and beverage service on main campus, other than vending machines, starting Monday. Anyone working or visiting main campus is asked to bring your own food and beverages
  • Please see Service Updates for details about food services at RDC

Donald School of Business

  • Effective Monday, March 23, RDC’s Donald School of Business (located in the Millennium Centre downtown) will be open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays. Please note that this is a temporary reduction in hours, and we will inform you of any future changes. Certain classrooms, most computer labs and other spaces within this School will be temporarily closed to alleviate repeatedly cleaning those spaces. Common areas, faculty and staff offices and washrooms will continue to receive regular cleaning

College Services Updates


  • Counselling
    • RDC’s Counselling and Career Services has helpful resources online about a variety of topics to help people care for their mental and physical health  
  • Social Distancing
    • The Alberta Government has developed a tip sheet to help us understand ways to minimize close contact with others in community settings

Red Deer College will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. Thank you to all of our students, faculty, staff and community members for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.  

Update March 19, 2020 (2:00 pm)

In a continued effort to inform students, faculty, staff and community members about RDC’s response to COVID-19, please note the following updates:


  • School of Trades and Technologies:
    • Plans have been identified for all Apprenticeship programs at RDC, along with all other Alberta post-secondary institutions that offer Apprenticeship programs
      • March to April and May to June Apprenticeship programs are cancelled. Students who started classes on or after March 2, 2020 will receive tuition refunds, which will automatically be processed within the next four to six weeks 
      • Online classes in the Locksmith and Parts Technician programs will continue as per their current structure and schedule
      • Instructors for intakes of 1st Period Automotive Service Technician (Feb. 3, 2020 start date), Cook Apprentice, 4th Period Electrician, and 3rd Period Instrumentation & Control Technician (all of which are more than 50 per cent completed at this time) will post information in RDC’s Blackboard about online learning opportunities for Apprentices to complete their training Period
    • Learn more at Alberta Apprenticeship & Training’s website
  • Online Learning – Access to RDC Laptops
    • Students who do not have access to a computer or laptop to complete course work can email their name, program, and contact information to rdclibrary [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. The Library has some laptops that can be signed out on a first-come first-served basis. Library staff will contact you to determine how best to meet your needs, whether you need a laptop for an hour, a day, or a week. We will be flexible with loan times, while striving to ensure equitable access to technology for all students. You may also contact RDC’s Library through online chat or phone for other inquiries

Student Services

  • Student Connect Centre (Student Funding, Awards, Records, and Advising)
  • Office of the Registrar (Admission, Registration and Information Services) 
  • Cashier’s Office
    • All open for online or phone service only; no in-person service delivery
    • Visit RDC's contact information webpage for details

General Updates  

RDC’s campuses remain open, with altered or limited services in various areas. We appreciate the valued efforts of our colleagues in BEST Service Pros as they continue to ensure RDC’s campuses are thoroughly cleaned every day. By using heightened protocols that have been identified by Alberta Health Services, they are helping to keep everyone on campus all as safe and healthy as possible.   

Update March 18, 2020 (4:30 pm)

To serve our learners, RDC’s campuses remain open, with altered or limited service delivery in various areas. 


  • School of Trades and Technologies:
    • All Alberta post-secondary institutions that offer apprenticeship training, including RDC, are collaborating with Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Students will be updated as soon as possible once we have information. 
  • Practicums
    • School of Arts and Sciences:
      • Social Work: students have been removed from practicum placements and the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) has approved non-direct activities for students to complete field evaluations
      • Media Studies & Professional Communications: students removed from practicum placements; students will complete online component to fulfill practicum requirements
    • Additional practicum placement details for students enrolled in RDC’s Donald School of Business, School of Education and School of Health Sciences can be found in the COVID-19 Update from Tuesday, March 17 (2:30 pm)

Student Services 

RDC’s campuses remain open for services. For any in-person service delivery, RDC is limiting contact between individuals and encouraging people keep a two-metre distance between them where possible to encourage social distancing. 


  • RDC’s Library will close for in-person traffic starting end of day Wednesday, March 18 through March 31. This decision will be reviewed and updates to future service delivery will be shared as soon as possible. Disability Resources and Tutoring continues to be available through online service delivery.
    • Individuals can continue to contact Library staff to receive assistance online. Staff can be reached through online chat and by phone. Visit: to connect online with Library staff and to review available hours for inquiries
  • IT Services:
    • In-person/walk-in traffic (in Room 814) is closed at this time to encourage social distancing. 
    • IT Services team members remain available to assist students and employees.
    • Remote support options are available 
    • Individuals can call IT Services and arrange a time to drop-off a laptop or other College device for servicing
    • Email: servicedesk [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca or call 403.342.3580 for assistance from IT Services
  • Student Connect Centre services (Student Funding, Awards, Records, and Advising) are available for online services. No in-person appointments or drop-in inquires until further notice. 
  • Admission, Registration and Information Services are available. In-person traffic is directed to maintain a two-metre separation from staff. All new applications are to be completed through APAS rather than in-person.
  • Cashier Services are available. In-person traffic is being directed to maintain a two-metre separation from staff. 
  • School Academic Advising services are available except for in-person appointments until further notice. Please see the Contact Information page for contact details for each School. 
  • Print Centre will only hold printed order for pick-up; deliveries to requesting departments at RDC are not occurring at this time
  • Testing Services:
    • RDC testing is available for accommodated students only. Admissions testing, Trades testing, drop in, and make up exams are not available until further notice.
      • Any tester/student who has a visible illness will not be permitted to test
      • Test sessions are limited, so staff are able to sanitize the desks and workstations appropriately
    • External testing is closed at this time

Food Services

  • Tim Hortons (operated by Chartwells) in the Red Deer Bottling Forum remains open on main campus
    • Tim Hortons is now processing transactions using RDC’s iCard, debit and credit cards only (no cash) to help reduce potential spread of illnesses
  • Food services in The Marketplace are closed now through March 31. This decision will be reviewed and any updates to future service delivery will be shared as soon as possible
    • All RDC catering through Chartwells will stop, for meetings or otherwise, until further notice 
  • The FarSide Bar & Grill and The Lift (operated by RDC’s Students’ Association) is closed effective immediately, until further notice

Campus Store and ThePulse

  • Open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm this week for in-person service
  • Starting Monday, March 23 through March 31, the Campus Store and The Pulse will be closed for in-person traffic. This decision will be reviewed and updates to future service delivery will be shared as soon as possible. 
  • Online purchases of textbooks and other merchandise will remain OPEN. Purchases will be delivered to people’s homes via courier (details available online as people place orders). Visit: to purchase items online
  • The Campus Store is reviewing plans and processes relating to book returns and rental agreements; further details will be shared with the College community as decisions are made

Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts to transition very quickly to online and alternate delivery. This is not an easy feat, and there will be some challenges as we know there have been already.  

Update March 17, 2020 (2:30 pm)

Programs, Student Services & Practicums

  • RDC’s School administrative teams and faculty are working with students and practicum placement sites to identify appropriate solutions to ensure that students remain safe. Students should speak with their instructors and practicum placement supervisors and to visit Blackboard online to confirm details for their particular practicum
    • School of Arts and Sciences: awaiting information from School; solutions are currently being identified
    • Donald School of Business:
      • Administrative Professional: solutions currently being identified
      • Business Administration: practicums have been completed by all students
      • Legal Assistant: solutions currently being identified
      • Unit Clerk: currently continuing with plans for upcoming preceptorship; monitoring Alberta Health Services protocols to help ensure student health and safety as decisions are made
    • School of Education:
      • Educational Assistant & Early Learning and Child Care: remaining practicum hours in this Winter term will be completed through online solutions
      • Bachelor of Education and Transitional Vocational Program: solutions currently being identified
    • School of Health Sciences:
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (years 1-3), Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant and Medical Lab Assistant: all practicums cancelled 
      • Practical Nurse (year 2): preceptorships currently remain in place; monitoring Alberta Health Services protocols to help ensure student health and safety as decisions are made
  • RDC’s Counselors will be offering virtual or phone-in appointments and not in-person sessions with students who require assistance starting Wednesday, March 18.

IT Services

  • Scams and phishing emails relating to COVID-19 are starting to circulate in the world. 
  • All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue good diligence when receiving emails to ensure the email is legitimate and that they don’t click suspicious hyperlinks that could leave RDC vulnerable to hacks.

Service Area Updates

  • Campus Store & The Pulse:
    • Changed hours for in-person traffic: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • The Pulse is closed: students or employees in the School of Trades and Technologies should visit Campus Store to purchase any items they require
    • Still accepting online purchases at Purchases can be delivered to home addresses or picked up in person
  • Learning Resources: 
    • Disability Resources Consultation, Writing Tutoring and ESL Tutoring will all move online to connect with students soon; these teams are working to identify logistics
  • Counselling Centre:
    • RDC’s Counsellors will be offering virtual or phone-in appointments and not in-person sessions with students who require assistance starting Wednesday, March 18
  • Starbucks:
    • Closed at RDC (and at all post-secondary institutions) until further notice


Students living in Residence have received information from RDC to inform their decision-making. Below is a synopsis:

  • Students are permitted to stay in our Residences, if they wish
  • If students wish to move-out for home or other accommodations, the Residence Administration team is working with students to assist them
  • If students choose to vacate their Residence unit early, RDC has waived all early termination charges, and will be prorating Residence rate based upon move-out date
  • Public gathering spaces are closed, and all events have been cancelled to encourage social distancing
  • No visitors are being permitted to visit our Residences
  • Campus Security continues to be available 24/7

Red Deer College is working through many different scenarios as we all navigate this situation together. Thank for you to all students, faculty and staff for your efforts and for your patience with each other. 

Update March 16, 2020 (5:00 pm)

Red Deer College continues to establish plans and processes for the changes to our course delivery, as well as any other changes on our campuses due to COVID-19. At this time, please note the following updates:


  • As per the update on March 15, 2020, all classes on RDC’s campuses are now cancelled, including all Apprenticeship classes:
    • Classes will be offered via online and remote delivery starting on Wednesday, March 18
    • This online delivery of courses is anticipated to continue until September 2020, as per RDC’s communications with the Government of Alberta
    • Thank you to all of our leaders, faculty and staff who have been working diligently to support our students and each other through this change
    • Students are encouraged to stay connected with their instructors via email to determine the specific needs for each class
  • If students need to contact Advising and Recruiting Services for our Schools, they are encouraged to send an email:
    • Arts and Sciences: artscienceinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Creative Arts: creativearts [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Donald School of Business: dsbinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Education: education [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Health Sciences: healthsciences [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Trades and Technologies: tradesandtechnologies [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Continuing Education: ce [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca


  • RDC is also cancelling all events that will be held on our campuses now through April 30, 2020. We will continue to assess future events, using a 30-day window into the future to identify cancellations. Events held later this spring are currently being assessed to determine if they will continue. RDC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and government/health agency directives in our consideration for these events. We understand that individuals may have questions about ticket refunds for paid events, and other details. These items are currently being reviewed and once more details are known, RDC will communicate with ticketholders. 

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

  • RDC is temporarily closing all of its sports and recreation facilities, including programming and associated bookings, as of noon on Monday, March 16.
  • The facilities and programming impacted by this include:
    • Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone
    • Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Arena
    • Fas Gas – On The Run Gymnasium
    • Border Paving Running Track
    • Larkaun Homes Squash Courts
    • All Fitness and Wellness Programming and Classes
    • Be Fit For Life Centre
  • The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre remains open, as do the other buildings on RDC’s campuses.

Throughout this situation, RDC has implemented a variety of protocols, including increased cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic areas (such as classrooms and washrooms), to help ensure the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors.

Update March 15, 2020 (7:23 pm) - ALL CLASSES CANCELLED

Upon direction provided by the Government of Alberta at 4:30 pm today, ALL Red Deer College classes are now cancelled. This cancellation now includes all Apprenticeship classes within RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies.  

Red Deer College’s main and downtown campuses will remain open, and all employees are expected to attend work.  

RDC plans to begin online and remote delivery of RDC’s classes starting Wednesday, March 18. Any updates to this timing will be shared with RDC students and placed on this webpage. Students will receive specific information and instructions from each of their class and practicum instructors, as soon as possible early this week. 

We understand these are stressful times, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work together to determine solutions that work in our College community.

Update March 15, 2020 (3 pm)

To help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, Red Deer College has cancelled most in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. This class cancellation will allow the College’s academic teams and instructors to plan for, and transition to, online and remote delivery of its classes, starting on Wednesday, March 18.

With the breadth of programs and courses offered by RDC, a common solution of providing online delivery in all cases is not possible. Classes and labs within RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies will continue in-person on Monday and Tuesday, given the hands-on components involved in these courses. 

RDC students will be contacted by each of their class and practicum instructors as soon as possible early this week when further details of their class delivery will be provided. 

Red Deer College’s main campus and downtown campus will remain open on Monday and Tuesday, and beyond.  Employees are expected to attend work in-person (providing they are not ill or in self-isolation), and to have discussions with their supervisors regarding any potential alternative work arrangements. 


  • In-person classes: are cancelled on Monday and Tuesday for students at RDC’s main and downtown campuses except for students in the School of Trades and Technologies.
    • Apprenticeship students: Please come to class. 
    • Engineering Technology students: Classes are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday and will resume through online delivery starting Wednesday.
  • Online classes: Students taking online classes currently should continue with their classes, as scheduled, on Monday and Tuesday 
  • Students who are involved in practicum placements should follow the advice of their practicum supervisors and instructors regarding their attendance 
  • RDC’s campuses will remain open on Monday and Tuesday, and employees are expected to attend work 

Red Deer College has implemented a variety of protocols, including increased cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic areas (such as classrooms and washrooms), to help ensure the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors. 

Update March 13, 2020 (6 pm)

RDC is committed to helping reduce the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) with students, faculty staff and community members. Increased diligence for cleaning and sanitizing is being undertaken across our campuses to help mitigate the spread of the illness. 

Other than cancelling large events, as per direction from Alberta Health Services, Red Deer College remains open and classes will continue. COVID-19 is a dynamic situation, and RDC will continue to communicate updates as required.


  • Effective immediately, as per Alberta Health Services direction, all large events hosted by, and at, RDC’s main campus (including the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre) and downtown campus (including the Welikoklad Event Centre) are cancelled. The RDC Ancillary & Sport Services team is reviewing all events that are currently booked at RDC, and assessing these using directives from the Government of Alberta. External organizations who booked events at RDC will be contacted by the Ancillary & Sport Services team.  
  • At this time, courses are continuing as normal. Any course cancellations or changes in delivery, to online, will be communicated as soon as possible. Students completing practicums or clinical placements will be advised of any changes through their program faculty or placement provider.
  • If students, faculty or staff at RDC believe they might have COVID-19 (coronavirus), please first call 811 (Alberta Health Link) to receive information. Next, please contact the RDC Health, Safety & Wellness Centre to report your illness. Email Health [dot] Safety [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca or 403.342.3427. Please also stay home, and follow the advice you receive from 811. 
  • Students who are ill or self-isolated may complete a Late Drop Request due to medical reasons. The Late Drop Request should be submitted to admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
  • Students who self-isolate will be supported by RDC in order to complete their courses. Students are asked to contact their instructor to make arrangements. If required, students will be approved for a deferred exam if the self-isolation period extends into Final Examination Week.
  • Decisions to cancel Final Examinations, Spring Term, and Apprenticeship Technical Training periods will be made, if required, and communicated as soon as possible.

RDC has activated the College’s Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre to prepare and plan for a variety of potential scenarios that may arise in the coming days and weeks. Individuals involved in this response are reviewing and revising the College’s Pandemic Plan on a daily basis as new information arises. RDC is in close contact with Alberta Health Services and governments, and monitoring other trusted sources of information to assess the situation and make appropriate decisions for the health and safety of RDC’s community.   

RDC will continue to provide updates as new information arises. For further details, please see the frequently asked questions

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