Durham College’s support for Ukraine

This message is being shared on behalf of Don Lovisa, president, Durham College.

Dear students and colleagues,

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is devastating. Our hearts go out to all those whose lives have been impacted, and we want to help families access the necessities they need, while easing their burdens during this difficult time.

It’s for that reason that DC is collaborating with 18 colleges across Ontario, along with Colleges Ontario (the sector’s advocacy organization) and the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) to provide a joint donation of $200,000 to UNICEF’s Ukraine emergency fund. This will support UNICEF’s ongoing programs and response to the escalating need in Ukraine by providing communities with safe water, urgent medical aid and health-care services, child protection and education.

DC has a long history of providing integrated support services for students in need, including those impacted by world events and humanitarian efforts, to address food insecurity, physical and mental well-being, emergency housing and more. In response to the situation in Ukraine, DC will also offer the following assistance to international students impacted by the humanitarian constraints:

  • International tuition relief bursaries valued at a maximum of C$15,000 each and available to full-time international students.
  • Emergency bursaries providing financial assistance for non-tuition expenses, including lodging, food, transportation and more.
  • Access to ten fully-subsidized on-campus residence accommodations for those impacted by the unrest in the Ukraine, including students and families transitioning to Canada.

This support will help our international student community have access to the resources they need to succeed, despite the crisis occurring in their home country.

Students and employees are also reminded that confidential counselling services are always available to those who require support.

Stay safe and healthy,

For students:

For employees:

  • Lifeworks(formerly Morneau Shepell) available 24/7: