FAQ

GENERAL

Last update: April 12, 2021

What is happening at Laurentian?

Laurentian is not bankrupt. It is insolvent, which means that it has financial challenges that must be addressed in order for it to remain financially viable in the long term.  Laurentian is continuing to operate in the ordinary course pursuant to a court proceeding that it voluntarily commenced under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA).  This legislation is specifically designed to allow entities and businesses to fully restructure their operations and emerge as a more financially viable organization. The University, at the direction of the Board, commenced the CCAA proceeding in order to financially and operationally restructure while continuing to operate in all respects.

What is CCAA protection?

The CCAA is a federal statute that gives organizations with severe financial challenges the chance to restructure their financial affairs. This occurs through a formal process under the supervision of a Judge of a highly specialized Court (the “Commercial Court”) and with the assistance of a Court-appointed Monitor (Ernst & Young Inc.) which allows the organization to emerge as a restructured, more financially sustainable operation.

As part of the proceedings, in order to provide stability to restructure, the Court grants a “stay of proceedings” which prevents creditors, such as lenders and suppliers, from taking any action that might disrupt the university’s ability to negotiate and implement its restructuring.

Is Laurentian University closing?

No, that is not the result of commencing a CCAA proceeding. Laurentian will continue its day-to-day operations and it is the intention that for our students, the status quo will continue in the same manner that it has to date. Classes will continue as usual. This proceeding is a platform to allow Laurentian to restructure both operationally and financially.

Is Laurentian University bankrupt? What is insolvency?

No. Insolvency is not the same thing as bankruptcy. When an organization becomes bankrupt (which Laurentian is not), it loses the legal capacity to deal with its assets and a trustee-in-bankruptcy is appointed over those assets with a mandate to, among other things, liquidate the assets and distribute the proceeds of sale to creditors.  Laurentian is insolvent, which means its obligations to its creditors exceed its ability to pay those creditors in the ordinary course.  Laurentian has been operating at a deficit for some time, and that was expected to grow in the coming years if changes were not made.  The CCAA proceeding allows Laurentian the opportunity to restructure its finances and operations. However, it is not bankrupt and Laurentian will remain in possession and control of its assets and in control of the University.

What happens in a CCAA filing?

The primary purpose of the CCAA is to facilitate negotiations leading to a consensual restructuring between the insolvent entity (Laurentian) and its key stakeholders.  It is premised upon negotiations that occur within a particular Court-supervised framework over a compressed time period.

During a CCAA filing, an organization is given time to develop and propose a “Plan of Arrangement or Compromise” under which the financial affairs of the organization are restructured.  During this time, the organization remains in control of its operations. If the Plan of Arrangement is approved, the University implements the plan and emerges from the CCAA proceeding as a successfully restructured entity. Further, the Court appoints a Monitor as an officer of the Court to assist the University with its restructuring efforts during the CCAA process and be an impartial party to provide information to all stakeholders and the Court.

What is the role of the Monitor?

The Monitor is a neutral and impartial third party in a CCAA proceeding, and an “officer of the Court”, which means that it is appointed by the Court and reports to the Court (not to any party).  Generally, the Monitor plays a supervisory and advisory role in the proceeding, and oversees the steps taken by Laurentian and assists it in all respects. Further, the Monitor will file periodic reports with the Court providing an update on the status of the proceeding.

The Monitor also plays an important role in facilitating negotiations with significant stakeholders, such as Laurentian’s employee unions or federated universities.

What is the plan for Laurentian?

The plan will be further developed over the course of the CCAA proceeding, however, a plan is already being formulated to address all aspects of the restructuring. When it is more fully developed, it will be shared with stakeholders. In order for this plan to be successful, difficult decisions and changes will need to be made in order to make Laurentian a financially sustainable University. The issues to be addressed include, among other things:

  1. Reviewing Laurentian’s academic program offerings, so that they better align with programs that students are interested in taking;
  2. Re-evaluating the Federated Universities model;
  3. Reducing Laurentian’s unsustainable expenses, primarily in salaries;
  4. Creating new opportunities for revenue generation; and
  5. Considering all options to address current and long-term indebtedness.
How much money does the University owe and to who?

Laurentian has significant liabilities including its long term debt, accounts payable and related liabilities, certain future employee benefit and pension liabilities and obligations pursuant to deferred contributions. Laurentian’s financial position is set out in its latest audited financial statements as at April 30, 2020, which are always available for review on Laurentian’s website.

As part of the CCAA proceeding, Laurentian will be seeking a comprehensive restructuring of these debts.

    How will this process be funded?

    Since Laurentian is insolvent, it no longer can access its unsecured lines of credit during the CCAA process. Laurentian has obtained new secured interim financing during the CCAA proceeding from a third-party lender in the amount of $25 million, referred to as the debtor-in-possession lender (or DIP Lender). The DIP Lender has agreed to provide funding to the University so that it has the time necessary to negotiate and give effect to its restructuring. This funding will allow Laurentian to continue operating during the process, meet its payment obligations and minimize any disruption to students.

      What will happen if the restructuring is not successful?

      Laurentian is focusing all of its efforts at this time to doing whatever is required to successfully emerge from the CCAA proceeding with a restructured financial, operational and academic footprint and a refreshed ability to serve students for years to come.   Unless and until it becomes clear that that will not be possible due to any position taken by a key stakeholder group, we will focus on the only path forward that we believe makes sense at this time. No courses, programs or students will be disrupted during this Winter term.

        What will happen with the federated universities?

        Laurentian recognizes the historic significance of the Federated Universities (the University of Sudbury, Thorneloe University and Huntington University). As part of Laurentian’s overall plan, it intends to re-assess its relationship with the Federated Universities. Laurentian will re-evaluate the Federated Universities model in such a way that recognizes and preserves their historic significance while ensuring that the relationship reflects the current financial realities of each organization. There will be no impact on students who are taking courses offered by any of the federated universities this term.

          Why did the community not know sooner?

          Laurentian has been clear in communicating the financial challenges it has been facing over the last year. However, Laurentian and its Board reviewed all possible options before making the ultimate decision to commence proceedings under the CCAA. Laurentian has made numerous attempts to address its financial issues, but these efforts have proven to not be adequate and assistance from the court is needed at this time.

            What is the impact on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine?

            The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is a separate entity from Laurentian and is not party to the CCAA proceedings.  NOSM plays a very important role in the health of the Northern Ontario community and Laurentian expects that it will continue to do so. 

              What is the Government’s role?

              Prior to the CCAA proceeding being commenced, extensive efforts and dialogue occurred with the Province in an attempt to see if any alternative solutions to filing for CCAA protection were possible.  The University will continue to maintain regular dialogue with the Province to ensure that it is kept apprised of all aspects of the restructuring.

                Why has Laurentian terminated the agreement with the federated universities?

                As part of the CCAA process, Laurentian terminated its federation agreement with Huntington University, Thorneloe University and the University of Sudbury on April 1, 2021, which termination will become effective 30 days later, on May 1, 2021. Issuance of the termination notices was done with the approval of the court-appointed Monitor in the CCAA proceeding, is a typical step taken in a CCAA proceeding and is expressly provided for in the statute.

                Termination of the federation agreements was necessary in order to ensure that funds paid by Laurentian to the Federated Universities each year for the delivery of programs and courses to Laurentian students, remain with Laurentian. This is part of its path to financial sustainability.

                Laurentian has the capacity, the classrooms, and the faculty to teach all Laurentian students. These steps allow Laurentian to ensure that its resources remain focused on programs and courses that Laurentian students have demonstrated they are interested in taking.

                  What will happen to students enrolled in programs at the federated universities?

                  Laurentian is committed to ensuring that students enrolled in programs at any of the Federated Universities will be offered a place within a similar or alternative program or course at Laurentian, and assistance will be available to help each student navigate those choices. That analysis has been undertaken by Laurentian, and Laurentian students in courses or programs offered by the Federated Universities can know that there is a path that has been identified for each of them.

                  Students in affected programs are encouraged to reach out to their deans and other leaders to discuss the next steps in their academic path forward:

                  Dr. Joël Dickinson, Faculty of Arts, at jdickinson@laurentian.ca
                  Dr. Tammy Eger, Faculty of Graduate Studies, at teger@laurentian.ca
                  Dr. Ginette Roberge, Faculté d’éducation, at gx_roberge@laurentienne.ca
                  Dr. Patrice Milewski, Faculty of Education, at pmilewski@laurentian.ca
                  Dr. Dean Millar, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture, at dmillar@laurentian.ca
                  Dr. Céline Larivière, Faculty of Health, at clariviere@laurentian.ca
                  Dr. Michel Delorme, Faculty of Management, at mdelorme1@laurentian.ca

                  Laurentian applicants applying in affected programs can reach out to Liaison Services: info@laurentian.ca.

                    What will happen to the Gerontology program at Huntington University?

                    Laurentian University and Huntington University have successfully reached mutually agreed terms whereby the online Gerontology program will be taught through Laurentian and housed within the Faculty of Arts, beginning with the Spring Term which begins on May 3, 2021.

                      What happened at the April 6th meeting of the Academic Senate?

                      Last week, a special in-camera session of the Academic Senate was held to determine the future of academic programming at Laurentian University. In February, six Senators were elected by their fellow Senators to represent the interests of Senate in the Court-supervised Mediation process. These six Senators actively participated on the Senate Mediation Committee for the purpose of reviewing and making recommendations regarding Laurentian’s proposed restructuring of academic programs.

                      At the in-camera Senate meeting on Tuesday, April 6, the six members of the Senate Mediation Committee as elected by Senate, provided their Senate colleagues with a series of recommendations on the academic programs proposed to be closed by Laurentian. The Senators accepted Laurentian’s proposed academic program changes and the report of the Senate Mediation Committee and voted to approve the program closures and the academic restructuring package as a whole.

                      As a result, a series of program closures will occur in order to provide the University with the best opportunity to restructure its operations, enabling a financially sustainable future.

                        What programs were closed and opened?

                        At a high level, the academic offerings package includes the following :

                        – 58 undergraduate programs to be closed and 107 to remain open
                        – 34 English-language programs closed and 63 to remain
                        open
                        – 24 French-language programs closed and 38 to remain
                        open
                        – 11 graduate programs to be closed and 33 to remain open

                        Despite what may appear to be large numbers of program closures, the reality is that these programs have experienced very low or no enrolment, suggesting that we were offering programs that did not align with what the majority of Laurentian students wanted. In doing so, we were using resources that could have been made available to fund programs that students were actually interested in taking. For example, while the number of undergraduate programs closing may appear to be a large number in relation to the overall program offerings, the number of Laurentian students directly affected by these program closures is approximately 10%. Re-allocation of our financial resources means that we can provide programs and courses that better align with what our students want to study.

                        A full list is available here.

                          What does this mean for remaining Laurentian programming?

                          Laurentian’s academic offerings will be tailored to the programs that our students have demonstrated that they are interested in taking. The University will further align its financial resources to ensure that these programs are fully supported. Laurentian offers a comprehensive range of programs and courses, and will continue to do so.

                            STUDENTS

                            Last update: April 15, 2021

                            What does it mean for a program to be closed?

                            When a program is closed it means a degree with a major in that program will no longer be offered. Some courses in that subject area may still be available to take as electives, or potentially even as a minor.

                            Does an undergraduate program closure mean that the courses offered as part of that program are also cancelled?

                            Courses that are mandatory only for a cancelled undergraduate program will no longer be offered. Courses that were part of a program that has been cancelled, but that are also required for a continuing program, will continue to be offered. Many introductory courses in cancelled programs will continue to be offered in order to give students a breadth of selections.

                            How will the closure of undergraduate programs impact students in continuing programs who are required to take courses in cancelled programs. For example, will Engineering students still be able to take required Math courses?

                            All required courses in continuing undergraduate programs will still be offered. Courses in cancelled programs that are not required in other programs will no longer be offered. As an example, engineering students can still take the math and physics courses that are required for their programs, even though the Physics and Mathematics programs as a whole may have been cancelled.

                            Will the undergraduate program closures decrease the number of electives that are available to students in non-cancelled programs?

                            There will still be a large number of electives available for undergraduate students that will be accessible from a prerequisite perspective, as well as courses to fulfill the scientific literacy and Indigenous content requirements for Arts degrees.

                            Will the undergraduate program closures mean it will take longer for students in continuing programs to complete their degrees?

                            Our expectation is that students enrolled in undergraduate programs that are continuing will be able to graduate within the normal time requirements.

                            If the faculty members in cancelled undergraduate programs have been terminated, who will teach the courses that are still being offered that would normally be taught by those faculty members?

                            The recent faculty reductions will result in some changes in teaching responsibilities.  The University will be exploring all options available and will keep the community informed.  Know that we will always have qualified faculty teaching all courses offered at Laurentian.

                            In addition to program closures, are there other course cancellations happening?

                            Undergraduate course offerings vary from year to year, sometimes because faculty members are on sabbaticals, sometimes because courses are being cycled (i.e. only taught once every two years, rather than every year).  Next year will be the same, and students should expect a course offering that will permit them to complete their degree requirements within the expected timeframe.

                            It’s hard to believe some of the undergraduate programs listed for cancellation were low enrolment programs –– what criteria was used to determine low enrolment?

                            Enrolment in the program was a key consideration. For instance, if only two students were enrolled in a program (i.e. leading to a degree in that specific subject), then that program was not sustainable and the major is no longer being offered. Other criteria included the number of distinct credits required to fulfill the program requirements, and the requirement that Laurentian  comply with the French Language Services Act.  Another factor that went into the analysis was whether additional program funding came from a source in addition to the usual stable funding provided by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

                            Will this impact my existing year of studies or obtaining my degree this year?

                            No, it will not impact your current studies and all students are encouraged to focus on their course work. Classes and programs for the remainder of this academic year will proceed as usual.  Some program changes involving very low enrolment courses or programs are expected to be made for the Fall 2021 term in an effort to trim costs, but since those are extremely low enrolment courses, it will impact only a very small percentage of students.

                            The University will do everything it can to accommodate students finishing their programs at Laurentian.

                            Will this cause my tuition to increase?

                            The CCAA proceeding will not result in any immediate tuition increase. Laurentian’s tuition and student fees are one of the lowest in the Province, and the Province-wide tuition freeze in place continues for 2020-21. The cost of educating a student at Laurentian is higher than average in the Province so this is an issue that will need to be considered during the CCAA proceeding. No changes will be made during the current academic year.

                            What will happen to student enrollment?

                            We will do everything possible to ensure that student enrollment is not affected for the coming year, both in terms of returning students and new first year students. We are actively continuing our efforts for student recruitment. We are confident in our efforts to create a restructured Laurentian that existing and future students will be proud to be part of.

                            What role do students have? What can students do to help?

                            Laurentian intends to conduct the CCAA proceeding as quickly and openly as possible. The entire purpose of taking this step is so that Laurentian can continue to provide the best experience possible to our students. To accomplish this goal, students are encouraged to relay their suggestions and concerns through your elected student leadership team, so that Laurentian can consider these as part of our restructuring plan. The best thing that students can do is to stay focused on their studies and not be distracted by the financial restructuring that is taking place.

                              Should I accept my offer of admission from Laurentian?

                              Yes – we hope to see you at Laurentian in the coming year! The University remains committed to providing an excellent student experience to all students in Sudbury, Northern Ontario, and beyond. The current CCAA proceedings will not affect students in the current academic term and we will work to ensure that we have a strong and vibrant university going forward. We look forward to welcoming returning students and meeting our new students.

                              Will I lose the discounted rates I receive as a Laurentian student for my home and auto, as well as life and health insurance policies?

                              Savings to students are expected to continue. Should there be any changes, communications will be sent directly to you by the insurance provider.  More information on the programs.

                              How is Laurentian supporting students in affected programs?

                              Students have always been our first priority. We understand that this news will be difficult for students in affected programs and those in programs administered by the Federated Universities. It may also be particularly challenging news for graduate students who are pursuing their studies under the guidance of faculty who may be personally affected by the restructuring.

                              Laurentian will do everything possible to help students find alternate programs and courses of study within Laurentian. Credits previously earned at the federated universities, including in this current term, will count towards a Laurentian degree.

                              For students in programs that are being impacted by these changes, detailed plans will be implemented to provide a pathway to degree completion. That analysis has already been undertaken for all affected students.

                              We expect that for most, this will mean they will be able to complete the degree program which they started, with closed programs being “taught out” for existing students, but closed to new registrations.

                              For a smaller number of students, Laurentian will assist them in transitioning to a related program offered at Laurentian.

                              Students in affected programs are encouraged to reach out to their deans and other leaders to discuss the next steps in their academic path forward:

                              Dr. Joël Dickinson, Faculty of Arts, at jdickinson@laurentian.ca
                              Dr. Tammy Eger, Faculty of Graduate Studies, at teger@laurentian.ca
                              Dr. Ginette Roberge, Faculté d’éducation, at gx_roberge@laurentienne.ca
                              Dr. Patrice Milewski, Faculty of Education, at pmilewski@laurentian.ca
                              Dr. Dean Millar, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture, at dmillar@laurentian.ca
                              Dr. Céline Larivière, Faculty of Health, at clariviere@laurentian.ca
                              Dr. Michel Delorme, Faculty of Management, at mdelorme1@laurentian.ca

                              Laurentian applicants applying in affected programs can reach out to Liaison Services: info@laurentian.ca. Laurentian continues to offer a comprehensive suite of programs and we look forward to welcoming new students into one of our continuing programs of study.

                              What else is Laurentian doing to support students?

                              Laurentian is also putting into place additional supports for all Laurentian students, ensuring that their best interests and their wellbeing are prioritized as we move forward. The Student Success team, with support from multiple service departments including the deans, will be setting up Zoom sessions for students to ask questions.  

                              Academic advisors will also be available to assist students and can be reached via email at academicadvising@laurentian.ca. Students can book academic advising appointments online at https://my.laurentian.ca/book.   

                              Students can also access mental health counselling free of charge or engage with WellTrack, an interactive tool that focuses on anxiety, stress, and depression by registering at http://laurentian.welltrack.com/register.

                              Graduate Students

                              Does a graduate program closure mean that the courses offered as part of that program are also cancelled?

                              If the graduate course is only associated with the graduate program that is closing, then it will not be offered in future. However, if a graduate course is required for students to complete the degree in that subject, it may still be offered in order to enable existing students in the closed program to graduate. If this is not possible, which we expect will only affect a very small number of students, then a letter of permission would be provided to allow the student to take the required course from another institution.

                              Will graduate program closures decrease the number of electives available to students in continuing graduate programs?

                              The University is committed to providing graduate courses for each of the programs that remain open.  The Deans will also continue to collaborate to look for opportunities to cross-list graduate courses so that a required course in one graduate program could be available as an elective for a student in another graduate program.

                              Will graduate students who are scheduled to complete their program during this semester –– including defending their thesis or completing their major paper –– be able to do so if their program is on the closure list and faculty members terminated?

                              The University is committed to working with graduate students to identify a clear pathway for them to complete their degree at Laurentian. In the coming days, the Vice-President Research and staff in the Graduate Studies Office will be meeting with the Deans to identify options for degree completion for each graduate student who is impacted by program closures.  

                              In situations where a student’s supervisor may have been recently terminated, separate meetings will be arranged to discuss options.  There are a number of potential scenarios so each student will be invited to an individual meeting.

                              What options exist for graduate students in cancelled programs to transfer to another graduate program at Laurentian?

                              If a graduate student wishes to be considered for transfer to another graduate program at Laurentian they are asked to email graduatestudies@laurentian.ca to set up a meeting to discuss the request.

                              What options exist for graduate students in cancelled programs to transfer to a comparable graduate program at another university?

                              If a graduate student wishes to be considered for transfer to another graduate program at another University they are asked to email graduatestudies@laurentian.ca to set up a meeting to discuss the request. 

                              What is the status of the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs)?

                              If you are currently employed by Laurentian, you will continue to be paid during the period of the CCAA stay of proceedings (currently to April 30, 2021). There is no change in the status of the GTAs and Laurentian has put in place $25 million CCAA financing to ensure that Laurentian is able to meet its obligations to parties including GTAs.

                              Will graduate students who are eligible, be able to apply for a summer fellowship in 2021?

                              Applications for summer fellowships will be received in the normal course of University operations. However, the total funding envelope available for the summer fellowship program is not confirmed at this time. When more information is available this question will be updated.

                              Will there be GTA stipends to support graduate students enrolled at Laurentian University in the Fall/Winter 2021-2022?

                              As Laurentian University restructures, the intent is to continue to support graduate students through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTAs) program. The intent is to have GTA positions available to qualified full-time International or Domestic students who meet the competitive average. The awards are designated partially as employment and partially as a Fellowship. The competitive average threshold will be set in June of 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

                              Will faculty be able to support graduate students from their research grants over the Spring/Summer term?

                              Laurentian University is currently in conversation with granting agencies and will provide an update to this question as soon as possible.

                              When will graduate students know if there are any changes to graduate programs that will be offered at Laurentian University as it restructures?

                              Laurentian will be reviewing its program offerings to ensure that all classes and programs have sufficient student interest to justify their continued offering. Classes and programs with chronic low enrolment may be restructured to help facilitate Laurentian’s financial sustainability. We want to ensure that our courses and program offerings are aligned with what our students want, so that resources can be better focused on those programs. 

                              Program restructuring decisions are expected to be determined before April 15, 2021. Ultimately any program recommended for closure will be brought to the Laurentian University Senate. The outcomes of the Senate decision will be made public.

                              If there are graduate programs impacted by a restructuring, graduate students in the program will be contacted directly to discuss their path to degree completion.

                              What happens if I am applying to a graduate program that is impacted by restructuring?

                              If a graduate student receives an offer to a graduate program that is suspended during the restructuring process, an alternative offer will be provided to an area of similar interest, or to another area where the student meets the admissions criteria.

                              What else is Laurentian doing to support graduate students?

                              Support will be provided to graduate students who are impacted by program closures and students whose primary supervisor may be impacted by the restructuring. Given the differential impact that graduate students might experience depending on their progress to degree completion, both group and individual academic advising sessions will be available. 

                              Where possible, the Faculty of Graduate Studies will work with the impacted graduate student to identify a clear path for them to complete their degree at Laurentian. Laurentian will also offer assistance to facilitate a transfer to a graduate program at another university, if required. 

                              Laurentian is also putting into place additional supports for all Laurentian students, ensuring that their best interests and their wellbeing are prioritized as we move forward. The Student Success team, with support from multiple service departments including the deans, will be setting up Zoom sessions for students to ask questions.  

                              Academic advisors will also be available to assist students and can be reached via email at academicadvising@laurentian.ca. Students can book academic advising appointments online at https://my.laurentian.ca/book.   

                              Students can also access mental health counselling free of charge or engage with WellTrack, an interactive tool that focuses on anxiety, stress, and depression by registering at http://laurentian.welltrack.com/register.ession by registering at http://laurentian.welltrack.com/register.

                              I am an international student that is looking to begin a graduate program at Laurentian in 2021. Who can I talk with to find out if I should plan to start in 2021 and answer my questions about coming to Sudbury.

                              Support for international students in the processing of immigration documents and applications for student permits continues. Should assistance be required please contact infointernational@laurentian.ca 

                              General questions can be directed to Liaison Services directly (info@laurentian.ca / 1(800) 263-4188),

                              STAFF & FACULTY

                              Last update: May 5, 2021

                              What happens to my job?
                              As we progress through the proceedings we will continue to keep all stakeholders, including staff and faculty notified.
                              Will I receive a pay cheque?

                              Yes, everyone who is employed by the University during the period in which the CCAA process is ongoing will be paid in the ordinary course from the proceeds of the $25 million in DIP Financing that has been made available to the University.

                              What effect will this have on collective bargaining?

                              As part of the CCAA restructuring, Laurentian will be seeking the appointment of a Mediator by the Court as a neutral, independent party to assist Laurentian and and its faculty association (LUFA) to achieve a mutually-acceptable outcome, as the prior collective agreement expired and a new one has not been negotiated to date. Due to the nature of Laurentian’s operations and the need to prepare for the next academic year, and the availability and terms of the DIP Financing available to the University, Laurentian and LUFA will need to reach a resolution on the terms of a new collective agreement by April 30, 2021.

                              Will there be lay-offs?

                              As part of the CCAA proceeding, Laurentian will need to make some difficult decisions to ensure its future financial sustainability. These difficult decisions will necessarily include lay-offs of certain employees.

                              Is the Retirees Health Benefit Plan (RHBP) still active?

                              The Retirees Health Benefit Plan (RHBP) has been discontinued.

                              For retirees, claims will no longer be accepted.  This includes RHBP claims incurred prior to February 1, 2021, but not yet submitted.

                              For active employees, payroll contributions that were made into the plan between December 21, 2020 and March 31, 2021 have been or will be credited by payroll. 

                              Will I lose the discounted rates I receive as a Laurentian employee for my home and auto, as well as life and health insurance policies?

                              Savings to employees are expected to continue. Should there be any changes, communications will be sent directly to you by the insurance provider.  More information on the programs.

                              What will program closures mean for faculty and staff?

                              While this restructuring will ensure Laurentian’s future operations, program closures also mean that there will be faculty and staff reductions. There are difficult days ahead of us and we recognize that. Our outstanding faculty and staff are part of the fabric of Laurentian, and these changes will require a period of profound adjustment for us and for all affected faculty and staff, as well as students. We will do everything we can to make that transition as respectful as possible, and will provide support to all affected.

                              It is a difficult reality that for Laurentian to survive and continue to serve its students, a restructuring of the entire university, including its academic programs and federated university relationships, was necessary.

                              When will affected faculty and staff be notified?

                              With the Senate resolution for program closures having been approved, we anticipate that all affected faculty and staff will be notified on Monday, April 12, with details provided to them as to next steps.

                              Will faculty and staff continue for the balance of the school year?

                              Laurentian has dedicated, professional faculty and staff who also place the interests of students at the forefront. We are confident that all faculty who are teaching this term and who may be affected by anticipated changes will continue to display their usual professionalism and concern for their students until exams are marked and all essays and other academic work has been completed.

                              What is Laurentian doing to support affected faculty and staff?

                              We understand how difficult these changes will be for all faculty and staff. We will ensure that you are well supported throughout this process with access to services and resources. 

                              We further encourage you to access the resources and support that is available to all members of our community through our Employee and Family Assistance Program (the contact information is available on MyLaurentian).

                              Have LUFA and LUSU reached an agreement with Laurentian?

                              Laurentian has reached Term Sheets reflecting agreements with its faculty association LUFA and with its staff union LUSU. These agreements were approved by the Laurentian Board on April 5, 2021, and were ratified by the members of each of LUSU and LUFA at meetings held on April 13, 2021. These Term Sheets represent critical building blocks that will allow the University to move forward with its restructuring towards financial sustainability.   The terms of agreement reached by Laurentian with LUFA and LUSU reflect a strong foundation and commitment in achieving the new vision for Laurentian 2.0 which will provide our students with a quality education in a tricultural environment that fully embraces French-language and Indigenous learning.  

                              These agreements with our major labour partners LUFA and LUSU allow Laurentian to seek additional DIP financing to cover operating expenses for the period of a requested extension of the stay of proceedings to August 31, 2021. That relief, together with other matters, will be addressed by the Court at a hearing scheduled for April 29, 2021.  

                              Additional conditions will need to be met in order for additional DIP financing to be made available to Laurentian for the period after April 30, 2021, which will be dependent upon steps that have already been put in motion, as well as the outcome of the Court hearing. 

                              Faculty Recruiting Graduate Students, and Program Coordinators

                              What is the status of the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs)?

                              If you are currently employed by Laurentian, you will continue to be paid during the period of the CCAA stay of proceedings (currently to April 30, 2021). There is no change in the status of the GTAs and Laurentian has put in place $25 million CCAA financing to ensure that Laurentian is able to meet its obligations to parties including GTAs.

                              Should I delay recruiting new graduate students until after April 30th?

                              Laurentian is continuing its student recruitment efforts. We are confident in our efforts to create a restructured Laurentian that future students will be proud to be part of. If you recruit a student to a graduate program that is closed through the restructuring process the student will be offered an alternative program to an area of similar interest, or to another area where they meet the admissions criteria. The Dean of Graduate Studies and the Registrar will work with you and the student to identify an alternative offer and, if required, an alternative supervisor or co-supervisor.

                              Can I recruit graduate students for programs that start in the Spring 2021 term?

                              We are actively continuing our efforts for student recruitment. Plans are underway for the Spring/Summer term.  As more information becomes available or if anything changes, we will advise.

                              Can I recruit graduate students for programs that start in the Fall 2021 term?

                              We are actively continuing our efforts for student recruitment. Plans are underway for the Fall 2021 term.  As more information becomes available or if anything changes, we will advise.

                              PENSION

                              Last update: May 28, 2021

                              The information in these Pension FAQs is current as at May 28, 2021.

                              Laurentian University has reached agreement with the Laurentian University Faculty Association (“LUFA”) and the Laurentian University Staff Union (“LUSU”), including with respect to changes to the Registered Pension Plan that will affect all current and former Registered Pension Plan members.  

                              These changes also apply to current and former non-unionized members of the Registered Pension Plan. These FAQs provide information and answers to frequently-asked questions for Laurentian employees and former employees relating to the Registered Pension Plan based on the status of the Registered Pension Plan as at this date.

                              General – Applicable to All Members, Former Members and Retirees

                              1 - How are the Registered Pension Plan assets held?

                              All the assets of the Registered Pension Plan are held by an independent trustee, RBC Investor Services Trust.

                              2 - What is the funded status of the Registered Pension Plan?

                              As of the Registered Pension Plan’s last filed valuation report, the Registered Pension Plan had a going concern funded ratio of 99%, a solvency ratio of 85.4%, and was 65.8% funded on a hypothetical wind-up basis.

                              3 - Is Laurentian University still making contributions to the Registered Pension Plan?

                              Laurentian University continues to make the required contributions to fund the cost of benefits that members are currently earning in the Registered Pension Plan. Laurentian University received permission from the Court to stop making a small amount of going concern special payments (approximately $40,000 per month) while it navigates the CCAA process. Currently, Laurentian University is not required under pension legislation to make payments in respect of the Registered Pension Plan’s solvency deficiency.

                              4 - Why are changes being made to the Registered Pension Plan?

                              Changes are being made to the Registered Pension Plan in order to enhance the sustainability of the Registered Pension Plan for the benefit of all Registered Pension Plan beneficiaries including current employees, former employees, retirees and other beneficiaries.  The changes enhance contribution stability for Laurentian University as it emerges from the CCAA while continuing to offer a defined benefit pension to Laurentian University’s employees.

                              5 - Are there changes to the governance of the Registered Pension Plan?

                              The governance of the Registered Pension Plan is being changed in conjunction with the changes being made to the Registered Pension Plan.  The changes include the introduction of a new Benefits and Funding Policy concerning the financial management of the Pension Plan and a new Joint Committee on the Benefits and Funding Policy and Long-Term Sustainability to (i) monitor and advise the Pension Committee on the administration and implementation of the Benefits and Funding Policy, and (ii) study possible long-term sustainability options for the Pension Plan.  The Pension Committee composition is also being changed and will include representatives of Laurentian University, LUSU and LUFA as voting members.  LUAPSA will continue to have membership on the Pension Committee with a non-voting membership role.

                              Active Members Employed by Laurentian University

                              6 - I am an active member of the Registered Pension Plan, how is my pension affected by the CCAA filing?

                              There are no changes to your accrued pension benefits under the Registered Pension Plan.   Your ability to choose a commuted value transfer option under the Registered Pension Plan after your membership ends is changing as described below.  The pension benefit formula, early retirement provisions, and contribution rates will change as of July 1, 2021.  Please refer to questions 17 – 21 below and the April 30, 2021 memo sent to all Laurentian University employees regarding pension changes for more information.

                              7 - What happens if my employment at Laurentian University ends for any reason (retirement, termination or resignation)?

                              If your employment at Laurentian University ends for any reason, your pension entitlements will be processed in accordance with the terms of the Registered Pension Plan and pension law.

                              8 - My employment with the University has been terminated by Laurentian University under the CCAA restructuring. When can I expect to receive my pension termination statement with my options?

                              Following the end of your employment, you will receive a pension termination statement and related option forms that set out your Registered Pension Plan entitlements and the options that are available to you.  Laurentian University will, in accordance with pension legislation, provide this statement to you within 30 days after cessation of accruals under the Registered Pension Plan.  The termination statement includes the final value of your pension entitlements.  As a result, it cannot be provided to you until after your last day of employment to ensure it reflects all your pensionable earnings and service.

                              Please note that elections must be recorded on the pension option forms provided to you.  While the option form may be returned through email, elections cannot be made other than by using the option form.

                              9 - Can I transfer the commuted value of my pension out of the Registered Pension Plan if my employment at Laurentian University ends?

                              If you leave employment and cease accruals under the Registered Pension Plan after you have reached your early retirement date (July 1st on or after your 55th birthday), you may choose between an immediate pension or a deferred pension. No lump sum commuted value transfer option will be available to you.  This change was made during the recent negotiations to protect the assets of the Registered Pension Plan  for all members.  This change does not impact the value of your accrued benefits, only the form of payment.

                              Transitional rules apply to faculty members who elected to retire under the March 28, 2021 Retirement Incentive Program.

                              If you leave employment before having reached your early retirement date (July 1st on or after your 55th birthday), you will be given a one-time opportunity to choose between a transfer of your commuted value entitlement and a deferred pension payable from the Registered Pension Plan.  You will receive an option form following your last date of employment and you must select your pension option within 120 days after your last day of employment.

                              All members of the Registered Pension Plan earn pensionable service on a monthly basis and will earn service to April 30 2021 even if you elect to retire or resign in April. The new pension plan rules described above apply even if you resign from employment before April 30, 2021.

                              In accordance with pension legislation and subject to any future valuations, commuted value payments will be paid in two installments. The first payment will be made at 65.8% of the full commuted value, which is based on the transfer ratio (the transfer ratio is based on a hypothetical wind-up) set out in the last filed valuation report for the Registered Pension Plan. The balance is required to be paid within 5 years. Future payments may be affected if the Plan is wound up and there is a deficit that Laurentian cannot pay.

                              You will be contacted to confirm your information is accurate prior to any additional transfer being processed.

                              10 - If my employment has been terminated by Laurentian University under the CCAA restructuring, will I be entitled to commence receiving a pension?

                              If your employment ends for any reason (retirement, termination or resignation) and you are eligible to start an immediate pension from the Registered Pension Plan, this will be set out in the pension option form provided to you following the end of your employment. Monthly pension payments from the Registered Pension Plan are being paid at 100% in the normal course.

                              No payments will be made under the Supplemental Retirement Plan (SuRP).

                              11 - I have requested a pension estimate and/or given notice to retire, when will I receive my pension paperwork?

                              Laurentian University  is processing Registered Pension Plan pension estimates and statements and is working diligently with the third party administrator to make sure you receive your paperwork in the near future.  Your pension estimate will reflect new payment options.

                              12 - I am eligible and want to retire, what is the process?

                              Please follow these steps:

                              Step 1: If you are considering retirement within the next six months, you should contact the Pension Administrator at pension@laurentian.ca to request an official pension estimate.

                              Step 2: The Pension Administrator will mail to your home address the pension estimate along with the appropriate forms to complete to retire under the Registered Pension Plan. Your official pension start date will be indicated on these forms.

                              Step 3: If you have chosen to retire, please inform your supervisor in writing, including the date you intend to retire and end your employment with Laurentian University. Your supervisor will inform Human Resources.

                              Step 4: Human Resources will acknowledge your intention to retire and inform the Pension Administrator.

                              13 - I sent an email indicating what I want to happen with my pension entitlements after the end of my employment (i.e. commute (if eligible) or collect a monthly pension benefit) but I have not received a response.

                              Pension statements and election option forms will be prepared and will be sent to you within 30 days after your last date of employment and after you cease accruals under the Registered Pension Plan.  Pension instructions can only be accepted through the official pension option election form.  While the option form may be returned through email, elections cannot be made other than by using the option form. Pension statements are only prepared and sent to pension plan members after the last day of membership in the Registered Pension Plan.

                              14 - I want to start collecting a monthly pension benefit on May 1, 2021, however, because I am still working until April 30, 2021 I will not receive my pension statement and option forms. Will my pension payments start May 1, 2021?

                              Under the Registered Pension Plan, monthly pensions are payable on the last day of the month.  This means that if your employment ends on April 30, 2021 and you retire as of May 1,  your monthly pension will be payable starting from May 31, 2021.  Because pensionable service under the Registered Pension Plan accrues in monthly increments, if your employment ends on May 15, 2021, you will retire as of June 1, 2021 and your monthly pension will be payable starting from June 30, 2021.

                              Laurentian University is working diligently with the third party administrator to ensure all monthly pension benefits are paid on the elected retirement date as long as pension elections and all required paperwork are submitted within the timeframes indicated on members’ option forms.  If there is a delay, any monthly pensions owing will be paid retroactively.

                              15 - If I am eligible and elect to commute the value of my pension, how long will the transfer take?

                              In accordance with pension legislation, Laurentian University will process commuted value transfers within 60 days after receiving your completed election and all related paperwork.

                              16 - Am I able to estimate the value of my pension today?

                              Yes, the University provides members with access to a projection tool offered to help you better understand the estimated value of your pension. The pension planning tool may be accessed at: https://luid.laurentian.ca.

                              Amendments to the pension plan that relate to the availability of lump sum transfers, and changes to pension benefits as of July 1, 2021 have not yet been programmed into the projection tool.

                              The monthly pension amount shown in estimates produced by the pension planning tool reflect continuing service based on current earnings based on current Registered Pension Plan terms.  As explained in questions 17 – 21 below, the Registered Pension Plan terms will change as of July 1, 2021.  The estimate also does not capture up-to-date changes to the defined contribution account, if applicable, based on investment returns to your retirement date.  Where applicable, the commuted value figure produced by the pension planning tool is based on commuted value interest rates in effect in the month that the estimate is generated.  The rates change monthly.

                              The pension planning tool provides estimates that are not intended to be relied upon in making decisions relating to the Registered Pension Plan.  For all of the reasons outlined above, extra caution should be exercised when reviewing and assessing any estimate produced using the current projection tool.

                              17 - How are the benefits I will earn under the Registered Pension Plan changing?

                              For service on and after July 1, 2021, you will accrue benefits based on a career average earnings formula (i.e., based on pensionable earnings in each year of credited service) explained below.  The benefit formula is not changing for service prior to July 1, 2021.

                              Currently, the Registered Pension Plan benefit formula is integrated with Year’s Maximum Pensionable Earnings (“YMPE”), under the Canada Pension Plan.  The Registered Pension Plan benefit formula is being changed to be integrated with the Year’s Additional Maximum Pensionable Earnings (“YAMPE”).  Under the new benefit formula, you will earn benefits for service on and after July 1, 2021 at the rate of 1.3% of pensionable earnings up to the YAMPE in the year the service is earned, plus 2.0% of pensionable earnings above the YAMPE. 

                              Please see the April 30, 2021 memo regarding pension changes for more information.  Please be advised that there is a typo on page three of that memo.  Instead of “2.0% multiplied by Pensionable Earnings up to the YAMPE in the year the service is earned”, the explanation should read “2.0% multiplied by Pensionable Earnings above the YAMPE in the year the service is earned.”

                              18 - How are the early retirement provisions changing?

                              The Registered Pension Plan’s early retirement provisions are changing as of July 1, 2021 for certain members who have not reached age 62 by that date.  These changes will impact service earned both before and after July 1, 2021. 

                              If you reach age 62 before July 1, 2021, or if your employment ends prior to July 1, 2021, the current early retirement provisions of the Registered Pension Plan will continue to apply to you.  If you have not reached age 62 by July 1, 2021 and remain employed on and after July 1, 2021, and you are a LUFA member or Senior Leader employed at Laurentian University, you will not be able to take an unreduced pension until your normal retirement date.  If you are employed in a LUSU or LUAPSA position, you will continue to be able to take an unreduced retirement at age 62.  Early retirement reductions will be made on an actuarially equivalent basis for all groups.  The changes vary depending on your employee group. 

                              Please see the April 30, 2021 memo regarding pension changes for more information.

                              19 - Will I still receive post-retirement indexation?

                              For service on and after July 1, 2021, post-retirement indexation is not guaranteed.

                              Post-retirement indexation for benefits earned for service on and after July 1, 2021 may be granted in accordance with the Pension Plan’s new Benefits and Funding Policy.

                              Post-retirement indexation is not changing for service prior to July 1, 2021.

                              20 - Are contributions to the Registered Pension Plan changing?

                              Members will contribute an average of 8% of pay to the Pension Plan on and after July 1, 2021.  Laurentian University will contribute at least 8% of pay.  Please see the April 30, 2021 memo regarding pension changes for more information.

                              21 - Will I be able to commence receipt of my pension at my normal retirement date if I continue working?

                              No. Starting from July 1, 2021, your employment will be required to end before you commence receipt of your pension from the Registered Pension Plan.  This change will not apply if you are already in receipt of a pension as of July 1, 2021, or if you are required to commence receipt of your pension under income tax law.

                              Former Members with entitlements under the Registered Pension Plan

                              22 - Can I commence my pension?

                              If you are eligible to receive an immediate pension from the Registered Pension Plan in accordance with the Registered Pension Plan’s terms and wish to start to receive a monthly pension, please contact pension@laurentian.ca.

                              23 - I am a former employee who left employment before February 1, 2021, when Laurentian’s CCAA proceedings commenced. Can I initiate a commuted value transfer?

                              All former members of the Registered Pension Plan were recently provided with a letter and election form outlining the steps necessary to be given a one-time opportunity to make a lump sum commuted value election.  You must return the election form on or before June 7, 2021 in order to receive a pension package and be able to make a commuted election.  If you do not return your election by June 7, 2021, or if you do not make the commuted value election within the time provided in the pension package, you will remain entitled to a deferred pension payable from the Registered Pension Plan.

                              In accordance with pension legislation and subject to any future valuations, commuted value payments will be paid in two installments. The first payment will be made at 65.8% of the full commuted value which is based on the transfer ratio set out in the last filed valuation report for the Registered Pension Plan. The balance is currently required to be paid within 5 years.  Future payments may be affected if the Registered Pension Plan is wound-up and there is a deficit that Laurentian University (or your former employer in the case of former employees of the Federated Universities, CEMI, MIRARCO, SNOLab and NOSM) cannot pay. You will be contacted to confirm your information is accurate prior to any additional transfer being processed.

                              The pension planning tool provides estimates that are not intended to be relied upon in making decisions relating to the Registered Pension Plan.

                              The estimate does not capture up-to-date changes to the defined contribution account, if applicable, based on investment returns to date.  The commuted value figures produced by the pension planning tool are based on commuted value interest rates in effect in the month that the estimate is generated.  The rates change monthly.

                              Retired Members

                              24 - I am a retiree collecting a monthly pension from the Registered Pension Plan. How is my pension affected?

                              Monthly pension payments from the pension plan continue to be paid in the ordinary course.  The transfer ratio does not affect the payment of monthly pension benefits.

                              The indexation provisions of the Registered Pension Plan have not changed for pensions earned prior to July 1, 2021, including pensions that are currently being paid. 

                              25 - I am currently receiving a monthly pension benefit. Can I transfer my commuted value out of the pension plan?

                              Under pension law, once your monthly pension benefit has begun, you are not able to elect a commuted value transfer.

                              26 - I was in receipt of a Supplemental Retirement Plan (SuRP) benefit. How is that affected by the CCAA filing?

                              The SuRP has been discontinued.  No payments will be made during or after the CCAA.

                              ALUMNI

                              Last update: March 22, 2021

                              Does this change the value of my degree?

                              No. Laurentian graduates are from a proud tradition of learners and the quality of your education and value of your degree remain the same as prior to filing for CCAA protection.

                              I graduated virtually during the pandemic, will I still be able to walk across the stage during an in-person convocation ceremony, wearing a gown?

                              Laurentian University plans on celebrating in person, when it is safe to do so. It is our hope that all virtual graduates will be invited to campus for a convocation ceremony when it is safe for the community.

                              Can I still receive a copy of my transcript?

                              Yes. You can fill out a request form by visiting:  https://laurentian.ca/transcript-req

                              Will I lose the discounted rates I receive as a Laurentian alumni for my home and auto, as well as life and health insurance policies?

                              Savings to alumni are expected to continue. Should there be any changes, communications will be sent directly to you by the insurance provider.  More information on the programs.

                              As a graduate, what can I do to help Laurentian University?

                              Please know that we are fully committed to completing the restructuring and emerging as a more financially sustainable university that you will be even more proud to be a part of.  We know that you may have questions that we cannot answer immediately.  This restructuring is taking place within a court process, and we need to let that process unfold. As a graduate, it is important to talk about the desire for a strong future for Laurentian University, by speaking to your experience as a student and the impact your education has had on your career and your accomplishments. As an alumni community, we want the same for current and future students and welcome your support for our community as we go forward.

                              COMMUNITY

                              What will happen to the programs in partnership with the community?

                              Laurentian is very proud of its contributions to the Greater Sudbury community and the Northern Ontario community at large as well as the partnerships it has fostered. These CCAA proceedings will allow a restructured Laurentian the opportunity to continue these contributions in future.

                              What does this mean for the pool?

                              As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pool has been closed since mid-March, 2020. There is a significant amount of maintenance and repairs required to be done on the recreation facility where the pool is located in order to re-open the facility after the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. The cost of performing this maintenance is significant and the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened matters, unfortunately, as the normal revenues Laurentian would receive through use of the recreation facility have evaporated. Laurentian is considering all of its options with respect to the pool and recreation facility.

                              What is Laurentian’s tricultural mandate and will it be maintained following the restructuring?

                              Laurentian University is Canada’s only university with a tricultural mandate, offering a post-secondary experience in English and French with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education. These principles are a point of pride and are at the very core of the Mission and Vision of Laurentian: they are part of the Laurentian story, and who we are as a community.   Laurentian’s tricultural mandate will continue to be an integral part of who we are following the CCAA restructuring.

                              DONORS & PARTNERS

                              What has happened to my donation?

                              Laurentian is currently reviewing and reconciling all donations it has received, whether they were donated for a specific purpose (restricted) or for general use (unrestricted). The Pre-Filing Report of the Monitor provides further information regarding the status of endowments and donations.

                              Who can I speak to?

                              We understand there will be many questions and concerns. We recommend that you first review the information on our website: WWW.LAURENTIANU.INFO/WWW.ULAURENTIENNE.INFO

                              This website will be updated regularly as new information becomes available and new questions, which are directed to our enquiry form can be answered.

                              When I made a donation, I signed a gift agreement or terms, is my donation being used for its designated purpose?

                              For many donors the commencement of CCAA proceedings is very difficult news. Information with regards to the CCAA proceedings and historical and new cash management practices are available on the Monitor’s website at www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian and the University’s website www.laurentianu.info    We can confirm that the practices that were put in place in December 2020 for the creation of separate segregated bank accounts for certain restricted funds (including donations provided for a specific purpose) has been confirmed and approved by Court Order.

                              I created an annual award. Was the last round issued to students, and will it continue to be available to students?

                              The Court Order that Laurentian University obtained from the Court included specific protections for current students who are recipients of bursaries, scholarships and awards, to allow them to continue to receive them in the ordinary course.  A copy of the Court Order, together with all of the information relating to the CCAA proceedings are available on the Monitor’s website at www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian and the University’s website www.laurentianu.info 

                              I created an endowed award. Are those funds protected, or have they been used for other purposes?

                              Information with regards to the CCAA proceedings and cash management practices, including endowments is available on the Monitor’s website at  www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian and the University’s website www.laurentianu.info 

                              I have donated in memory/honour of a deceased family member/friend. What is the status of that donation?

                              The University’s cash management practice was changed in December 2020.  Information with regards to the CCAA proceedings and new cash management practices including segregated accounts for specific donations are available on the Monitor’s website at  www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian and the University’s website www.laurentianu.info 

                              Where should we send our concerns?

                              Individuals may submit an inquiry on the University’s website at www.laurentianu.info or byemail universityadvancement@laurentian.ca.  All inquiries and emails will be reviewed.  Answers to your questions may not be immediately available, but a follow-up will occur based on the topic of your question and as information becomes available.

                              I currently donate through payroll deductions. What should I do if I want to suspend/terminate my deductions?

                              If you wish to suspend or terminate your payroll deductions, please email payroll@laurentian.ca and copy universityadvancement@laurentian.ca to request either the suspension or termination. You may choose to resume the deductions at any time, with notice to the same email addresses and we hope that you will consider doing so.

                              If I give monthly through EFT (electronic funds transfer) or credit card, what should I do to suspend/terminate my contributions?

                              If you wish to suspend or terminate your monthly contributions, please email universityadvancement@laurentian.ca to make the request.

                              What would happen to my funds if I were to make a donation today?

                              Donations that are made from and after mid-December 2020 which are designated to be used for a specific purpose (as compared to those that are general and unspecified) will be processed by the Advancement Office and Finance and placed in a separate, segregated bank account for that purpose. These arrangements were confirmed and approved by  Court Order. 

                              SUPPLIERS

                              How does the CCAA proceedings affect suppliers?

                              As part of the proceedings, in order to provide stability to restructure, the Court grants a “stay of proceedings”, as at February 1, 2021 (the “CCAA Filing Date”), which prevents creditors, such as lenders and suppliers, from taking any action that might disrupt the university’s ability to restructure. That is done in order to provide the University with a sense of stability to its operations and have a chance to do what needs to be done in its restructuring. It does not impact the ability of Laurentian to operate, contract for the supply of goods and services and pay for those goods and services that it obtains after February 1.

                              What is the effect of the stay of proceedings on suppliers?

                              In accordance with paragraph 11 of the Initial Order, goods and services received prior to the CCAA Filing Date (February 1) will be stayed and Laurentian is not permitted to make payment. Going forward, Laurentian continues to operate on a business-as-usual basis. That means Laurentian will continue to pay for goods and services received on and after the CCAA Filing Date (February 1). For further clarity, if a purchase order was issued prior to the CCAA filing date, suppliers will be paid for goods and/or services delivered and received after the CCAA filing date provided that Laurentian confirms that the goods and services are still required.

                              Settlement of claims for goods and services delivered prior to the CCAA Filing Date (February 1) will be dealt with in a plan that will be developed at a later date and approved by the creditors and the Court.

                               

                              I would like to submit a claim. How and when can I do that?

                              No claims procedure has yet been approved by the Court and creditors are therefore not required to file proofs of claim at this time. Further information will be shared as soon as it is available.

                              Can I terminate my existing supply agreement with Laurentian?

                              In accordance with paragraph 17 of the Initial Order of the Court, suppliers with existing agreements with Laurentian are required to continue to provide the goods and services it needs to operate and suppliers will be paid for goods and services provided after February 1, unless Laurentian advises the supplier that it no longer needs those goods or services. For those suppliers without agreements, Laurentian will negotiate the supply of goods and services in the normal course, and will pay for those received after February 1.

                              How will goods and services provided after the CCAA Filing Date be paid?

                              Laurentian has obtained new secured interim financing during the CCAA proceeding from a third-party lender in the amount of $25 million, referred to as the debtor-in-possession lender (or DIP Lender). The DIP Lender has agreed to provide funding to the University so that it has the time necessary to negotiate the most critical aspects of its restructuring. This funding will allow Laurentian to continue operating during the process, meet its payment obligations and minimize any disruption to students.

                              Where can I get more information and updates?

                              Materials with respect to the CCAA proceedings can be found on the Monitor’s website: www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian.

                              Laurentian will also keep stakeholders informed of any significant developments via Laurentian’s website at https://Laurentianu.info (English website) or https://Ulaurentienne.info (French website), where Laurentian will post updates.

                              RESEARCH

                              Can my research group continue to have access to our lab, library, other Laurentian research spaces, external research sites, and other locations on and off campus to conduct research during the CCAA filing period?

                              Pursuant to the Initial Order, Laurentian is permitted to continue its business in the ordinary course, which includes research activities.  Faculty, students and the highly qualified persons that support research activities are able to continue to perform their scholarly work, subject to the new approval processes set out in the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo recently issued. 

                              Procedures established during the COVID-19 pandemic to support return to research activities are still in effect and can be found here: https://laurentian.ca/covid-19/research#recovery

                              Procedures to obtain ethics and other certifications also remain in effect:

                              Will the Office of Research Services still be available to assist me?

                              Yes.

                              The mandate of the Office of Research Services (ORS) is to support researchers with all aspects of their research activities. This mandate encompasses a broad suite of services which includes assisting researchers in every step of the pre and post research grant funding process, grant funding administration, knowledge mobilization, human participants research ethics, animal use protocols, and intellectual property management and technology transfer.

                              You can reach the Office of Research Services by emailing: (research-recherche@laurentian.ca)

                              Can I continue to pay research related expenses from my research account(s)?

                              Research activities are continuing at the University. However, in accordance with the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo issued by the Office of the Vice-President Administration, there is a new approval process for research expenditures. For more information on the new approval process, please refer to the memo. Questions can also be directed to VPresearch@laurentian.ca.

                              Does the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo apply to all research budgets including externally funded research grants from tri-agency partners, Laurentian University Faculty Research grant, and research funded from other community and industry funded granting agencies?

                              Yes.

                              In accordance with the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo, Budget Holders shall cease all non-critical expenses during the CCAA proceedings. The purchase of goods, services or reimbursements and the hiring of new researchers or renewal of research contracts must be demonstrated by the Budget Holder as critical to the delivery of Laurentian’s operations, such as current student services, recruitment, research, or health and safety matters. For more information, research Budget Holders are asked to refer to the memo.  Questions can also be directed to VPresearch@laurentian.ca

                              Will graduate students who are paid stipends from research grants continue to be paid?

                              If you had a graduate student on payroll on Feb. 1, 2021 they will continue to be paid for work performed during the period of the CCAA stay of proceedings (currently to April 30, 2021).  Laurentian has put in place $25 million CCAA financing to ensure that Laurentian is able to meet its obligations to parties including graduate students that were being paid.

                              Can I pay a student a stipend from my research grant, if I did NOT have them on a payment schedule on Feb. 1, 2021?

                              Guidance is provided in the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo issued by the Office of the Vice-President Administration:

                              Any new student hires in support of research (part-time; contract; stipends) will need to be approved in advance by Human Resources and the Vice-President Research. A case will need to be made to indicate that the position is critical for the period to April 30, 2021.

                              I am currently employed by a research centre (technician; support staff; post-doc, other). Will I continue to get paid?

                              If you were on payroll as at Feb. 1, 2021 you will continue to be paid for work performed under your current contract during the period of the CCAA stay of proceedings (currently to April 30, 2021).  Laurentian has put in place $25 million CCAA financing to ensure that Laurentian is able to meet its obligations to parties including highly qualified persons that are paid from research grants.

                              I am currently employed by a research centre (technician; support staff; post-doc, other); however, my contract expires between Feb. 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021. Will my contract be renewed?

                              Your supervisor is asked to follow the guidance in the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo issued by the Office of the Vice-President Administration:

                              Extension of or hiring new non-faculty temporary contracts up to April 30 and/or new part-time, casual staff, students hiring will be permitted, when demonstrated as being critical to the operations, and pre-approved by Finance, Human Resources, the respective Executive Team Member and the President.

                              Can I continue to pay students from my research grants?

                              If you had a student on payroll on Feb. 1, 2021 they will continue to be paid for work performed under their current contract during the restructuring. Laurentian has put in place $25 million CCAA financing to ensure that Laurentian is able to meet its obligations to parties including students that are paid from research grants.  Any extension of contracts or new hiring of students must follow the guidelines in the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo recently issued.

                              Can I hire a new student from my research grant?

                              Guidance is provided in Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction Measures memo issued by the Office of the Vice-President Administration:

                              Any new student hires in support of research (part-time; contract; stipends) will need to be approved by human-resources and the Vice-President Research. A case will need to be made to indicate the position is critical.

                              Can I sign a contract to hire a post-doctoral fellow to support my research program?

                              New hiring will be permitted, when demonstrated as being critical to the operations, and pre-approved by Finance, Human Resources, the Vice-President Research and the President. Contracts beyond April 30, 2021 cannot be executed at this time.  Researchers with post-doctoral fellow contracts in the process of being negotiated, or post-doctoral fellows scheduled to begin work during the CCAA filing period are asked to contact the Vice-President Research to discuss.

                              Can I recruit new graduate students to begin studies with my research program in September 2021?

                               Yes.

                              We are actively continuing our efforts for student recruitment. We are confident in our efforts to create a restructured Laurentian that existing and future students will be proud to be part of.

                              I have external suppliers that are important partners in my research program. Will the suppliers be paid and can I continue to hire suppliers to deliver services that support my research activities?

                              For more information on vendors please refer to the FAQ section for suppliers.  It is important to note that in accordance with paragraph 11 of the Initial Order, goods and services received prior to the CCAA Filing Date will be stayed and Laurentian is not permitted to make payment. Going forward, Laurentian continues to operate on a business-as-usual basis. That means Laurentian will continue to pay for goods and services received on and after the CCAA Filing Date (Feb 1, 2021).   For further clarity, if a purchase order was issued prior to the CCAA filing date, suppliers will be paid for goods and/or services delivered and received after the CCAA filing date if Laurentian advises the supplier that the goods or services are still required.

                              Researchers are advised to follow the guidance in the Fiscal Restraint and Cost Reduction memo to receive approval for expenditures, including entering into any contracts with suppliers for the delivery of goods and services.

                              Can I continue to submit new research grants?

                              Pursuant to the Initial Order, Laurentian is permitted to continue its business in the ordinary course, which includes research activities. However, Laurentian is currently insolvent.  Granting agencies will be informed that Laurentian has filed for CCAA protection when the Office of Research Services submits grant application. Further, Laurentian is advising granting agencies that it has established a separate bank account in which all new restricted grant and award funds will be directed to.

                              I was just informed that my grant application was successful and the funds have not been transferred to Laurentian yet. Can I have the granting agency/council/funder redirect the research funds to my co-investigator at another university? If yes, what is the process for me to do that?

                              Laurentian is advising granting agencies that it has established a separate bank account in which all new restricted grant and award funds are being directed to. If Principal Investigators wish to change the terms of their grants, including the institution that will manage the funds, they are required to direct their conversations with any granting agency/council/funder through the Office of Research Services.  Initial emails can be sent to (research-recherche@laurentian.ca) and your request will be assigned to the appropriate research advisor to work with you.

                              COVID-19 is continuing to impact my ability to complete research activities. During the CCAA process can I apply for an extension on my research grant(s) beyond April 30, 2021. If yes, what is the process for me to do that.

                              If you would like to request an extension to your grant you are asked to contact the Office of Research Services who will advise you if an extension period is available. The staff in the Office of Research Services (research-recherche@laurentian.ca) will work with you to negotiate an extension to a grant deadline with the appropriate funder.

                              Where can I get more information and updates on CCAA and Laurentian University?

                              Materials with respect to the CCAA proceedings can be found on the Monitor’s website: www.ey.com/ca/Laurentian.

                              Laurentian will also keep stakeholders informed of any significant developments via Laurentian’s website at  https://Laurentianu.info (English website) or  https://Ulaurentienne.info (French website), where Laurentian will post updates.

                              FRANCOPHONE EDUCATION

                              Last update: April 12, 2021

                              What is Laurentian’s vision for Francophone education?

                              Laurentian’s commitment to Ontario’s Francophone community is a leading part of the University’s culture and mission. Laurentian emphasizes and values Francophone programming, learning, and teaching –  principles that are very much a part of the fabric of who we are as an academic community. Laurentian is proud of and committed that the programs it continues to offer represent what Francophone leaders of tomorrow are seeking as they pursue their studies.

                              What is Laurentian doing to support French-language education at Laurentian?

                              Laurentian was recognized first among bilingual universities in Ontario under the French Language Services Act, and we intend to continue to fulfill that commitment.  The provisions of the French Language Services Act were taken into account when the Senate Mediation Subcommittee undertook its analysis, recommendation and Report as to all programs and courses.  Laurentian will further continue to honour our history and service to the community.  We are proud that our students, staff and faculty have earned the right to learn, work, and contribute to Ontarian communities in French through their studies at Laurentian.

                              How many students in French-language programs have been affected by these program closures?

                              Laurentian’s program reductions impact approximately 10% of the 2000+ undergraduate students  pursuing their studies in French-language programs. At a high level, the academic offerings package includes the closure of 24 French-language programs, which have had low or no enrolment over a number of years, while 38 programs which are strongly subscribed will remain open. Laurentian is proud that the programs it continues to offer represent what Francophone leaders of tomorrow have indicated that they are seeking as they pursue their studies. These changes will also offer the opportunity for the future development of new offerings to meet the emerging needs of the community.

                              Students in affected programs are encouraged to reach out to their deans and other leaders to discuss the next steps in their academic path forward:

                              • Dr. Joël Dickinson, Faculty of Arts, at jdickinson@laurentian.ca 
                              • Dr. Tammy Eger, Faculty of Graduate Studies, at teger@laurentian.ca
                              • Dr. Ginette Roberge, Faculté d’éducation, at gx_roberge@laurentienne.ca
                              • Dr. Patrice Milewski, Faculty of Education, at pmilewski@laurentian.ca 
                              • Dr. Dean Millar, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture, at dmillar@laurentian.ca
                              • Dr. Céline Larivière, Faculty of Health, at clariviere@laurentian.ca
                              • Dr. Michel Delorme, Faculty of Management, at mdelorme1@laurentian.ca

                              INDIGENOUS EDUCATION

                              Last update: April 12, 2021

                              What is Laurentian University doing to support Indigenous education?

                              Laurentian University currently offers students courses in various disciplines through Laurentian’s Faculty of Arts that include Indigenous perspectives on policy and law, the Anishinaabemowin language, health and wellness, and culture.

                              In addition, as part of its commitment to honour and affirm its tricultural mandate, Laurentian University has announced that it will develop an Indigenous Perspectives program among its academic offerings. Laurentian University looks forward to continued collaboration with its Indigenous partners and leaders in the community to ensure that its academic programs always include an Indigenous perspective.

                              How will the new Indigenous Perspectives program be structured and developed?

                              Laurentian’s Indigenous Perspectives program will be structured and developed in consultation with the Interim Associate Vice-President, Office of Academic and Indigenous Programs and the membership of the Laurentian University Native Education Council (LUNEC). A complete list of courses will be available at the earliest opportunity.

                              What is Laurentian doing to support students who were enrolled in the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Sudbury?

                              All students who were enrolled in any program at any of the federated universities are Laurentian students, and we will ensure that there is an academic path forward to completion of a degree for each student.  Laurentian University will ensure that all 150 students who were enrolled in the Indigenous Studies program through the University of Sudbury will have access to courses rooted in Indigenous perspectives already offered through Laurentian’s Faculty of Arts, in disciplines ranging from History, English, Psychology, and Sociology.  

                              Indigenous Studies students are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Joël Dickinson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, at jdickinson@laurentian.ca to discuss the next steps in their academic path forward. New applicants to Laurentian can reach out to Liaison Services to plan their next steps at info@laurentian.ca.

                              APPLICANTS

                              Last update: April 26, 2021

                              Undergraduate Applicants

                              If the program that I originally applied for has been cancelled, will I automatically receive an alternate offer?

                              All applicants affected by the recent closure of programs will be contacted directly regarding their application status. In some cases, where an identifiable alternative is readily available, the application will be automatically modified to reflect this change. This does not mean an applicant will be required to choose the alternate program, but rather, is being provided with an alternate option.

                              • If you have identified a program for which you would like to be considered for admission at Laurentian, please email us at: admissions@laurentian.ca.
                              • If you would like to discuss options from a variety of different programs at Laurentian, reach us now at: info@laurentian.ca.
                              Where can I find contact information to discuss my situation and program?

                              Applicants in affected programs are encouraged to reach out to our Liaison Team at info@laurentian.ca to discuss potential program options and pathways. Alternatively, they can also reach out to the Dean or Director of their intended program faculty to discuss the next steps in their academic path forward:

                              Is the residence offer guarantee for first year applicants still applicable?

                              Yes, the guarantee of residence accommodations is still applicable to students coming directly from high school. Applicants must apply through the applicant portal by June 1st, 2021. For any residence-related questions, please contact: residences@laurentian.ca.

                              Are entrance scholarships still available?

                              Yes, the entrance scholarships will be available for September 2021 just as they were for September 2020. These entrance scholarships are automatic, so there is no action required on your part.

                              What impacts will the recent restructuring have on varsity athletics?

                              Laurentian University will continue to pursue athletic success in the OUA and U SPORTS in its varsity programs which include Women’s and Men’s Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country Running, Indoor Track, Golf, Nordic Skiing, Curling, Rowing and Baseball (men’s). Unfortunately, men’s and women’s varsity swimming as well as the men’s and women’s varsity hockey programs have been cancelled.

                              What impacts will the recent restructuring have on intramural sports?

                              Intramural sports and clubs are student-driven and as such, should also resume in the Fall, provided face-to-face operations are allowed under public-health guidelines and can be conducted safely.

                              Since I chose Laurentian for its small class sizes, what impact will these changes have on the faculty/student experience?

                              Comparatively, you will still find that classes at Laurentian are small to moderately sized and allow for favorable engagement between faculty and students in all programs.

                              Are other student services still available to support students?

                              Yes. New students can receive support during Orientation and throughout their studies from First Year Coaches, Student Success Advisors, Counselling, Accessibility, and other support teams to help ease transition to university and help you succeed as a student. Please contact: orientation@laurentian.ca for more information.

                              What impact will the recent restructuring have on tuition?

                              Tuition fees are regulated by the provincial government and as such, would not be impacted by the recent restructuring. Ancillary fees, determined by the student associations and the Board of Governors, have yet to be finalized but will be communicated as soon as they are available.

                              Graduate Applicants

                              How will I be notified if the graduate program I applied to is impacted by the restructuring?

                              All applicants affected by the recent closure of graduate programs will be contacted directly regarding their application status. Applicants with questions regarding these program closures are encouraged to contact the Vice-President of Research, Dr. Tammy Eger directly by email to: vpresearch@laurentian.ca and copying graduatestudies@laurentian.ca.

                              Applicants looking for a refund on application feels should contact our Admissions Office by email at: admissions@laurentian.ca.

                              Who do I contact for additional information on my program and the impact it will have on my academic pathway?

                              For answers to your questions on the impact of the recent restructuring to your application and academic pathway, contact: graduatestudies@laurentian.ca and copy Dr. Tammy Eger, Vice-President Research at vpresearch@laurentian.ca.

                              Alternatively, you may also reach out to our Liaison team at: info@laurentian.ca.

                              Be sure to consult the Student tab of this site for additional information for registered graduate students you may find helpful.

                              Looking Forward

                              Last update: November 5, 2021

                              What is Laurentian’s vision for the future as a university?

                              Our vision for the future is as a university focused on the needs of the north and the communities we serve – and for Laurentian to be a nimble space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.

                              We are grateful for the patience of our community partners and encouraged by the continued demand for a Laurentian education – especially during this time of concern regarding the University’s current transformation process.

                              As a result of its academic restructuring and with the goal of graduating leaders who will foster the growth of Northern Ontario, Laurentian has focused its programs on Health Sciences, Education, Arts, Business, Science, Engineering and Architecture – while being committed to a strong interdisciplinary experience for our students.

                              Laurentian’s ability to provide access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body, along with its vital role as a positive force to champion a brain gain for our region, is not only part of Northern Ontario’s history but the key to its future.

                                What are the ways in which Laurentian University’s future supports Northern Ontario? What is the value of a degree from Laurentian?

                                For more than 60 years, Laurentian has been at the crossroads of culture, industry, art, science, and politics, growing from a humble and small institution to become Northern Ontario’s foremost university.

                                Laurentian’s value proposition as a bilingual university in a tricultural environment is something to be cherished – and worth preserving. We provide access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body championing a brain gain for the North, for Ontario, and beyond. More than half of our students (52%), many of them from Indigenous and Francophone communities, are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education.

                                  How is the University moving forward with its Imagine 2023 plan?

                                  Laurentian University’s progress through the CCAA process ultimately helps ensure that current and future students will continue to have access to a high quality post-secondary education at Laurentian for years to come. Imagine 2023 is in total alignment with that goal. During this challenging time of transformation, our community has shown its strength, resiliency, and prideLaurentian University has long been one of the jewels of our region. Right now, we have an opportunity to make it shine again. This is what we intend to do, together.

                                  CCAA Process

                                  Last update: November 5, 2021

                                  Why is the CCAA process important?

                                  The CCAA process provides Laurentian with the opportunity to emerge as a fully restructured and financially viable institution. The University is committing to taking every necessary step as part of that process. The Laurentian community deserves a renewed Laurentian that ensures that current and future students will continue to have access to a high quality, bilingual post-secondary education at the University for years to come.

                                    What is the status of the CCAA process?

                                    Laurentian University is making the necessary, intended progress to formally restructure through the CCAA process. The goal of the restructuring is to ensure that current and future students will continue to have access to a high quality post-secondary education at Laurentian for years to come. The CCAA process has prevented the University from being forced to close its doors and is the best pathway toward a better future. Importantly, the process is not only about cost-cutting measures, but also making smart investments to make our university strong and sustainable for current and future students.

                                      How is Laurentian being transparent during the CCAA process?

                                      Laurentian University is committed to taking every necessary step to become a fully restructured and financially viable institution. The CCAA process is the best pathway toward a better future. Our decisions as part of this process are made in careful consideration of the best interests of our students and all those impacted. This means being accessible and transparent to our communities, including sharing information and materials in accordance with the CCAA process. We are grateful that the CCAA process has prevented Laurentian University from being forced to close its doors.

                                      Parents

                                      Last update: November 5, 2021

                                      What is Laurentian’s vision for the future as a university?

                                      Our vision for the future is as a university focused on the needs of the north and the communities we serve – and for Laurentian to be a nimble space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.

                                      We are grateful for the patience of our community partners and encouraged by the continued demand for a Laurentian education – especially during this time of concern regarding the University’s current transformation process.

                                      As a result of its academic restructuring and with the goal of graduating leaders who will foster the growth of Northern Ontario, Laurentian has focused its programs on Health Sciences, Education, Arts, Business, Science, Engineering and Architecture – while being committed to a strong interdisciplinary experience for our students.

                                      Laurentian’s ability to provide access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body, along with its vital role as a positive force to champion a brain gain for our region, is not only part of Northern Ontario’s history but the key to its future.

                                        What are the ways in which Laurentian University’s future supports Northern Ontario? What is the value of a degree from Laurentian?

                                        For more than 60 years, Laurentian has been at the crossroads of culture, industry, art, science, and politics, growing from a humble and small institution to become Northern Ontario’s foremost university.
                                        Laurentian’s value proposition as a bilingual university in a tricultural environment is something to be cherished – and worth preserving. We provide access to post-secondary education to a diverse student body championing a brain gain for the North, for Ontario, and beyond. More than half of our students (52%), many of them from Indigenous and Francophone communities, are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education.

                                          How is the University supporting its students throughout the CCAA process?

                                          We are grateful to our students, faculty, employees, and all our community partners who care about Laurentian’s success and are working toward a renewed Laurentian. They are fundamental to ensuring that current and future students will continue to have access to a high quality post-secondary education at the University for years to come. We thank them for their patience and their deep attachment to Laurentian’s unique character as a bilingual university in a tricultural environment. The excitement among students returning to campus for a new school year has been palpable.

                                          We are prioritizing and working hard to convey to our students our vision for the future, which is a university focused on the needs of the north and the communities we serve – and for Laurentian to be a nimble space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.

                                          Will this impact student’s existing year of studies or obtaining a degree this year?

                                          No, it will not impact your current studies and all students are encouraged to focus on their course work. Classes and programs for the remainder of this academic year will proceed as usual. Some program changes involving very low enrolment courses or programs are expected to be made for the Fall 2021 term in an effort to trim costs, but since those are extremely low enrolment courses, it will impact only a very small percentage of students.

                                          The University will do everything it can to accommodate students finishing their programs at Laurentian.

                                          Will this cause tuition increases?

                                          The CCAA proceeding will not result in any immediate tuition increase. Laurentian’s tuition and student fees are one of the lowest in the Province, and the Province-wide tuition freeze in place continues for 2020-21. The cost of educating a student at Laurentian is higher than average in the Province so this is an issue that will need to be considered during the CCAA proceeding. No changes will be made during the current academic year.

                                          My child received an offer of admission from Laurentian. Should they accept it?

                                          Yes – we hope to see you at Laurentian in the coming year! The University remains committed to providing an excellent student experience to all students in Sudbury, Northern Ontario, and beyond. The current CCAA proceedings will not affect students in the current academic term and we will work to ensure that we have a strong and vibrant university going forward. We look forward to welcoming returning students and meeting our new students.

                                          We will try to answer as many of your questions as possible. To the extent we receive common questions, we will consolidate them and provide further updates to the Frequently Asked Questions.

                                          My child received an offer of admission from Laurentian. Should they accept it?

                                          We are grateful to our students, faculty, employees, and all our community partners who care about Laurentian’s success and are working toward a renewed Laurentian. They are fundamental to ensuring that current and future students will continue to have access to a high quality post-secondary education at the University for years to come. We thank them for their patience and their deep attachment to Laurentian’s unique character as a bilingual university in a tricultural environment. The excitement among students returning to campus for a new school year has been palpable.

                                          We are prioritizing and working hard to convey to our students our vision for the future, which is a university focused on the needs of the north and the communities we serve – and for Laurentian to be a nimble space for critical thinking and innovation, where students can reach their full potential, and faculty can push the boundaries of knowledge.