Category: Announcements

Nov. 15: Inclement weather expected for Niagara

Please be advised that Environment Canada has issued a weather advisory for Niagara on Thursday, November 15, with a weather travel advisory to begin during the afternoon.

Snow is expected to reach Southern Ontario late in the afternoon, and is forecast to continue through the night and into early Friday morning. A snowfall of five to 10 cm is expected across the region, with most of the snow expected to fall during the night. Poor winter driving conditions are expected and untreated roads may become snow covered or slippery. The snowfall may have impacts on the Friday morning commute.

This is expected to be the first significant snowfall of the season for Niagara.

Niagara College reminds staff students and visitors to please take extra care when travelling to and from our campuses and allow extra time as necessary. When arriving on campus, please be aware of snow clearing equipment and exercise caution when walking on snow-covered surfaces, especially on slopes and stairs.

The College will continue to monitor weather conditions issued by Environment Canada. While not expected, any potential college closures will be posted to vnmanga.info

For general information regarding inclement weather and closures at NC, visit https://vnmanga.info/visit/inclement-weather-and-closures/

 

Fall Convocation info: Temporary closures and revised schedules

Niagara College will celebrate Fall Convocation on Friday, October 26 at the Welland Campus. More than 1,111 new graduates are expected to attend to mark this milestone, along with their families and guests. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the gymnasium, with a reception to follow each ceremony in the Learning Commons.

Please note the following temporary closures and revised schedules will be in place to accommodate this special college event.

Parking

On October 26, Parking Lots A, B and C at the Welland Campus will be reserved for convocation and will not be available for staff parking. For maps and parking information visit https://vnmanga.info/parking-services/parking-lots/

Enrolment Services

Enrolment Services staff from the Welland and Niagara-on –the-Lake campuses will be dedicated to convocation duties on October 26. The NOTL Campus office will be closed during this time, while the Welland Campus office in Secord 106 will remain open, operating with limited service.

Assistance will also be available by email at [email protected].

Athletics

The Welland Campus gymnasium and fitness centre will be closed from October 26 to October 28 to accommodate convocation and mid-term break schedules.

Reminder: the NOTL fitness centre is also currently closed (due to equipment being moved to the new centre).

For Athletics and Recreation information visit https://vnmanga.info/student-life/athletics-and-recreation/

The Core

(Welland Campus) will be closed on October 25 and October 26 due to convocation.

 

Thank you for your patience with these temporary changes as we celebrate the Class of 2018!

For information about Fall Convocation visit https://vnmanga.info/enrolmentservices/convocation/

View the Fall Convocation news release here: Niagara College to celebrate fall convocation October 26

Important message: Use of cannabis on campus

In light of the provincial government’s introduction of legislation regarding the use of Cannabis, Niagara College has updated its on-campus smoking policy on an interim basis to reflect provincial legislation, which allows the smoking of cannabis only where the smoking of tobacco is permitted.

Under this interim policy, the smoking of cannabis will not be permitted on campus grounds, except in designated areas. The College’s longstanding policy for on campus smoking will be updated to include the smoking of cannabis, and align with provincial legislation. Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) exist at both the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. For DSA locations, please consult campus maps. Using cannabis on Niagara College’s campuses in any space other than a DSA is against college policy, municipal bylaws and provincial law.

Niagara College’s policy reflects a desire to provide a learning environment and workplace that promotes mutual respect, health and well being, while complying with municipal, provincial and federal laws and regulations.

While the use of recreational cannabis is legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018, the college’s expectations and policies regarding conduct remain unchanged. As we strive to provide a safe and respectful learning environment, any impairment or disruption in classrooms, labs, offices or any public spaces on campus will be addressed via existing policies governing conduct and behaviour on campus. Employees are not permitted to attend work while impaired.

Niagara College also encourages the safe use of cannabis. If you have questions regarding cannabis safety, please visit the Student Health, Wellness and Accessibility offices at the Welland (AH125) or Niagara-on-the-Lake (W102) campuses. For questions regarding the use of cannabis on campus, please contact Campus Safety  or Student Services.

While the college has done its best to anticipate how the legalization of recreational cannabis may affect campus life, this is new territory for institutions like ours. We will monitor the situation very closely, and respond appropriately or adapt our policies should unforeseen issues arise.

Parking update Sept. 24: Parking permit sales resume

Please note that the sales of on-campus parking permits for on-campus parking has now resumed.

Permit sales were halted on the week of September 19 due to a greater-than-anticipated demand for parking spaces during the first few weeks of the fall term, particularly at the Welland Campus. View Sept. 19 message here.

The decision to resume parking permit sales was based on recent parking lot counts which have indicated open spaces available during peak times, the addition of overflow parking areas, and lot improvements underway.

Lot improvements underway 

Parking lot improvements are now underway at the Welland Campus. Lot D will also be expanded and paved. The work on lot D is now scheduled to begin on Sept. 25. The work is expected to continue until Sept. 28. Facilities Management Services is working on minimizing the disruption to parking availability while work is in progress.

Lot E has been expanded and it will also be paved and lines will be painted to ensure the lot is utilized to its maximum capacity. This work is scheduled to take place during October break week.

Temporary parking will be established on campus during the paving periods.

Seaway Mall parking

Students travelling to the Welland Campus have the option of free parking at the Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara St., and using their to hop on a Welland Transit bus directly to campus.

The Seaway Mall has designated a portion of the lot for NC students to park, facing Niagara Street, near Lancaster Drive. View highlighted area here:

Students are also reminded that the mall lot is for day use only; overnight parking is not permitted.

Consider alternatives

Students are reminded of the options that exist for travel to our campuses. Carpooling is encouraged, and all students receive a that can be used with any public transit provider in Niagara.

Contact Parking Services

For parking-related questions, please contact Parking Services at (111) 111-1111 Ext 7407 or email [email protected]

Parking attendants

Parking attendants are available to provide assistance at each campus, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. For those who need assistance, they may be reached at:

Welland Campus (289) 213-4500

NOTL Campus (289) 213-4953

 

NC working to improve on-campus parking

Niagara College continues its efforts to improve on-campus parking for our college community.

While our campuses typically experience a high volume of vehicles during the first few weeks of fall term – which can cause brief delays or a shortage of parking spots, particularly during peak times – we are currently experiencing a greater demand for parking spaces than anticipated. This is largely due to the record number of students who have enrolled at our College this September.

We understand the impact this has had on our permit holders and thank our students, staff and visitors for their patience as we work to alleviate our on-campus parking challenges. Rest assured, we are working as quickly as possible to implement both short and long-term solutions that will expand our parking capacity and improve access to on-campus parking.

Overflow lots

Overflow lots have been established at each campus. At the Welland Campus, an overflow lot is available attached to Lot E near Rice Road (Lot E3) as well as the former contractor Lot (Lot D4) attached to Lot D.  At the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, overflow parking is adjacent to the campus on the northeast side (the Niagara Corporate Business Centre), and is easily accessible directly from campus.

Lot improvements

The College is currently reviewing its parking lots and improvements are being planned to help increase the parking capacity on campus. Some improvements are already underway.

At the Welland Campus, Lot E has been expanded and it will also be paved and lines will be painted to ensure the lot is utilized to its maximum capacity.

Lot D will also be expanded and paved. The work on Lot D is scheduled to begin on September 19.

Temporary parking will be established on campus during the paving periods.

Parking permits

As announced previously, the sale of parking permits has been suspended until further notice. Parking permit sales will resume once the parking lot improvements have been completed.

As the College enhances overflow lots to expand the number of spaces available, the status of permit sales will be revisited.

Permit holders are reminded that on-campus parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. As indicated in the terms and conditions for permit holders, purchasing a permit does not guarantee a parking spot.

Permit holders should keep in mind that some lots may fill faster than others and they may not find spots in their preferred lots during peak times. Those parking on campus should give themselves extra time when travelling to campus to allow ample time to find a spot.

Parking attendants

Parking attendants are available to provide assistance at each campus, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. For those who need assistance, they may be reached at:

Welland Campus (289) 213-4500

NOTL Campus (289) 213-4953

Consider alternatives

Students are reminded of the options that exist for travel to our campuses. Carpooling is encouraged, and all students receive a   that can be used with any public transit provider in Niagara.

Students travelling to the Welland Campus have the option of free parking at the Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara St., and using their to hop on a Welland Transit bus directly to campus.

Contact Parking Services

For parking-related questions, please contact Parking Services at (111) 111-1111 Ext 7407 or email [email protected]

Important Reminders: On-Campus Parking

UPDATE: Please note that due to demand that has exceeded projections, on-campus parking permit sales for both campuses have been suspended until further notice. While Niagara College has established overflow lots at each campus to accommodate increased volume, demand for permits currently exceeds capacity. The status of permit sales will be revisited as the college enhances overflow lots to expand the number of spaces available. Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to consider options to on-campus parking, including carpooling and public transit. As part of registration, all students receive a U-Pass that can be used for all public transit providers in Niagara.

An important reminder that at peak times – especially during the first weeks of term – our campuses experience a high volume of vehicles, which can cause brief delays or shortages of spots in campus lots. Students, visitors and staff are reminded to allow extra time when traveling to campus so that so they may have ample time to find a parking spot.

To deal with increased volume, Niagara College has established overflow lots at each campus.  At the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, overflow parking is adjacent to the campus on the northeast side (the Niagara Corporate Business Centre), and is easily accessible directly from campus.  At the Welland Campus, an overflow lot is available attached to Lot E near Rice Road (Lot E3) as well as the former contractor Lot (Lot D4) attached to Lot D. (See maps below)

Parking attendants are available at each campus, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, to provide assistance. For those who need assistance, they may be reached during be reached at:

NOTL Campus (289) 213-4953

Welland Campus (289) 213-4500

Students are also reminded of the options that exist for travel to our campuses. Carpooling is encouraged, and all students receive a U-Pass that can be used with any public transit provider in Niagara.

Parking FAQs:

Can I park at the Outlets of Niagara mall for free?

No. As per a Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake bylaw, Outlets of Niagara parking is for customers only and the bylaw is strictly enforced

What if I can’t find a parking spot?

During some peak times throughout the day, there may be brief shortages. Important things to remember:

  • A permit does not guarantee parking in a specific lot, and some lots may fill faster than others. During peak times you may not find a spot in your preferred lot.
  • As indicated in the terms and conditions for permit holders, a permit does not guarantee a parking spot. On-campus parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow the appropriate amount of time to park.

What is the impact of campus construction projects on campus parking?

To address construction-related parking impacts, Niagara College has secured additional overflow lots.

At the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, overflow parking is adjacent to the campus on the northeast side (in a designated area of the Niagara Corporate Business Centre), and is easily accessible directly from campus.

At the Welland Campus, permit parking is also available in two additional lots: an overflow lot is available attached to Lot E near Rice Road at the Welland Campus (Lot E3) as well as the former contractor Lot (Lot D4) attached to Lot D.

Like any major construction project, some inconveniences – however temporary – are unavoidable, and we’ve taken steps to minimize the impact. These projects are a significant investment in new and expanded facilities. They will greatly modernize and transform our learning environments and facilities, as well as enhance the overall experience for our students at Niagara College. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

What alternatives are there to on-campus parking?

Other options to consider include carpooling and public transit. Students receive a U-Pass as part of their registration, which can be used with any public transit provider in Niagara (learn more here: http://vnmanga.info/student-life/parking-and-transportation/.)  Students at the Welland Campus can park at the Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara St., and take a Welland Transit bus directly to campus.

Contact

For parking-related questions, please contact Parking Services at (111) 111-1111 Ext 7404 or email [email protected]

Welland Campus parking (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus parking (Click to enlarge)

Extended service hours for the start of fall term

Welcome students! To help serve students better, extended hours will be available for the following on-campus services during the beginning of the fall term:

 

Enrolment Services

The following extended hours will be available at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses:

September 4 to 6:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

September 7: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 10 to 13: 8 a .m. to 6 p.m.

September 13:   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

NC Libraries

Temporary service hours will be available from September 4 to 7:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Regular hours (below) will resume on September 10:

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Extended hours for the Help Desk begin on September 4:

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Student and classroom support is also available out of the library at the same time.

Learn about from Information Technology Services.

 

Info Centres

The InfoCentre front desks at both campuses will be operating with extended hours to accommodate both students and guests during the first week of the fall semester.

September 4 to 7: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Regular hours will resume on September 10: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What’s open and closed for Canada Day weekend

Niagara College will be closed on Monday, July 2 for the Canada Day statutory holiday with limited access to campus facilities. Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses must have faculty authorization and sign-in with Campus Safety (security).

Here is a list of operating hours for services and enterprises on the holiday weekend (from Saturday, June 30 to Monday, July 2).

NC Greenhouse: Open regular hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Benchmark restaurant: Open Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Bench to Go: Closed Monday, reopening Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

NC Teaching Brewery retail store: Open regular hours for the long weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Wine Visitor + Education Centre: Open regular hours for the long weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

NC Libraries:  Closed weekends during the summer months. It will also be closed on Monday. Please note: library e-resources are available 24-7 via vnmanga.info/library

Bookstores: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Athletics/ Recreation: Facilities at both campuses will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

SAC offices: Closed weekends and for holiday Monday.

Employment and Training Solutions (1 St. Paul St., St. Catharines): closed on Monday.

Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Transit

Reduced services and /or closures for the Canada Day on Sunday, July 1.  Please check with individual transit providers for details and schedules. 

Niagara Region: Buses will not be operating on Sunday.  Regular service resumes Monday.

Welland Transit: No service on Sunday. Regular schedule resumes Monday.

Niagara Falls transit: Holiday service for Sunday. Regular schedule Monday

St. Catharines Transit: Holiday service on Sunday.  Regular schedule resumes Monday.

 

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy Canada Day!

Niagara College Victoria Day Hours

 

Niagara College will be closed on Monday, May 21 for the Victoria Day statutory holiday with limited access to campus facilities. Students accessing classrooms or specialized labs at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses must have faculty authorization and sign-in with Campus Safety (security).

Greenhouse: open regular hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  

Retail stores at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre, and NC Teaching Brewery: open regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 

Benchmark restaurant: open Friday and Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed on Sunday and Monday. 

Bench To Go: closed Monday, reopening Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Libraries and Learning Commons: closed at both campuses on Monday. Please note: library e-resources are available 24-7 via  

Bookstores: closed Monday at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake Campuses. 

Athletics/ Recreation: Facilities at both the Welland and NOTL campuses will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Student Centres and SAC offices: Closed Monday

Transit: Reduced Holiday schedule for the weekend with some transit providers not operating on Monday. Please check with individual transit providers for schedules and closures.

Employment and Training Solutions (1 St. Paul St. in St. Catharines): closed on Monday. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Niagara College wishes you a safe and happy Victoria Day!

Campus Notice: Normal operations to resume April 16

Normal operations will resume at all campuses on Monday, April 16 and all classes, activities and events will run as scheduled.

With rain and rising temperatures forecast for Monday, roadways and walkways may be wet and slippery. College crews will be onsite to clear roads and walkways as required, and students, employees and visitors are urged to use caution when travelling to and around our campuses, and allow extra travel time as necessary.