General COVID19 Info:
• Currently, all classes in our classroom are limited to 9 participants so don't delay registering for a course you want as many are full well before the course date. If the course will be held at your facility then we can go higher as long as physical distancing requirements are met.
• Due to limited class size we must have full payment prior to the course to guarantee your spot and currently we are not accepting cash payments - depending on the course you may pay by PayPal, E-Transfer or Corporate invoicing (if pre-approved).
• All participants are required to complete a CoVid questionaire prior to entering the teaching area.
May 10, 2021:
Due to the continuing issues with Covid, the Canadian Red Cross has extended the expiry dates of First Aid recertifications until Dec. 31, 2021 and the length of time between completing the online Blended Learning and taking the classroom portion to 90 days from 30. Here is the text of the Red Cross release:
First Aid recertification (participant levels)
First Aid participant-level certificate holders in Ontario with certifications that expire between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021, may attend a recertification course until December 31, 2021. This extended window allows those with expired certifications the opportunity to recertify as facilities reopen and training resumes.
This is not an extension of the certification expiry date. It is important that recertification courses are completed to ensure certificate holders have refreshed their knowledge and demonstrated their skills competency. This extended timeline to recertify is in line with WSIB Ontario guidelines and allows Training Partners to retain customers who are due for recertification (rather than taking a full course).
While regulators and governing bodies may choose to accept expired certifications for employment purposes, those certifications remain expired. Our focus is on the learning needs of the participant, ensuring they are confident and competent in performing first aid and the best way to accomplish this is by attending formal first aid training frequently.
The window between the online and in-class components for a blended learning course is extended to 90 days. The 90-day extension will remain in place until December 31, 2021. Anyone who has completed or will complete an online blended learning component until December 31, 2021, will have 90 days to complete the in-class component. This window accommodates those who are unable to complete their certification under the current measures but also ensures participants are able to apply and build upon concepts learned in the online component during the in-class component and facilitates successful completion of all certification requirements. WSIB Ontario is currently accepting the blended online course as initial certification for employment purposes, understanding participants would complete the classroom portion as soon as training becomes available. Participants who completed the blended online course to gain employment will still be required to have a valid blended online course certificate within 90 days of the blended classroom
Apr. 2, 2021:
As an essential service we were able to continue teaching through the previous lockdown and are continuing to offer all our courses either at our teaching location or at a client's site during the current lockdown.
The following details are included in Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown, a resource published by the Government of Ontario. In part, it says:
• In-person health and safety training is allowed (page 27)
• Class size is based on facility space (page 10)
• First Aid training is permitted (page 27)
Dec. 18, 2020:
Canadian Red Cross made it mandatory effective March 2021 that each participant taking a course with a CPR component receive, use and be able to keep a new pocket mask and one way valve. LMac will implement this with all courses effective Jan 1st, 2021. We will also provide a training valve for use in class so that the mask & valve can be used in case of emergency at another time. In order to offset this new expense, there will be a minor increase in course prices for 2021.
Oct. 15, 2020:
Canadian Red Cross has now released their new Wilderness First Responder program!
The Wilderness First Responder program has just been released by the Canadian Red Cross and will be available from LMac in January 2021!
While this course is generally taken by people who will be providing professional level First Aid, such as Search & Rescue services in a wilderness environment, it is also a great course for those who are applying for employment in a wilderness setting where a higher level of training is an advantage or for those with an interest in taking their Wilderness First Aid to the next level.
This course is a combination of the skills, knowledge and equipment that a First Responder would use in an urban setting and the longer term care abilities plus other skills that a Wilderness First Aider would use in a wilderness setting.