COVID-19 Update

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The COVID-19 virus pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented disruption to countries in all corners of the globe.

Schools across the country are complying with all directives from the federal government as well as their respective provincial health and education authorities.  Most jurisdictions continue to offer instruction virtually while students in British Columbia and Quebec have been able to attend school on a voluntary, part time basis more recently.

See list below for further details about the plan for re-opening of schools in each province.

Since March 16th Canadian borders have been closed to all but Canadian citizens/permanent residents (and immediate family of), Americans, diplomats and flight crews. Students with study permits issued prior to March 18th and enrolled in an educational program deemed 'essential' have also been permitted to enter Canada.

Please be assured, that the health and wellness of international students currently enrolled in Canadian public schools continues to be a top priority for all of our members and that International Student Program staff remain available to provide the necessary support.

As the global COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, CAPS-I will continue to monitor the situation and provide the most up-to-date information available to support our members, partners, students and families around the globe.


Alberta - In-class instruction suspended through to end of June.  Decision re: September to be decided on/about August 1st.

British Columbia – Part time, voluntary in-class instruction resumed on June 1st.

Manitoba – In-class instruction suspended indefinitely

New Brunswick – K-8 In School Full Time, Gr 9-12 Blended Learning with In School Instruction on Rotational Basis

Newfoundland & Labrador – Full student population to be back in classes in September

Nova Scotia – In-class instruction suspended indefinitely

Ontario – Plan to be finalized in early August with info about possible options

Prince Edward Island – In-class instruction suspended indefinitely

Quebec - In-class instruction for elementary students outside the Montreal resumed on May 11th. In the Montreal region, in-class instruction continues to be suspended. In-class instruction to resume in September K-9, possible hybrid model for Grades 10/11

Saskatchewan – In-class instruction to begin September 1


For more information, consider the following resources:

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html?utm_campaign=not-applicable&utm_medium=vanity-url&utm_source=canada-ca_coronavirus

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus.html

Government of Canada – Travel Advisory: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

Special Measures to Help Temporary & Permanent Residents & Applicants Affected by COVID-19 https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-special-measures.html

WHO’s Mental Health Considerations: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2


Public Health Authorities
Provinces and Territories Telephone number Website
British Columbia 811 www.bccdc.ca/covid19
Alberta 811 www.myhealth.alberta.ca
Saskatchewan 811 www.saskhealthauthority.ca
Manitoba 1-888-315-9257 www.manitoba.ca/covid19
Ontario 1-866-797-0000 www.publichealthontario.ca
Quebec 1-877-644-4545 www.quebec.ca/coronavirus
New Brunswick 811 www.gnb.ca/publichealth
Nova Scotia 811 www.nshealth.ca/public-health
Prince Edward Island 811 www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19
Newfoundland and Labrador 811 or 1-888-709-2929 www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19

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