The COVID-19 virus pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented disruption to countries in all corners of the globe. While Canada still considers the risk to be ‘low,’ public health and federal government directives have recently intensified to enable social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus by closing schools as well as many retail and recreational outlets, encouraging remote work arrangements and limiting gatherings of more than 50 people as examples.
K-12 public schools across the country are complying with all directives from federal and provincial health and education authorities resulting in all public schools across the country being closed at present, whether for a regularly scheduled spring break or by direction of their respective provincial governments. See list below for further details.
The travel of public school staff and students has been curtailed by the Government of Canada’s directive that all Canadians avoid all ‘non-essential’ travel and upon returning must self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
As of today, March 16th further measures were announced by our Prime Minister which has resulted in Canadian borders being closed to all but Canadian citizens/permanent residents (and immediate family of), Americans, diplomats and flight crews. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will not be permitted to travel.
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.
All CAPS-I member schools will continue to accept applications for September 2020 as they remain optimistic that the challenges being faced around the globe at present will be well behind us by then.
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 indefinitely
British Columbia – In-class instruction suspended indefinitely
Manitoba – Schools closed for extended Spring Break until April 13th, could be extended
New Brunswick – In-class instruction suspended indefinitely
Newfoundland & Labrador – In-class instruction suspended indefinitely
Nova Scotia – In-class instruction suspended until April 6th, could be extended
Ontario – In-class instruction suspended until May 4th, could be extended
Prince Edward Island – In-class instruction suspended until May 11th, could be extended
Quebec - In-class instruction suspended until May 1st, could be extended
Saskatchewan – In-class instruction suspended indefinitely
For more information, consider the following resources:
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|
|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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