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UPDATE:

October 21, 2020

The IRCC website (see below) now provides a list of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) that have COVID-19 readiness plans approved by their respective provincial/territorial government. The search tool clearly distinguishes between K-12 and post-secondary sectors with the K-12 sector of each province either 'approved' or 'not approved' as a whole.
As of today, 5 provinces have approved their K-12 sector (BC, MB, QC, NB, PEI) to receive international students from outside of Canada and 5 have not yet approved their K-12 sector (AB, SK, ON, NS, NL) but are working diligently towards approval.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html

 

October 2, 2020

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/10/update-on-travel-restriction-exemptions-for-international-students.html

Earlier today, Friday, October 2nd, the Government of Canada announced that although border restrictions remain in place, processes are being introduced to support the entry of international students

"More specifically, these processes will provide for the entry of: 
  • international students, starting October 20, 2020, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan in place"

The 'list' as to which educational institutions' readiness plans have been identified/approved by their respective provincial governments has not yet been made public (this may take a week or two and will be subject to updates.) CAPS-I will continue advocacy efforts in hopes of ensuring all members are on the list.

Very welcome, positive, encouraging news that I wanted to share, despite some details still unknown. We realize students who already have study permits approved may be anxious to book flights but I'd caution against that until there's more certainty and at least the initial list of institutions has been published.

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.

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

Alberta - In-class instruction from September

British Columbia – In-class instruction from September (in learning groups)

Manitoba – In-class instruction from September

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

Newfoundland & Labrador – NOTE: In order to provide the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District with sufficient time to evaluate revised operational guidelines, international programs will not accept international students before February 2021.

Nova Scotia – In-class instruction for September

Ontario – In-class instruction for September

Prince Edward Island – In-class instruction for September

Quebec -  In-class instruction to resume in September K-9, possible hybrid model for Grades 10/11

Saskatchewan – In-class instruction to begin September 1

 

Students travelling to Canada will all need to comply with the 14 day quarantine period upon arrival.   Regular checks to ensure compliance will be done and students must have a local phone number in order to be accessible to officials conducting such checks.  Students may wish to pre-arrange for Canadian phone service through a provider such as PhoneBox

 

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

For more information:

1-833-784-4397
canada.ca/coronavirus