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 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 K-8 & at least 50% in-class instruction for Gr 9-12 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 that have study permits issued prior to March 18, 2020 and are 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

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