Canadian schools reopening to international students


Published on October 21st, 2020 at 11:00am EDT

Canadian schools with coronavirus readiness plans can start accepting international student, a of October 20.

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) are now able to accept international students who aren’t currently in Canada, and who have a study permit, or who have been approved for one.

Students still need a non-optional, non-discretionary reason to travel to Canada, and they must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days.

In order to accept international students, DLIs needed to have a coronavirus readiness plan approved by their province or territory. Plans should describe how they manage the mandatory quarantine period for students, including arrangements for transportation to the student’s quarantine location.

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They must also provide information and support to international students about how they can get the items they need for their quarantine, like food, medicine, and health insurance.

International students can contact their school directly if they have questions about their readiness plans.

Only students who are going to approved DLIs are allowed to travel to Canada. More institutions will be added to the list. The government webpage has a complete list of approved DLIs, and will update as more come available. Canada will also remove DLIs if they no longer meet their provincial or territorial public health requirements.

Students who are not going to an approved DLI will not be allowed to board their flight if they try to travel to Canada.

Family members of students may not travel to Canada before the student.

Post-secondary schools

All post-secondary DLIs are approved to open to international students in Quebec, however the government still recommends to check the list.

Post-secondary schools are not approved to reopen to international students in Nova Scotia, Nunavut, or North West Territories.

There are 39 post secondaries open in Alberta, and British Columbia. There are 10 Manitoba schools, 13 in New Brunswick, three in Newfoundland and Labrador, 14 in Ontario, five in Prince Edward Island, seven in Saskatchewan, and one in the Yukon.

Primary and secondary schools by province

Primary and secondary schools in Canada follow the health regulations set out by their province or territory.

All primary and secondary schools are approved to reopen to international students in Quebec.

All public and private primary and secondary schools are approved to reopen in the provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, and British Columbia.

Primary and secondary schools are closed to international students in the provinces and territories of: Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Nunavut, Nova Scotia, North West Territories, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador.

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