Canada Now Accepting International Students Going To Coronavirus-Ready Institutions

Beginning from October 20, Canada will be opening its borders to international students going to Coronavirus-Ready Institutions. The higher institution must have a coronavirus-readiness plan that has been approved by its provincial or territorial health authority.

Coronavirus-ready Institutions are expected to send the specifics of their readiness plan to the provincial government hence this is the level of government that’s in charge of education in Canada.

Plans should include details on how the schools will inform students on health and travel requirement before arrival, help with quarantine plans, and provide assistance in getting necessities like groceries and medicine during the quarantine. The plans also must have health and safety protocols in case students do come down with coronavirus disease.

Canada’s immigration department will release the list of approved DLIs as they come available on their webpage.

The new measure applies to all international students coming from abroad, IRCC says. However, the immigration authorities also advise travelers to not make any travel plans until they have met all the criteria and all necessary authorizations.

In order to come to Canada, once the new measure comes into force, qualified international students will have to be asymptomatic, and they will need the proper documents to enter Canada.

Once at the border, they will be considered to be traveling for an essential reason, unless “there is evidence that clearly shows they are coming to Canada for an optional or discretionary purpose, such as tourism.”

The immediate family members of international students may also be eligible to come to Canada, as long as their reason for coming is essential, such as getting established in Canada to support the student’s study program.

In this case, an immediate family may include spouses and common-law partners, dependent, or if the student is under the age of eighteen (18), a parent or legal guardian.

International students and accompanying family members must comply with all public health requirements once they arrive in Canada, including the mandatory fourteen (14)-day quarantine period.

Earlier this year, health minister Patty Hajdu and immigration minister Marco Mendicino began collaborating with provincial governments, as well as post-secondary institutions on how to safely welcome more foreign students to Canada. The ministers gave the announcements of the new measures on Friday, October 2nd.

International students have been calling on the Canadian government to allow exemptions for students. Many of whom live in countries with restricted or limited access to the internet, and time differences make for boring and impractical class times.