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Canadian Schools Reopening To International Students

Canadian schools with coronavirus readiness plans are now able to accept international students, as of October 20.

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) have started accepting international students who are not currently staying in Canada, and who have a study permit, or who have been approved for a study permit.

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

In order to accept international students, schools needed to have a coronavirus readiness plan approved by their provincial or territorial government. Their plans should describe how they manage the mandatory quarantine period for international students, including arrangements for transportations to the student’s quarantine location.

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

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

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

International students who are not going to an approved school will not be allowed to board their flight if they try to come to Canada. Family members (Spouses or dependants) of students may not travel to Canada before the student.

Post-secondary schools

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

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

There are thirty-nine (39) post secondaries open in British Columbia and Alberta. There are Ten (10) Manitoba schools, thirteen (13) in New Brunswick, three in Newfoundland and Labrador, fourteen (14) in Ontario, five in Prince Edward Island, seven (7) in Saskatchewan, and one in the Yukon.

Primary and secondary schools by province

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

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

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: Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Nunavut, North West Territories, Nova Scotia as well as Newfoundland and Labrador.