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Welcoming Back International Students
Canadian Schools with Approved COVID-19 Readiness Plans

As of October 20, 2020, Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) with a government-approved COVID-19 readiness plan can begin welcoming back international students who are not currently in Canada. To be eligible to come to Canada, students must:

If a student is enrolled at a school without an approved COVID-19 readiness plan, the student cannot travel to Canada at this time.

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What Is a COVID-19 Readiness Plan?

A COVID-19 readiness plan outlines how a DLI will:

  • Protect the health and safety of all students and the community
  • Manage the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arrangements for transportation to where students will quarantine
  • Provide information and support to international students on:
    • How they can obtain necessities during quarantine, such as food and medications
    • Health insurance
    • Staying healthy while in Canada

How Do I Know Whether a School Has Been Approved?

To find out if a DLI has a government-approved readiness plan, you can:

  1. Visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) 
  2. Select the school level (Primary or secondary or Post-secondary school) from the dropdown list
  3. Choose the province or territory where the DLI is located to find out whether the primary or secondary school is approved to welcome international students not currently in Canada

The IRCC will update the list regularly as more COVID-19 readiness plans are approved and encourage students to check back frequently.

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Do Students Need a Letter of Support?

A letter of support is not currently included among the required documentation for international students to enter Canada. However, some schools are still providing them. Please contact your ApplyBoard Representative for more information.

What is Non-Discretionary Travel?

International students studying at a school with an approved readiness plan and with the appropriate documents to come to Canada will be considered non-discretionary and non-optional, unless there is evidence to the contrary that the student is entering Canada for a discretionary or optional purpose, such as tourism.

Can Immediate Family Members Travel With a Student to Canada?

Immediate family members, such as a spouse or common-law partner, a dependant, or parent or legal guardian (if the student is a minor) may be allowed to accompany the student to Canada, granted their reason for travel is non-optional or non-discretionary. Please note, these individuals can’t enter Canada prior to the student.

Any accompanying family members will also have to abide by the mandatory 14-day quarantine period on entering Canada, as well as all other public health measures.

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ApplyBoard Partner Schools

Below is a list of ApplyBoard partner schools with approved COVID-19 readiness plans. This list will be updated as more schools’ readiness plans are approved, so please check back frequently.

Alberta

Primary or Secondary Schools

All public and independent (private) primary and secondary schools are approved to reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

Bow Valley College
Concordia University of Edmonton
GEOS Languages Plus (added November 3)
Keyano College
Lakeland College
Lethbridge College
MacEwan University
Medicine Hat College
Mount Royal University
NorQuest College
Olds College
Red Deer College
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
University of Lethbridge
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British Columbia

Primary or Secondary Schools

All public and independent (private) primary and secondary schools can reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

Adler University (added November 17)
Alexander College (added November 17)
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Camosun College
Canadian Tourism College (added November 3)
Capilano University
Centre for Arts and Technology
Coast Mountain College
College of New Caledonia
College of the Rockies
Columbia College
Coquitlam College
Douglas College
Fairleigh Dickinson University (added November 3)
Fraser International College (FIC) (added November 3)
Greystone College of Business and Technology
International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) – Vancouver (added November 3)
ILSC Language Schools – Vancouver
Justice Institute of British Columbia
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Langara College
North Island College
Northern Lights College
Okanagan College
Royal Roads University
SELC Career College Vancouver (added November 17)
Selkirk College
Sprott Shaw Language College – Vancouver (added November 3)
Sprott Shaw Language College – Victoria (added November 3)
Stenberg College (added November 3)
Sterling College (added November 3)
Thompson Rivers University
Trinity Western University
University Canada West
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Victoria
University of the Fraser Valley
Vancouver Community College
Vancouver Film School
Vancouver Island University
Western Community College (added November 17)
Yorkville University
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Manitoba

Primary or Secondary Schools

All public and independent (private) primary and secondary schools can reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

Assiniboine Community College
Heartland International English School
International College of Manitoba
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology
Red River College
University of Manitoba
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New Brunswick

Primary or Secondary Schools

All public and independent (private) primary and secondary schools can reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

Crandall University
Mount Allison University
New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)
St. Stephen’s University (added November 3)
St. Thomas University
University of New Brunswick
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Newfoundland and Labrador

Primary and secondary schools are not approved to reopen to international students at this time.

Primary or Secondary Schools

Post-Secondary Schools

College of the North Atlantic
Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Northwest Territories

Primary or Secondary Schools

Primary and secondary schools are not approved to reopen to international students at this time.
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Nova Scotia

Primary or Secondary Schools

All public and independent (private) primary and secondary schools are approved to reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

Acadia University (added November 3)
Cape Breton University (added November 3)
East Coast Language College (added November 3)
Halifax Language Institute of Canada (added November 3)
Mount Saint Vincent University (added November 3)
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Ontario

Primary or Secondary Schools

All public and independent (private) primary and secondary schools are approved to reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

Algoma University
Algonquin College (added November 3)
Brescia University College (added November 10)
Brock University
Cambrian College (added November 3)
Canadore College (added November 17)
Centennial College
Conestoga College (added November 17)
Confederation College (added November 17)
Fanshawe College (added November 17)
George Brown College (added November 17)
Georgian College (added November 17)
Humber College (added November 3)
ILAC International College – Toronto (added November 3)
ILAC International Language Academy of Canada (added November 3)
King’s University College (added November 17)
Lakehead University (added November 3)
Laurentian University (added November 17)
Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
Niagara College Canada (added November 3)
Northern College (added November 17)
Mohawk College (added November 17)
Queen’s University
Renison University College (added November 17)
Ryerson University (added November 17)
Sault College (added November 17)
Seneca College
Sheridan College (added November 17)
Trent University
University of Guelph (added November 3)
University of Waterloo (added November 17)
University of Windsor (added November 17)
Western University (added November 17)
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Prince Edward Island

Primary or Secondary Schools

All public and independent (private) primary and secondary schools can reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

Holland College
Study Abroad Canada Language Institute
University of Prince Edward Island
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Quebec

Primary or Secondary Schools

All primary and secondary schools can reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

All post-secondary DLIs are approved to open to international students.
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Saskatchewan

Primary or Secondary Schools

All public and independent (private) primary and secondary schools are approved to reopen to international students.

Post-Secondary Schools

Parkland College
Saskatchewan Polytechnic
University of Regina
University of Saskatchewan
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Yukon

Primary or Secondary Schools

Primary and secondary schools are not approved to reopen to international students at this time.

Post-Secondary Schools

Yukon University
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