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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
Campbell College
Concordia University of Edmonton
GEOS Languages Plus
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
Alexander College
Brighton College
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Camosun College
Canadian Tourism College
Capilano University
Centre for Arts and Technology
Coast Mountain College
College of New Caledonia
College of the Rockies
Columbia College
Coquitlam College
Create Career College
Douglas College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fraser International College (FIC)
Greystone College of Business and Technology
International House – Vancouver
International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) – Vancouver
ILSC Language Schools – Vancouver
Kaplan International English – 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
Selkirk College
Sprott Shaw Language College – Vancouver
Sprott Shaw Language College – Victoria
Stenberg College
Sterling College
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
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
Commonwealth 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
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
Cape Breton University
East Coast Language College
Halifax Language Institute of Canada
Mount Saint Vincent University
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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

ABC Access Business College
Algoma University
Algonquin College
Brescia University College
Brock University
Cambrian College
Canadian College for Higher Studies
Canadore College
CanPacific College of Business and English
Canadian Institute of Management and Technology College
Centennial College
Conestoga College
Confederation College
Dominican University College
Fanshawe College
George Brown College
Georgian College
Greystone College of Business and Technology Inc.
English School of Canada
Hansa Language Centre
Heartland International English School
Humber College
IBT College
ILAC International College – Toronto
ILAC International Language Academy of Canada
ILSC Language Schools – Toronto
International Centre for EAP Toronto
Kaplan International English – Toronto
King’s University College
Liaison College
Liaison College of Culinary Arts – Hamilton Campus
Lakehead University
Language Gallery Canada, The – Toronto
Laurentian University
Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology
Niagara College Canada
Northern College
Mohawk College
Queen’s University
Renison University College
Royal Canadian Institute of International Studies (RCIIS)
Ryerson University
Ryerson University International College (RUIC)
Sault College
Seneca College
Sheridan College
Sprott Shaw Language College – Toronto
Toronto Film School
Toronto School of Management
Trent University
University of Guelph
University of Waterloo
University of Windsor
Upper Madison College
Western Town College
Western University
Yorkville University
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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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