COVID-19 Response

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COVID-19 Response

Statement & Safety Plan

In response to the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic, our Colleges have closed their Metro Vancouver locations until further notice. In the meantime, our Colleges are continuing to add new student-interest and career-focused programming in a continued effort to recruit and effectively prepare students for their respective academic and career journeys. Further information in regard to programs, admissions and operations is available on this website. All courses are currently available online and all employees are working from their home office with the exception of select operations staff who are maintaining the integrity of our facility operations.  

In anticipation of re-opening our locations to our employees and broader college community members in 2021, we have developed a C-19 Response Policy and Re-opening Plan. Central to both the Policy and Plan is our commitment to comply with the requirements of WorkSafeBC’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 5.54 and 6.3. All students, employees and members of our broader college community will be required to strictly adhere to the procedures contained in the plan to minimize risk associated with contracting the virus that causes COVID-19. Our Covid-19 Safety Plan, our Travel and Self-isolation Guide and our International Student Quarantine Plan are available below. 

Vancouver Premier College of Arts and Science COVID-19 Safety Plan and Travel and Self-isolation Guide 

Vancouver Premier College of Business and Management COVID-19 Safety Plan and Travel and Self-isolation Guide

Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management COVID-19 Safety Plan and Travel and Self-isolation Guide

Travellers arriving in B.C. from international locations including the United States by air, land or sea must complete the International Student Quarantine Plan, the federal ArriveCAN application, and the BC Self-Isolation Plan.

International Student Quarantine Plan

Federal ArriveCAN Application

BC Self-isolation Plan

*Note: Our COVID-19 readiness plans, along with the COVID-19 Safety Plans have been approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. All of our colleges are on the list of approved Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) reopening for international students.  Should you have any questions, please contact us at be-safe@vpcollege.com

Click here for a guide on coming or returning to Canada.

 

Please note the following COVID-19 updates:

COVID-19 Update (April 23, 2021) 

1. New Travel Restrictions

a. New provincial travel order effective April 23, 2021

A new order will expand existing travel restrictions to ensure that British Columbians stay within their local areas and reduce non-essential travel.

NOTE:  

  • Essential travel includes travel for post-secondary education and training.
  • Travel to attend classes or receive training through a post-secondary institution, including participating in practical learning activities such as fieldwork, practicums and clinical placements, is exempt from the travel restrictions as part of a broad exemption for post-secondary education and training.

b. Government of Canada suspension of flights from India and Pakistan effective April 22, 2021 for 30 days

  • Mental health supports, including www.here2talk.ca, are available to B.C. post-secondary international students who are affected by the new federal flight restrictions between India, Pakistan and Canada.
  • B.C. will continue to monitor changes to federal travel restrictions and communicate with institutions to ensure BC is responding to all new federal requirements.

2. Extension of PHO Province-Wide Restrictions

The existing province-wide restrictions have been extended until midnight May 25, 2021 to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

 

News release from Transport Canada (February 12, 2021)

Canada has some of the strictest travel and border measures in the world, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for everyone returning to the country. With new COVID-19 variant detections increasing in the country, the Government of Canada is announcing today further testing and quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving to Canada’s air and land ports of entry. These new measures will help prevent variants of concern from reaccelerating the pandemic and making it more difficult to contain.

For travellers arriving to Canada by land, as of February 15, 2021, all travellers, with some exceptions, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. In addition, as of February 22, 2021, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine.

All travellers arriving to Canada by air, as of February 22, 2021, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With limited exceptions, air travellers, will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting February 18, 2021. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.

Finally, at the same time on February 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.

The Government of Canada continues to strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel, including vacation plans, outside Canada. Foreign nationals should likewise postpone or cancel travel plans to Canada. Now is not the time to travel.

Clarification on daily COVID-19 health check requirement (February 3, 2021)

Post-secondary institutions are required by WorkSafeBC to ensure that faculty and staff perform a daily COVID-19 health check before accessing campus.

  • Health checks are mandatory self-assessments that include confirmation with their employer, in written or verbal format, that they have reviewed the complete list of entry requirements included on WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 Entry Check poster and that none of the prohibited criteria apply to them.
  • Employers can use a number of methods that best suit their operations to confirm that the self-assessment has taken place, including a verbal check in (in-person, virtually or by phone) or email.
  • Institutions are encouraged to post the Entry Check poster at all entrances.
  • Questions about daily COVID-19 health screening requirements should be directed to WorkSafeBC.

Anyone who is feeling ill or has had potential exposure to COVID-19 should stay home and get tested in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer guidance.

  • The BC COVID-19 Self-assessment Tool can help determine whether further assessment or testing for COVID-19 is required.  The Ministry of Health advises that the tool is not to be used to determine suitability to attend/return to work or school.
  • The COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for BC’s Post-Secondary Sector will be updated to align with this direction.

PHO Vaccination Rollout Plan (January 25, 2021)

The plan has four phases and is focused first on protecting those most vulnerable to severe illness. Immunization for the general population is scheduled to take place from April to September 2021.

Please visit BC Centre for Disease Control website for more information.

During all phases we are all reminded to continue to:

  • Follow Public Health Guidelines including wearing masks, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing.
  • Adhere to province-wide restrictions concerning visitors in private residences and allowable/prohibited events.
  • Avoid non-essential travel. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province.

Non-medical mask requirements in all indoor public settings and workplaces (November 26, 2020)

November 24th an Order in Council (OIC) and Ministerial Order were issued as the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced alignment of the Province’s measures under the Emergency Program Act  with the Provincial Health Officer’s (PHO) guidance, mandating that masks must be worn in indoor public places.

  • Masks are required in all indoor public spaces, including in all post-secondary institutions where people circulate freely, such as hallways, stairwells, elevators, etc. but they are not mandatory in non-public areas such areas as classrooms and enclosed office spaces where individuals can maintain physical distancing.
  • Post-secondary institutions may implement more stringent mask requirements based on their individual situations.
  • The mask requirement does not apply to people unable to wear a mask or put on or remove a mask on their own.
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