COVID-19 Response

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COVID-19 Response

Statement & Safety Plan

Vancouver Premier College of Arts and Sciences, Vancouver Premier College of Businss and Management, and Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management are following the guidance and direction of the BC Restart Plan, the BC Post-Secondary Institutions’ COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines and the WSBC Communicable Disease Prevention Guide for Employers. 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.

Students 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

 

Please note the following COVID-19 updates:

COVID-19 Update (September 8, 2021) 

Proof of Vaccination:

BC Vaccine Card

  • The new BC Vaccine Card was launched on September 7, 2021 and will allow vaccinated people to show their proof of vaccination at higher-risk social and recreational events, and settings when new COVID-19 vaccine requirement rules take effect on September 13, 2021.
  • Students living in on-campus student housing at B.C.’s post-secondary institutions will require:
    • Partial vaccination (one dose) by September 7, 2021; and,
    • Full vaccination (two doses) by October 24, 2021.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to attend in-person classes, seminars or tutorials, or to access on-campus cafeterias.

Verifying BC Proof of Vaccination

  • Starting September 13, 2021 some on-campus events, services and businesses will be required to check a person’s proof of vaccination for access to their venue or space. 
  • Information on how to verify proof of vaccination, including how to download the verifier app for the BC Vaccine Card, is available online.

COVID-19 Update (August 25, 2021) 

Mandatory Masks:

  • The Provincial Health Officer has issued new province-wide mandatory mask requirements for all indoor public areas effective August 25, 2021 including shopping centres, coffee shops, retail and grocery stores, pubs, and public transportation.
  • To support the full return to in-person education, research and on-campus services for B.C.’s post-secondary institutions, the new mask order will apply to all indoor public areas on post-secondary campuses including classrooms, labs, lobbies, hallways, stairwells, and elevators.
  • Further details will be available in the Provincial Health Officer Order currently under development, including mask exemption provisions.

Proof of Vaccination:

  • Starting September 13, 2021, proof of vaccination will be required in B.C. to access a broad range of social, recreational, and discretionary events and businesses throughout the province including:
    • Indoor and patio dining in restaurants, fitness centres and gyms, indoor ticketed sporting events, indoor theatre events, and indoor organized events like conferences and weddings; and,
    • Students living in on-campus student housing at B.C. post-secondary institutions.  Partial vaccination will be required by September 7, 2021 to align with the start of the fall academic term.
  • Local health authorities are working closely with post-secondary institutions to provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Discretionary non-educational activities and businesses on post-secondary campuses captured by the new proof of vaccination requirements include restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, gyms, and indoor ticketed events.
  • The specifics of the proof of vaccination requirements will be outlined in a new Provincial Health Officer Order currently under development.
  • Post-secondary institutions may implement their own proof of vaccination requirements as a part of their communicable disease prevention plans.  Institutions seeking to introduce their own proof of vaccination policies are responsible for doing their own due diligence and consulting with public health. Public health has advised that while institutions may consider a vaccination policy for employees, they are not supportive of proof of vaccination requirements for students participating in educational activities (e.g., classrooms, labs, field schools, tutorials etc.).

COVID-19 Update (July 8, 2021) 

On Monday, July 5 the Federal Government implemented the first phase of its approach to ease border restrictions for travellers entering Canada by easing quarantine requirements for certain travellers.

These changes apply to fully vaccinated travellers who are currently permitted to enter Canada including international students on study permits who are studying at an institution on the federal government’s Designated learning List with an approved readiness submission. To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. For the full details, please see the federal news release.

It is important to note:

  • All incoming students need a quarantine plan, whether they’re vaccinated or not, in case their arrival test returns positive and they need to isolate in accordance with public health requirements.
  • All post-secondary institutions (PSIs) need to have up-to-date readiness plans that reflect the changing circumstances. In addition, communicable disease prevention plans now replace COVID19 safety plans.
  • As part of pre-arrival information, kindly ensure your international students are using the BC COVID-19 Support App as well as the ArriveCAN app.

Standards and expectations of readiness plans, including PSI supports and monitoring of their incoming international students, remain in effect to support federal quarantine requirements and community health and safety.

The Government of Canada is expected to announce further stages of border reopening in the coming weeks. Be sure to refer to their website http://travel.gc.ca for the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Update (May 26, 2021) 

Launch of BC’s Restart Plan

Thank you for the important role you play in supporting the provincial COVID-19 response.

More information and resources are found below: