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.
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.
*Note: We have submitted our COVID-19 readiness plan, along with the COVID-19 Safety Plan to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training for processing. Once approved, our Colleges will be added to the list of approved Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) for travel to Canada. Thank you for your patience. Should you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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:
Extension of PHO province-wide restrictions (January 7, 2021)
On January 7, 2021 BC’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO) ordered an extension to existing province-wide restrictions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Specifically, the sections of the gatherings and events order concerning visitors in private residences and allowable/prohibited events (sections A, B and C) that were to expire on January 8th have been extended to February 5, 2021 at midnight.
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.