COVID-19 Updates

Canada banning flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days

Canada is banning passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and a new virus mutation, says Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. 

The measure goes into effect at 11:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

For more information, please click here.

Mandatory hotel stay for all air travellers arriving in Canada
(Effective February 22, 2021)

The Government of Canada is introducing new measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada. The new accommodation and quarantine measures were announced on January 29, 2021, and processes to support these new measures are in development.

Effective February 22, 2021, people who travel by air for non-essential reasons, such as vacation, will face new measures and expenses when they return to Canada.

Travellers must still provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours before their scheduled departure time. Travellers will also be required to:

– take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
– stay in a hotel for 3 nights while they await the results of the COVID-19 molecular test they received on arrival
– pay for their hotel, as well as all associated costs for food, cleaning and security

Travellers will still be required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Unaccompanied minors (defined as individuals under the Age of Majority in Canada  – 18 years old) are considered exempt from the mandatory 3-day stay in a Government-Approved Accommodation (GAA).

However, unaccompanied minors are still responsible for providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72hrs prior to departure and taking a test upon arrival in Canada (at the airport or self-administered, at the discretion of the border official), as well as providing a self-administered test at Day 10 of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.   

Please check the official list of government approved hotels in Vancouver here.

Learn more about the process here.

Summer 2021 Course Delivery

Columbia College has been working closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, on how we approach our future semesters due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the safety of students and staff in mind, the Summer 2021 semester will be delivered mostly online with select in-person delivery.

As it stands today and subject to Ministry direction, our High School students will continue to engage in in-person delivery, and our University Transfer and Associate Degree students will continue to study online, with the exception of select Chemistry labs (CHEM 123, 210, 220), which will be in-person.

Canada to require all arriving air passengers to show negative COVID-19 test beginning on January 7, 2021

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, is requiring that, effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. 

In an effort to curb the continuing coronavirus crisis, Canada will require all air passengers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test three days before arriving in the country.

The test must be a PCR test — considered the gold standard of COVID-19 tests. These tests need to be processed in a lab and usually take at least a day to provide results. 

The new travel rule does not replace the 14-day quarantine period. Violation of quarantine laws can result in up to six months in jail or up to $750,000 in fines.

Read the full official announcement here.

Public Health Office Order (PHO) on province-wide restrictions

Masks are required in order to enter the College and must be worn in all public areas, with some exceptions. On the 3rd floor of the College, the Secondary bubble, masks are encouraged but not required.

Anyone entering the building must wear a mask. Security will be checking.

Before entering the College, a COVID health assessment must be performed. See the Columbia Safe app.

You can read more about the order here.


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