COVID-19 Updates

Government of Canada's first phase to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada

Beginning July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

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. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, and must provide documentation supporting their vaccination in English, French or with a certified translation.

For these new measures to apply to them, fully vaccinated travellers must still meet all other mandatory requirements, including pre- and on-arrival testing. Continued testing will allow public health experts to keep monitoring positivity rates at the border, monitor for variants of concern, and make further adjustments to border measures as needed.

Fully vaccinated travellers must also be asymptomatic, have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada. They must still present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. As with all other exempt travellers, they will be required to follow public health measures in place, such as wearing a mask when in public, keep a copy of their vaccine and test results, as well as a list of close contacts for 14 days after entry to Canada.

For travellers who are not fully vaccinated, there are no changes to Canada’s current border measures.

Read the full update on the official website.

Fall 2021 Course Delivery

On March 8, 2021, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, advised public post-secondary institutions to begin planning for a full return to on-campus teaching, learning and research in September 2021, believing it to be very important for everyone’s health and well-being to get back on campus. Dr. Henry expressed deep confidence that the combination of mass immunization contributing to community immunity, the application of revised health and safety protocols in the COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector, and the regular review and updating of multi- layered institutional safety plans will support the safe resumption of on-campus activities. Please visit the BC Government website for more information.

Given this directive from the government to deliver a majority of university classes in-person, we envision approximately 60% of university classes will be in-person; the remainder 40% will be delivered either synchronously online at a set time (approximately 25%), or FLEX online (no set time at approximately 15%).

If you are not able to travel to Canada due to delayed Study Permit or travel restrictions, you can still start your studies with us through online learning from your home country. Once you are able to travel, the college highly recommends you to make arrangements to fly to Vancouver and get ready for in-person courses in January 2022.

All high school classes will continue to be delivered in-person and in a Hyflex mode enabling students to continue to study online if they wish. However, we do encourage in person attendance for high school as well, in order to gain a rich, in-person Columbia College and Canadian experience.

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.

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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