Go-Forward Guidelines

Aug 5, 2020    Source: The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training


In preparation for the 2020/2021 academic year, public post-secondary institutions collaborated with key stakeholders, the BC Centre for Disease Control, WorkSafeBC, the Deputy Provincial Health Officer, and key education partners and stakeholders to develop comprehensive health and safety guidelines for campus operations during the pandemic. Read the Go-Forward Guidelines in full.

The below protocols provide guidance for institutions enrolling international students.


Where feasible, institutions should consider assisting international students with their arrival plans including the development of the student’s pre-arrival self-isolation planning, advance arrival in Canada, suitable accommodation for 14-day self-isolation, providing or advising on safe transportation to their self-isolation accommodation, and systems to support their mental wellbeing and integration into the campus community during self-isolation.


Consider the following when communicating with prospective and accepted international students:

  • Provide information on federal and provincial health obligations, such as mandatory self-isolation, that international students entering Canada are required to follow on arrival at their final destination in B.C.
  • Provide agents, prospective students and host homestay families with federal and provincial health and safety guidelines, including the institution’s COVID-19 safe operating plan and any institution or program-specific requirements or policies.
  • Ensure transparency regarding uncertainty of border reopening and risks of international travel.
  • Provide information on technology requirements to support online programming.
  • Consider standardized information packages and requiring students to acknowledge receipt.

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