Here is what is included in the plan:

  • Pre-arranged transportation from Toronto Pearson Airport to your Niagara College quarantine location in Niagara Falls
  • 14 nights/15 days of quarantine as mandated by the Government of Canada and a condition of your entry to Canada.
  • Three meals a day
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Daily check-ins from Niagara College Quarantine Team and support from Niagara College Health Wellness and Accessibility Office
  • $1000 COVID-19 bursary eligibility if you adhere to Niagara College pre-arrival and quarantine requirements (attending pre-departure and arrival Zoom sessions, completing daily check-ins, submitting arrival and exit surveys as necessary, etc.)

NC’s Quarantine Plan Cost

As of August 9, 2021 the total quarantine cost at this time is approximately $2,300 CAD and a charge will be placed on your NC Student Account after your quarantine period. This average cost only includes your 14-day quarantine plan as noted above, airport transportation, and extra insurance fee; if applicable. Any extensions due to delayed or positive test results will be fully charged to the individual student account. Additionally, any room service, room damage, or additional amenity requests will be at the full expense of the student and charged directly to your NC Student Account. Note that all quarantine facilities are smoke-free and any incident of smoking is a $250 charge.

Students who adhere to Niagara College’s mandatory quarantine requirements will qualify for a one-time COVID-19 bursary of up to a maximum value of $1,000 CAD. This bursary provides financial assistance of up to 50% of the cost of your quarantine period, excluding extension dates, room damage, or room service charges. Payment for your quarantine program will be required 2 weeks after the last day of your quarantine, or when posted to your NC Student Account. You will be notified when your charges have been posted to your NC Student Account.

Why Register with NC’s Quarantine Plan

  • Failure to comply with the Government of Canada’s mandated Quarantine carries legal penalties and fines.
  • Failure to comply may result in disqualification for the COVID-19 bursary. Please visit our Quarantine FAQ page to understand the COVID-19 bursary eligibility criteria.

Register for NC’s Quarantine Plan

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE INFORMATION FORM.

  • Completion of this form is required by ALL Niagara College students.
  • If you have not received your study permit approval yet, please still complete the form once and only update again when you have received your study permit decision. If you are arriving to Canada unvaccinated, you must receive travel block dates provided by the Niagara College Quarantine Team (NCQT) and arrange for your comprehensive quarantine plan with NCQT.

** Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers: Please DO NOT book any travel arrangements until Niagara College’s Quarantine Team (NCQT) has contacted you and has advised you that you are able to do so. **

Travelling with a family? You still must start here.

The Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act

The following information is directly from https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2020/03/new-order-makes-self-isolation-mandatory-for-individuals-entering-canada.html and is accurate as of November 11, 2020. Please consult the Government of Canada’s website for the latest information:

“The Government of Canada will use its authority under the Quarantine Act to ensure compliance with the order. Failure to comply with this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or imprisonment of up to three years, or to both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.”

Questions about NC’s Quarantine Plan?

Questions about your Quarantine Plan? Please email [email protected]. Always include your name and student number in the subject of every email.  Please allow up to 48 – 72 hours for a reply.

Please consult IRCC for information on entry to Canada. Information provided on this webpage is subject to change at any time and Niagara College accepts no liability for any discrepancies. Please consult the IRCC website for the most up-to-date information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding quarantine.

Date UpdatedQuestionAnswer
10-Aug-21NC is on the DLI list, when can I travel? When will I receive my dates?


Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers must comply with Niagara College's mandatory comprehensive quarantine plan, which has specific travel block dates to accommodate quarantine requests based on accommodation availability. Travel block dates are confirmed based on availability, your permit status, your current term, and if you are a future hybrid or online student. If you book your flight in advance, or outside of the date(s) provided, you will be responsible to change your flight accordingly and will assume the expense to do so, you will also be disqualified from receiving the COVID-19 bursary. Pre-purchased flights will not be accommodated. Once you have receive your study permit update, please complete this link and email a copy of your study permit document to [email protected]. You will then receive travel block dates to proceed with booking your flight.



Fully vaccinated travellers with a Public Health Agency of Canada-approved vaccine are exempt from all quarantine and isolation requirements but must enter Canada with a quarantine plan in case you are not exempt upon arrival. Use this link from the Government of Canada to assess your quarantine plan. Fully vaccinated students may arrive in Canada a maximum of 4 weeks before the start of classes (orientation begins on September 7th, 2021) and may arrive on any date they wish. Vaccinated travellers may wish to register their travel with NCQT and receive a simplified quarantine support package, including travel support letter, please complete this form. You must complete this link no less than 5 business days before your travel date to receive the package. As a fully vaccinated traveller, you are not required to register your travel with NCQT, and must only do so if you would like to receive the simplified quarantine package with emergency quarantine plan and travel support letter.

10-Aug-21Can I postpone my travel date to another date?Yes. Permitting that you have supplied 7 days notice of your cancellation in writing to NCQT, we will reschedule your travel based on new dates provided by NCQT.
21-May-21I have a pet or pets that I want to travel with. Can I quarantine with my pets?Please contact [email protected] to inquire further. Include your name and student identification (ID) number in the subject line of every email.
21-May-21Do I have to have a COVID test before I arrive?

Yes. All international travellers to Canada are required to have a PCR COVID-19 negative test result 72 hours prior to travel.



For more information visit travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada#getting-tested.


10-Aug-21What are the requirements for travellers to Canada? Do I have to do something before I travel to register with the Canadian government?Yes, all travellers are required to download the ArriveCAN app before travel and complete all requirements, as per the app. All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a COVID-19 test result to enter Canada.
All travellers must provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test, including those who are fully vaccinated.
25-May-21Can I smoke or vape while in quarantine?

If you are a person who smokes, we encourage you to come prepared to manage the inability to not smoke or vape for your 14-day quarantine period.


The property you will be quarantining at does not permit smoking anywhere in your room, including on your balcony, outside your door, in the bathroom, or through an open window.


If you smoke or vape in your room during quarantine you will be charged a $250 CAD cleaning fee for each incident. You will be required to make payment before your departure if you smoke or vape in your quarantine room.


Additionally, while in quarantine, you will not be allowed to step outside to smoke or vape because you are to stay in your room for the full 14 days as per the Quarantine Act of Canada.


As a start, you may want to consider bringing nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches, gum, etc.) with you or order these items ahead of time to be in your room. It is your responsibility to come prepared to take the necessary steps to not smoke for 14 days.
For additional support, you may connect with Smokers' Helpline today by phone at 1-866-366- 3667, online at SmokersHelpline.ca, and/or by texting the word iQuit to the number 123456.

25-May-21Can I smoke or vape while in quarantine?

If you are a person who smokes, we encourage you to come prepared to manage the inability to not smoke or vape for your 14-day quarantine period.


The property you will be quarantining at does not permit smoking anywhere in your room, including on your balcony, outside your door, in the bathroom, or through an open window.


If you smoke or vape in your room during quarantine you will be charged a $250 CAD cleaning fee for each incident. You will be required to make payment before your departure if you smoke or vape in your quarantine room.


Additionally, while in quarantine, you will not be allowed to step outside to smoke or vape because you are to stay in your room for the full 14 days as per the Quarantine Act of Canada.


As a start, you may want to consider bringing nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches, gum, etc.) with you or order these items ahead of time to be in your room. It is your responsibility to come prepared to take the necessary steps to not smoke for 14 days.
For additional support, you may connect with Smokers' Helpline today by phone at 1-866-366- 3667, online at SmokersHelpline.ca, and/or by texting the word iQuit to the number 123456.

10-Aug-21Do I have to participate in Niagara College's quarantine plan?


Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers must complete a 14-day quarantine period in Niagara, and travel on provided travel block dates as instructed by NCQT.



Fully vaccinated travellers with a Public Health Agency of Canada approved vaccine are exempt from all quarantine and isolation requirements but must enter Canada with a quarantine plan in case you are not exempt upon arrival. Fully vaccinated students may arrive in Canada a maximum of 4 weeks before the start of classes (orientation begins on September 7th, 2021) and may arrive on any date they wish.


21-May-21Can I arrive in the middle of my term or during my scheduled break?

We are excited to have you join us soon in Canada and at Niagara College, however, we would like to strongly caution you about travelling when you are not going to be in full time studies when you arrive or within 30 days after you arrive.


Until further notice, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid immigration entry document unless their travel is deemed to be non-discretionary or essential travel which is decided by the Canadian Border Service Officer at the point of entry.


Since you are able to study your current program fully online and your next term does not start until September 2021, the Canadian Border Service Agent at the port of entry may deem your travel as non-essential. As such, if you choose to travel, but are not able to board your flight from your home country or, if you are able to board but then not be permitted to enter Canada once you arrive, any expenses incurred including, but not limited to, the cost of your flight and the full unsubsidized cost of your quarantine are at your expense and are not the responsibility of Niagara College.


Remember, even if you are able to board your flight, Canada Border Services makes the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive. This means you must stay up to date on regulations, AND make sure you are aware of what is needed to enter Canada.


Additional Considerations:


Calculate the following costs which will not be subsidized if you are denied entry to Canada when making this decision:


Expenses (Estimated cost (unsubsidized))



  • Federal Quarantine (3-days): $1,100 - $1,500 per person

  • NC Quarantine (11-days): $1,500 per person

  • Rent: $500 - $1,400 per month

  • Living Expenses: $500 – $1,000 per month per person


Working in Canada


If you are not enrolled full time or on a scheduled break, you will not be able to work on or off campus.


In order to work off campus, your study permit must state that off campus work is permitted. This is up to the discretion of the Canadian Border Service Agent at the port of entry. If this is not provided on your study permit, you will have to apply for an updated study permit that includes the permission to work, and this may take up to 3 months to receive.


If you are able to work legally as per your immigration documents, remember that securing a job during this time is not guaranteed and there will be a waiting period to be able to work while you wait for your Social Insurance Number (SIN) which is required prior to starting any work in Canada.


Academic Impact


Traveling while you are studying may impact your ability to complete assignments and/or attend any synchronous courses. Ensure that if your travel does impact any assignments or classes, that you have made the appropriate arrangements with your professors prior to travelling.


If you miss any major assignments, tests or exams that you have not made arrangements for with your professors and the missing of them results in you receiving a failing grade for that course, you are responsible for the cost and time to repeat the failed course which may extend the period of your studies and can, in some cases, have implications when applying for a post-graduate work permit.


Immigration


Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made it possible to study fully online out of Canada and still be eligible to receive the Post Graduate Work Permit.


While we would love for you to join us here at Niagara College, we also want to make sure that you are making an informed decision. This is an important time in your life so please consider the above to ensure that you are doing the best for yourself academically, financially, emotionally and mentally.


It is your responsibility to stay informed about any immigration or travel regulations in Canada, and in your final destination.


For more information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada related to the COVID-19 measures in place for international students, visit:


https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html


10-Aug-21I am a graduate and would like to come at end of program to start working in Canada.


As a graduate, please consult this website to understand if you are permitted to enter Canada based on your current immigration status. You should also consult Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)'s updated website before travelling to Canada, and learn about the quarantine requirements that pertain to you.

25-May-21Can I travel during my term breaks?

The Government of Canada is still urging anyone currently in Canada to avoid all non-essential travel at this time.


We have recently received inquiries from current Niagara College students regarding returning to their home countries during the scheduled break either at the end of the winter or spring terms and/or during the mid-term breaks. We would like to caution all students that are considering international travel outside of Canada about the risks of doing so at this time.


Please be aware that any student who does choose to engage in international travel does so at their own risk and Niagara College both strongly recommends against any international travel and the college is not liable for any challenges experienced by students who choose to travel outside of Canada while non-discretionary travel restrictions are in place by the Government of Canada.


Since the Government of Canada is enforcing travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada, travel during this time may be deemed as non-essential. Please remember that until further notice, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid immigration entry document.


It is your responsibility to stay informed about any immigration or travel regulations in Canada, and in your final destination**.


If you decide to leave Canada, not the following about returning.


There are requirements set out by the Provincial and Federal governments for anyone arriving from outside of Canada. Please be aware of the following rules and regulations before booking a flight to exit and/or enter Canada:



  • If you have on-campus/hybrid programming, you will need to arrive back to Canada by and be present for class start on the following dates:

    • Spring 2021 term: Classes start May 10

    • After the June midterm break: Classes restart July 2

    • Fall 2021 term: Classes start September 8



  • You need to ensure that your 14-day quarantine period is completed by those dates, and should factor in potential quarantine extensions due to a positive or indeterminant PCR test result.

  • In your planning you should also know the quarantine requirements you would be subject to as a traveller from Canada abroad to your destination, as a 14-day quarantine period may be required upon your arrival.

  • For details on the mandatory Federal quarantine required upon arrival to Canada and the remaining quarantine planning you will need to present at the border, please visit: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation

  • To confirm if, after leaving Canada, you would be eligible to return to Canada, please visit: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/wizard-start.


  • Quarantine and COVID Testing Highlights:

    • You will be required to present a negative PCR test before boarding your flight;

    • You must complete a pre-paid 3-day federal quarantine period upon arrival and have arranged for a government approved remaining 11-day quarantine period; for a total of 14-days mandatory quarantine.

    • As a Niagara College student, it is mandatory that you complete your quarantine period using Niagara College’s comprehensive mandatory quarantine plan. You will not be permitted to complete your quarantine outside of Niagara College’s established and approved plan, (i.e., returning to your shared apartment to complete quarantine will not be allowed). You will be responsible to pay the entire cost of quarantine as travel during the break is not considered essential.

    • You should also consider that additional expenses may be incurred depending on the outcome of your PCR test and if additional quarantine time is required. Or, if newly implemented quarantine requirements by the Government of Canada come into effect.




Other Important Factors to Consider:



Research the flight services and operating dates of the airline you are booking with, as some countries are currently not offering outbound flights to Canada, which would impact your ability to return to Canada.

10-Aug-21When can I arrive for my September 2021 program?


Students who are beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 term, kindly note that it has been relayed to us by the IRCC that it is not recommended for students to arrive more than 2 – 4 weeks prior to the start of their study period.



If you are required to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine plan upon arrival in Canada, due to your presented and determined vaccination status upon entry to Canada, you should attempt to arrive in Canada no later than August 27th, 2021. However, you must receive approved travel block dates from NCQT before making any booking arrangements. If your Fall 2021 program is being delivered fully online, we suggest that you wait until after September 7th to travel and strongly recommend that you wait until your scheduled mid-term break in October to travel if you require a 14-day mandatory quarantine period.


25-May-21If I leave Canada, when will I be able to return?


Leaving and re-entering Canada could depend upon travel restrictions imposed by not only Canada, but also your home country and potential transit countries. Other considerations may include the availability of flights, travel restrictions and quarantine procedures.   In the case of a provincial or federal lockdown due to COVID-19, additional considerations may also be necessary.



We encourage all students who are thinking about leaving Canada to speak to their International Student Advisor directly and check the Global Affairs Canada website and the Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website and for the latest travel information. 


Additional helpful links can be found below.


10-Aug-21What documents will I need when I arrive to Canada?


The Government of Canada advised you must bring:



  • A valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.

  • Valid entry visa or eTA.

  • A valid immigration medical, if required.

  • A valid letter of acceptance from a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.

  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada .

  • Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test (nasal swab) and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller's scheduled departure to Canada.



Before you travel, you can contact the Border Information Service for more information.



A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive. Please consult the Government of Canada website for the latest updates.

10-Aug-21If I test negative for COVID-19, do I still need to quarantine for 14-days?


For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers, yes, you are required to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine period in Niagara regardless or your pre-arrival, arrival, or Day-8 test results.

10-Aug-21What students should prepare to travel to Canada?

Students should only prepare to travel to Canada if they meet ALL of the following conditions:



  1. Your study permit was approved or hold a valid study permit, valid eTA or TRV and immigration medical if applicable.

  2. You have been contacted by Niagara College Quarantine team for travel and quarantine plan arrangement.

  3. You have been advised to travel by Niagara College's Quarantine team.
  4. You have reviewed the most recent Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada guidelines.



* Students who have not followed these requirements will not receive the Niagara College Comprehensive Quarantine package and one-time COVID-19 Bursary.



21-May-21Was NC approved on the Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) list? Niagara College welcomed the news that we are confirmed on the DLI list of Canadian institutions with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan, on November 3, 2020. This now enables Niagara College to begin welcoming students through Niagara College's mandatory comprehensive quarantine plan.  
21-May-21Is there any flexibility to change my travel dates?


For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers we recognize that the dates to travel provided may have not been your preferred travel dates. However, NCQT has developed specific travel dates in accordance with a variety of factors that are required to be met by Niagara College as per the list of DLI's with approved COVID-19 readiness plan. In order to adhere to these obligations, we have determined specific travel days for the quarantine period.

21-May-21I'm having difficulty booking my travel date. Do you have a travel agency that might be able to help me with my booking?


Yes. We can assist in advising on potential flights from your destination, however, we will not book these flights on your behalf. Please contact [email protected] for more assistance.

10-Aug-21I booked my flight but it's not on the travel block date. Can I still travel on the date of my ticket?


For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers, no. We recognize that the dates to travel provided may have not been your preferred travel dates. However, NCQT has developed specific travel dates in accordance with a variety of factors that are required to be met by Niagara College as per the list of DLI's with approved COVID-19 readiness plan. In order to adhere to these obligations, we have determined specific travel days for the quarantine period.



If you are a fully vaccinated traveller entering Canada, you may travel on the date of your choice.


21-May-21What hotel will I be staying in?Niagara College is working with several hotels in the Niagara Region for quarantine facilities. Your hotel details will be provided in your Niagara College's mandatory comprehensive quarantine package, which will be shared 2 days before you are scheduled to depart your destination.
21-May-21What should I pack do I need to bring anything specific?

To best prepare for your travel to Canada and to quarantine with Niagara College, please complete the Be Quarantine Ready module. All details of what to expect, and what to pack are addressed in this module and in Niagara College's mandatory comprehensive quarantine package when it is emailed to you. You must bring the following: adaptors and converters for your technology, a tool to open your phone to change the SIM card and all required school supplies (pens, pencils, ruler, paper, including laptop), any supplies/technology required to continue your studies fully online for your quarantine period. We encourage you to be contact your faculty to learn if there are any specialized supplies needed during your quarantine period. These are not supplied by Niagara College or NCQT. If you do not bring these, you will have to order them online when you arrive.



For more information take the Be Quarantine Ready training module.

21-May-21I have dietary restrictions. Will you accommodate them?Yes. Prior to your travel under Niagara College's mandatory comprehensive quarantine plan, you are asked to share your dietary restrictions and accommodations. All efforts will be made to adhere to your dietary restrictions.
21-May-2114 days is a long time to be alone. How will you help me get through it?Niagara College recognizes the challenges faced by our students during this isolation period and your wellbeing is our top priority. Each day you will be asked to complete a virtual survey to let us know how you are doing. If you indicate that you need any additional support, our team will work to ensure you have what you need through the various services provided by Niagara College. Additionally, NC International Student Services will provide weekly virtual gatherings and social activities to keep you connected with us and your peers.
21-May-21What if I get sick when I'm in quarantine? What will you do?If you become ill during quarantine, NCQT will assist you in accessing the medical attention you need, while adhering to the requirements of the Government of Canada's Quarantine Act.
10-Aug-21Can I have a family member pick me up at the airport?

If you are fully vaccinated and approved to proceed to your place of residence, you may make your own transportation arrangements. If you require airport transportation assistance, please contact [email protected] with the subject line Airport Transportation Request with no less than 5 business days notice.



If you are unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated, or require a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, your your airport transportation is arranged as part of Niagara College's mandatory comprehensive quarantine package and ensures compliance with the Quarantine Act of Canada guidelines.


21-May-21Can I have family drop me off items like food, or clothing during quarantine?No. As you are in quarantine, you will not be permitted to have items dropped off by family members as we cannot confirm the hygiene standards of its origin. This also includes clothing and other personal items. Relatives also may not collect take-out food for you and drop it off to the hotel. Only licenses food delivery services will be permitted to enter the quarantine facility to drop off food ordered from outside the hotel. In the rare circumstance that an item must be dropped off it will require prior approval from NCQT. You may not receive or give things to friends or relatives via your balcony, this is considered a quarantine violation and you will be disqualified from receiving the COVID-19 bursary.
21-May-21Will the food in quarantine be good? What if I don't like what you provide?We have worked with our quarantine facility suppliers to ensure that the food provided has considered the variety of cultures represented in quarantine and will have vegetarian options included. However, as food preferences and expectations of each individual cannot be guaranteed, we encourage you to bring any food items from home that may make this experience more comfortable (e.g. spices or sauces - be sure they are tightly sealed in non-breakable containers). If you are not satisfied with the food provided, you are allowed to order Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, or Door Dash for delivery by these services only at your own expense. You will require a credit card to do so.
21-May-21How can I get in touch with you while I'm in quarantine?Please contact [email protected]. Include your name and student identification (ID) number in the subject line of every email.
21-May-21How do I pay my quarantine fee?Your quarantine fee payment can be made in the same way as your tuition payment, through one of our global payment options found at international.niagaracollege.ca/tuition-payment/.
10-Aug-21Will I receive insurance coverage for my quarantine period?


Yes. You will be covered by your active Guard.Me policy through Niagara College. Your insurance coverage does not begin until September 1, 2021. Therefore, if you arrive to Canada before this date you will be charged $1.65/day for extended coverage beyond your term policy, and this will be reflected in your quarantine charges posting.



Guard.Me insurance is mandatory for all international students coming to and residing in Canada. It is included in your tuition fees.



To locate your Guard.Me policy information, please log in here, or check your NC email inbox for your extended policy coverage information.


10-Aug-21How do I get my travel support letter? When will I receive my travel support letter?


You will receive your Niagara College comprehensive quarantine package, will be shared digitally 1-2 days before your departure date provided that you have completed the mandatory items, that includes participation in our mandatory pre-departure quarantine session for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers, Your pre-departure session will be scheduled no less than 3 days before your travel date. The package will include your hotel confirmation, airport pick-up confirmation details, travel support letter, insurance confirmation, and a suggested packing list. During this pre-departure quarantine session, this package will be reviewed to ensure your understanding of its contents.



For fully vaccinated travellers, you will receive your simplified quarantine package digitally 1-2 days before your travel date, if you provided no less than 5 business days notice through the registration form. Requests via email or with less than 5 business days notice will not be fulfilled.


21-May-21I don't have a study permit yet, do I still need to complete the travel support registration form?Yes, please complete the form to get the process started. Then, any updates on your study permit status are to be emailed to [email protected]. Please include your name and student identification (ID) number in the subject line of every email. Once you receive your approved visa please email us directly and we will begin working with you to support your quarantine needs. Include your name and student number in the subject line of every email.
21-May-21Will the NC Quarantine team book my federal quarantine?Yes. Niagara College will support the booking and arrangement of your 3-day mandatory federal quarantine. This will be coordinated directly with you once your quarantine registration has been completed and your travel arranged. The 3-day mandatory federal quarantine is covered in the NC Quarantine fee. If you have to stay longer than 3 days due to the results of the arrival PCR COVID-19 test, NCQT will request the extension of the room, but all additional costs will be the responsibility of the student. No additional bursaries will apply.
10-Aug-21What is included with the NC quarantine plan, and how much does it cost?

Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated Travellers:



Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers must complete a 14-day quarantine period in Niagara, and travel on provided travel block dates as instructed by NCQT.



To support this requirement, Niagara College offers the following plan:



  • Pre-arranged transportation from your Federal Quarantine facility to your Niagara College quarantine location.

  • 14 nights/15 days of quarantine as mandated by the Government of Canada and a condition of your entry to Canada.

  • Three meals a day.

  • Wireless internet connection.

  • Daily check-ins from Niagara College Quarantine Team and support from the Niagara College Health Wellness and Accessibility Office.


Cost



The total quarantine cost at this time is approximately $2,300 CAD and a charge will be placed on your NC Student Account after your quarantine period. This average cost only includes your 14-day quarantine plan. Any extensions due to delayed or positive test results will be fully charged to the individual student account. Additionally, any room service, room damage, or additional amenity requests will be at the full expense of the student and charged directly to your NC Student Account.


$1,000 COVID-19 Bursary Eligibility Requirements (subject to change)



  1. Students must remain in good academic standing for the term in which they travelled and quarantined and must fully complete the term in which they travelled, at Niagara College.

  2. Students who choose to withdrawal from their Niagara College program, for the term that they travelled and quarantined, are disqualified from receiving the COVID-19 bursary.

  3. Students with any quarantine violations during their quarantine period, will be disqualified from receiving the COVID-19 bursary.

  4. Secure appointment for COVID-19 test to present a negative laboratory result to enter Canada.

  5. Download the ArriveCAN and Switch Health apps.

  6. Attend the full mandatory pre-departure Zoom session.

  7. Attend the full mandatory arrival Zoom session.
  8. Attend the full mandatory post quarantine Zoom session.

  9. Complete all check-ins, including the NCQT Arrival check-in form and daily checks. Failure to check in will result in blocked access to NC account.

  10. Submit all requested documents as instructed

  11. No unauthorized travel plans or dates. Compliance with full mandatory comprehensive quarantine plan offered by Niagara College, including federal quarantine arrangements secured by Niagara College, is mandatory.

  12. You have not already received the COVID-19 Bursary.

10-Aug-21Can I quarantine with my friend who I travelled to Canada with?


We are sorry but we cannot allow friends or classmates to quarantine together. The family quarantine follows the IRCC definition of family : spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, and their dependent children.



Please understand that at this extraordinary time we must take all precautions and adhere to the quarantine plans we have approved by the government.
As well it is important that you understand that if you stayed together in quarantine and one of you tested positive that would result in both of you having to extend your stay in quarantine which would cost both of you extra money and delay your exit/start any in person class attendance. We can support your individual quarantine requests only.


10-Aug-21Can I self-quarantine? Can I do my quarantine with family or friends in Canada?


Currently, we are not approving self-quarantine plans for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers.



We encourage you to consider the important steps Niagara College is taking to keep you and our wider community safe by enforcing this. We understand how stressful and complex this situation is for our students, however, again, please understand that your request for quarantine with friends or at a friend/relative's home is not permitted and will not be approved.

21-May-21When will I receive my travel dates?For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers once you have received your study permit, please send a copy of it and proof of your valid immigration medical (if applicable) directly to [email protected]. Please be sure to include your student number and full name in the subject line. Once received and verified, NCQT will revert with approved travel dates and next steps.
10-Aug-21What if I have a positive airport arrival test result, or have delayed or indeterminant day-8 self-administered test result? Do I have to pay for any extra days?

Unfortunately, any extensions beyond your 14-day quarantine period at Niagara College's quarantine facility which may occur due to delayed test results, indeterminate or a positive test result, are at the expense of the traveller. This was shared and agreed to by you in your quarantine registration sign off.



For any required quarantine extensions, Niagara College will make the arrangements with the hotel, on your behalf, to keep the preferred booking rate we have secured with the hotel.



All extension days will be added to your final quarantine charge on your NC student account and are not subsidized. The terms for payment and payment due dates remain the same as the original.


10-Aug-21Can I travel with my family to Canada and can they quarantine with me at Niagara College?


There are 2 options provided by IRCC for a family member to join you.


Option 1: You need help settling:



*If you need the help of a family member to settle in Canada, your family member does not need a written authorization from IRCC to travel with you, but the following must be met:



  • Only 1 immediate family member can travel with you to Canada to help you to settle.

  • Your family member must have an essential (non-discretionary) reason for travel.

  • Your family member may still need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa to travel to Canada.

  • You should include their visa application when you apply online for your study permit if they require a visitor visa.

  • If they require an eTA, they must apply for an eTA separately. Make sure they follow the special instructions on how to apply for an eTA at this time.


Option 2: You are an adult student and want to bring your spouse and/or children with you:



  • If you are an adult student with a family member who wants to come with you to Canada, you must submit your applications together when you apply online.



* If you submitted your applications separately, your family may not be able to travel with you to Canada at this time.



For example, if IRCC approves the student, and child, but the spouse’s applications still in progress, the spouse may an eTA, and can travel on eTA, but runs the risk of being turned back either at home airport (more likely) or upon arrival in Canada.



  • To be able to enter Canada, your family member needs to have one of the following:

    • a study or work permit

    • a letter of introduction showing they have been approved for a study or work permit

    • a visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA)


  • They must also meet all other requirements to enter Canada as a student, worker or visitor.


If they join you later:



If your family wants to join you after you are already in Canada, what they need to travel depends on where they are travelling from.


Recommendations:



  • Review the IRCC directives here and stay updated with IRCC procedures.

  • Call the airline you are travelling with at least 48 hours before departure and confirm their current understanding and application of the guidelines.



If after considering the above information you still wish to attempt to travel to Canada at this time, kindly take note that Niagara College may not be able to provide any additional support if you are denied entry to Canada as the reasons indicated by the immigration officer are outside of our control. If you are refused entry to Canada, the financial burden would be yours to bear.



Remember, even if you can board your flight, Canada Border Services makes the final decision on whether you are eligible to enter Canada when you arrive. This means you must stay up to date on regulations, AND make sure you are aware of what is needed to enter Canada.


NC Quarantine provides 3 options for families based on vaccination status and number of family members traveling:


For more information, follow the below steps.



Step 1: Click here to complete the information form



  • Completion of this form is required by ALL Niagara College students.

  • If you have not received your study permit approval yet, please still complete the form so we can assist you with your travel and quarantine once you do receive your full approval.



Step 2: Email [email protected]



  • Provide your name, student number and details about who is traveling with you.

  • Please use this link to guide you regarding quarantine and vaccination requirements if traveling with children.

10-Aug-21When do I pay my quarantine fee. Where is it charged?Quarantine charges are posted once invoices are received by the hotel and reconciled; this may take up to a month. Students are notified when charges are posted to their NC account and will have 2 weeks after this notice to make payment. If no or only partially payment is received a $150 late payment fee will be applied to your student account.
10-Aug-21Will I need to quarantine when I arrive to Canada?


Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers must complete a 14-day quarantine period in Niagara, and travel on provided travel block dates as instructed by NCQT.



Fully vaccinated travellers with a Public Health Agency of Canada approved vaccine are exempt from all quarantine and isolation requirements but must enter Canada with a quarantine plan in case you are not exempt upon arrival. Fully vaccinated students may arrive in Canada a maximum of 4 weeks before the start of classes (orientation begins on September 7th, 2021) and may arrive on any date they wish

10-Aug-21Is there any financial support from NC to help with my mandatory quarantine fees?


Yes, a $1,000 COVID-19 bursary is available to students who meet the following requirements (subject to change):



  1. Students must remain in good academic standing for the term in which they travelled and quarantined and must fully complete the term in which they travelled, at Niagara College.

  2. Students who choose to withdrawal from their Niagara College program, for the term that they travelled and quarantined, are disqualified from receiving the COVID-19 bursary and will have their full quarantine charges applied to their student account and deducted from any possible refund.

  3. Students with any quarantine violations during their quarantine period, will be disqualified from receiving the COVID-19 bursary.

  4. Secure appointment for COVID-19 test to present a negative laboratory result to enter Canada.

  5. Download the ArriveCAN and Switch Health apps.

  6. Attend the full mandatory pre-departure Zoom session.

  7. Attend the full mandatory arrival Zoom session.

  8. Attend the full mandatory post quarantine Zoom session.

  9. Complete all check-ins, including the NCQT Arrival check-in form and daily checks. Failure to check in will result in blocked access to NC account.

  10. Submit all requested documents as instructed.

  11. No unauthorized travel plans or dates. Compliance with full mandatory comprehensive quarantine plan offered by Niagara College, including federal quarantine arrangements secured by Niagara College, is mandatory.

  12. You have not already received the COVID-19 Bursary.


10-Aug-21What are the August 9th travel to Canada updates for American Citizens or Permanent Residents living in the United States?


  • Fully vaccinated American citizens or permanent residents who reside in the U.S., and are entering from the U.S. for discretionary (non-essential) travel .

  • Discretionary (non-essential) travel for fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents, currently residing in the U.S., who meet all required criteria. This includes the need to submit information electronically through ArriveCAN.


  • Entry of unvaccinated children under 12 years of age, or unvaccinated dependent children (due to a mental or physical condition), who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently residing in the U.S. and who are accompanying a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian or tutor who either has a right to enter Canada (e.g. Canadian citizens and permanent residents), is a U.S. citizen and permanent resident currently residing in the U.S, or is otherwise is permitted entry under the US Prohibition on Entry Order made under the Quarantine Act. They must meet all other required criteria, including submitting information electronically through ArriveCAN and all testing requirements.


13-Aug-21I am travelling to Canada by car and crossing at a US-Canada land border, what do I need to do?


If you are entering as a fully vaccinated traveller (with/without children), please review the following:



  • Refer to the entry requirements as a fully vaccinated traveller found above and on our webpage.

  • Refer to this link for details regarding traveling with children.

  • You must also follow all the usual border entry requirements.


  • For all the official information please visit this link.