Here is what is included in the plan:

  • 3 nights/days in a federal quarantine facility as required by the Government of Canada, including the booking
  • Pre-arranged transportation from Toronto Pearson International Airport 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 healthy meals a day
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Daily check-ins from Niagara College Quarantine Team
  • A COVID-19 test within seven days of your arrival (no additional charge)
  • A subsidy of $1,000 toward your quarantine cost

NC’s Quarantine Plan Cost

  • The average cost of quarantine, including the 3-day federal quarantine period if booked by Niagara College Quarantine Team is $1,300 after receiving the one-time quarantine bursary from Niagara College.
  • The quarantine plan cost will be automatically charged to your NC student account.

Why Register with NC’s Quarantine Plan

In order to travel to Canada, you must register by completing our form and can do so by clicking here.

  • Failure in doing so may result in your seat in your program being rescinded.
  • Failure to comply with the Government of Canada’s mandated Quarantine carries legal penalties and fines.

The Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act

The following information is directly from the 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 wilfully 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 your Quarantine Plan? Please email [email protected].

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 by clicking here.

 

BELOW YOU WILL FIND ANSWERS TO OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING QUARANTINE

Date UpdatedTopicNew Student/Current Student/otherThemeQuestionsAnswersLink (if applicable)
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine FinanceWhen do I pay my quarantine fee. Where is it charged?For students who completed quarantine before March 1, 2021, you can view this fee within your MyNC Portal, My Financials Section, under Summary for All Terms. The fee will be listed as “Quarantine Expense”. *You will have until the end of the term, April 19, 2021, to ensure this fee is paid in full. **Any room damage, lost or stolen items, and room service charges will also be added to this invoice, if they are incurred.

Students entering quarantine after March 1st, will either have pre-paid their quarantine fees, or will have the charge posted on their NC student account after their departure from quarantine. The Niagara College comprehensive quarantine fees will be billed to your student account. You will be notified via email once the charges are posted to your account and you will be required to pay the balance within 2 weeks of receiving notice. Failure to make payment could result in your account being blocked and a late fee applied.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine FinanceHow 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 here. View Payment Options
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine FinanceWill I receive insurance coverage for my quarantine period?Yes. You will be covered by your active Guard.Me policy through Niagara College. This will be included in your comprehensive quarantine plan.
Guard Me Insurance is mandatory for all international students coming to and residing in Canada. It is included in your tuition fees.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllDLI ListWas NC approved on the 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 our mandatory quarantine plan.
02-Mar-21QuarantineAllDLI ListNC is on the DLI list, when can I travel? When will I receive my dates? Niagara College has developed a mandatory comprehensive quarantine plan, including support for the 3-day mandatory federal quarantine requirment. The Niagara College Quarantine Team (NCQT) has specific dates to accommodate quarantine requests. 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. Pre-purchased flights will not be accommodated. Please email [email protected] for information on travel dates and support.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsHow do I get my travel support letter? When will I receive my travel support letter?You will receive your comprehensive quarantine plan, immediately following your participation in our mandatory pre-departure quarantine session, and after verficiation of your completion of our mandatory Be Quarantine Ready module. Your pre-departure session will be scheduled no less than 3 days before your travel date. The package will included your hotel confirmation, airport pick-up confirmation details, travel support letter, insurance confirmation, and a suggested packing list.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsI don't have a study permit yet, do I still need to complete the travel support registration form?Any updates on your study permit status are to be emailed to [email protected]. Once you receive your approved visa please email us directly and we will begin working with you to support your quarantine needs.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsDo I have to make a deposit? What fees do I have to pay?If you are a student currently enrolled and active in a Spring 2021 (May - August) program you are only required to pay your full tuition fees only, as outlined in your letter of acceptance, before your quarantine can be supported. You are not required to pay the quarantine deposit. The $1,300 CAD quarantine fee will be placed on your NC Student Account after your quarantine period. You will be provided 2 weeks from your exit date to make payment for this fee.

If you are a student who is entering a scheduled break after successfully completing your first year of study (you began your studies in Fall 2020), you must pay your Fall 2021 tuition fees in full and the quarantine deposit of $1,300 CAD before your quarantine plan will be supported.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsWill 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.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine FinanceWhat is included with the NC quarantine plan, and how much does it cost?Niagara College Quarantine Plan inclusions:
  • 3-day federal quarantine booking, offered by Niagara College Quarantine team
  • Transportation from the Federal Quarantine facility to Niagara Falls
  • 11 nights accommodations in Niagara Falls
  • 3 fresh meals per day, delivered contactless to your door, meeting your dietary restrictions
  • Wi-Fi & Cable
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Daily virtual check-ins by NC quarantine team

** the average cost of quarantine, including the 3-day federal quarantine period if booked by Niagara College Quarantine Team is $1,300 after receiving the one-time quarantine bursary. Note that students must attend all pre-arrival sessions, and complete our Be Quarantine Ready module by the specified timelines to be eligible for this bursary. Violations of the federal Quarantine Act will disqualify students from receiving this bursary."
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsCan 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 is for spouses and children only.

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.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsCan I self-quarantine? Can I do my quarantine with family or friends in Canada? Currently, we are not approving self-quarantine plans for our individual students.

We encourage you to consider the important steps Niagara College is taking to keep you and our wider community safe by enforcing this. We completely 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.

Please accept our mandatory quarantine plan. Once you have received your visa back, please email a copy of it to this email address and we will revert with travel dates for you. Please do not book any travel before we have provided you with the dates.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsIs there any flexibility to change my travel dates? We recognize that the dates to travel provided may have not been your preferred travel dates. However, the Niagara College Quarantine team 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 readiness plans. In order to adhere to these obligations, we have determined specific travel days for the quarantine period. The only exception for flexibility is if we confirm there are no flights available from your destination to Toronto on the dates provided. Flexibility and accommodations will not be made for pre-arranged flights, as no travel should be booked until the Niagara College Quarantine team has provided you with a date as since June 2020 students have been advised again pre-purchasing any travel arrangements.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsWhen will I receive my travel dates? Once you have received your study permit, please send a copy directly to [email protected], be sure to include your student number and full name in the subject line.Once received and verified, the NC Quarantine Team will revert with approved travel dates and next steps. To ensure a speedy receipt of dates, we encourage you to make your quarantine fee payment immediately as travel dates cannot be supplied until this payment has been posted to your student account (which may take 5-10 business days depending on payment method).
02-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsCan I postpone my travel date to another date? Yes. Permitting that you have supplied 7 days notice of your cancellation and will reschedule your travel based on new dates provided by Niagara College Quarantine team.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsI’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.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsI booked my flight but it's not on the travel block date. Can I still travel on the date of my ticket?No. We recognize that the dates to travel provided may have not been your preferred travel dates. However, the Niagara College Quarantine team 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 readiness plans. In order to adhere to these obligations, we have determined specific travel days for the quarantine period. The only exception for flexibility is if we confirm there are no flights available from your destination to Toronto on the dates provided. Flexibility and accommodations will not be made for pre-arranged flights, as no travel should be booked until the Niagara College Quarantine team has provided you with a date.
26-Jan-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsCan I travel with my family to Canada and can they quarantine with me at Niagara College?Niagara College does accomodate family members to quarantine. Additional costs apply. Please contact the NC Quarantine team for more information by emailing [email protected] **Please be aware that there are three separate agencies which are involved in the final decision regarding your travel. This means it is crucial to consult with each one of these agencies prior to both booking and departing, to minimize any potential issues when travelling.

1) Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – they create the regulations. Always know and be aware of their regulations, first and foremost. IRCC currently advises the following. Please visit the links for complete information.
If immediate family members want to be with you in Canada
Your immediate family members may be able to come with you to Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#immediate-family-member

If they want to help you get settled in Canada

They don’t need a written authorization from IRCC to travel with you, but they must have an essential (non-discretionary) reason for travel.

Essential reasons for travel are either:

1. You’re a minor child and you need a family member to travel with you help you meet your guardian in Canada, and get set up in your new home
2. You aren’t a minor child, but you have supporting documents that prove you need a family member with you to get settled. For example, you have a physical or mental condition and you need help getting settled. In this case, you’d submit a medical note as proof.
In either case, only 1 immediate family member will be able to travel with you to Canada.

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

If they need a visitor visa, you should include their application when you apply online for your study permit.

If they need an eTA, they must apply for one separately. Make sure they follow the special instructions on how to apply for an eTA at this time: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/visitors.html#how

If they’ll study or work in Canada with you

You must submit all of your applications together when you apply online. To be able to enter Canada, they’ll need to have a study or work permit, or a letter of introduction showing they’ve been approved for a study or work permit meet all other requirements to enter Canada as a student or worker.

If they’ll join you later

If your family will join you after you’re already in Canada, what they need to travel depends on where they’re travelling from. Find out what they need to join you in Canada. They may also need an eTA or a visitor visa to travel to Canada.

These regulations can change from week to week, so please keep up to date: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#family

2) The airline – it is their job to interpret IRCC regulations to see who is allowed to fly or not; always call the airline before you are flying to verify you and your family members have the required documentation in order to board the flight without issue.
3) Canadian Border Services (CBSA)– this is the final step in entering Canada. A CBSA agent decides who can or cannot entry the country:
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/non-canadians-canadiens-eng.html
Watch here: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/multimedia/ncov/air-avion-eng.html
Be sure to check in prior using the Arrive Canada app: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html
02-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsI have a pet or pets that I want to travel with. Can I quarantine with my pets?Please contact [email protected] to inquire further.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsWhat 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 Quarantine package, which will be shared 2 days before you are scheduled to depart your destination.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsWhat 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. Completion of this module is required before you travel, and you may complete it as early as you would like. All details of what to expect, and what to pack are addressed in this module. An important reminder is to consider adaptors and converters for your technology as you will need these upon arriving to quarantine and they are best to purchase before your travels.Be Quarantine Ready Module
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - ExperienceI have dietary restrictions. Will you accommodate them?Yes. Prior to your travel under NC's mandatory quarantine plan, you are asked to share your dietary restrictions and accommodations. All efforts will be made to adhere to your dietary restrictions.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - Logistics14 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.
02-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - ExperienceDo 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. You will also be tested upon arrival in Canada at the airport, once again between days 4-8 of your arrival in Canada with Niagara College, and finally on day 10 of your quarantine period.Be Quarantine Ready Module
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsHow will I be tested for COVID-19 when I'm in quarantine?Niagara College has worked with our local public health agencies to arrange for on-site COVID-19 testing at our quarantine facilities. A doctor will conduct your nasal swab PCR test at the quarantine facility without removing you from your room. Testing will take place between days 4 - 8 of your arrival to Canada. You results will be shared with you once they have been received.
24-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsWhat if I have a positive test result, or have delayed or indeterminent day-10 self-administered test result? Do I have to pay for any extra days?Unfortunately, any extensions beyond your mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which may occur due to delayed self-administered test results, 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 standard rate of $113/night including all meals.

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.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsWhat if I get sick when I'm in quarantine? What will you do? If you become ill during quarantine, the Niagara College quarantine team will assist you in accessing the medical attention you need, while adhering to the requirements of the Government of Canada's Quarantine Act.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsCan I have a family member pick me up at the airport?No. Your airport transportation is arranged as part of your mandatory Niagara College Quarantine package and ensures compliance with the Quarantine Act of Canada guidelines.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - ExperienceCan 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 for you and drop it off at 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 the Niagara College Quarantine team.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - ExperienceWill 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 Eatz or Skip the Dishes for delivery by these services only at your own expense. You will require a credit card to do so.
08-Nov-20QuarantineAllQuarantine - ExperienceHow can I get in touch with you while I'm in quarantine?Be sure to download the Be NC Ready app from your preferred app store. The Niagara College Quarantine team will have their own chat channel to support your questions during business hours.
14-Jan-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsWhat are the requirements for travellers to Canada? Do I have to do something before I travel to register with the Canadian government? Yes.

Starting November 21, air travellers whose final destination is Canada must submit their information through ArriveCAN before boarding. This includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless they are exempt), and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

Your Niagara College Quarantine plan, can be uploaded to respond to meet all the requirements of an approved quarantine plan.

Travellers will need to show their ArriveCan receipt when seeking entry to Canada. Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officers will verify that travellers have submitted their information digitally.

Travellers who do not comply could be subject to enforcement action, which can range from a verbal warning to a $1,000 fine. Exceptions will be provided to those who are unable to submit documents due to personal circumstances such as having a disability or inadequate infrastructure.

Travellers seeking entry to Canada by land or marine are strongly encouraged to use ArriveCAN before they arrive to avoid delays and to limit points of contact when they reach the border. They can also show their ArriveCAN receipt to a border services officer when they seek to enter Canada.
Mandatory Travel Requirements
02-Mar-21QuarantineAllQuarantine - LogisticsWhat are the requirements for travellers to Canada? Do I have to do something before I travel to register with the Canadian government? In January, 2021, the federal government of Canada imposed a number of new travel restrictions and measures for international travellers to Canada. This includes providing proof to your airline of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure, completion of a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada at the airport, and a new mandatory 3-day quarantine (pre-booked) at a designated federal quarantine facility. To best support you in adhereing to these new requirements you are encouraged to get in touch with NCQT as soon as you are prepared to travel and well before making any bookings. Please contact [email protected] New Mandatory Travel Requirements
5-Apr-21Immigration/TravelCurrentTravel restrictions and IRCCCan 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:

Expense
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

Learn more about Covid-19 measures in place for international students
5-Apr-21Immigration/TravelCurrent/GraduatesTravel restrictions and IRCCI am a graduate and would like to come at end of program to start working in Canada.Graduates wanting to come at end of program with Fall 2021 enrolment or no future enrolment

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 traveling to Canada once they graduate from their current program. We would like to caution all students that are considering international travel to 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 to 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**.

The Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website is clear regarding entering Canada as a temporary worker:

“You must have a valid job offer in Canada and be able to start working after you complete your quarantine (unless you’re exempt from quarantine).
  • If you were living and working in Canada but you were laid off, you’ll likely be able to enter Canada if your work permit is still valid.
  • If the employer who offered you a job has closed their business, you will not be allowed to enter Canada if the employer has closed their business.
  • If you’re planning to find a job while in Canada, you will not be allowed to enter Canada if you’re planning to find a job after you arrive in Canada."

This answer does not guarantee entry into Canada
  • Final determination regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time of entry into Canada.
  • You must meet the entry requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and provide appropriate travel and immigration documentation; find out if you need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
  • You won’t be allowed to board a flight to Canada if you don’t meet the flight requirements.
  • Failure to comply with the COVID-19 Emergency order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines.”


https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/answers/foreign-temp-worker

If you are finishing your program and one of these apply:
  • You do not have a program to enter in the May 2021 spring term
  • Your next program does not start until September 2021
  • You are not coming back to study
  • You do not have a job offer

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.

If the above applies to you, we recommend that you do not travel to Canada at this time and consider the following option:

“You can apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) from inside Canada or overseas, as long as you’re eligible.
You have up to 180 days to apply for a PGWP after you get your
  • degree
  • diploma
  • transcript, or
  • official letter from your school”

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/eligibility.html

Please discuss applying for your PGWP with your International Student Advisor before making a decision to travel to Canada at this time.

While we would love for you to join us here in Canada, 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

Learn more about Covid-19 measures in place for international students
5-Apr-21Immigration/TravelAllTravel restrictions and IRCCCan 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**.

Returning to Canada:

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 re start 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



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 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). The approximate cost of all this is $1300 minimum, after the Niagara College quarantine bursary is applied. 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.

View the details about Niagara’s Comprehensive College Quarantine Plan here: https://international.niagaracollege.ca/niagara-colleges-quarantine-plan/

Note: if you have previously left Canada during these travel and quarantine restrictions and received the financial bursary from NC Quarantine, you will not receive it again; meaning, you will pay the full cost of quarantine and testing.


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.
5-Apr-21Immigration/TravelAllTravel restrictions and IRCCWhen can I arrive for my September 2021 program?Students who are beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 term, kindly note that it is 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. With this piece of critical information in mind, we will not be releasing any approved arrival dates until later in the Spring term for August travel. As the landscape of the global pandemic is forever changing, Niagara College is also carefully taking these considerations under review as it is our priority to welcome our students to Canada with minimal impacts.

We remind you not to make any travel arrangements until you have received direction from the Niagara College Quarantine Team to do so. There will be no exceptions made to accommodate previously arranged travel.

We understand that this news may be a disappointment, but please rest assured that we cannot wait to welcome you to Canada and look forward to supporting your future arrival!