International Student News - COVID Readiness Plans Approved | St. Clair College

IMPORTANT: Failure to comply with the College’s mandatory 14-day quarantine plan, or other directions as imposed by appropriate government authorities when entering Canada, is a violation of the Quarantine Act and is a reportable offence to the local government authorities. For more information on the Quarantine Act and your self-isolation obligation upon entry, please see https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/q-1.1/page-1.html and https://orders-in-council.canada.ca/attachment.php?attach=39482&lang=en.

Violations will be reported to the Provincial Quarantine Officer, the appropriate local Public Heath Office, IRCC and will also be treated as a violation of the St. Clair College Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

On Feb 12th the Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provided an update on international students currently studying online from their home country.  Please find the official news release here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/02/government-of-canada-announces-further-measures-to-support-international-students.html

Students who have started their studies online from May 2020 all the way through to this upcoming Fall semester 2021 will be eligible to study online and their time count towards their PGWP eligibility.

This now includes students who take over 50% of their program.

There has been further announcements around mandatory testing at airports and quarantines at Government managed hotels near the international airports in Canada. Please keep an eye on this government website for further details https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers.html

Should international students be required to book, pay and stay at these hotels, please understand that immediately from these quarantine sites you will be transported to St. Clair College’s quarantine sites to complete your self-isolation which will be 11 days and include a mandatory COVID test as per St. Clair Colleges DLI Readiness protocol approved by IRCC.


November 18, 2020

Immigration Canada has given St. Clair College the green light to begin the process of bringing in its International students to the country.

The College is on the federal government’s list of Designated Learning Institutions with an approved COVID Readiness Plan, which allows the school to invite its students into Canada to continue their studies.

“It has been a long process to ensure protocols are in place for the safe arrival of our International students to our campuses in Windsor, Chatham and Toronto,” said College President Patti France.

“Our end goal has been to keep our staff, current students and community safe, while ensuring our newest students ‑ from all areas of the globe ‑ arrive in Canada safely.”

The College’s COVID Readiness Plan includes arranging ground transportation when the International students arrive in Canada and securing hotel rooms during their mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

“We are grateful to Windsor Regional Hospital, our local public health unit, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Federal Government for their collaboration in the development of our plan,” France said. “We would also like to thank the provincial and federal governments for expediting the approvals required to invite our International students into the country for their studies.”

The students will begin arriving in early December, according to Ron Seguin, Vice President International Relations, Campus Development & Student Services. These are students who started their studies in May but have been taking their courses online in their own countries because of COVID.

Before coming to Canada, the students must provide to the College a study visa issued by the federal government and proof they have completed the school’s protocols.

Seguin said St. Clair arranged for Windsor-bound students to quarantine for 14 days at a hotel in the city. Students studying at the College’s partner institution, Ace Acumen Academy in Toronto, will quarantine at a hotel in the GTA.

Security guards will be stationed at the hotels to ensure no one leaves their rooms. Arrangements have also been made to provide the students with food and other necessities. A nurse will also be checking in on the students’ well-being and a physician will be available if more extensive medical resources are required.

https://www.stclaircollege.ca/news/2020/international-students-begin-arriving-december

November 3, 2020

Our international students were sent an email recently announcing St. Clair College’s approval of our Designated Learning Institution's (DLI) COVID Readiness Plan. The formal posting with Immigration Canada will be forthcoming.

Additional communications will be sent to our students over the next few days on the process to commence and approve travel plans as it pertains to self-quarantine requirements.

Please also be advised that you may study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50 per cent of your program of study is eventually completed in Canada.

This allows our January 2021 students to commence their studies online for the Winter semester.

For more information see: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/…

Please be informed that all approved DLIs may not appear on the list as the IRCC website is updated biweekly and your institution could be included within the next update.

https://www.stclaircollege.ca/news/2020/st-clairs-dli-covid-readiness-plan-approved-federal-government

For any questions or concerns regarding St. Clair College’s readiness plan and student arrival protocols, please contact the International Recruitment Office at INTERNATIONAL@stclaircollege.ca.