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.