The Canadian government will continue the discussion of the impacts of COVID-19 on international students as part of our ongoing consultations.
The government of Canada is considering allowing international students to return to Canadian postsecondary education campuses beginning in September 2020, a letter obtained by The PIE News has revealed.
The letter issued on July 29 was sent by deputy minister of Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Laurie LeBlanc, to Ontario’s designated learning institutions, The PIE News reported.
According to the letter, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now trying to assess if the government decides to allow foreign students back into the country, then is it possible for the postsecondary institutions to accept the international students and meet a draft list of federal guidelines for their safety return.
The letter reads, “In order for Ontario to provide confirmation to IRCC on your postsecondary institutions’ readiness to accept international students, I ask that you review the attached draft federal guidelines and confirm your institution’s ability to meet the guidelines for September 2020 by the end of day July 30, 2020.”
The letter further stated,“Your responses by July 30 will support the ministry in confirming to the federal government that you are able to meet the requirements laid out in the attached guidelines and are fully capable and ready to welcome international students to your campuses come September.”
The letter also included a six page list of draft guidelines defining the duties of designated learning institutions for helping foreign students who come into the country in this Covid situation.
The government will continue the discussion of the impacts of COVID-19 on international students as part of our ongoing consultations.
The letter mentioned that institutions will have to support students understanding current health restrictions and guidance. The institutes have also been asked to help them develop their quarantine plans ahead of their arrival in Canada, assisting them with hotels, homestay, custodian or other accommodations. Institutions would also be expected to provide transportation for students from the airport or initial point of arrival in the local community to their place of quarantine.
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