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For the Muskoka campus location, please contact jenna.hubbert@georgiancollege.ca to make alternate arrangements at least one week prior to your departure.

Airport arrival process

  1. The first step will be to pass through Canadian customs. For more information, please go to Canada Border Services Agency.
  2. Once you have picked up your luggage, you will proceed through the arrivals gate. Do not exit the terminal.
  3. Look for the airport greeter or proceed directly to the Ground Transportation Desk where you will check in by giving them your name and saying you are booked an airport pickup. Vans leave the terminal every hour; there will always be a van for you to take.

Video

Review the departure checklist below for information and documents you should have before entering Canada.

  • Valid passport
  • Student permit authorization
  • Entry visa if required
  • Copy of original Georgian College acceptance letter for immigration
  • Tuition fees — paid
  • Students enrolled in Health, Wellness and Sciences, Human Services and Community Safety programs and certain Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation courses may have additional requirements such as:
    • first aid certificate
    • CPR qualifications
    • immunizations
    • police background check
  • Letters of reference and resumé for co-op work placements (if required)
  • Airport pickup form (Airport arrival insructions)
  • Email Homestay host to inform them of your flight arrival date
  • Copy of orientation schedule
  • Copy of Homestay confirmation form
  • List of contact information in Canada (names, phone numbers, address for college, Homestay, emergency contact numbers)
  • Money for travelling expenses and first few days in Canada (traveller’s cheques recommended)
  • If you arrive prior to the insurance start dates, it is important that you purchase your own health insurance from the date of arrival in Canada up to the insurance start date. Please refer to our health insurance FAQ for more information. If necessary, you can visit guard.me International Insurance to apply for insurance coverage for additional days

Airport pickup for Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Collingwood students

Airport pickup is provided by Simcoe County Airport Service, which is a company independent of Georgian College. Simcoe County Airport Service provides transportation for new international students from Pearson International Airport to their destinations in Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood or Midland.

You must book your airport pickup at least 72 hours before departure to Canada. To make an airport pickup request, click on the green button below. Once you complete the online application, you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours from reservation@simcoecountyairportservice.ca. The fee for airport pickup is $100 CDN.

In order to book your airport pickup, you MUST have a Homestay confirmation or have the address of your drop-off destination. Once you know where you will be living, you can then complete the online request by clicking the button below.

If you do NOT make a reservation with Simcoe County Airport Service, you will be treated as a new arrival with no reservation. As a result:

  • You will be responsible for paying for your own transportation from Pearson International airport to Georgian
  • Students with reservations will be given priority – you will not be given priority seating and will have to wait in sequential order until a seat becomes available
  • The airport greeter’s first priority is to assist students with reservations, a greeter may or may not be available to assist you

REMEMBER TO PRINT THE AIRPORT PICKUP INSTRUCTION SHEET

Airport pickup request

Airport pickup for Owen Sound and Orangeville students

If you are attending the Owen Sound Campus or Orangeville Campus you will need to book your airport pickup through a transportation company called Grey Bruce Airbus.

Your booking will need to be made at least five days before departure to ensure the proper arrangements are made. If arranged ahead of time, our airport greeters can be at the airport to greet you and assist you in finding the ground transportation desk.

To book your airport pickup

  1. Visit Grey Bruce Airbus and complete the online reservation.
  2. Click on the “Reservations” tab and select “Pearson Airport” as your pick up point. Select either “Owen Sound” or “Orangeville” as your destination. * *Please make sure you enter the correct flight details and terminal number.**
  3. You should receive an email response asking you to confirm your details and payment by calling.
  4. At this point, forward the email to jenna.hubbert@georgiancollege.ca to notify the international service staff of your arrival.

 

 

Helpful information for arrival

  • If you have a cell phone, add the airport greeter phone number 705.791.2522 to your contact list, or search 705.791.2522 on WeChat or WhatsApp
  • Watch the airport arrival video above
  • Print off the airport arrival instructions in the departure list

Arriving at the airport

If you are arriving at Terminal 3: Walk out of arrivals, turn left and walk until you pass door D. The ground transportation desk will be on the right side.

If you are arriving at Terminal 1: Walk out of arrivals, turn right, walk until you see the ground transportation desk sign. Take the escalator on the right to the ground floor. Turn left and the ground transportation desk is on the left side.

Drop-off

Owen Sound- the Grey Bruce Airbus will drop you off at the Days Inn Hotel at 950 Sixth St East, Owen Sound.

Orangeville- the Grey Bruce Airbus will drop you off at the Tim Hortons at 46 Broadway Ave, Orangeville.

If you have arranged housing , please see if you can arrange for a roommate or host to pick you up from this location.

If you DO need travel assistance from these drop off locations to your home address, please email jenna.hubbert@georgiancollege.ca at least five days prior to departure so arrangements can be made.

Airport pickup frequently asked questions

An airport greeter is a student from Georgian College who will meet you at the airport and guide you to the ground transportation desk.  Once in arrivals, look for one of our airport greeters  holding a sign saying “Georgian College.” He or she will be wearing a Georgian College T-shirt. You can reach the airport greeter by calling 705.791.2522.

As soon as you retrieve your luggage and have gone through customs, you can proceed directly to the ground transportation desk where you will check in. Vans leave the terminal every hour, so there will always be a van for you.

Ask someone who works at the airport where to find the ground transportation desk. This is a well-known centre and all airport staff will know where to find it. If you still can’t find the ground transportation desk, call 1.800.461.7529 and tell them your name and location. Airport pickup information

If you arrive at the ground transportation desk at Pearson International Airport and have NOT made a reservation:

  • You will be responsible for paying for your own transportation from Pearson International Airport
  • Students with reservations will be given priority – you will have to wait in sequential order until a seat becomes available
  • The airport greeter’s first priority is to assist students with reservations, a greeter may or may not be available to assist you

Classrooms and books are just one aspect of your experience at Georgian College. Orientation is a great opportunity to meet new people, transition into college life and Canadian culture, and make lifelong friends.

The International Centre organizes orientation events for all new international students. We will provide you with important information that will help you as a new student studying in Canada. Orientation dates and activities can be found below.

Will you be in Canada before orientation?

  • International postsecondary orientation: May 5 and 6, 2016
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) orientation: May 4 and 5, 2016

Come to the International Centre (Barrie Campus, Room C140D) and speak to one of our staff. They will be available in the weeks leading up to Orientation to answer any settlement questions – from purchasing a cell phone to using the Barrie Public Transit system.

Orientation Video

If you arrive before the insurance start date, it is important that you purchase your own health insurance from the date of arrival in Canada up to the insurance start date. Please visit guard.me International Insurance to apply for insurance coverage for additional days.

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