COVID-19 information for International students


Last updated Feb. 24 at noon

Georgian has prepared an international resource guide with FAQs to outline how COVID-19 may impact your travel and study plans. See below. 

For general information regarding COVID-19 and updates from Georgian, visit our coronavirus information page

Students coming to Canada

Note: All Lakehead-Georgian students are required to have their quarantine plans approved and monitored by Lakehead University. Visit the Lakehead University website for more information.

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In order for you to complete Georgian’s quarantine process, you must download Georgian Assist App via Google Play or App Store

Step 1: Understand what you are required to do for planning your trip to Canada 

Step 2: Plan your travel and quarantine details 

  • Decide if you are going to use a Georgian quarantine package or make your own private plan.
  • Book flights.
  • Book quarantine accommodation.
    • If you purchase a Georgian quarantine package, accommodations are included.
  • Be prepared to book your mandatory three-night hotel stopover 48 hours before departure. See step 4 below.
  • Arrange transportation from your hotel stopover to your quarantine location.
    • If you purchase a Georgian quarantine package, transportation is included.
  • Determine your in Canada contact information.
    • You will need active phone number and will need to provide us with a correct email address.
  • Schedule your COVID-19 testing in the country of your departure, taken within 72 hours of your departure.

Step 3: Complete your commitment and attestation for travel  

Step 4: Preparing for travel and the ArriveCan app 

  • Pack for your travel. Check the pre-departure book for the packing list.
  • Download ArriveCAN app.
  • Submit your quarantine plan including your phone number, address, self-screening questions on ArriveCAN app.
  • Receive the reference code, and write down the code for reference purposes.
  • Book your mandatory three-night hotel stopover within 48 hours before departure.
    • You will be required to take a COVID-19 test at the airport. You will wait at the hotel stopover until you receive a negative test. You will then be able to go directly to your quarantine location.
  • Confirm on Georgian Assist App with your date and time of arrival is still correct. You must modify your information on commitment form if the arrival date and time changed. 
  • Get your COVID-19 test done. If positive, you cannot travel. For more information, visit the IRCC webpage.
  • Travel to Canada.

Step 5: Arrival in Canada 

  • Upon arrival in Canada, provide your ArriveCAN reference code to immigration officers to show you are eligible to enter Canada.
  • Take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to the airport.
  • Go directly to your hotel stopover location.
  • Arrive at your hotel stopover location and wait for your negative COVID test result.
  • Confirm on the Georgian Assist App that you have arrived in Canada.
  • Report your arrival on the ArriveCAN app.
  • Take private transportation to the quarantine location directly.
  • Arrive at the quarantine location.

Step 6: Georgian quarantine period 

  • DO NOT leave your quarantine location and follow the Ontario Public Health’s instruction on how to quarantine.
  • Check in DAILY on the ArriveCAN app.
  • Check in DAILY on the Georgian Assist app.
  • Schedule your COVID-19 test .
  • Inform Georgian College your test date, time and location on the Georgian Assist App before day 14 of your quarantine period.
  • Complete the COVID-19 test on your scheduled date and time.
  • Return to your quarantine location after completing the COVID-19 test, and continue to quarantine until you receive the test results.
  • Upload your test result on One Drive following the steps.
  • Remain in quarantine and follow the advice of Public Health and Georgian College if you received a positive COVID-19 test result.

Step 7: Exiting quarantine 

  • Confirm on the Georgian Assist App that you are eligible to exit quarantine.
    • If you uploaded the negative test on ONE Drive, you are eligible for exiting quarantine.
    • Once you complete this step, your status will change from “in quarantine” to “exit”.
  • Exit quarantine and move to your pre-arranged housing.
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Information for planning your arrival in Canada

It is your responsibility as a student or co-arriving family member to self-quarantine upon arrival in Canada for your Georgian quarantine period.

  • All air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative COVID-19 laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • All travelers must reserve a government-authorized hotel for three nights, 48 hours before departure. For more information about the mandatory hotel stopover, please visit the Government of Canada website. You must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for your accommodation through ArriveCAN. You will take a COVID-19 test on arrival, at the airport. You will then stay in the government-authorized hotel (that you pre-booked) while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test. You are responsible for the cost of the hotel, food and all associated costs. You will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory Georgian Quarantine period after the mandatory hotel stopover.
  • All students MUST complete a mandatory quarantine commitment form. If you do not comply, you will not be eligible to receive the quarantine commitment letter which must be shown at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to enter Canada.
  • All co-arriving family members must complete this mandatory quarantine commitment form.
  • Only travel if you and your co-arriving family members are free from COVID-19-related symptoms.
  • You and your co-arriving family members are required to bring multiple personal protective equipment (PPE), such as non-medical masks. Please note you will be required to wear fresh PPE upon entry to the airport. Therefore, you must replace the mask you wear during your flight with a fresh one.
  • Bring hand sanitizer to use throughout your travel.
  • Determine what your quarantine plan will be.
  • It is highly recommended that you purchase a Georgian quarantine package if you are coming to Canada.
  • You and your co-arriving family members are responsible for covering the cost of everything needed during quarantine (including accommodations, food and hygiene products).
  • Review Georgian’s quarantine checklist.
  • You must be prepared to check in with Georgian upon arrival.
  • You and your co-arriving family members need to plan to travel directly to place of quarantine, while wearing a non-medical mask, maintaining as much distance as possible within the vehicle from the driver, and if possible having the vehicle window partially open.
  • You and your co-arriving family members must provide your own meals, groceries, necessities and other personal items, and arrange to have them delivered to your place of quarantine. You will not be able to leave your residence to do shopping or errands while you are in quarantine.

Quarantine plan

It is your responsibility as a student or co-arriving family member to present a self-quarantine plan to border officials upon arrival in Canada.

You must complete your Georgian quarantine period before starting your in-person courses, so please schedule your arrival into Canada accordingly.

Print out a page with your self-quarantine plan and keep a copy on your mobile device at all times. Your self-quarantine plan must include: 

  • the address and contact info of your self-quarantine accommodations;
  • how your plan to travel directly to place of quarantine, while wearing a non-medical mask, maintaining as much distance as possible within the vehicle from the driver, and if possible having the vehicle window partially open.
  • how you will have access to food and water without leaving your place (such as grocery or meal delivery); and
  • how you will access essential services and medical care.
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Georgian quarantine packages

We highly recommend any student coming to Canada to attend Georgian College purchase a Georgian quarantine package. These packages will help you with everything you need to quarantine properly. To book your quarantine package, please complete the booking form on the Maple Assist website. If your travel date is within five days, please email gcarrivalservice@mapleassist.com.

Packages include:

  • accommodations for the remainder of your Georgian quarantine period
  • private transportation from hotel stopover to accommodations
  • early arrival insurance (as needed)
  • Canadian SIM card for mobile phone
  • universal power adapter
  • welcome bag from Georgian (includes sanitizer, toilet paper, mask, gloves, notebook pen and more)

Package options:

Georgian College on-campus residence, Barrie: $940 CAD (tax included)

Residence quarantine kit included, which contains: pillow and bedding, utensils, bottles of water, surface cleaners and other cleaning products, garbage bags and toilet paper

Holiday Inn, Barrie: $1,745 CAD (tax included)

If your quarantine extends past 14-days, you can purchase additional days for a daily fee.

Private quarantine plan

If you do not wish to purchase a Georgian quarantine package, you can book your private transfer and self-quarantine accommodations on your own. However, your private plan must meet the Government guideline requirements which include wearing a non-medical mask, travelling directly to place of quarantine, maintaining as much distance as possible within the vehicle from the driver, and if possible, having the vehicle window partially open.

You cannot leave your self-quarantine location until your quarantine period is over (this includes not going to classes or going to get food). You must provide your own meals, groceries, necessities and other personal items, and arrange to have them delivered to your place of quarantine. You will not be able to leave your residence to do shopping or errands while you are in quarantine. 

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Health and safety

When you travel to Canada make sure to follow safety regulations and plan for transportation which complies with the Government of Canada and public health requirements:

  • If you are experience any COVID-19 related symptoms, you cannot travel.
  • If you feel ill while traveling, please advise the flight attendant or border authorities.
  • Wash your hands frequently while travelling and use hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to soap and water.
  • Make sure you maintain physical distancing by keeping at least two metres away from other people while travelling.
  • You must wear a personal protective equipment (PPE), such as non-medical mask, at all times. At the airport you will need to put on a fresh PPE.
  • Visit the Transport Canada website for more information and learn more about the face covering requirements for air travellers.
  • Once you arrive at your port of entry you must provide Georgian with feedback that you have landed, are using the required PPE, and report whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Travel directly to place of quarantine, while wearing a non-medical mask, maintaining as much distance as possible within the vehicle from the driver, and if possible having the vehicle window partially open. If you have not purchased a Georgian quarantine package you can contact us at quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca to arrange private transportation.

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All travelers must reserve a government-authorized hotel for three nights, 48 hours before departure. You will take a COVID-19 test on arrival, at the airport. You will then stay in the government-authorized hotel (that you pre-booked) while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test. You are responsible for the cost of the hotel, food and all associated costs. You must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for your accommodation through ArriveCAN upon arrival to Canada. You will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover. For more information please visit the Government of Canada website.

International students and co-arriving immediate family members MUST self-quarantine for the Georgian quarantine period upon arrival to Canada. Self-quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine must stay home, separate themselves from others and monitor their health.  

The Government of Canada has issued an emergency order under the Quarantine Act which applies to everyone. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and will result in applicable charges, which may include $750,000 in fines and/or six months in prison. Read more information on applicable charges. This is each student’s and co-arriving family members responsibility. 

We highly recommend you purchase a Georgian quarantine package to help you with your self-quarantine. During your Georgian quarantine period, make sure you: 

  • do not leave your self-quarantine location until your quarantine period is over (this includes not going to classes or going to get food)
  • check in with Georgian on a daily basis to inform us of how your quarantine is going and whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms
  • do not leave your place of quarantine unless it is to seek medical attention;
  • do not use public transportation (e.g. bus, taxi, subway, Uber, Lyft, etc.);
  • do not have visitors;
  • do not go to school, work or any other public areas;
  • arrange for all necessities to be delivered to your place of quarantine (e.g. food, medication, cleaning supplies, etc.), you will not be able to leave your residence to do shopping or errands while you are in quarantine;
  • follow the instructions provided by Public Health Canada: How to quarantine; and
  • continually self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Accessing food during self-isolation

Here are some ways to access food during your Georgian quarantine period.  Make sure to bring an online payment method as you cannot leave your quarantine location. Major credit cards or debit cards are accepted by many online vendors.

Grocery delivery

  • Instacart app (choose from a range of stores including Zehrs, Loblaws, Walmart and Shopper’s Drug Mart)
  • Speedy Delivery app

Take-out food delivery

  • Skip The Dishes app (usable without Canadian phone number)
  • Uber Eats app (local phone number required for registration)
  • Door Dash app (local phone number required for registration)

Meal kit delivery (kitchen required)

Generally speaking, ordering take-out food can be expensive. Be prepared to order some grocery items to make your own meals. You can even bring some ready-to-eat food from home to save some money.

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Information about exiting your quarantine

  • After day 14 of your quarantine period, you will be required to take a COVID-19 testPlease note, you need to book the COVID-19 test in advance of day 14. Visit the Government of Ontario’s page and choose a city to find your closest testing centre. If you need further assistance, please email quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca 
  • You must take private transportation to the testing location from your quarantine location. If you have purchased a Georgian quarantine package, you may be able to receive onsite COVID-19 testing. Once you submit your mandatory quarantine commitment form, you will receive an email from Georgian College with testing and transportation information. After taking the COVID-19 test, you must remain in quarantine until you get a negative test result and continue to check in daily until you share your negative test result with Georgian, unless public health advises otherwise. 
  • Once you receive your COVID-19 test results, you must share your test result with Georgian College. Once you share your negative test result, you can exit your quarantine. If your test result is positive, you must also share this result and obtain instructions from Public Health. 

*How to submit your  COVID-19 test result 
Follow these instructions and use your Georgian OneDrive account to share your documents . Using the OneDrive account will help ensure the privacy and security of your information. Please do not directly attach the document to your email. If you receive your results verbally, you may also submit a special form that can be obtained from quarantine team. 

  • Read Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s information on how to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Limit your close contacts (the people you can hug and touch without physical distancing) to only those people within your own household and maintain two metres (six feet) physical distancing from everyone else. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a non-medical mask, in all indoor public spaces such as businesses, organizations, or riding on public transit. You must wear PPE also whenever physical distancing is a challenge, including outdoor spaces. Make sure it fits. Learn how to wear it properly and follow the dos and don’ts.   
  • Read Georgian’s protocol for the prevention of COVID-19 and adhere to it at all times. 
  • Make sure to stay safe and healthy by reviewing Georgian’s FAQ about COVID-19

Monitor your health for signs of COVID-19 

You must monitor your own health, both during and after your quarantine and follow the recommendations. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or know or suspect that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must follow the requirements of public health authorities including those set out at the following websites: 

Physical and mental health supports 

Physical and mental health, as well as other supports, are available to you through Georgian College both during and after your Georgian quarantine period and information about these supports can be found in the student portal

Following are free additional resources available from   organizations external to Georgian: 

Social stigma associated with COVID-19 

You must review the information about stigma associated with COVID-19 and at all times, treat everyone, including those people who have contracted COVID-19, with respect and in compliance with Georgian’s policies. 

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  • Phones and phone plans
  • Using your guard.me policy number, sign up for mobile doctor for remote doctor appointments
  • Use the self-assessment tool and call Telehealth (1.866.797.0000) if you suspect that you may have COVID-19 
  • Banking/ finances
    • To activate your GIC account, please contact your bank. Please make sure to bring sufficient cash and/or an international travel credit card with you, as you may not be able to access your GIC immediately.
  • Georgian College contacts
    • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new term dates or your transition to Canada, please contact us by emailing quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca or call us at 705.728.1968, ext.1218.
  • To help you prepare for your arrival in Canada, please join us for live chats.
    • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Instagram at noon (EST)
  • Additional bursaries may be available to support students facing barriers in meeting quarantine requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

 

Join us for a live chat session

Tune in live with Georgian’s International Centre

We understand that social distancing can bring social isolation. To help keep us all connected, Georgian’s International Centre is hosting live chat sessions over Instagram for you to ask questions or just join us to chat. The sessions will be 30 minutes each, three times a week.

Join us on Instagram on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon (EST)!

FAQs: Upcoming semesters

What is Georgian doing for the winter 2021 intake?Georgian College Chevron

The winter semester will be running from Jan. 18 to April 23. After careful consideration, Georgian will continue with remote delivery wherever possible and only necessary, in-person, on-campus activity will be permitted. With the health and safety of our students, employees and our communities in mind, limiting the number of people taking part in on-campus activities is the right thing to do. You can use our search tool to find out how your program will be delivered.

I am an international applicant and need to submit the results of my English language proficiency. What methods of English language proficiency does Georgian accept?Georgian College Chevron

As a temporary option, Georgian is offering an online test so you don’t have to travel to a testing centre. The Duolingo English Test is an English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, for a fee paid by the student. Results should be directed to Georgian College to assess with your application. The college reserves the right to add additional testing upon arrival on campus to ensure that learning is supported appropriately. Note that the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program requires IELTS results. IRCC has not yet clarified if alternate test results will be acceptable under SDS.

What is the Georgian quarantine period?Georgian College Chevron

Upon arrival in Canada, it is the 14 days you must stay in quarantine plus the number of days it takes to obtain a written negative COVID-19 test result (unless Public Health advises otherwise).

FAQs: Fees

Can I get a full refund of my tuition deposit if I withdraw my application?Georgian College Chevron

Should you decide not to proceed with your education and training as a result of the additional costs resulting from Georgian College’s COVID-19 plans, including those relating to the Georgian College’s Quarantine Package, you will be eligible for a refund of any fees in accordance with the refund policy.

I have a study permit dated after March 18 and my program requires on-campus learning for fall 2020. The IRCC deadline currently does not permit me to study in person in Canada. How can I withdraw my application and receive a full refund?Georgian College Chevron

If you are a semester one international applicant in a program running on campus and you have a study permit dated after March 18, you may request a full refund (tuition, fees and deposit) when withdrawing from fall 2020. You must specify on the withdrawal form that you want a refund due to COVID-19. Submit the completed forms by email to withdrawals@georgiancollege.ca.

I lost my job. Can I apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?Georgian College Chevron

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old (this includes international students);
  • who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • who are, or expect to be, without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

Apply for the CERB online.

FAQs: Immigration and travel

Is Georgian a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, as of Nov. 17, 2020, Georgian College is on IRCC’s approved DLI list. Please read IRCC’s travel information as well as the Government of Canada’s quarantine requirements. For more information, please visit Georgian’s quarantine resources page.

I have an Approval in Principle (AIP) and have started my studies remotely from outside of Canada. How can I get my co-op work permit? Georgian College Chevron

It is recommended that you apply for the co-op work permit at the same time as your study permit (before you enter Canada). Whenever you enter Canada and receive your study permit, you should also receive your co-op work permit at the same time.   

Your co-op work permit will have the same expiry date as your study permit.   

Consult with your co-op consultant if you have questions about completing your co-op semester.  

Pay close attention to the key semester deadlines to help guide your decisions moving forward. Visit Georgian’s coronavirus update page for more information. 

I’m a new student and my study permit is still in process. What can I do?  Georgian College Chevron

IRCC continues to process applications submitted online, even if the Visa Application Centre in your country may be closed.  On July 14, 2020, IRCC announced temporary policy changes to facilitate online learning for international students. The new measures provide priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online, and introduce a temporary two-stage approval process for incomplete applications, to ensure that permits are processed as quickly as possible.  

Check with your local Visa Application Centre for details on your application and make sure to keep up to date on COVID-19 updates in your country and in Canada.   

Pay close attention to the key semester deadlines to help guide your decisions moving forward. Visit Georgian’s coronavirus update page for more information. 

A study permit is not required to take online courses from abroad in most programs. If you  applied for a study permit before you started your program, you may still be able to count time spent pursuing your studies online abroad toward a post-graduation work permit  For full details, see how your PGWPP eligibility is affected. 

For students already in Canada, a valid study permit is required if the program length is more than six months. Students already in Canada must apply to extend their study permit to continue their studies in Canada and maintain the temporary resident status even if their program has been shifted to an online format. 

  

Am I able to travel back to my home country? Will I be allowed back into Canada afterwards?  Georgian College Chevron

View travel exemptions and restrictions for international students.

If you’re already studying in Canada and you leave, you won’t be able to return to Canada if your Designated Learning Institution (DLI) isn’t on the approved list. As of Nov. 17, 2020, Georgian College is on the IRCC’s approved DLI list.   

If planning to travel home, you should also be reviewing the travel restrictions and requirements for your home country to determine if it’s possible at this time.  

If you plan to travel home and return to Georgian College as an international student: 

  • you must have a valid study permit. This applies to all international students, whether you’re travelling from the United States or from any other country
  • you must have either an eTA or TRV (temporary resident visa) if applicable, along with your passport.

You must also:  

  • Show evidence registration at a DLI (such as Georgian College) which has a formally approved COVID-19 readiness plan. For this evidence, you will need to request a recent enrollment letter from the student portal. You must not owe any fees to the college to request this letter.   
  • Proof of your ability to complete the quarantine for 14 days as soon as you arrive at your final destination. This is mandatory even if you have no symptoms. The border services officer will also be assessing whether you have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or can study online during your quarantine. It is not recommended that you arrive much more than 14 days in advance of your program beginning.  
  • Effective Jan. 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers, including international students, will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. 
  • You will need to present the documentation of a negative laboratory test result to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. 

Important details for quarantine

It is strongly recommended that you purchase Georgian’s self-quarantine plan.   

You must: 

  • Complete your mandatory quarantine commitment form. If you do not comply you will not be eligible to receive the quarantine commitment letter which must be shown at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to enter Canada. Additionally, all co-arriving family members must complete a separate mandatory commitment form. 
  • Submit a quarantine plan to IRCC through the ArriveCAN mobile app.  Download ArriveCAN mobile app and complete the quarantine questionnaire.

Private quarantine plan for those not purchasing Georgian’s quarantine package:  

If you plan to have your private quarantine plan, you still need to complete the mandatory requirements and documentation.   

Please note that, even if the college is on the DLI approved list, the final decision to let you enter the country will be made by the immigration officer. The immigration, might be more comfortable letting a student with the quarantine package enter the country than a student with the private plan, as the quarantine package includes everything to support your quarantine.  

If you have any question in relation to the quarantine please email quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca.

A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive.  

Read more details about travelling to Canada, what to bring, and how to prepare on the IRCC website

Am I able to travel to Canada now? When should I come to Canada?Georgian College Chevron

Review up-to-date travel exemptions and restrictions for international students.

Entry into Canada

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet two requirements:

  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory. Georgian College has been approved for the readiness plan.

If you meet the above two requirements you should plan to proceed to Canada prior to April 30, 2021. Studies completed outside of Canada until April 30, 2021 will count towards the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). Read more about the affects to the PGWPP on the IRCC website.

You must bring:

  • a valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
  • a valid letter of acceptance from a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada

You must also show:  

  • evidence of registration at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) (such as Georgian College) which has a formally approved COVID-19 readiness plan. For this evidence you will need to request a recent enrollment letter from the student portal. You must not owe any fees to the college to request this letter.   
  • demonstrate proof of your ability to complete the quarantine for 14 days as soon as you arrive at your final destination. This is mandatory even if you have no symptoms. The border services officer will also be assessing whether you have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or can study online during your quarantine. It is not recommended that you arrive much more than 14 days in advance of your program beginning.   

A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive.

When you travel to Canada

You must use ArriveCAN before checking in at the airport or crossing the border to submit your

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment

Please bring your ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper) with you to show the border services officer upon arrival.

Make sure your school is on the list of DLIs with COVID-19 readiness plans approved by their province or territory.

When the border services officer greets you, they look at several factors, including

  • your reason for travelling to Canada
  • your ability to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination
  • if you either
    • have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or
    • can study online during your quarantine

Important details for quarantine

It is strongly recommended that you purchase Georgian’s self-quarantine plan.   

You must also: 

  • Complete your mandatory quarantine commitment form. If you do not comply you will not be eligible to receive the quarantine commitment letter which must be shown at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to enter Canada. Additionally, all co-arriving family members must complete a separate mandatory commitment form. 

NOTE: The quarantine commitment letter will be issued closer to your date of departure and once the commitment form is submitted. You can only submit the commitment form once your flight is booked and your quarantine plan is finalized.

  • A quarantine plan to submit to IRCC through the ArriveCAN mobile app.  Download ArriveCAN mobile app and complete the quarantine questionnaire.   

Private quarantine plan for those not purchasing Georgian’s quarantine package

If you plan to have your private quarantine plan, you still need to complete the mandatory requirements and documentation. 

Please note that, even if the college is on the DLI approved list, the final decision to let you enter the country will be made by the immigration officer. The immigration, might be more comfortable letting a student with the quarantine package enter the country than a student with the private plan, as the quarantine package includes everything to support your quarantine.  

If you have any question in relation to the quarantine, please email quarantinesupport@georgiancollege.ca  Read more details about travelling to Canada, what to bring, and how to prepare on the IRCC website and read the above section on students coming to Canada.

  

  

How will taking my courses online affect my eligibility for the post-graduate work permit program?Georgian College Chevron

On February 12, IRCC announced flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for students who need or want to start their academic studies online from abroad. These eligibility rules apply to students who:

  • have been enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020, or
  • have started or will start a program between spring 2020 and fall 2021 

To be sure you are eligible for these measures, read the latest details on the IRRC website.  All students must eventually be approved for a study permit. 

Do I need to provide biometrics for my application during COVID-19?  Georgian College Chevron

Application inside Canada

Read full details and the most recent updates on the IRCC website

Biometrics exemption for temporary residence applicants in Canada 

As a temporary measure, you’re exempt from giving biometrics if you’re both of the following

  • in Canada 
  • applying or have an application in progress 
    • to extend your stay as a student, worker or visitor 
    • to restore your status as a student, worker or visitor 
    • for a work or study permit 
    • for a visitor visa 
    • for a temporary resident permit 

This exemption applies even if:

  • your application form for a work permit, study permit or visitor visa says it’s for applicants outside Canada 
  • our online application system asks you to pay a biometric fee (CAN$85) 

This exemption does not apply if you’re outside Canada. 

Biometric fee 

If you meet the exemption, you don’t have to pay the biometric fee when you submit your application, even if the system tells you to pay it. 

If you paid the fee, they will automatically refund it once we finalize your application. 

Find out if you need to give your biometrics

Application outside of Canada

Read full details and the most recent updates on the IRCC website

If you have a biometrics appointment scheduled:

  • at a VAC: the VAC will tell you if your appointment is cancelled 
  • at an ASC: some ASCs are starting to reopen 

As biometrics collection resumes, you’ll have to make a new appointment at a VAC or ASC. You won’t need a new biometrics instruction letter (BIL). Check the VAC or ASC website the day of your appointment to make sure it’s open. 

When biometrics collection resumes 

When biometrics collection services resume, you can give your biometrics, even if you can’t travel to Canada yet. VACs and ASCs are starting to reopen slowly. 

Keep visiting canada.ca/biometrics for updates on when biometrics collection will start again. You should book an appointment as soon as the site closest to you starts offering the service again. 

You just need to pay the biometric fee (CAN$85). Once you give your biometrics, the biometric fee is non-refundable. 

If you apply for temporary residence, your biometrics:

  • are valid for 10 years 
  • can be used for another visitor visa, study permit or work permit application 
How do I get immigration assistance, including connecting with a student immigration advisor or attending an immigration information session, while the college is closed?Georgian College Chevron

We are here to help. Immigration appointments and information sessions will be provided virtually, by telephone or through video conferencing (WebEx) for all campuses. To request an appointment with a student immigration advisor or register for an immigration information session (e.g. study permit extension, post-grad work permit, TRV, co-op work permit) visit immigration support in the student portal. For other inquiries, please email immigrationsupport@georgiancollege.ca.

Where do I find the latest Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updates related to COVID-19?Georgian College Chevron

As information is changing rapidly, please visit the latest FAQs on the IRCC website for the most recent updates.

The work integrated learning component for my program (i.e. clinical/practicum) has been deferred. Do I need to extend my permits? Georgian College Chevron

International students require a valid study permit and co-op work permit in order to complete work-integrated learning. If your permits expire before your new completion date, we recommend that you apply to extend your permits soon or before the expiry. Keep in mind that your permits should be valid for 90 days after your new expected completion date to have eligibility to apply for the work permit within Canada.

Can I go in person to the Canada/USA border to apply for a study permit or work permit? Georgian College Chevron

Non-essential travel between Canada and the USA is currently suspended. Travelling to the US-Canada border to apply for a work or study permit is considered non-essential travel andyou’ll be turned away from the border if you attempt to do so. 

Can I work off campus if my semester program has been suspended or cancelled and I’m in Canada? Georgian College Chevron

No, you cannot work off campus if you are not currently studying and registered in an academic program. One of the requirements of the off-campus work eligibility criteria states that you must have started studying. Therefore, you are only eligible once your program begins. 

How do I apply for a co-op work permit?Georgian College Chevron

If your program requires you to complete a work experience as an integral part of your studies (co-op, internship, placement, clinical, field placement, industry placement, etc.) then you will need a separate co-op work permit to complete this component. Similar to a study permit, international students are responsible for applying for a co-op work permit. 

Important information:

  1. You must have your co-op work permit in your hands to begin your work integrated learning component .
  2. If you are inside of Canada and need help to apply, sign up for a remote session.  
  3. Check processing times for inside of Canada.

Please read the following scenarios to determine which steps apply to you. 

Scenario one

Q: I’m a new student currently in my home country and my program requires a co-op work permit. How can I get this?

A: Co-op work permit should be requested together with the initial study permit highly recommended. 

As part of your initial visa application from your home country, you (or your agent) should have requested a co-op work permit along with your study permit. If you worked with an agent, you may want to verify this with them. 

Your Letter of Acceptance will clearly indicate if work is an integral part of your studies. When you arrive at the port of entry the CBSA officer should issue both a study permit and co-op work permit at this time. If you did not request both permits in your initial application, you may still want to inform the CBSA officer that you also require a co-op work permit for your program as indicated in your Letter of Acceptance. 

If you are not issued the co-op work permit at the port of entry, you can apply for it once within Canada.  

Scenario two

Q: I’m a registered student with a valid study permit, but I’m currently in my home country studying online and need a co-op work permit for a future semester. How can I apply for this? 

A: If you were not issued the co-op work permit upon your initial entry to Canada, you will have to wait until you return to Canada to apply for it. If this is your situation, please sign up for a remote information session international student assessment form to learn how to apply online. 

To prove that you are a registered student returning to Canada, request your enrolment letter to present to the officer at the port of entry. 

Scenario three

Q: I’m a registered student with a valid study permit, currently in Canada, and need a co-op work permit for a future semester. How can I apply for this? 

A: Attend a remote information session to learn how to apply for your co-op work permit within Canada. You can sign up by registering for a remote session on the student portal.  

Due to long processing times, students are advised to apply for their work permit several months prior to the first work term and ensure that the study and working status in Canada is valid at all times. 

How do I apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?Georgian College Chevron

You can apply for a SIN online. Check the online application guide to understand the process and apply.

You can also apply for a SIN in person. You must check if the nearest Service Canada location is open and make an appointment in advance to apply.

What should I do if my study permit expires when I am outside Canada? Georgian College Chevron

If you have left Canada and your study permit will expire while you are outside Canada, you will need to apply for a new study permit, not an extension.  

You will not have implied status. You can only begin a new program after you have been approved of a new study permit. To avoid applying for a new study permit, make sure your study permit is valid for the duration of your program.  

If you decide to apply for your study permit from outside Canada: 

  1. You must apply for a new study permit through a Visa Office that serves your country of nationality or residence. 
  2. You can apply for your study permit online or by paper application at your closest Visa Application Center (VAC). 
  3. You must read the Instruction Guide and complete the IMM 1294 form for outside Canada application (Application for Study permit Made Outside of Canada).  
  4. You may have to provide biometrics. 
  5. If your study permit expires while you are outside of Canada, you will only be authorized to resume your studies once your new study permit has been issued to you at a port of entry. 
How can I apply for my post-graduation work permit?  Georgian College Chevron

You may be eligible to apply for an open work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).  

We recommend that you apply online. You must apply within 90 days of having received your Official Letter of Completion.  

Read more how PGWP eligibility may be affected due to COVID on the IRCC website.  

Apply for the PGWP inside Canada or overseas 

Learn more about applying for the PGWP.  

Before you can apply for the PGWP, you will need an official letter of completion to show that you’ve completed your program(s) of study, as well as an official Transcript   
 
You will receive both documents in your document hub on the student portal once you have been deemed a graduate.  
 
If you completed two programs, we recommend that you prepare a letter of explanation along with your two letters of completion and official transcript. The letter of explanation should briefly outline what two programs you studied, the length of each program (e.g. one year), the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number of the two programs and how many years you studied in total (i.e. I have studied a total of two years). We suggest that you include this letter as a .PDF file with your application. 
 
Be sure to include any official letters from the college that explain any gaps in studies (i.e. authorized leave letter).  

For students inside of Canada, sign up for a remote session
 
For the most current information, contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at ww.canada.ca or call 1.888.242.2100 (Monday to Friday). 

If I studied one full term then received a visa rejection under AIP, decided to re-apply for another study permit and it gets approved, do the studies under the first application count toward the PGWP?  Georgian College Chevron

Only time spent studying online and outside Canada up to April 30, 2021 from the second application, if it is eventually approved, will count towards PGWP eligibility, provided that the student does not complete more than 50 per cent of their studies outside Canada. Time spent studying from submission of the first application to the refusal will not count towards PGWP. 

If your AIP is refused, you may choose to continue to stay registered and complete your winter 2021 academic semester remotely in the majority of the programs areas, without a study permit.  

If considering to withdraw, pay close attention to the key semester deadlines to help guide your decisions moving forward.

If you decide to apply for a study permit at a later time, it will be important that you understand the reason for your AIP rejection in order to strengthen your application.   

IRCC may have refused your application if you didn’t:  

  1. show proof that you have enough money to support yourself while studying in Canada;
  2. pass your medical exam, if you needed to get one;
  3. convince the visa officer that your main purpose in Canada is to study; or
  4. convince the visa officer that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your study period.

If you have questions about why you were refused, contact the visa office that sent you the refusal letter. 

Find information on applying for a study permit by visiting the IRCC website. We recommend that you seek the advice of an immigration professional in your home country to provide any country-specific guidance.   

How many hours can I work off campus?  Georgian College Chevron

International students who have been forced to drop to part-time studies or take a break in their studies due to COVID-19 can continue to work on or off campus. They are still subject to the authorized number of hours they would have been permitted to work as a full-time student. Find out more about off-campus work authorizations

  

I have been asked to provide proof of enrollment and a transcript. How can I request these remotely? Georgian College Chevron

Enrollment letter: If you’re currently registered and don’t owe fees on your account, you should be able to request an enrollment letter through the Document Hub on the student portal. Click REQUEST LETTER and then select your term. The enrollment letter will be automatically generated and should appear in your Document Hub within 48 hours. 

Make sure you are checking your start date and completion date for accuracy.  

Transcript: Fill out the transcript request form and email it to transcripts@georgiancollege.ca

  

FAQs: Academics

I am looking for support for remote learning. Are there any resources I can reference?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian College has assembled a remote learning tool kit. You can also read through a prepared guide for students on the 21 ways to adjust to remote learning.

Where can I find information on this semester’s classes or tests?Georgian College Chevron

Please check your course announcements on Blackboard for more information specific to your class and contact your teacher if you have questions.

What college services can I access right now?Georgian College Chevron

Georgian College student service information outlines student service availability and contact information during the campus closure.

FAQs: Housing

Visit the housing website for the most updated information or email intlhousing@georgiancollege.ca if you have any additional questions related to housing.

When I arrive in Canada, am I required to self-isolate for 14 days?Georgian College Chevron

Yes. It is a mandatory requirement from the Government of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. For details about the requirement, visit to the Government of Canada’s website. This is why you MUST arrange accommodations before arriving in Canada, go to the quarantine location immediately and follow the rules.

It is each student’s responsibility to arrange housing and quarantine. Read more details under the immigration and travel FAQs.

Are there any changes or updates to housing rules? Where can I find out more?Georgian College Chevron

Yes. There have been temporary changes made to residential rental processes. You can find out more about this, including supporting information, on the province of Ontario’s website.

FAQs: Insurance and healthcare

As an international student enrolled in a postsecondary program at Georgian College, you have insurance coverage from guard.me. For the following types of questions, please visit the guard.me website for the most updated information.

  • I am a current international student. Will I be covered if I become ill with COVID-19?
  • Will my dependents be covered if they get sick?
  • What happens if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 and I need to self-quarantine myself?
  • If I am asked to return home, are there any benefits that can cover the costs?
I think I am ill. What should I do?Georgian College Chevron

Mobile Doctor should be the first place to go if you feel sick. If you have not signed up, use your guard.me insurance policy number to¯sign up for free.

If you suspect that you may have COVID-19, use Ontario’s self-assessment tool to self-assess and seek advice.

Make sure to check the health-care provider’s website or contact them directly to find out more about their hours of operations and how the services can be accessed.

Barrie walk-in clinic: https://barriewalkinclinics.ca/

I would like to speak to someone. Who do I contact?Georgian College Chevron

There are ways for you to reach out to different services including our college counselling service:

Additional resources

Government of Canada

Government of Canada COVID-19 updates:

  • Canada’s response
  • travel advice
  • symptoms and treatment
  • prevention and risk

Ontario Ministry of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information sheets:

  • available in 28 languages
  • about the virus
  • how they can protect themselves
  • what to do if you think you have the virus

Ontario Public Health

COVID-19 fact sheets:

  • available in English, French, Chinese, Farsi, Italian and Korean
  • how to self-monitor
  • how to self-isolate
  • self isolation: guide for caregiver, household members and close contacts

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Coronavirus special measures:

  • temporary and permanent residents affected by COVID-19
  • applicants affected by COVID-19
  • travel restrictions

Connect with us

Georgian Canada

Contact information

International Centre
705.728.1968, ext. 1218
international@georgiancollege.ca

All international contact information

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)

As part of Georgian’s response to COVID-19, in-person visits are not available at this time. Service will be provided virtually by telephone or email.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.