Government of Canada introduces additional measure to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern

DECEMBER 1, 2021     Source: Public Health Agency of Canda

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization classified B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern called Omicron. Since then it has been found in a number of countries and regions, including the confirmation of several travel-related cases in Canada. Please find more information here.

BC-Vietnam Education MOU Signed

NOVEMBER 30, 2021     Source: BCCIE

Ministers Whiteside (Education) and Kang (Advanced Education and Skills Training) signed the first ever education-related MOU with the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training on Nov. 22. This new partnership will bring benefits for students, educators and families in both jurisdictions and greater diversity to education programs.   Please find more information here.

Inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Sep 30, 2021

SEPTEMBER 24, 2021     Source: BCCIE

On September 30, Canada will observe its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day will honour the lost children and survivors of the residential school system in Canada, their families and their communities. It is a public commemoration of a tragic and painful history and of the ongoing impacts of residential schools, it is a vital component of the reconciliation process and importantly a day for personal reflection. The ...

Canada Announces Extension of Flight Ban from India as It Prepares for the Return of Direct Flights

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021     Source: Government of Canada

On September 21, 2021, the Government of Canada announced that it is preparing for the resumption of direct flights from India to Canada. The Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) restricting all direct and commercial flights to Canada from India has been extended until Sunday, September 26, 2021, 23:59 EDT. Please find more information here. Please note that the Government of Canada’s recommendation against all non-essential travel abroad remains in place.

COVID-19 Travel Toolkit

SEPTEMBER 9, 2021     Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

As of September 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EDT, Canada will allow entry of travellers from any country for discretionary reasons if they have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, and if they also meet specific entry requirements. Important: All travellers arriving or returning to Canada must continue to use ArriveCAN to submit their travel information. See ...

BC Ministry announce IE Mobility Programs and International Student Ambassador Pathways Scholarships

AUGUST 19, 2021     Source: BCCIE

British Columbia’s Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the International Education Mobility Programs and the International Student Ambassador Pathways Scholarships.  International Education Mobility Programs B.C. school districts are eligible to apply for the International Education Mobility Programs (IEMP). These programs are intended to support B.C. school districts to engage ...

Quarantine and Isolation for International Students FAQ Updates

AUGUST 17, 2021     Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has updated the Quarantine and Isolation for International Students: Frequently Asked Questions information. Read full document.

Quarantine and Isolation FAQ for International Students

JULY 14, 2021     Source: BCCIE

Global Affairs Canada has shared a document, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, that answers frequently asked questions around quarantine and isolation for international students and offers clarification regarding Designated Quarantine Facilities (DQFs). Read full article.

Supporting post-secondary students affected by India, Pakistan travel restrictions

APRIL 23, 2021     Source: Advanced Education and Skills Training

Mental health supports are available to BC post-secondary international students who are affected by the new federal flight restrictions between India, Pakistan and Canada. Students who are feeling stressed or anxious about these new restrictions, or who are unable to return to their families, have access to free 24-7 supports, including Here2Talk. Students can access chat sessions with a trained counsellor online by downloading the free ...

Provincial and federal updates in response to COVID-19

APRIL 23, 2021     Source: BCCIE

Provincial updates The Province of British Columbia is aware of the significant pressures that many students are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are actively working to determine how best to support students in this unprecedented time. These resources may be of help to international students in BC. We will update the list as information becomes available. Information about all COVID-19 provincial support is ...

New pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates

APRIL 14, 2021     Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

April 14, 2021—Ottawa—Today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced an innovative pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy.

New partnership between Royal Roads University and ITESO pairs tourism students on social innovation projects

MARCH 9, 2021     Source: Chelsea Dibble

“I wanted my students to get involved in a project that is not solely in the walls of a classroom,” says Dr. Eugene Thomlinson, Associate Professor and Director of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Royal Roads University (RRU). Over the past few months, Eugene has been leading a collaborative tourism project with colleagues at the Jesuit University of Guadalajara (ITESO) in Jalisco, Mexico. Using COIL methodology ...