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We understand that you may be concerned about regulations and expectations around entry into Canada in the Fall.
Please be assured that you can begin your program through online courses if you are living outside of Canada.

Currently, Federal Government policy is that the following students are eligible to enter Canada with a non-discretionary reason and should request a letter from their Graduate Unit:

  • Returning or newly-admitted international students with a study permit approved on or before March 18, 2020
  • Returning or newly-admitted students traveling directly from the United States to Canada with an approved study permit regardless of study permit approval date or citizenship

We will be pleased to provide you with a letter stating that your travel is non-discretionary should that be the case. You can request a letter of support for non-discretionary travel if:

  • you lived in Canada this past year
  • you have planned to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination (note all travelers from abroad need to quarantine — the university can support you in your quarantine plan)
  • you begin studying after you complete your quarantine
  • you need to be in Canada for your program (for laboratories, workshops, etc.)
  • pursuing your studies online is not possible from your home country (due to internet restrictions or bandwidth limitations)

Who is currently eligible and ineligible to enter Canada with a non-discretionary reason:

Yes No
Returning or newly-admitted international students with a study permit approved on or before March 18, 2020. (If arriving from the United States see below) Yes
Returning or newly-admitted students traveling directly from the United States to Canada with an approved study permit regardless of study permit approval date or citizenship Yes
Newly-admitted or returning international students, travelling directly from the United States without an approved study permit. No
Newly admitted or returning international students travelling to Canada from anywhere except the US without a study permit or with a study permit approved after March 18, 2020 No

More information for International students can be found here.