At CultureWorks, we are committed to the health and safety of international students on their arrival to Canada and throughout their study experience. We are dedicated to protecting the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, colleagues and the communities we serve.
If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact CultureWorks at any time.
London, Ontario (519) – 679 – 2648
Ottawa, Ontario (613) – 667 – 2339
June 21, 2021
Persons who are currently authorized to enter the country, including international students (study permit holders), AND are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will no longer be required to quarantine at a government-designated hotel upon arrival.
Fully vaccinated travellers are those who have had the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Health Canada (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) 14 days or more prior to their arrival. These travellers will still be required to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and stay in isolation until the test comes back negative.
While Languages Canada welcomes this change as a small step in the right direction, we will continue to advocate for the full and immediate elimination of the mandatory three-day government hotel quarantine and the easing of Canada’s quarantine requirements for travellers based on vaccination status, as per the science-based recommendations of the COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel, which was commissioned by Minister of Health Patty Hajdu.
May 3, 2021 – Government of Ontario
For International and Domestic Students Arriving from Outside Canada: Provincial Testing Requirement at the Completion of the Quarantine Period has been Removed
The Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) at the Government of Ontario has announced that, effective May 3, 2021, the ministry is removing the provincial requirement that international and domestic students who are in quarantine as a result of having entered Canada be tested for COVID-19 at the completion of their quarantine period. This is due to the extensive COVID-19 testing program now being implemented by the federal government pre-departure, post-arrival and at Day 8 of quarantine. The ministry has worked with the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health in arriving at this direction.
As a result, the provincial testing requirement will not apply to any student currently in quarantine, as well as those arriving in Ontario in the future. Students would still be subject to all applicable federal requirements.
Since this provincial testing requirement is no longer in effect, the COVID-19 readiness plans that institutions prepared to demonstrate their readiness to accept international students for postsecondary studies in Ontario no longer need to include this testing component. A new attestation is not required.
Jan. 7, 2021 – Government of Canada
Air Passengers Required to Test Negative for COVID-19 Before Travelling from Another Country into Canada.
The Government of Canada announced that, effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country into Canada.
Documentation of a negative 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 (or 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.
Our Health and Safety Focus
Our focus remains the health and safety of our students, colleagues, and wider communities.
CultureWorks students and employees are working and studying remotely. 100% of students last term said they would be likely or very likely to recommend this experience to friends or family. No students or staff are currently working on campus. We will continue to evaluate the safety of a return to campus as the situation evolves.
Please note that at this time, all CultureWorks university and college partners plan to deliver their Winter 2021 terms online, even for students in Canada.
In addition to following campus guidelines, we remain attuned to regular updates and guidelines from the Middlesex London Health Unit https://www.healthunit.com/ and Ottawa Public Health https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/index.aspx regarding protocols for staff and students.
Students should ensure their destination institution is on Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada’s approved list for re-opening before booking travel to Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html
If your institution is not on the list, you may be denied boarding for your flight. Family members may not travel to Canada before you do.
Students must have a valid study permit or approval for a study permit. They must be enrolled in the current term, or arriving shortly before the start of an upcoming term.
COVID-19 travel restrictions still apply. These are subject to change from time to time. Students must be informed and able to demonstrate that they meet all current requirements for travel to Canada, including being prepared for a 14-day quarantine period. Students who wish to travel to Canada should note that, even if they fall under the guidelines provided on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website, this does not guarantee entry to Canada. A final decision will be made by an officer of the Canada Border Services Agency.