COVID-19 Student Updates

[ Last Update 30-Apr-21 7:15 a.m. (PDT) ]

KNOW THE IMPACTS OF TRAVELLING 

If you are planning on attending classes in Canada for the 2021/22 academic year starting this fall, please take the time to consider the potential impacts of travelling home over the summer.

    • What are the travel restrictions between Canada and your home country?
    • What are the quarantine rules in Canada and your home country? You’ll need to factor in both of these quarantine periods. 
    • Is there a risk that border closures could affect your return to Canada once you leave? 

Due to the uncertainty of travel restrictions, quarantine rules and border closures, we highly recommend that you stay in Canada over the summer. 

If you have questions or would like to talk about extending your homestay placement, please contact your Relationship Manager. 

HIGHSCHOOL TUTORING SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE

We partnered with Beyond the Classroom to provide a suite of one-on-one, virtual tutoring packages to support highschool students’ learning throughout the summer and the academic year. And, we arranged for a special discount just for CHN students!  

Learning through Beyond the Classroom is fun, engaging and customized to each students’ interests, including: 

    • English skills (reading & writing)
    • Canadian culture exploration
    • Math core concepts 
    • Science (environmental, chemistry, physics, biology)
    • French speaking, reading and writing
    • Create your own topic of interest!

Sessions are typically one hour long, once or twice per week. 

For more information, visit https://beyondtheclassroom.ca/canada-homestay-network and contact your Relationship Manager to register.

COVID-19 VACCINES 

Health authorities across Canada are supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in all communities. International students are eligible to receive the vaccine for free depending on roll-out stage and, in some cases, length of stay.  

Please visit your local health authority website for information on the roll-out stage in your community, eligibility, and how to register to receive a vaccine.

This Government of Canada link is a good starting point:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms/provincial-territorial-resources-covid-19.html

NEW COVID-19 CANADIAN TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

As of February 22, 2021, all travellers arriving to Canada by air, with some exceptions, are required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another test toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With limited exceptions, air travellers are also required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel.* CHN will refund these students for any unused nights in their 14-day homestay quarantine due to the 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel.

*PLEASE NOTE: Minor students are exempt from the government-authorized hotel stay. Minors are defined as students who are under the age of majority in the province in which they land: 17 and under if landing in Toronto, Calgary, or Montreal, and 18 and under if landing in Vancouver. These exemptions were put in place to protect minors travelling without parents or chaperones. Therefore, minors who travel with a parent or chaperone are NOT exempt from the government-authorized hotel quarantine requirements.

Also, all travellers whether arriving by land or air are required to submit their travel and contact information electronically via ArriveCAN, including a suitable quarantine plan, before crossing the border or boarding a flight.

Here is a quick summary of what is required before you depart for Canada:

    1. Adult students and accompanied minors must book a hotel for a 3-night stay upon arrival:
      https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers/list-government-authorized-hotels-booking.html
    2. All students must get a COVID-19 molecular test 72 hours before their scheduled flight
    3. All students must use ArriveCan to enter their information before their scheduled flight:
      https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html
    4. All students must have their ArriveCan receipt and test result ready before departure

Also note that all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries have been suspended until April 30, 2021.

The following infographic provides useful step-by-step guidance on the new process:
https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources/entering-canada-covid-19/entering-canada-during-covid-19-en.pdf

For more information on Canadian travel requirements, please contact your airline and/or travel agent, or visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html

Visit https://canadahomestaynetwork.ca/safearrival/ for information on CHN’s Safe Arrival Protocol, which we are currently updating to reflect these recent changes. 

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your CHN Relationship Manager. 

NEW WAYS TO GET IN TOUCH 

You can now connect with us through WhatsApp and SMS/Text Message during regular business hours. Please update your contact lists. 

    • WhatsApp: +1 604 359 6134
    • SMS/Text: +1 604 229 7609

REMINDER: COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY BASICS 

To continue protecting yourself, your school, host family, and community from the spread of COVID-19, consider revisiting the below COVID-19 health and safety basics. 

NON-MEDICAL MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS

When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets.

Non-medical face masks or face coverings should:

    • allow for easy breathing
    • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
    • maintain their shape after washing and drying
    • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
    • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
    • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)
    • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
    • Some masks also include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter, for increased benefit.

Non-medical masks or face coverings should:

    • not be shared with others
    • not impair vision or interfere with tasks
    • not be placed on children under the age of 2 years
    • not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials
    • not be secured with tape or other inappropriate materials
    • not be made exclusively of materials that easily fall apart, such as tissues
    • not be placed on anyone unable to remove them without assistance or anyone who has trouble breathing
    • Download the poster on the do’s and don’ts of wearing a non-medical mask or face covering.

Learn more about the dos and don’ts of wearing a non-medical mask or face covering, here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-safely-use-non-medical-mask-face-covering.html

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA TOOLS & RESOURCES

The Government of Canada has a suite of tools to help Canadians and visitors access services and get information on COVID-19.

GOING OUT: PERSONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As provinces and territories lift or adjust public health measures, please consider the risks associated with different settings and activities.

Minimize your risk by avoiding the 3 Cs:

    • Closed spaces with poor ventilation
    • Crowded places with many people nearby
    • Close faces, such as close-range conversations

Before going out, consider the risks and make informed choices to keep yourself, your family and your community safe. If a planned activity puts you at higher risk of getting COVID-19, consider avoiding it.

To learn more about how to reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/going-out-personal-social-activities-during-pandemic.html

SELF-ISOLATION GUIDELINES

If you are in self-isolation due to recent arrival to Canada, because you have COVID-like symptoms or because you have tested positive for COVID-19, please adhere to the guidelines as instructed by your local health authorities. Typically, this means isolating yourself at home for 14 days, staying in your room as much possible (no venturing out in public except for emergencies), wearing appropriate PPE, and maintaining a 2-metre distance from others.

Under certain circumstances, failure to following self-isolation guidelines can lead to serious consequences including fines and criminal charges.

If you have any questions or need help interpreting rules and guidelines, please contact your Relationship Manager.

TALKING ABOUT COVID-19

When talking about COVID-19, facts, not fear will help stop the spread.

    • Share facts and accurate information about the disease
    • Challenge myths and stereotypes
    • Choose words carefully. The way we communicate can affect the attitudes of others.

For more information about preventing and addressing the social stigma of COVID-19, download this World Health Organization guide.

REMINDER: IF YOU EXPERIENCE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Please notify your host family, follow instructions from the Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html#i, and Inform your Relationship Manager of the outcome so we can assist in any way we can.

If you cannot reach your Relationship Manager, please call our emergency line at 1-877-441-4443 ext. 1.

“SAFE ARRIVAL” PROTOCOL

The current travel restrictions and quarantine requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic have required CHN to consider options for students to quarantine (self-isolate) on arrival. Our new “Safe Arrival” Protocol outlines expectations of students throughout their journey – from before they leave, while they are en route, on arrival, and guidelines for self isolation.

The protocol also provides guidelines, tips, and resources for hosts to consider when providing homestay during self isolation. Students and their natural parents will also be required to sign this document as a condition of acceptance in the homestay program.

This protocol will be updated as more direction becomes available from the Government of Canada and student countries of origin.

For more information, visit CHN’s “Safe Arrival” Protocol page.

CHN’S SAFE ARRIVAL WELCOME CALENDAR

Our “Safe Arrival Welcome Calendar” outlines expectations of students in self isolation and includes a range of recommended activities to keep students engaged, healthy and safe each day they’re in isolation. We have reminded them to also connect with their school and include the required academic activities in their daily routine. Mental health support will be provided in partnership with Guard.me’s KeepMe.Safe program.

For more information, please visit https://canadahomestaynetwork.ca/safe-arrival-welcome-calendar/

REFUND POLICY

Click to learn more about CHN’s Special Refund Policy: COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

CHN Special Refund Policy: COVID-19

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If I return home, do I need to take all my belongings?

Yes. When you return to your country of origin, please take ALL your belongings with you or arrange to store them in an alternate location (regardless of your future study plans).

What if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

Please follow instructions from the Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html#i and inform your Relationship Manager of the outcome so we can assist in any way we can.

If you cannot reach your Relationship Manager, please call our emergency line at 1-877-441-4443 ext. 1.

How can I do my part to stop the spread of the virus?

In order to protect yourself, your host family, and your community, we strongly recommend that you stay home during this time. Social-distancing, if done correctly, can slow transmission from person to person and is currently the only tool available to fight the virus. We hope that you will follow Public Health’s recommendation and do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Where can I find information to apply, renew or extend my Canadian study permit and other news related to Canadian immigration?

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your Relationship Manager.