Higher education institutions in Canada are keen on welcoming international students back to campus for new courses this fall.
Under the current travel restrictions in Canada, international students are permitted to come to Canada as long as they are going to an institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan. It is further expected that Canada will update its travel restriction guidelines by mid-April.
Ultimately, the return to in-person learning activities and increased on-campus activities will depend partially on the public health authority, as well as each institution’s administration.
The immigration of international students is not only significant for the country’s global outreach but also creates a ready-made talent pool for companies in Canada to hire them with inherited Canadian experience.
Such experience is of high great value it validates the integration of candidates into Canadian society. Further, such international students can stake their claim at permanent residence in Canada.
|A November 2020 Statistics Canada report shows that roughly two-thirds of new international student enrolments at Canadian post-secondaries in the 2018-19 school year were at universities.|
Here’s a look at some of the top Canadian universities province-wise and their plans to welcome students back to campus.
Universities That Plan To Welcome Students By This Fall
British Columbia’s health minister had already advised post-secondaries in the province to prepare for a full return to on-campus activities. This would also include immigration to international students from abroad. Following this, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria have confirmed their plans to return to in-person classes and increased in-person research after September.
Other universities in British Columbia such as Vancouver Island University, Thompson Rivers University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Capilano University, and Trinity Western University have made announcements to begin in-person classes.
Major institutions in Alberta such as the University of Lethbridge & the University of Alberta will rely on a blended model of in-person and remote learning.
Higher education institutions in Ontario such as the University of Toronto, Brock University, University of Ottawa, Western University, University of Windsor are aiming to allow in-person instruction and supports for international students in the fall. Some are also expected to adopt “hybrid formats” where simultaneous in-person and video conferencing teaching will be possible.
Quebec is catching up to the trend with McGill University expecting to return to in-person classes in September. On the other hand, Concordia University is planning for an announcement about the fall term in May.
Acadia University & Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia is all geared up for challenges to accommodate international students this fall.
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Universities That Plan To Make Announcement Soon
The University of Calgary in Alberta is planning for a significant return to in-person classes and increased on-campus activities, however, no particular announcements have been made yet in this regard.
Peter Stoicheff, the President at the University of Saskatchewan is uncertain about the vaccine roll-out and so, he expects a full return to in-person classes for the winter 2022 semester.
Andrea McDaniel, the Registrar at the University of Brandon, in a media release expressed his intentions of announcing a course of action for Fall 2021. Other institutions in Manitoba such as the University of Winnipeg or the University of Manitoba are also yet to make an announcement.
Memorial University in Newfoundland & Labrador had already resumed research work, however, is yet to make an announcement on the return of in-person classes for international students.
|British Columbia||University of British Columbia|
|University of Victoria|
|Vancouver Island University, Thompson Rivers University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Capilano University, and Trinity Western University.|
|Alberta||University of Alberta|
|University of Lethbridge|
|Saskatchewan||University of Saskatchewan|
|Manitoba||University of Brandon|
|Ontario||University of Toronto|
|University of Ottawa|
|University of Windsor|
|New Brunswick||St. Thomas University|
|Nova Scotia||Acadia University|
|Prince Edward Island||University of Prince Edward Island|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||Memorial University|
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