COQUITLAM COLLEGE DURING COVID-19: Health & Safety Guidelines, information, resources & more re: studying during COVID-19 Read more

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A Letter to All from CC Administration (Click to view)
A Letter to All from Fraser Health (Click to view)

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

Coquitlam College follows guidelines and protocols established in accordance to WorkSafeBC guidelines as well as guidelines provided to post-secondary institutions by our Provincial Health Officer and the local health authority as outlined in the COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector document.

Please click here for the official Coquitlam College COVID-19 Safety and Readiness Plan.
Please click the following link for the official Coquitlam College Outbreak Response Plan
Please click here for the Terms of Reference for the Coquitlam College Self-Isolation Confirmation Team (SICT).

The following Appendices can also be accessed in relation to our Safety Plan:

Appendix A: Protocols for confirmed cases of COVID-19
Appendix B: Summary of School-based Prevention Measures
Appendix C: Example of Daily Health Check to be employed by the Coquitlam College community

Guidelines for Brookmere Secondary High School Programs

Specifically for Brookmere Secondary, a division of Coquitlam College, for information on the health and safety guidelines that Coquitlam College has set in accordance to WorkSafeBC guidelines, please view our document entitled Coquitlam College COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines document.

Safely Returning to the CC campus

Our number one priority still remains the health and safety of our students, homestay families, school, and community. We are obligated to follow the regulations and recommendations of various authorities, including the government of Canada, provincial and local public health authorities. For this reason, most of our students will continue to be studying virtually during the Spring 2021 semesters. Coquitlam College is still welcoming a limited number of students and employees back on campus.

Please click here for resources and information to ensure the safety of all our community members.

Only students registered in High School and some English Studies courses courses can enter the campus via designated entry points.

All other students, including University Transfer/Associate of Arts Degree students, must request permission to physically access the campus by making an appointment beforehand by calling the main switchboard at 604-939-6633.

Spring 2021 delivery of courses:

Our University Transfer / Associate of Arts Degree courses will be delivered remotely during the Spring 2021 semester except for CHEM 101 & 102 and PHYS 102 which will offer in-person labs.

Our High school courses, on the other hand, will be offered in-person following provincial guidelines, so if you are a high school student, you can travel to Canada for an essential purpose.

Our English Studies courses will also be accessed remotely but we will have a hybrid option available to students enrolled in dual programs.

Students Wishing to Travel to Canada

Please note the College will be closed from December 24 to January 3 for Christmas holidays and for any student that requires a travel letter before January 4, must request the travel letter by December 21.

Please review all of the following. Print and submit the required documents before travelling.

  1. Can I Travel to Canada?
  2. COVID-19 International Student Travel, Arrival and Quarantine Guide
  3. COVID-19 Student Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine Checklist
  4. International Student Self-Isolation Plan Form
  5. If you need a hotel for your mandatory 14-day self-isolation/quarantine, please see the following options:
    1. Quarantine Hotel List
    2. Tourism Burnaby list
  6. To request a travel letter, please complete the Travel Letter Request Form.
  7. During self-isolation, students will be contacted on a daily basis by a member of the Coquitlam College Self-Isolation Confirmation Team (SICT), the Terms of Reference of which can be found at the link.

COVID-19 Resources Available to Students in BC

Please click on the following link to access a list of resources for help during COVID-19: List of Resources
This document contains information including but not limited to the following:

  • For more information on COVID-19, please visit HealthLinkBC
  • Go to Government of Canada for the latest travel alerts.
  • The toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established to answer questions about COVID-19. Service is available from 7:00am to midnight (Eastern Standard Time)
  • If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or showing symptoms, please contact your health care provider or dial 8-1-1 as soon as possible.
  • 8-1-1 is a provincial health information and advice line that can assist with connecting you to a health care professional.
  • Here2Talk, a new mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students.
  • Fraser Health Back to School Resources is a valuable resource with information about COVID-19 questions, exposure information, guidelines, and more
  • For information about COVID -19 testing, please see the following link
  • Information about COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and care, please follow the the Fraser Health resources at the following link

Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe: Understanding how to talk about COVID-19 in BC

There is no place for discrimination of any kind on the Coquitlam College campus:
Since its inception, Coquitlam College has welcomed students from all nations with the goal of offering excellent educational opportunities within an atmosphere of scholarly integrity and cultural sensitivity.  We acknowledge the importance of treating every member of our community with dignity and respect, and every person should feel welcomed and supported during their studies, without discrimination of any kind. Every one of us is responsible for treating our peers, fellow students, faculty and staff with dignity and respect.  During this time of COVID-19, our core values are further demonstrated by not tolerating discrimination resulting from misplaced perception that a person may be a carrier of a communicable disease based on their perceived disability, race, ancestry, place of origin or otherwise.

Let’s be Considerate:
We should be considerate when talking about coronavirus disease. Please read the following document to understand how to better communicate about COVID-19 so we can better support our governments, citizens, media, key influencers and communities regarding COVID-19.

Educate Yourself:
All of us have a responsibility to educate ourselves about the impact of racism and how we can combat racism. Find at the following link further information and resources:

New Study Permit Policy – Due to COVID-19 IRCC Policy Changes

  • Upon successful application to the College for the Spring 2021 semester, a student can be issued a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for the purposes of obtaining a study permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  • When the College has received documented proof of “approval-in-principle” from Immigration Canada, the student will be eligible to register for the Spring 2021 semester for remote learning. If, after receiving an “approval-in-principle”, the student’s study permit application is denied for any reason between the date of registration and Feb 28, 2021 the student will be eligible to receive a refund of the tuition fees paid to the College less a $500 administration fee.
  • To engage in on-campus learning, students must have an approved study permit or a port-of-entry letter of introduction that shows the student was approved for a study permit, both of which allow them to study from within Canada.
  • If the student’s study permit is denied for any reason after Feb 28, 2021 the student is not eligible for a refund of fees for the Spring 2021 semester. Any fees paid for future semesters will be refunded to the student upon receipt of the original Study Permit refusal letter issued by Immigration Canada.

Please be advised, course registration is not guaranteed based on “approval-in-principle” from Immigration Canada. All course registration is dependant upon courses available at the time of student registration.

Coquitlam College Office Staff

Coquitlam College Office Staff and Counsellors are available via email or phone to help you with any questions.

Contact information:

Email inquiries are available Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm

Access to a Computer and Internet

Each student is expected to prepare for a virtual learning environment and ensure that adequate preparations have been made to succeed in the new learning environment. It is a student’s responsibility to have the appropriate resources and technological capabilities to study online. Coquitlam College recommends that students own a personal computer (desktop or laptop) to virtually participate in all remotely-delivered classes and to access your online CC resources.


All students must have medical insurance for the duration of their stay in Canada which includes coverage during mandatory self-isolation period.
The College advises students to discuss with their private insurance provider of any potential changes to their medical insurance or to their coverage while outside Canada.
For students travelling to Canada, medical insurance coverage must include coverage for the quarantine period if arriving prior to the first day of classes.
Contact Coquitlam College Office Staff to enquire about GuardMe medical insurance.


The College also recommends that students understand any updates to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) policies before making the decision to leave Canada. Students should contact IRCC before deciding to leave Canada and study online.

Valid Study Permit

All students who wish to study either remotely or who wish to travel to Canada for their studies must have a valid study permit or documented proof of “Approval in Principle” from Immigration Canada.

Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

Through 30 April 2021, IRCC is temporarily allowing students to begin their studies online while still abroad and to count those remote studies towards post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility – provided that at least 50% of their programme is eventually completed in Canada. For more information regarding temporary changes due to COVID-19, please visit Immigration Canada’s website.