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

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coquitlam College 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

Brookmere Secondary COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines

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 Brookmere Secondary Health and Safety Guidelines document.

The following Appendices can also be accessed in relation to our High School:

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

Additional document: BCCDC COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools Health & Safety Checklist

New K-12 Health Check App

The Ministry of Education has worked with Public Health and the BCCDC to create a daily health check website and mobile app for students to complete before heading to school in the morning. The website and app will contain the most up-to-date BC health guideline information.

It will allow for students to make the best decisions on whether or not to attend school, or take other measures based on the information they provide. In fact, anyone can use it!

The health check application will be available online as a mobile enabled website, an iPhone application, and a Google Android application.

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 AND Summer 2021 semesters. 

Only students registered in our Brookmere High School and some English Studies course, or certain University Transfer science lab 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.

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

Summer 2021 delivery of courses:

Our University Transfer / Associate of Arts Degree courses will be delivered remotely (online delivery) during the Summer 2021 semester except for Science lab courses such as 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.

Update: Percentage (%) of Studies Allowed from Out-of-Country during COVID-19

Coquitlam College courses to be used towards completion of our Associate of Arts Degree will be primarily offered with remote instruction during the Summer 2021 semester.

The good news is IRCC announced their change in policy on Feb 12: International students can complete 100% of their studies online and still be eligible for the post-study work permit (PGWP).

International students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions will now be able to apply for Canada’s popular Post-Graduation Work Program (PGWP) regardless of how much of their program is completed online and remotely.

IRCC announced last week that international students can complete up to 100% of their degrees from outside of Canada and still be eligible for the PGWP. This is an expansion of the previous exception announced in September 2020 that permitted international students to complete 50% of their studies remotely due to pandemic travel challenges.

To be eligible, international students must:

  • Be enrolled in our Associate of Arts Degree Program, which is a PGWP-eligible program;
  • Be studying in the Associate Degree Program that began – or will begin in – any semester from Spring 2020 to Fall 2021, or was already in progress as of March 2020;
  • Have a study permit or approval for a study permit, or have applied for a study permit prior to starting their program that is eventually approved;
  • Meet all other PGWP criteria.

All your time studying online outside Canada between Spring 2020 and December 31, 2021, counts toward the length of a PGWP.


The College also recommends that students research & understand all updated to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) policies before making any decision to either leave or enter Canada during the current pandemic.

    1. Government of Canada requirements before travelling to Canada:
        1. Prior to booking your travel, check the following section for the following important PDF documents that you must read and follow:
          1. International Student Requirement list for travelling to Canada
          2. The Coquitlam College COVID-19 International Student Safe Travel, Arrival & Quarantine Guide
        2. Students must complete both of the following:
            1. Download the ArriveCAN App
            2. Submit online the BC self-isolation plan

          The links to both are found in the Coquitlam College COVID-19 International Student Safe Travel, Arrival & Quarantine Guide, found in the next section.

        3. From the following section on this page, print & keep with you the following 2 documents that you submitted to Coquitlam College during your trip to CANADA:
          1. International Student Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine Checklist
          2. International Student Self-Isolation Plan Form
        4. International students should confirm their eligibility for health-care coverage in Canada and, if not covered they should plan to purchase comprehensive private health insurance that is includes COVID-19 coverage before departure.
        5. Ensure that you have documentation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
    2. More details about your first 14 days in Canada:

Under new requirements for air travel that take effect February 22, 2021, the Government of Canada has required all travellers to complete ALL OF THE FOLLOWING during your first 14 days in Canada, all at your own expense:

  1. You must take another COVID-19 molecular test before leaving the airport of your port of entry to Canada
  2. You must self-monitor for symptoms of COVID during all 14 days, and report daily through the ArriveCAN app.
  3. You must spend your first 3 days in quarantine at a federal government-authorized hotel at your port of entry to Canada. Include the name of this hotel in your International Student Self-Isolation Plan Form.
  4. With a clear test result, you can proceed to the quarantine site identified in your quarantine plan.
  5. You must complete the balance of your 14-day quarantine at the 2nd place you specified in your International Student Self-Isolation Plan Form
  6. 10-days into your quarantine, you will use a take-home COVID test provided at your arrival in Canada. A further clear result is required before leaving quarantine at 14 days.

This infographic provides useful step-by-step guidance on the new process.

For more details on any of the following, click on each link:

  • the COVID-19 mandatory hotel stop-over, see here
  • booking of government-authorized hotels, see here
  • traveller expectations during the 3-day hotel stay, see here
  • the ArriveCAN app, see here
  • the pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test, see here
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More details will be available at the IRCC website above. See the IRCC statement here

See the following section for more information including documents you must submit to Coquitlam College prior to your travel to Canada.

Students Wishing to Travel to Canada

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. Information about Hotels for Quarantine
  6. Coquitlam College requires that you request a travel letter if you wish to study within Canada. 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.

Registration with documented proof of “approval-in-principle”/ Study permit denial / Refund policy

  • Upon successful application to the College for the Summer 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 Summer 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 on or before June 30, 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 June 30, 2021 the student is not eligible for a refund of fees for the Summer 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.

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:

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.