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

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government update for students planning to travel to Canada

Please note the following COVID-19 update for July 8, 2021.

On Monday, July 5 the Federal Government implemented the first phase of its approach to ease border restrictions for travellers entering Canada by easing quarantine requirements for certain travellers.

These changes apply to fully vaccinated travellers who are currently permitted to enter Canada including international students on study permits who are studying at Coquitlam College, an institution on the federal government’s Designated learning List with an approved readiness plan. To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. For the full details, please see the federal news release.

It is important to note:

  • All incoming students need a quarantine plan whether vaccinated or not, in case the arrival COVID-19 test returns positive resulting in mandatory isolation in accordance with public health requirements.

  • Please read the Languages Canada Summary the recent changes to the quarantine requirement for students travelling to Canada.
  • Before travelling to Canada, be sure to follow all the directions listed in the subsection entitled “Students Wishing to Travel to Canada”, below.


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

Fall 2021 Update

In accordance with guidelines announced by the Provincial Health Authority, Coquitlam College anticipates opening the Coquitlam and Surrey campuses for face-to-face instruction with limited campus services in September 2021.

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus, we will be updating the college website as we receive more information and guidelines from the Provincial Health Authority, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Click here for more details about BC’s proposal for September’s return-to-classes:

COVID-19 Post-Secondary Fall 2021 Return to Campus Guidelines

Although some students may wish to see a counsellor in person, it is anticipated that much of the counsellors’ and administrators’ advising and immigration duties can continue on line or via email. Please note that the administrative and counselling office has maintained regular in-­person hours throughout the pandemic and will continue with the same operational hours in September. In cases where in-person meetings are required, the meetings will take place according to established and posted social distancing protocols.

Fall 2021 Registration

Registration for the Fall 2021 semester will take place via Zoom. Once you have made an appointment, the College will send you a Zoom link 2 days prior to your Registration time. Only call the College if you have not received an email 1 day prior.

Continuing and Returning student registration begins on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
New student registration begins on Monday, June 21, 2021.

Please visit the Student Portal for your earliest login time to make an appointment.

For information on how to make an appointment, please click here.

Fee Deferrals for Fall 2021

If your study permit has not yet been approved and/or you cannot travel to Canada to attend classes you must contact the College ( before August 15th 2021 to request a fee deferral.

If granted, a deferral fee of $150.00 will be charged.

If you contact the College after August 15th then the College original refund guidelines will apply.

Please follow this link for refund our guidelines:

Percentage (%) of Out-of-Country Studies Allowed for PGWP

As of Fall 2021, eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is explained on IRCC’s COVID-19 page for International Students.

If you are inside Canada and your classes were moved online due to COVID-19, until Dec 31, 2021 you are still eligible for a PGWP even if you complete more than 50% of your program online. You must make sure your study permit is always valid.

If you are outside of Canada, online courses completed outside of Canada until December 31, 2021 will count towards your PGWP. If you complete your program by December 31, 2021, you are not required to complete at least 50% of your program in Canada. If you are in a program which will end before December 31, 2021, you can now complete 100% of your program online outside of Canada and be eligible for the PGWP. In order to apply for a PGWP you must have a valid study permit.

Coquitlam College courses to be used towards completion of our Associate of Arts Degree will be primarily offered with in-person instruction during the Fall 2021 semester.

Students Wishing to Travel to Canada

On June 21 the Government of Canada announced that as of July 5 at 8:59pm PDT, eligible fully-vaccinated travellers will be exempt from quarantine if meeting eligibility criteria. Read more here and see the infographic for eligible travellers here.

For non-vaccinated travellers, the following rules still apply:

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. Study Safe Corridor – Quarantine plan / 14-day isolation in hotel suggestion: In an effort to help you come prepared, Study Safe Corridor (SSC) operator The Student Travels can provide fully vaccinated students with a suitable quarantine (or back-up quarantine plan, at no cost), allowing you to enter a quarantine hotel address into the ArriveCAN app prior to departure. You may activate your plan if you are denied quarantine exemption upon arrival.
  6. Coquitlam College requires that you request a travel letter if you wish to study within Canada:
    1. To request a travel letter, please complete the Travel Letter Request Form.
    2. As of June 21, direct flights from India are still prohibited to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Please request a travel letter if you have made your quarantine plans and are able to travel to Canada. Click here for infographic of the process for non-vaccinated travellers.
  7. During self-isolation, students will be regularly contacted by a member of the Coquitlam College Self-Isolation Confirmation Team (SICT), the Terms of Reference of which can be found at the link.

IRCC Policies for students planning to travel to Canada

On June 21 the Government of Canada announced that eligible fully-vaccinated travellers will be exempt from quarantine as of July 5, 2021 at 8:59pm PDT (Read more here). For non-vaccinated travellers, the following rules still apply:

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:

If you are a non-vaccinated traveller, the Government of Canada has required that you 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. 8-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 quarantine 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

More details will be available at the IRCC website above. See the IRCC statement here

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.