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COVID-19 Pandemic Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine (STAQ) Program

Fully vaccinated?

You might be exempt from quarantine. 

Please see the Government of Canada's COVID-19 exemption requirements here. 

If you meet the Government of Canada exemption criteria, you do not need to participate in the STAQ program.

Please email STAQ@wlu.ca and we will send you a free backup quarantine plan to show upon your arrival in Canada. Please also include the first Canadian airport you will be landing in. (For example. If you are arriving in Toronto via Vancouver, then Vancouver is your first Canadian airport.)

STAQ Program Information

The Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine (STAQ) program was created to support incoming international students as they navigate Canada’s COVID-19 protocols for entry.   

We have partnered with Languages Canada’s “Study Safe Corridor” to provide students a seamless registration experience and more flexibility to quarantine comfortably in the city they first arrive in.

Choose between several hotels in major Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver, or closer to campus in Waterloo or Brantford.

Students will be provided transportation, accommodation, meals and health and wellness monitoring throughout their stay. Also new is the addition of a Canadian SIM card and one month of Guard.me insurance for students.

 

Registration

The STAQ Program has partnered with Languages Canada - Study Safe Corridor and is accepting students now. Make sure you understand the information provided on the STAQ Program page fully before you register.

REGISTER FOR THE LANGUAGES CANADA STUDY SAFE CORRIDOR

Students will receive: 

  • Arranged transportation from the airport to their quarantine hotel
  • Accommodations and all meals for the duration of your quarantine (14 days)
  • Guard.me health insurance for one month 
  • Daily monitoring of health and wellness 
  • A Canadian SIM card with a voice and data plan 
  • Testing for the COVID-19 virus 
  • Support for remote learning, virtual events, and communication with our STAQ team 
     

The program has been approved by the government and can help students meet requirements for entry into Canada under current travel restrictions.  

Laurier cannot guarantee your entry to Canada. Conditions for entering Canada as a student to study remotely are established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Approval to enter Canada for the purpose of studying remotely will be determined at the Canadian border by the Canadian Border Security Agency Officer. The STAQ program will provide you with advice on how to show you meet the IRCC regulations and how you will meet the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Cost

We understand that the added cost associated with quarantine can be prohibitive to students who have already budgeted for their studies. The cost of the program varies, as it is set by the participating hotels, but we are committed to helping offset some of the cost to students entering the program with a one-time $300 COVID-19 bursary that will be credited to your Laurier account after you complete the program.  

What to Expect in Quarantine

Per the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act, incoming international travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days immediately upon arrival in Canada.

You will quarantine for the full 14 days in the Study Safe Corridor hotel of your choice. 

What to Expect in Quarantine (Cont’d)

On the 8th day of your quarantine you will be required to complete a COVID-19 test. The test will be taken in your accommodations and submitted without you needing to leave quarantine. Only when you receive a negative day 8 test result and have spent a minimum of 14 days in quarantine will you be able to leave.  

If you receive a positive test you will remain in quarantine for an additional 14 days and a negative test result will be required before you can leave. You will be charged extra for the accommodations and meals for any extra days in quarantine.     

The penalties of violation of the Quarantine Act include up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. This means that you must stay in your own quarantine accommodations for 14 days and avoid contact with others. For more information about your quarantine requirements see information on the Government of Canada’s website, For travellers without symptoms of COVID-19 returning to Canada . Please refer to the FAQ section if you have any queries about what is allowed during the quarantine period. 

Preparing to Come to Canada

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After Quarantine

Following the completion of your 14-day quarantine period, if you have shown a negative day 8 test, and have not presented any symptoms of COVID-19 congratulations, you're done!

If you are staying at Hotel Laurier, please contact STAQ@wlu.ca after you receive your negative day 8 test results to arrange your day 14 transportation within Waterloo. For students staying in a commercial hotel, please contact your concierge to arrange transportation to your final destination. (The cost of your taxi to your final destination is not included in the STAQ fee).

For the duration of your studies at Laurier, be mindful and respectful of public health directives, such as social distancing and wearing a mask. Continue to practice proper hygiene, including hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer, as well as use proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.

Laurier will continue to support you after you complete the 14-day quarantine period. Advising and counselling will be available offering mental and physical health supports; antiracism and COVID-19 stigma supports; and mitigation of social barriers to support student compliance with individual COVID-19 infection control practices.

International Student Support in Laurier International, the Student Wellness Centres, the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Deans of Student Offices will be made available for all international students during and following completion of the 14-day Quarantine Program.