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

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has changed the travel exemptions for international students traveling to Canada. Beginning October 20, 2020, international students may be able to travel to Canada if their Designated Learning Institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place.

Laurier's COVID-19 Pandemic Safe Travel, Arrival and Quarantine (STAQ) Program will provide you with advice and support on safe travel and arrival in Canada, and a 14-day quarantine program that will meet requirements for you to enter Canada under current travel restrictions. The program includes:

  • Arranged transportation from Toronto airports.
  • Accommodations in Laurier’s residences on the Waterloo campus with three meals a day.
  • Daily monitoring of health and wellness.
  • Access to health services.
  • Supports for remote learning.
  • Testing for the COVID-19 virus.

The STAQ program prioritizes your health and safety, and will limit the spread of COVID-19. The program adhers to the re-opening regulations and guidelines of the governments of Canada and Ontario, as well as provincial and local public health authorities. Coordinated by Laurier International, the STAQ program includes supports from the Office of Residence, the Student Wellness Centre, Food Services and Special Constable Services.

The STAQ Pogram will allow you to meet the 14-day quarantine requirement to enter Canada if:

  • You need to enter Canada to pursue your studies, either in person (only if required by your program) and/or
  • You need to overcome internet restrictions and time zone differences that are preventing you from continuing your studies remotely.

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.

Travel Planning and Arriving in Canada

Availability of the STAQ Program 

You must be able to completed your 14-day quarantine program by Dec. 21, 2020 so you will have time to move to your permanent accommodations prior to the Christmas holiday. The Program will not be available while the University is closed between Christmas and New Years. The STAQ program will be available again on  Jan. 6, 2021. 

Registration

Registration for the STAQ Program is now open. Make sure you understand the information provided on the STAQ Program page fully before you register.

Register for the program.

14-Day Quarantine

As per the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act, you are required to quarantine for 14 days immediately upon arrival in Canada. 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.

All Laurier students who register for Laurier’s STAQ program will complete their 14-day quarantine requirement in Laurier’s Bricker Residence on the Waterloo campus. This will be the quarantine site for all students attending the Brantford, Kitchener and Waterloo campuses.

Laurier remains committed to an exceptional student experience including ensuring that, during the completion of the 14-day quarantine period, you have as productive and enjoyable an experience as possible, while adhering to strict quarantine requirements.

After Quarantine

If you do not demonstrate symptoms of COVID-19, on day 14 of your quarantine you will be scheduled to have a test  at the an Assessment centre or participating pharmacy in the Waterloo RegionLaurier will  facilitate your ability to  travel safely, limit contacts with others and follow COVID-19 public health measures when travelling for your COVID-19 test. 

Following the completion of your 14-day quarantine period, if you have not presented any symptoms of COVID-19 contact Laurier International to confirm transportation arrangements to your permanent accommodations.

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.