Alexander College’s Response to COVID-19
Important Update: December 1, Winter 2022 Course Delivery
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Update to IRCC Policy for Distance Education During the Pandemic

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated its policy on distance education for international students studying online from inside or outside of Canada during the pandemic.

Policy Wording (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/eligibility.html#outside)

“Distance learning from outside of Canada

You can complete up to 100% of your studies online from outside Canada between spring 2020 and August 31, 2022, because of a temporary COVID-19 policy. This policy is in place until August 31, 2022.

You’re eligible for this temporary policy if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You’re enrolled in a PGWP-eligible program.
  • You were outside Canada and unable to travel to Canada because of the COVID-19 pandemic but were still able to take online courses.
  • You began a program in any semester from spring 2020 to summer 2022, or your program was already in progress in March 2020.
  • You have a study permit or approval for a study permit, or you have applied for a study permit for which you are eventually approved prior to starting your program.
  • You meet all other PGWP eligibility criteria.

Distance learning from inside of Canada
If your courses were moved online due to the pandemic, the time you spend studying online from within Canada still counts toward the length of your PGWP. However, it’s highly recommended that you attend in-class options when offered.

There is no specific end date to the temporary policy changes for in-Canada students.”

If you are unsure of your eligibility to register for online courses during Winter 2022, please contact the Course Registration team, registration@alexandercollege.ca


Updates to list of accepted vaccines for travel – November 25, 2021

Effective Nov 30, 2021:
The Government of Canada will expand the list of approved vaccines required for entry to and within Canada.

The newly approved vaccines include:

  • Sinopharm (also known as Covilo)
  • Sinovac (also known as Coronavac)
  • COVAXIN

For complete information, please visit this website:
https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/domestic-travel


Archived Announcements

  • Vaccination requirements to board a flight, train or ship, starting October 30, 2021.

    Starting October 30, 2021: if you are 12 years of age or older, you will need to be fully vaccinated (with a COVID-19 vaccine accepted by Canada) in order to board:

      • Domestic or international flights departing from airports in Canada

      From October 30 to November 29, there will be a short transition period when travellers who don’t yet qualify as fully vaccinated will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of travel.

        • Starting November 30, all travellers must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions to address specific situations such as emergency travel, and those medically unable to be vaccinated. More specific details on these exceptions will be provided, following consultation and engagement with stakeholders.
        • The Government of Canada advises all persons planning to travel to and within Canada to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Travellers should make plans now to ensure they are fully vaccinated before November 30. This will ensure they are able to travel by air, VIA rail or Rocky Mountaineer trains after their arrival in Canada.
        • Travellers entering Canada who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated should already have a negative molecular test result available to board a connecting flight. In the case of international arrivals and onward domestic flights, the pre-entry test result for arrival into Canada would remain valid until you board your final flight, as long as your layover in Canada is no longer than 24 hours.

        For complete information, please visit this website:
        https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/domestic-travel

  • Direct flights from India to Canada have resumed | October 27, 2021

    Passengers eligible to enter Canada and travelling on those flights must:

      • Obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from the Genestrings Laboratory, located above the metro station in the Airport Connect Building (ACB) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport
      • Perform this test within 18 hours before their scheduled departure
      • Present the test report with a QR code issued by this laboratory to the air operator before boarding

      Alternatively, travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 can present a positive molecular test issued by a certified laboratory in India. The date of collection must have been between 14 and 180 days before their scheduled departure to Canada.

      Airlines will refuse boarding to any traveller who’s unable to meet these requirements.

      Indirect flights
      Passengers who travel from India to Canada via an indirect route still need to provide a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.

      For complete information, please visit this website:
      https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/india

  • Update on Direct Flights from India to Canada | September 27, 2021

    As of September 27, 2021, direct flights from India to Canada will resume. After the restriction on direct flights expires, passengers eligible to enter Canada and travelling on those flights will need to:

      • obtain a pre-departure negative COVID-19 molecular test result from the Genestrings Laboratory, located above the metro station in the Airport Connect Building (ACB) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport
      • perform this test within 18 hours before their scheduled departure
      • present the test report with a QR code issued by this laboratory to the air operator before boarding

      Alternatively, travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 can present a positive molecular test issued by a certified laboratory in India. The date of collection must have been between 14 and 180 days before their scheduled departure to Canada. Airlines will refuse boarding to any traveller who’s unable to meet these requirements.

      See below for more information and details:
      https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/india

  • BC Vaccine Card | September 13, 2021

    COVID-19 Updates – September 13, 2021

      • You will now need to show proof of vaccination along with a piece of valid government photo ID for non-essential services (though you will NOT be asked for proof of vaccination to enter Alexander College)
      • You can obtain your proof of vaccination in the form of a vaccine card through this link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html
      • You must continue to keep your mask on in all public indoor places

      See below for more information and details:
      https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/response

  • New Provincial Health Orders | August 25, 2021

    The Provincial Health Officer has issued:

      • new mandatory mask requirements in all indoor public areas effective August 25, 2021.
      • a proof of vaccination requirement to access a number of events and businesses, including gyms, restaurants, and movie theatres, effective September 13, 2021.

    More details to come. See below for more details.
    https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0053-001665
    https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof

  • Government of Canada announces extension of travel ban | July 19, 2021

    The Government of Canada has announced that effective August 9, 2021, the three-night government authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air. All travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.

    For more information on the new measures, please see here: www.canada.ca

  • The Government of Canada announces extension of travel ban | August 10, 2021

    The Government of Canada announces extension of travel ban – August 10, 2021
    The Government of Canada has suspended flights from India until September 21, 2021

    For further information regarding this travel suspension, please visit the government of Canada website.
    https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/india

  • Government of Canada announces extension of travel ban | July 19, 2021

    The Government of Canada has announced that effective August 9, 2021, the three-night government authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air. All travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.

    For more information on the new measures, please see here: www.canada.ca

  • Government of Canada announces extension of travel ban | July 19, 2021
    • The Government of Canada has suspended flights from India until August 21, 2021.For further information regarding this travel suspension please visit the government of Canada website. https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/india
    • Canadian Government Announces Travel Updates | July 8, 2021
        • On 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.

      Please note the following updates:

          • All incoming students need a quarantine plan, whether they’re vaccinated or not, in case their arrival test returns positive and they need to isolate in accordance with public health requirements.
          • As part of pre-arrival information, ensure you are using the BC COVID-19 Support App as well as the ArriveCAN app.

      The Government of Canada is expected to announce further stages of border reopening in the coming weeks. Be sure to refer to their website http://travel.gc.ca  for the most up-to-date information.


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Campus Services FAQs

  • Is Alexander College open?
      • Fall 2021 term began September 7, 2021. The first two weeks of term are being held virtually (via Zoom and Canvas).
      • While most courses will remain virtual or online for the duration of the Fall term, selected courses with a blended component will commence in-person attendance from the week of September 20.
      • During the period of September 7-17, 2021, the new Burnaby Campus is partially open with limited access to facilities. The Student Financial Services Office, Bookstore, and Registrar and Enrolment Services Counter, located at the entrance to the campus, are open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:30pm. Students are welcome to visit the Registrar and Enrolment Services counter for in-person assistance with submitting or picking up transcripts and documentation, Admissions, Academic Advising, Student Records, and Course Registration. Some inquiries (e.g., transfer credit, application for graduation) may require that the student book a virtual appointment (Zoom) with one of our Officers.
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