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Canada Continues to Welcome International Students

By March 23, 2021No Comments

Canadian borders remain open!  

  • for international students  
  • holding a valid study permitand 
  • coming to study in an education institution: 
  • which is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)  
  • with an approved COVID-19 Readiness Plan 

Columbia International College is an Ontario Ministry of Education approved DLI. All international students can join CIC anytime. 

CIC buildings remain open throughout the Pandemic!  

Both our Academic and Residence Buildings are open for learning, clubs, activities, and Residence Living, including meals and medical services.  

Learning is guaranteed for all students. 

In-person classroom studies and live daily remote learning are offered. 

CIC Students Exempted from Hotel Quarantine 


It was announced by the Canadian Government in February 2021 that international students arriving in Canada alone from another country are exempted from having to quarantine in a hotel.  

CIC students under the age of 22 arriving in Canada alone meet the criteria stated under the Canadian Government’s Orders in Council 2021-0075 Section 3, Subsection (1.2) (a) of being an unaccompanied dependent child, and are therefore exempt from the hotel stopover portion of the quarantine. 

On Arrival to the Port of Entry 

CIC students are provided with supporting documents from our Admissions Office for presentation to the Canadian Border Service Agency officials at the port of entry.  Upon arrival at the airport 

  • Students will receive a free COVID-19 test and a test kit to use in 10 days  
  • Students will then proceed to the CIC Residence designated for quarantine. 

Government of Canada published reference website: 

CIC Planning for Full In-Person Learning in Fall 2021 

With the vaccine roll out picking up speed in Ontario and the rest of Canada, we are now looking forward, with confidence and optimism, to reopening our campus for full in-person learning in August 2021.  

Columbia International College is actively planning for the safe return to a full in-person curricular and extracurricular schedule for students at our campus in Hamilton, Ontario.  

Remote learning options shall remain available to students who are waiting for their Study Permit or living in countries where there is restriction on departure for travelling overseas. 

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