COVID-19:  What You Need to Know

Our number one priority is the health and safety of all students, host families, schools and communities.  Canadian educational institutions must follow the regulations and recommendations of various authorities, including the government of Canada, provincial and local public health authorities.

Canada remains a welcoming destination for international students; however, as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are some important protocols that international students and other travelers must follow to reduce the risk of infection and transmission of the virus.

Use the ArriveCan app to enter Canada:

Please review all travel restrictions and requirements posted on the Government of Canada website prior to travelling to Canada.

NEW – Fully Vaccinated Travelers.  See: to determine if you meet the requirements to be considered a fully-vaccinated traveler.  The website above also includes information regarding pre-entry testing and ArriveCan requirements.


The Halton Catholic DSB has worked diligently to prepare students for a safe and healthy return to school.  The HCDSB Return to School Plan is based on Health and Safety Protocols​ developed by Halton Region Public Health.  The resource provides recommendations for school reopening.  The full document is available at:


This guide includes considerations for the development of policies and procedures, adherence to infection prevention and control practices, and appropriate response planning to ensure the health and safety of school staff, students, parents/guardians and essential visitors. ​

This resource and our ongoing discussions with Halton Region Public Health have formed the basis of our HCDSB Return to School Plan.


The Halton Catholic DSB has an approved COVID-19 Readiness Plan and is on the Province of Ontario’s approved Designated Learning Institution (DLI) list.

CURRENT REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 9 TO 12, UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE: If you don’t qualify as a fully-vaccinated traveler:

The Halton Catholic DSB in partnership with the Canada Homestay Network (CHN) is working with students and their families to ensure that they meet all travel to Canada quarantine requirements. If you are in grade 9 to 12 and under 18 years of age and planning to return to Canada to study, you must arrange your accommodations during the 14 day quarantine period through the Canada Homestay Network at:

NOTE:  Please contact if you will be living with an immediate family member in Canada and are exempt from homestay placement through CHN.

Participants will be placed with their regular host family, if available for quarantine, or a respite host family for the quarantine period only, as available on a first come, first served basis. Minors will be given priority placement in homestay.  All students, even those not currently planning to live with a Canada Homestay Network host family are required to arrange their 14 day quarantine through CHN.

Participants will be invoiced for the regular homestay fees at the time of arrival with selected CHN Homestay hosts, and students whose regular homestay placement has been arranged through the Canada Homestay Network will not be charged fees for the additional programming related to the quarantine requirement.

Students and their families are responsible for all additional costs and fees associated with the quarantine period and any additional quarantine period if required.


Students 18 years of age and older must have a 14-day quarantine plan in place before arriving in Canada. Even students that have received two vaccine doses must have their vaccination record reviewed on arrival.  The border services officers will make the final decision about whether you qualify as a fully-vaccinated traveler.

IRCC COVID-19 Student Requirements:

Students are required to review immigration requirements and HCDSB Protocols prior to traveling to Canada.

COVID-19: A Guide for International Students in Canada Arriving from Abroad

Effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada.

Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Students are required to bring their negative test results with them when they travel to Canada.

Effective December 15, 2021: IRCC COVID-19 Test Requirements

A border services officer (BSO) will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive. When the border services officer greets you, they consider the following:
• your reason for travelling to Canada
• your ability to comply with all the mandatory COVID- 19 requirements, unless you’re exempt
• your ability to comply with your approved DLI’s COVID- 19 readiness plan
o This may include a 14-day quarantine period.
• proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
• whether you’ve completed an immigration medical examination if required and the results are still valid
• the timing of your arrival
o You should give yourself enough time before school starts, to
• complete the mandatory COVID-19 requirements
• meet any requirements in your approved DLI’s COVID- 19 readiness plan
o If you arrive too early , you may be refused entry by the BSO.
Contact the Border Information Service before you travel if you have questions about travelling to Canada .

If you’re already studying in Canada and you leave the country you won’t be able to return to Canada if you don’t comply with the mandatory COVI D- 19 requirements.

[Updated:  January 14, 2022]

IMPORTANT: The information stated here is subject to change at any time.  It is your responsibility to check what is required when planning your travel to Canada.