Canada’s Colleges and Universities Roll Out Fall Pandemic Plans for 2022

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Last updated September 15, 2022

Canadian colleges and universities open doors with optimism as pandemic wanes

Canadian college and university campuses are bustling this fall after two years of online and hybrid learning in various forms, thanks to disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions that came into effect with lockdowns and other public health orders. While a few outliers, such as Western University in London, Ont., have mask and vaccine mandates in place for the 2022/2023 school year, most others are trying to strike a balance between moving away from such mandates, and being prepared to bring protective measures back if COVID infections spike again.

According to data gathered by CourseCompare from more than 150 Canadian colleges and universities, 83 per cent of schools in Canada are offering classes in-person this fall, compared to 51.6 per cent in fall 2021. About 15 per cent of post-secondary institutions are offering programs on a hybrid model this year, compared to 30 per cent in September 2021. And just 2 per cent of students will receive instruction fully online this year compared to 5 per cent last year.

Delivery Mode Fall 2020Fall 2021Fall 2022
In person4%52%83%
Hybrid40%30%15%
Online53%5%2%
No response 3%12%0%

Like many schools, the University of Windsor is planning for a mix of in-person, hybrid and online learning, and in doing so considered a variety of factors when determining which methods would be used for which courses, including class sizes, student population, facilities, and whether the course relies on lectures or labs.

“For example, students in fine arts and acting have a strong need to have their course material delivered in person, while other students who receive their courses in a more traditional lecture-style way do not,” said spokesperson Lori Lewis.

CourseCompare’s interactive table shows schools’ plans for September 2022 and includes a summary of each institution’s masking and vaccine policies.

SCHOOL PROVINCE FALL 2020FALL 2021 FALL 2022FALL STATUS 2022VACCINE POLICIES MANDATORY VACCINATION? COVID-19 UPDATES
All SchoolsAll Provinces4% in person 52% in person83% in person Fall program delivery and COVID policiesVaccine policiesIs vaccination required?
MacEwan UniversityABOnlineHybridIn personPlanning for full in-person learning, with the online learning option to accomodate students and allow flexibility. Masking and social distancing are not mandatory. However, social distancing is recommended in high-traffic areas. There will no longer be a requirement for students, employees, or visitors to campus to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or rapid test results.Nohttps://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Coronavirus/index.htm
University of Alberta ABHybridHybridIn personProgram delivery is expected to remain primarly in-person. High quality masks and social distancing are encouraged in indoor high-capacity areas. The physical measures currently in place -- such as plexiglass barriers, mask distribution, and hand sanitizer -- will continue until at least the end of the fall semester. Students and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated Nohttps://www.ualberta.ca/the-quad/2022/08/from-the-provosts-desk-preparing-for-fall-2022.html
Alberta University of the ArtsABOnline In personIn personAt AUArts, fullly in-person learning is expected as the province of Alberta has moved into the final stage of lifting COVID-19 measures including masking, social distancing, and the legal requirement to isolate if you have tested positive for the virus.Students and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated Nohttps://auarts.ca/article/auarts-covid19-healthy-campus-requirements
The King's University College ABHybridIn personIn personKing's University will have a full return to campus this fall.Requires all members of campus community to demonstrate proof of vaccinationYes
Lethbridge University ABHybridIn personIn personPlanning for full in-person learning, without the requirement for masking or vaccination. However, the Return to Campus committee will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and respond as neccessary. Vaccination is not required, but highly recommendedNohttps://www.ulethbridge.ca/covid-19
Athabasca UniversityABOnline OnlineOnlineAs "Canada's Online University," Athabasca will continue to offer certificate and degree programs entirely online.Although vaccination is not required is is encouraged.Nohttps://news.athabascau.ca/announcements/information-on-covid-19/
Bow Valley CollegeABOnlineHybridIn personThis fall at Bow Valley College, students will be learning in person. The mandatory mask mandate has also been lifted. The ability for all students to learn online will no longet be available after August 22nd 2022. Students and staff do not have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend campus.Nohttps://bowvalleycollege.ca/covid-info/return-to-campus-information
Grand Prairie Regional CollegeABOnlineIn personIn personIn line with Alberta's successful response to the pandemic, classes will resume to in-person.Students and staff are encourgaed to be vaccinated Nohttps://www.gprc.ab.ca/risk_management/covid19/updates.html
Lethbridge CollegeABOnlineIn personIn personClasses will be primarily based in person, however some classes will continue to be offered online. Masks are not required, but strongly recommended in indoor spaces. However, they are mandatory when entering Wellness Services and select lab spaces.Vaccination is not required, but highly recommendedNohttps://lethbridgecollege.ca/we-are-ready
Medicine Hat CollegeABOnlineOnlineIn personNormal Operations with no COVID-19 restrictions in place at Medicine Hat College, with the continued encouragement of personal hygienic habits. Vaccination is encouraged for staff and students in order to continue to protect the community. Nohttps://www.mhc.ab.ca/AboutMHC/CampusSafety/COVID-19
Mount Royal UniversityABOnlineIn personIn personAt Mount Royal University, classes will be delivered in person in Fall 2022. The University strongly suggests that everyone wear a mask while indoors on campus. Vaccination is not required, but highly recommendedNohttps://www.mtroyal.ca/COVID19/index.htm
Northern Alberta Institute of TechnologyABHybridHybridHybrid NAIT will be offering courses both in person, as well as online. Masking will be encouarged in most indoor spaces on campus, while it is required in Health Services offices or where it is a requirement of Personal Protection Equipment. Vaccination is not required, but highly recommendedNohttps://emergency.nait.ca/alerts/covid-19/covid-19-update-for-august-25-what-to-expect-for-f
Red Deer CollegeABHybrid In personIn personClasses will be delivered in person at Red Deer Polytechnic, with no face covering requirements. Vaccination is not required, but highly recommendedNohttps://rdpolytech.ca/student-services/health-safety-and-wellness-centre/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)ABOnlineIn personIn personAll classes will be delivered in person, with no additional COVID-19 restrictions Vaccination is not required, but highly recommendedNohttps://www.sait.ca/covid-19
Concordia University of EdmontonABHybridIn personIn personThe return of full in person classes will take place at CUE. Masking and physical distancing will not be enforced on campus, rather recommended. CUE will continue to provide plexiglass barriers and sanitizing measures. Vaccination is encouraged for staff and students in order to continue to protect the community. Nohttps://concordia.ab.ca/covid-19-update-what-to-expect-returning-to-campus-this-fall/
University of Calgary ABHybridIn personIn personAt the University of Calgary, classes will be delivered in person. There is no campus mandate for vaccination or mask use. However, masks may be required in certain settings such as clinical settings.Vaccination is not required, but highly recommendedNohttps://ucalgary.ca/risk/emergency-management/covid-19-response
Vancouver Community CollegeBCOnlineIn personIn personVCC is having a full return to in person learning, as well lifting the mandatory mask mandate. Vaccination is encouraged for staff and students in order to continue to protect the community. Nohttps://www.vcc.ca/covid-19/
Kwantlen Polytechnic University BCOnlineIn personIn personKPU is planning for classes to be delivered in person for fall 2022. With the removal of the requirement for masking and vaccination.Vaccination is no longer required to attend campus, however it is encouraged. There is an on-campus vaccination clinic.Nohttps://www.kpu.ca/hui/novel-coronavirus
Emily Carr University of Art & DesignBCOnlineHybridHybrid Emily Carr is offering hybrid learning options this coming fall with predominately in person classes. There is substantial support for online learners however. Being vaccinated is not a requirement for attending Emily Carr, but it is encouraged.Nohttps://www.ecuad.ca/covid19/covid-19-students/academic-planning
Douglas CollegeBCOnlineHybridHybrid Douglas College will primarly deliver their classes in person, but there is a continued option for online or hybrid classes for students who prefer that option. Masking on campus will be left to the choice of the student. Proof of vaccination is no longer requried Nohttps://www.douglascollege.ca/student-services/student-resources/covid19
Alexander CollegeBCOnlineIn personIn personAlexander College will welcome their students back to campus this fall with a return to in person classes. Many restrictions will be lifted such as masking. Proof of vaccination is no longer requried Nohttps://alexandercollege.ca/alexander-colleges-response-to-covid-19/
Arbutus CollegeBCHybridHybridIn personA predominantly in-person experience is on offer with vaccination policies in effect only for international studentsVaccination is required for international students entering Canada.Yes for international studentshttps://arbutuscollege.com/covid-19/
British Columbia Institute of TechnologyBCHybridIn personIn personAt BCIT, campus and classes are fully operational and in person, with no masking requirements across campus.No vaccination required to attend campusNohttps://www.bcit.ca/covid-19/
Capilano UniversityBCOnlineIn personIn personProgram delivery will be in person at Capilano Univeristy. Additionally, mask mandates will be lifted with an expection for students and employees working in the health care field. Not required but recommended to staff and studentsNohttps://www.capilanou.ca/about-capu/get-to-know-us/news/2020/title-462655-en.php
Langara CollegeBCOnlineIn personIn personClasses will be held in person, and wearing a mask is considered a personal choice depending on one's own risk assessment. Vaccination is encouraged for staff and students in order to continue to protect the community.Nohttps://langara.ca/news-and-events/covid-19/coronavirus-news-updates/2022/220902-covid-student-update.html
Okanagan CollegeBCHybridIn person In personOkanagan College expects full in person classes, with optional masking in indoor spaces. The Provincial Health Officer has mandated that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for students living in shared accommodation (student housing) and those studying in health-care and some other fields where clinical placements are required. Yes for certain individualshttps://www.okanagan.bc.ca/covid https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/department/covid-19
Royal Roads UniversityBCOnlineIn personIn personRoyal Roads is open for students and staff with in person classes and following the order of the Provincal Health Offier no other restrictions on campus.Proof of vaccination is no longer requried Nohttps://www.royalroads.ca/news-releases/royal-roads-welcomes-students-back-campus-september https://www.royalroads.ca/news-events/covid-19
Selkirk College BCHybridIn personIn personSelkirk College has lifted pandemic mandates including masking and vaccine requirements, in person classes are also returning to the college. Proof of vaccination is no longer requried Nohttps://selkirk.ca/selkirk-college-returns-campus
Simon Fraser UniversityBCOnlineIn personIn personSimon Fraser will be welcoming students back to campus this fall with in-person classes. Masks are encouraged on campus, but not required. Vaccination is not required, but highly recommendedNohttps://www.sfu.ca/returntocampus.html
Sprott Shaw CollegeBCHybridIn personIn personSprott Shaw is offering primarily in person classes this Fall term. Masking is not required on campus but encouraged, however it remains a requirement in care locations. Proof of full vaccination requiredYeshttps://sprottshaw.com/my-sprottshaw/covid-19/
Thompson Rivers UniversityBCHybrid In personIn personTRU is ready to welcome back students to a safe campus this fall with in person classes. At TRU masking will be optional.Vaccination and boosters are expected for those who are able and eligible No https://www.tru.ca/covid-19.html
Trinity Westen BCHybridIn personIn personFollowing BC's health measures, in-person classes will resume this fall with optional masking on campus. Vaccination is encouraged for staff and students in order to continue to protect the community.Nohttps://www.twu.ca/covid-19-information
University Canada WestBCHybridIn personIn personAt University Canada West classes will be in-person, with opptional masking. However, it is likely masking will remain in place in healthcare settings and long-term care.Vaccination and boosters are expected for those who are able and eligible Nohttps://www.ucanwest.ca/students/covid-19-updates/
University of the Fraser ValleyBCHybridin personIn personA full return to in person classes, as well as masks will not be required in indoor settings. Not required but encouragedNohttps://blogs.ufv.ca/urgent-news/2022/03/10/masks-a-personal-choice-as-of-march-11/
University of VictoriaBCOnlinein personIn personUVic has returned to primarily in-person learning, however if you are ill you are asked to not come to class. Instead students should contact their instructor and check BrightSpace for posted lectures and notes. Also, masking is no longer a requirement indoors.Encouraging vaccination, although it is not required to attend campus.Nohttps://www.uvic.ca/covid19/
Vancouver Institute of Media ArtsBCHybridIn personIn personVanArts is offering classes in-person this fall, but they also have a safety plan in place. As of March 11th 2022, masking is no longer a requirement. Most staff and students are already vaccinated, vaccines continue to be encouargedNohttps://www.vanarts.com/covid-19/
Vancouver Island UniversityBCHybridIn personIn personVIU is delivering classes in person this fall, with no mask mandate. As for international students, most travellers coming to Canada require vaccination, with very few expections. International students must stay up to date with Government requirements Encouraging vaccination, but it is not requiredNohttps://adm.viu.ca/health-and-safety/covid-19/frequently-asked-questions-fall-semester https://international.viu.ca/covid-19-updates-international-students
VanWest CollegeBCIn personHybridIn personClasses will be held in person on-site, with the choice of masking left to the individual. TBDTBDhttps://vanwest.com/covid-updates/
University of Northern British ColumbiaBCOnlineHybridIn personClasses will resume in person this fall, the mask mandate on campus will also be dropped. However, it is recommend that you continue to wear masks in all communal spaces on campus.Following the guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and the local health authority vaccination will not be required.Nohttps://www2.unbc.ca/safety/coronavirus-covid-19-information
University of British ColumbiaBCOnlinein personIn personUBC is conducting in-person classes. The health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff remain their first priority and the University will continue to follow local health guidelines.COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory to attend campus or classes. However, UBC strongly encourages members of the community to get vaccinated.Nohttps://covid19.ubc.ca/
Canadian Mennonite University MBIn personIn personIn personAll forms of education and campus life will take place this fall, including in person classes. As for masking, it is encouraged but not required at this time. CMU encourages all members of the learning community to continue to receive the recommended COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccines. These vaccines are safe and effective. CMU will provide on-campus vaccine clinics to help facilitate up-to-date immunizations.Nohttps://www.cmu.ca/covid-19/
Brandon University MBOnlineHybridIn personBrandon University is thrilled to have students return for in person learning. A high-quality, well-fitted mask, such as a KN-95, can protect yourself and others. Mask-wearing is encouraged in all shared indoor spaces.Vaccines are encouraged and recommended. Vaccines greatly reduce the risk of catching illness, of getting seriously sick, and of passing it on to others. Please ensure all your vaccinations are up to date, including all boosters, as soon as you are eligible.Nohttps://www.brandonu.ca/news/2022/09/08/welcome-back-info-for-fall-term/
yesMBHybridHybridIn personIt is anticipated that for the Fall 2022 Term, RRC Polytech will operate on-campus program delivery, work, and events with no public health restrictions in place. Many programs will be delivered through our Flexible Delivery Model, ensuring that they offer experiential (hands-on) and in-person learning.As of March 1, staff and students are not required to provide proof of vaccination to attend RRC Polytech campuses. Nohttps://www.rrc.ca/coronavirus/faq/#fallterm
Assiniboine Community CollegeMBHybridHybridIn personStudents should expect to be on campus for classes in fall 2022. The mask mandate on campus will also be relinquished. As of Monday, May 2, 2022, we no longer require students and staff coming onto campus to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or, alternatively, to comply with the regular testing protocol. Visitors to campus also are no longer required to show proof of vaccination as of Monday.Nohttps://assiniboine.net/community/news-events/covid-19-response-updates
Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology MBHybridHybridHybridManitoba Institute of Trades and Technology is pleased to be welcoming students back to campus this fall under the Green (open) COVID-19 response level. Classes will be offered in a blended learning model, with both online and in-person classes, depending on the program.Vaccination is not required to be on campus, however it is strongly encouraged. Nohttps://mitt.ca/499/blogs/mitt-returns-to-green-status
Universite de Saint Boniface MBOnlineHybridIn personPrimarily, classes will be offered face to face. However there are hybrid options for some students. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or a seasonal illness is asked not to come to campus.Effective May 1, 2022, USB suspended its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. However, vaccination is still strongly encouraged. Nohttps://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/stuck-in-international-limbo-571901042.html
University College of the NorthMBOnlineHybridIn personPrograms will be delivered in person this fall. Masks are no longer required at UCN. This aligns with public health requirements and is similar to practice at most colleges and universities. You may choose to wear a mask based on personal preference.UCN no longer requires vaccination, but it is still your best defence! Nohttps://ucncovid.ca/ https://www.ucn.ca/communications/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=649085a7%2D8c05%2D4993%2D8f97%2D8f8c98681f12&ID=281&Source=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eucn%2Eca%2Fcommunications%2FPages%2FCommunications%2Easpx&Web=136c1057%2D492a%2D4acc%2Dbdb1%2D7c7f0484efc9
University of Winnipeg MBOnlineHybridIn personThe University of Winnipeg will be welcoming students back to campus this fall for in person learning. Effective Wednesday, August 17, masking will be highly recommended, but not mandatory. They will continue monitor the COVID-19 situation in the province and will modify restrictions, as needed, should the situation change.The University of Winnipeg will no longer require staff, students or visitors who visit campus to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinationNohttps://news.uwinnipeg.ca/fall-term-changes/
New Brunswick Community College NBOnline HybridHybridThe 2022-2023 academic year will provide students with a vibrant campus experience and flexible learning options, with opportunities for both in-person and virtual learning. Students can expect to be on campus between 60 and 80 per cent of the time (three to four days per week).Vaccines are encouraged and recommended. Nohttps://nbcc.ca/covid-19 https://nbcc.ca/admissions/what-can-i-expect
Mount Allison NBHybridIn personIn personMount Allison will provide in person classes this fall. Masks will continue to be mandatory indoors, including in hallways and stairwells, and in instructional spaces, in most cases. However, there are some expections. Instructors may choose to not wear a mask while teaching and students/presenters may choose to remove their mask while presenting. Also, those working alone in an office or cubicle are not required to wear a mask.We continue to encourage all community members, who are able to, to take advantage of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. A secure mechanism will be provided for community members who are new to MtA to voluntarily update their vaccine status.Nohttps://mta.ca/about/news/updated-covid-19-community-health-protocols-thu-07212022-0927
St. Thomas University NBHybrid In personIn personSt.Thomas is planning for full in person classes this fall. Masking remains required in classrooms (unless teaching/presenting at a distance of at least 2m from others) and in indoor common spaces (ie., hallways, stairwells, washrooms, administration offices, and faculty offices when meeting with students). Masking is not required in certain settings.St.Thomas strongly encourages individuals to stay current with their vaccinations.Nohttps://www.stu.ca/about/administrative-offices/human-resources/covid-19/
Eastern CollegeNBHybridTBDHybridEastern College offers a variety of learning for students - in class learning, hybrid, remote, and online learning. Starting March 14, 2022, proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test from within the previous 72 hours is no longer required to participate in discretionary, nonessential events and activities that gather people together.Nohttps://www.easterncollege.ca/news-events/news/eastern-college-implementing-phased-approach-to-re-opening-campuses-in-new-brunswick/
Kingswood UniversityNBIn personHybridHybridStudents are able to choose between in person class or online classes. With transmission levels still high in New Brunswick, although not required, face masks are welcomed on the KU campus.Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to become fully vaccinated and to maintain boosters as available.Nohttps://www.kingswood.edu/covid-19-information
Maritime College of Forest Technology NBOnlineIn personIn personAt the Maritime College of Forest Technology, classes will be in person while ensuring the safety and well being of their students and staff.TBDTBDhttps://www.mcft.ca/coronavirus/
McKenzie CollegeNBOnlineTBDHybridMcKenzie College sees the importance of flexibility. Their programs are delivered both online and onsite to provide students the time and freedom for self-guided learning and exploration.Students must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated by a Canadian approved vaccine. Yeshttps://www.mckenzie.edu/all-news/programs-delivered-online-2020-21-academic-year
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design NBHybridIn personIn personNBCCD will continue to offer in person classes in fall 2022. Masks must be worn in all common areas, except to eat and drink (for which you should be 2m apart). However, instructors may remove masks while teaching, provided there is two metres of distance from students.TBDTBDhttps://nbccd.ca/about/covid-guidelines/
Universite de Moncton NBHybrid In personIn personClasses will take place in person this fall with no requirements for masking. However, there are a few exceptions. Wearing a mask remains mandatory in the premises of the Health Center. and in laboratories because distancing is no longer guaranteed. The professor may require the wearing of a mask during consultations in his or her office.Proof of vaccination will no longer be required when hiring new employees or when registering students. Vaccination remains strongly encouraged for all members of the University community. Certain exceptions may apply.Nohttps://www.umoncton.ca/covid-19/
University of New BrunswickNBHybridHybridHybridAt all University of New Brunswick campuses classes will be offered with a combination of in-person instruction and alternative delivery methods with in-person classes available wherever possible. The mask mandate will also remain in place.UNB strongly recommends faculty, staff and students be vaccinated and maintain boosters as available.Nohttps://www.unb.ca/coronavirus/
Crandal UniversityNBHybridHybridIn personIn person classes will resume at Crandal University, masking and social distancing will also no longer be a requirement.Vaccines are not required, but are strongly recommended. Nohttps://www.crandallu.ca/2020/06/15/whats-happening-this-fall-at-crandall/ https://www.crandallu.ca/2020/10/23/in-person-classes-resume-at-crandall-with-return-to-yellow-phase/
Memorial University NLOnlineIn personIn personClasses will take place in person this fall, however masks are required in all classrooms and laboratories, as well as health care facilities. As of June 1st, Memorial no longer requires proof of vaccination.Nohttps://vocm.com/2020/05/15/mun-tuition-possible-increase/ https://www.mun.ca/international/arrivals-20-21/ https://www.mun.ca/covid19/news.php?id=14163&type=news
College of the North Atlantic NLOnlineHybridHybridCNA offers both in person, as well as over 300 onlinee courses to allow flexibility for students. TBDTBDhttps://www.cna.nl.ca/news/coronavirus-update
Acadia University NSHybridIn personIn personPlan for a full return in the fall, with mandatory masking at least until Thanksgiving weekend. After that the situation will be reassesed. Although proof of vaccination is not required to attend campus this fall, in keeping with Public Health guidance, you are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19Nohttps://www2.acadiau.ca/covid-19.html
Cape Breton University NSOnlineHybridIn personCBU is excited to welcome all students back to campus fall 2022, with no requirement for masking. However, it continues to be encouraged.Vaccinations are highly encouraged as a measure to protect our campus community.Nohttps://www.cbu.ca/future-students/student-services/health-wellness/covid19/
Dalhousie University NSOnlineIn personIn personDalhousie has a commitment to providing in-person learning experiences for our students this fall. Masking will be required in classroom settings. Students, faculty and staff will no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination (or have an approved accommodation) to work or study on campus.Nohttps://www.dal.ca/covid-19-information-and-updates/updates/2022/08/11/covid_19_procedures_protocols_fall_2022.html
St. Francis Xavier NSIn personIn personIn personStFX will welcome students to in person classes this fall. Masks are mandatory in all academic instructional spaces, and strongly encouraged elsewhere on campus.The StFX community is highly vaccinated, and we strongly encourage anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated, including booster shots, to do so where possible before returning to campus. Nohttps://www.stfx.ca/coronavirus/FAQs
Nova Scotia Community College NSHybridIn PersonIn personPlanning for in person classes in the fall term. Also, masking will not be required, however masking is a requirement in some programs and students in affected programs are aware of this.To remain in step with the Province, we no longer require proof of vaccination or testing to enter campus. However, getting vaccinated and boosted is the best way to protect against COVID-19 infection.Nohttps://www.nscc.ca/covid19/
Saint Mary's University NSOnline In personIn personSaint Mary's is delivering classes in person with a full on campus experience. Masking will be required in certain settings such as: learning spaces, common areas, all residence/residence complex common areas including hallways, elevators, lounges, and athletic facilities. They may be removed in residence rooms, when eating or drinking, or when being physically active. There is currently no vaccine mandate for the Fall 2022 Term but we strongly encourage additional vaccinations and boosters as they become available.Nohttps://smu.ca/virtualuniversity/welcome.html
Mount Saint Vincent UniversityNSHybridHybridHybridIn person classes will be offered, with masking required in classrooms and indoor spaces. Most classrooms will continue to operate at 80% capacity for the fall 2022 semester. At the same time, we continue to offer a number of online courses for those who need or want to continue to learn online. Though proof of vaccination is not currently required to attend campus, all are still strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including boosters), in keeping with Public Health guidance.Nohttps://www.msvu.ca/about-msvu/return-to-campus/
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design NSOnlineHybridIn personAs the university prepares for the safe return of in-person teaching, research and programming on campus in September, we continue to adapt our initial response protocol to help everyone in our NSCAD community feel prepared and confident. It is expected as we enter the post-pandemic phase of COVID-19 that Nova Scotia Public Health will eliminate the formal requirement for mask wearing; however, continued use of masks is recommended by public health.Although students, faculty and staff are not required to provide proof of full vaccination to work and study on campus, we strongly recommend everyone be up to date with their vaccinations, including boosters (depending on age group). Nohttps://nscad.ca/covid-19-information-and-updates/
Universite Sainte-AnneNSHybridHybridIn personClasses will be offered in person this fall. As of January 2022, it will no longer be possible to take courses remotely; that is, students will have to go to their home campus to take their face-to-face course.TBDTBDhttps://www.usainteanne.ca/en/about-us
Aurora College NTOnline In personIn personClasses will be offered in person this fall with saintary measures in place. As of August 29, 2022, the decision whether to wear a face mask is now a personal responsibility at Aurora CollegeNo vaccine requirements, however some programs have pre-existing vaccination requirements for practicums and work experiences, such as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nurse, Personal Support Worker, and Early Learning and Child Care programs.Nohttp://www.auroracollege.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/Covid-19_Info.aspx
Nunavut Arctic College NUHybridIn PersonIn personAt Nunavut Arctic College, the majority of classes will be offered in person.TBDTBDhttps://www.gov.nu.ca/
Algoma University ONOnlineHybridIn personAlgoma University is ready to welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff to all three of our campuses for in person classes. They encourage people to continue to wear masks, particularly in places where distancing cannot be maintainedAlgoma does not currently require students or staff to be vaccinated, Nohttps://www.algomau.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Copy-of-WEBCOPY-2020-03-25MEMO_-Current-INTL-Students-FAQ-1.pdf
Algonquin College ONHybridHybridIn personAlgonquin College will be delivering classes in person this coming fall. They will also suspend its mandatory masking policy for the majority of the College and academic programming, effective June 1, 2022. Active screening for COVID-19 and proof of vaccination checks will no longer be required at campus entrances.Nohttps://www.algonquincollege.com/coronavirus/
York University ONHybridHybridIn personYorkU is excited to welcome staff and students back to campus for in person classes. Vaccination requirements are paused and no longer required.Nohttps://www.yorku.ca/bettertogether/
Carleton University ONOnlineHybridIn personCarleton Univeristy will offer primarily in person classes, where masking is not required but strongly reccommended. Although proof of vaccination is not required to access campus or participate in in-person Carleton activities, it may become necessary to bring back proof of vaccination requirements on short notice if the situation and public health advice changesNohttps://newsroom.carleton.ca/coronavirus-covid-19/faq/#GR1
Conestoga College ONHybridHybridHybridConestoga will offer three ways that programs will be delivered: hybrid, on campus, and remote. For most students, fall 2022 programs will be delivered on campus and in person, with some activities completed remotely. Masking will also not be required. Conestoga has paused proof of vaccination requirements at all campus locations.Nohttps://www.conestogac.on.ca/academic-delivery-plan/
Fanshawe College ONHybridHybridHybridFanshawe is looking forward to welcoming students back onto campus this fall, with 65 per cent of classes provided in person and residences close to full capacity.Fanshawe is not requiring all students on campus to be vaccinated. FNohttps://www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/information-fall-2020-students
Humber College ONHybridHybridIn personHumber is looking forward to a full and dynamic on-campus experience for the fall 2022 semester and are excited to welcome new and returning students to our campuses. Indoor masking on campus is a personal choice. There is no vaccination policy currently in place at Humber or the University of Guelph-Humber. Nohttps://www.humber.ca/updates/
La CiteONHybrid TBDHybridLearning will be offered in the hybrid learning module.Vaccination, although no longer mandatory, remains recommended and an excellent way to protect yourself and others against the virus.Nohttps://www.collegelacite.ca/mises-a-jour-covid-19
Lambton College ONHybridHybridHybridAt Lambton College most classes will begin online, with a transition to in person classes. Students will have some courses offered in-person and some offered online. Students are expected to be in-person on September 26, 2022 As of April 23, the mandatory mask and mandatory vaccine mandates will be lifted at all Lambton College campuses and buildingsNohttps://www.lambtoncollege.ca/Programs/International/Lambton_in_Toronto/Academic_Delivery_Approach/
McMaster University ONOnlineHybridIn personMcMaster is thrilled to have students back for the first full on campus experience since the start of the pandemic. While our vaccination mandate continues to be paused, we encourage students, faculty and staff to keep up to date with their COVID vaccinations.Nohttps://covid19.mcmaster.ca/message-from-the-president-and-provost-regarding-the-fall-2022-term/
Mohawk College ONHybridHybridHybridMohawk will offer a mix of fully in-person and hybrid courses that will vary by program. For most programs, the majority of your time will be spent on campus with hybrid delivery reserved for situations where it makes sense such as some lecture-based learning. Vaccination is not required to be on campus, however it is strongly encouraged. Nohttps://www.mohawkcollege.ca/covid-19-coronavirus/update-on-covid-19-coronavirus https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/program-delivery-information
Niagara College ONOnlineIn personIn personThe majority of classes will be in person, however Niagara College will continue to offer hybrid delivery as it provides flexibility to their students. On campus masking will no longer be required. Vaccination requirments were suspended on July 4th. Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19, especially in community settings. Niagara College encourages you to get vaccinated and stay up-to-dateNohttps://www.niagaracollege.ca/covid19/#school-nav
Centennial College ONOnlineHybridHybridCentennial College will offer both on campus in person learning, as well as online opportunities for students. Centennial College no longer requires individuals coming onto campus to be vaccinated for COVID-19, nor show proof of vaccination. Nohttps://www.centennialcollege.ca/together-again/faqs/
Boreal College ONOnlineIn personIn personBoreal will offer a majority of classes and labs in person. However, there are still opportunities for online learning for students. TBDTBDhttps://www.collegeboreal.ca/en/covid-19
SenecaONOnlineIn personIn personAt Seneca, in person classes will be the main form of delivery. However, they will also offer online, hybrid, and flexible learning options. Seneca drops its mandatory vaccination requirement on Jan. 1, 2023. Until Jan. 1, 2023, Seneca required all individuals to be vaccinated as a condition of coming on campus, participating in any in-person Seneca activities such as varsity sports, and living, working or attending activities in student residenceNohttps://www.senecacollege.ca/programs/delivery.html
St. Clair College ONOnlineHybridHybridSome courses will be delivered in person, while some will be fully online courses. We continue to encourage all staff and students to stay up to date with their vaccines as recommended by Public Health. This is still the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19.Nohttps://www.stclaircollege.ca/future-students/fall-2020-delivery
Confederation College ONHybridHybridIn personConfederation College will be welcoming students back to face-to-face instruction this fall. Effective Monday, May 30, masking is no longer mandatory within Confederation College buildings or to attend in-person learning.Effective May 2, Confederation College will no longer require active screening and proof of vaccination to enter College buildings or to attend in-person learning. Nohttps://www.confederationcollege.ca/safe-campus/covid-19-return-campus-plan
Fleming College ONHybridHybridIn personAs the College returns to typical academic delivery, programs will have an increased campus presence for the fall semester. However, they will still offer hybrid and online learning options. While Fleming encourages full vaccination and masking, neither are mandated at this time, in alignment with provincial guidelines.Nohttps://flemingcollege.ca/2022-academic-year
Cambrian College ONHybridHybridIn personIn person classes will be the primary form of course delivery. However, there are some courses that require hybrid learning including both face-to-face instruction as well as online content delivery. Proof of vaccination status, masking and physical distancing are NOT REQUIRED to access campus or Student Residence, unless required as a condition of academic programming (for example, the Dental Clinic).Nohttps://cambriancollege.ca/information-and-updates-on-covid-19/
Canadore College ONHybridHybridHybridCanadore College has been offering programs through a combination of remote and in-class delivery for more than 20 years. Therefore, they will be offering in person, partially remote, and fully remote delivery. Canadore College endorses vaccinations, and encourages our college community to get vaccinated; however, they are not mandatory.Nohttps://cdn.agilitycms.com/canadore-college/Attachments/support/international/Fall%202022%20-%20IMPORTANT%20Information.pdf
George Brown College ONOnlineOnlineHybridGeorge Brown will deliver programs and student services on campus and in hybrid and online formats, and everyone is welcome to visit campus. The college also lifted its mask mandate. As of May 1, 2022, we do not require health screenings or proof of vaccination to enter college buildings. Nohttps://www.georgebrown.ca/covid-19/information-for-students
Loyalist College ONHybridIn personIn personAll programs will be delivered in person at all Loyalist College locations. As there is no longer a mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination policy, proof will no longer be required to enter campus.Nohttps://www.loyalistcollege.com/coronavirus/#SafeReturn
Sheridan College ONOnlineOnlineIn personMore than 95% of Sheridan programs have at least some in-person learning for Fall 2022. You can expect a vibrant on-campus experience with most of our services and activities returning to pre-pandemic levels.Sheridan is pausing its requirement for vaccines or rapid antigen testing.Nohttps://www.sheridancollege.ca/covid-19
OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design) ONOnline In personIn personClasses will return to in person this fall. To help protect the most vulnerable members of our community, OCAD U requires everyone to wear well-fitting, high-quality masks while in classes, shops, computer labs, the Dorothy H. Hoover Library and other designated masking areas. However, if you are presenting, facilitating or speaking to a group, you may remove your mask.While they do not require you to be vaccinated to come on campus, should COVID-19 levels rise this fall, it may become necessary to once again restrict access to campus to vaccinated individuals only.Nohttps://www.ocadu.ca/services/health-and-wellness/covid-19
Toronto Metropolitan UniversityONOnlineHybridIn personToronto Metropolitan University community is looking forward to a full return to in-person learning and teaching this September. Online delivery for a small number of courses will be available.The masking policy is also currently on pause. Vaccination will no longer be a requirement Nohttps://www.torontomu.ca/news-events/news/2022/08/university-looks-forward-to-full-return-to-campus-in-september/
St. Lawrence College ONOnlineIn personIn personSLC is welcoming students back to in-person classes this fall. Regarding mask and vaccine requirements, in accordance with current public health guidelines, they will be a mask-optional college. SLC does not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination, except for programs where it is required for placements.Nohttps://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/about/covid-19/updates-on-covid-19
BrainStation ONOnlineIn personIn personBrainStation's Toronto and Vancouver campuses will conduct classes in person in fall 2022. However, online programs are available.Vaccination is not required to be on campus, however it is strongly encouraged. Nobrainstation.io
Lighthouse LabsONOnlineOnlineOnlineAll in-person programs and events are now available in an online live format.Vaccination is not required Nohttps://www.lighthouselabs.ca/en/faq
Redeemer University College ONHybridHybridIn personRedeemer University is also preparing for a full return to campus for the 2022-23 academic year, along with a remote option via dual-delivery format for a limited number of students in most classes.At this time, Redeemer has no active mandates regarding vaccinesNohttps://www.redeemer.ca/covid-19/updates/#july-6-2020 https://www.redeemer.ca/covid-19/updates/
Saint Paul University ONOnline In personIn personCourses will be delivered in person this fall with the advice to remain vigilant to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remain safe.Although vaccination is not required it is highly reccomendedNohttps://ustpaul.ca/en/coronavirus-update-for-the-saint-paul-university-community_7152_17.htm
Toronto School of ManagementONHybridIn personIn personAll courses will primarily be in person in the fall. TBDTBDhttps://www.torontosom.ca/news/tsom-announces-in-campus-delivery-for-september-intake-programs
University of Sudbury ONOnlineHybridIn personAt the University of Sudbury class will resume to in person learning. As of September 1, 2022, Face Coverings are required in all instructional spaces (classrooms, labs, teaching spaces; studios) where two metres of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. Vaccination is not required but they strongly encourage you to receive your vaccinations. Nohttps://usudbury.ca/en/news/current-news/1730-coronavirus-covid-19
WeCloudDataONOnlineHybridHybridWe cloud is offering both online and in person options. Students have the freedom to learn at your comfort home or at one of their campuses in Toronto or VancouverTBDTBDhttps://weclouddata.com/
University of OttawaONOnlineHybridIn personThe University of Ottawa is planning for the first return to full in person learning since the start of the pandemic. Masking is encouraged to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially in high-density spaces like classrooms, labs, elevators and meeting areasAlthough not required, the University strongly encourages all members of their community to receive every dose for which they are eligible.Nohttps://www.uottawa.ca/coronavirus/en/student-information
Lakehead University ON OnlineIn personIn personClasses will return to in person delivery. On June 1, 2022, Lakehead University lifted its masking requirements following Ontario's Chief Medical Officer and public health's recommendations at that time. Full vaccination against COVID-19 be required for all individuals involved in any in-person activities on campus (students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors), with the rare exception of those individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to permitted exemptions.Yeshttps://www.lakeheadu.ca/about/coronavirus
Laurentian University ON OnlineHybridIn personProgram delivery will be face-to-face this fall at Laurentian. As of September 1, 2022, Face Coverings are required in all instructional spaces (classrooms, labs, teaching spaces; studios) where two metres of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. The vaccination policy at Laurentian is currently paused. Nohttps://laurentian.ca/covid-19/return-to-campus#
Royal Military CollegeON OnlineIn personIn personRoyal Military College will continue to offer in person learning fall 2022.Students are required to be vaccinated, but requirement for proof of vaccination is not clear. Yeshttps://www.cmrsj-rmcsj.forces.gc.ca/maj-upd-covid-eng.asp
Trent University ON HybridIn personIn personTrent will return to in person classes, with the suggested wearing of masks indoors - especially where social distancing cannot be maintained. Most Trent students are not required to be vaccinated, however all students living in Trent residences are required to be fully vaccinated (two doses), as defined by the Province of Ontario , with some exceptions.No but required for students living in residencehttps://www.trentu.ca/coronavirus/
University of WaterlooON OnlineHybridIn personMost classes will return to be in person this upcoming fall. Masking on campus is not longer required but reccommended. Mandatory vaccine requirements have been paused following public health recommendations.Nohttps://uwaterloo.ca/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions#vaccine-proof
Ontario Tech University (UOIT) ON Online HybridIn personOntario Tech University has established an innovated new normal and is ready to welcome students back to campus this fall.The university has paused its proof-of-vaccination directive.Nohttps://ontariotechu.ca/readyforyou/return-to-campus-plan/index.php https://ontariotechu.ca/readyforyou/updates/update-29-april-26,-2021.php
University of Windsor ON HybridIn personIn personThe University of Windsor is excited to welcome back students, faculty and staff to a return of campus life and community.The University will only require students living in residence to be fully vaccinated. No but required for students living in residencehttps://www.uwindsor.ca/returntocampus/310/health-safety
Dominican University College ON TBDHybridHybridThe university is offering in person courses come fall 2022, however they also offeer online and hybrid programs.Yes. Dominican University requires all of our community members to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Yeshttps://udominicaine.ca/category/mises-a-jour-covid-19/
University of Toronto ON Hybridin personIn personThe fall 2022 semester will welecome back around 90,000 students from across Canada and around the world to in person classes. The University will require students living in residence for the 2022-23 academic year to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including at least one booster dose.No but required for students living in residencehttps://www.utoronto.ca/news/it-feels-real-u-t-students-return-campus-ahead-fall-term?utm_source=UofTHome&utm_medium=WebsiteBanner&utm_content=StudentsReturnToCampus
Holland College PEIHybridIn personIn personHolland College will be welcoming staff and students back to campus for in-person instrucion for fall 2022.All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated and to stay current with COVID-19 booster shots.Nohttps://www.hollandcollege.com/coronavirus.html
University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)PEIHybridHybridIn personUPEI is ready to welcome back students to in-person classes this fall with some measures in place. Students and instructors will be required to wear a three-layer mask in all campus buildings, including in classroom settings. Wearing a mask is not an option, but a mandatory requirement.You are strongly encouraged to become fully vaccinated, including obtaining your booster shots, when eligible and where possible, before returning to campus.Nohttps://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus
Coll̩ge Acadie I.P.EPEIHybridIn personIn personPlanning to continue in person classes this fall, with the reccomendation to continue wearing masks. Vaccination is not required, but highly encouraged Nohttps://www.collegedelile.ca/en/
Maritime Christian College PEIOnlineHybridHybridMaritime Christian College offers both in person and online classes. TBDTBDhttps://www.mccpei.com https://a763150e-4015-4d9a-9254-d2fc60ae0a80.filesusr.com/ugd/c8148d_257e2b7d962b48889c88adda8755d76f.pdf
Bishop's University QCIn personHybridIn person Classes are in person, which means strictly in presence. Only classes scheduled to be online according to the timetable will remain online. The Quebec government has deemed in-person classes an essential service, so no vaccination is required to attend.Nohttps://www.ubishops.ca/covid-19-at-bishops-university/covid-19-faq-hub/
Ecole de technologie superieur QCOnlineIn personIn personPlanning to have all classes in-person this fall, with masking not required. TBDTBDhttp://www.etsmtl.ca/en/home
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal QCOnline HybridIn personClasses will resume to be fully face-to-face come fall 2022. Wearing a procedural mask is no longer compulsory in higher education establishments.Vaccination is not required to attend campus, but is encouarged. Nohttps://www.polymtl.ca/polyvirtuel/en/
HEC Montreal QCHybridIn personIn personAs with the previous term, all class sessions will be in person, except for courses planned with a distance, hybrid or hyflex instruction modes. All exams will be in person except for some asynchronous distance learning courses.All international students 18 years of age and older must be properly vaccinated to be allowed to enter Canada. Students who are not properly vaccinated will no longer be allowed to enter Canada.Yes for international studentshttps://www.hec.ca/en/COVID-19/students/index.html
McGill UniversityQCOnlineIn personIn personWith the start of the 2022-23 academic year, all undergraduate and graduate courses will be delivered in-person, except for those specifically designed and approved to be delivered online.Although not requried the University is running an internal campaign to promote vaccination to members of our community. Nohttps://www.mcgill.ca/return-to-campus/
TELUQQCOnline OnlineOnlineTeluq is an entirely remote school.Not required, online schoolNohttps://www.teluq.ca/site/en/
Univeriste du Quebec a Trois-RiviereQCOnline In personIn personCourses will be in-person this fall with relaxed measures on campus, including no masking requirement. TBDTBDhttps://www.uqtr.ca
Universit̩ de LavalQCHybrid HybridIn personIn-person learning will be prioritized this fall. The choice to wear the mask on campus is at the discretion of each individual.Not required, but highly reccomendedNohttps://www.ulaval.ca/en/covid-19
Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi QCOnline In personIn personClasses will resume to full in-person learning. With masking only required on public transit, and if you are around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.TBDTBDhttps://www.uqac.ca
Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM)QCOnline In personIn personUQAM will be welcoming students back this fall with full in-person learning.TBDTBDhttps://uqam.ca/en/information/about/
Universite du Quebec a RimouskiQCOnline In personIn personAll students will have face-to-face instruction this fall. TBDTBDhttps://www.uqar.ca/english/
Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-TemiscamingueQCOnline In personIn personIn-person learning will take place this fall. As of May 14, 2022, the wearing of a procedure mask will no longer be required in the UQAT centres or campusesTBDTBDhttps://www.uqat.ca/en/
Universit̩ du Qu̩bec en OutaouaisQCOnlineIn personIn personStudents will be able to reclaim their university and attend their educational activities, mostly face-to-face, in addition to benefiting from all the services that will be offered to them on all our pavilions and campuses.Vaccination is encouraged. Vaccination clinics will also be held on September 26 at the Lucien-Brault pavilion and on September 27 at the Alexandre-Tach̩ pavilion in Gatineau. Nohttps://uqo.ca/nouvelles/42327
Univesite de Montreal QCOnline HybridIn personCampus will offer in-person learning this fall, with masking left to the choice of the individual. Vaccination is not required but still remains an effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19Nohttps://www.umontreal.ca/en/
University of Hearst QCOnlineHybridin person Classes will be fully in person this fall, wearing a mask is no longer mandatory in most university settings. Vaccines are not requiredNohttps://www.concordia.ca/coronavirus.html
University of Saskatchewan SKOnline Hybridin person USask is committed to in-person teaching, learning, and services this fall, and they look forward to having on-campus activity as close to pre-pandemic levels as possible. The university will continue to pause the masking mandate for the fall term.Vaccination is reccomended, but no longer required Nohttps://updates.usask.ca
University of Regina SKHybridHybridin person The University of Regina has fully returned to in-person courses and operations. The University has lifted all proof of vaccination and testing requirements and mask-wearing is optional in all areas of campus.Nohttps://www.uregina.ca/term-updates/
Saskatchewan PolytechnicSKHybrid In personin person Fall 2022 will consist of in-person classes. International students as also welcome. Encourage students and employees to be fully vaccinated and to get their booster shots when eligible.Nohttps://saskpolytech.ca/fall2020/
Yukon University YTHybridIn personin person With proper guidelines and restrictions, classes will resume to be in persom this fall.As of March 18th, 2022 there will be no requirement for vaccinationNohttps://www.yukonu.ca/covid-19
Western University ONHybridIn personIn personWestern University is planning for in-person learning this fall. Starting September 1, 2022, Western requires medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks indoors in instructional spaces for degree credit courses such as classrooms, labs and seminar rooms, and may be required for large indoor events.As of January 9, 2023, all members of our community (Western, Brescia, Huron and King’s) are required to provide proof of vaccination of the primary series plus a booster shot (generally, three doses total) of any combination of COVID-19 vaccines recognized by Health Canada. Yeshttps://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus/
Queen's UniversityONOnlineIn personIn personQueens University is ready to welcome back students this fall with full in person classes. In line with current provincial and public health guidance, the university’s suspension of mandatory masking continues across campus at this time, however members of the Queen’s community are still strongly encouraged to wear a medical grade mask in indoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained.At this time, proof of vaccination is not required to attend most in-person university activities or to live in Queen’s residence.Nohttps://www.queensu.ca/covidinfo/?utm_source=queensu&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=2020-04-ur-covid-banners

Masks “recommended” and in some cases mandatory

When it comes to vaccine requirements, 90 per cent of colleges and universities who responded to CourseCompare’s survey indicated they do not have a vaccine requirement this year. Schools that do require vaccines this fall are asking for them only for those living in residence (see University of Toronto) or for international students.

Vaccine RequirementFall 2022
No90%
Yes7%
Yes, but only for students in residence2%
Yes, but only for international students1%

Many schools have left indoor mask-wearing requirements in place, including: Dalhousie, the University of Manitoba, the University of New Brunswick, Memorial University, Acadia, St. Francis Xavier, St. Thomas University and Western University. At St. Francis Xavier, masks will continue to be required in all instructional spaces such as classrooms, labs, and studios until further notice.

The University of Calgary is no longer mandating vaccination or mask use on campus, however vaccinations and masks are “strongly encouraged for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus this fall.” However, proof of vaccination status and use of masks will not be required for individuals to be on campus.

Masks may still be required in some settings, including clinical settings required to follow Alberta Health services masking requirements. Otherwise, the university urges everyone to continue to respect and support people’s decision to continue wearing a mask.

In contrast, at the University of Prince Edward Island, effective August 25, 2022, masks are mandatory at UPEI in indoor settings with the following exceptions:

“In teaching spaces (classrooms/theatres, laboratories, studios, and performing arts spaces), faculty, instructors, and students who are presenting may remove their masks when speaking or performing (voice or woodwind/brass) if they are physically distanced by a minimum of two metres/six feet. For all others, masks are mandatory in teaching spaces regardless of physical distancing. In all other indoor spaces, individuals may remove their masks only if they are seated and physically distanced by two metres/six feet.”

Effective September 1, 2022, Western University requires medical-grade masks indoors in instructional spaces for degree credit courses such as classrooms, labs and seminar rooms, and may be required for large indoor events. Anyone required to present, perform, facilitate or speak to a group at Western may remove their mask. Exemptions will also be granted for the Faculty of Music, where a mask-friendly policy will be implemented in lieu of the required masking for instructional space where and when music-making is occurring.

As of January 9, 2023, all members of the Western community will be required to provide proof of vaccination of the primary series plus a booster shot (generally, three doses total) of any combination of COVID-19 vaccines recognized by Health Canada. At Fanshawe College, also in London, while staff and students won’t have to show proof of vaccination to attend on-campus labs, classes or services, the college is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Students must have their first dose within 14 days of arriving. They will face restrictions until they are vaccinated.

Exemptions can be requested for students who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or other grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code, but they could see restrictions on access, activities or room occupancy imposed.

Local health guidelines could prompt changes

Most colleges and universities are indicating that their policies could change on short notice based on local health guidelines.

At Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., students and faculty are “strongly encouraged to wear a medical grade mask in indoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained.” Individuals who enter offices or other confined spaces where face-to-face interaction is required may be asked to wear a mask as a condition of entry. Some activities and roles may have mandatory requirements for masking, such as those in health clinics, hospitals, some laboratories, and in some organizations where students complete their placements. The university’s mask mandate is also subject to change at any time based on Public Health guidance.

At this time, proof of vaccination is not required to attend most in-person university activities or to live in Queen’s residence. However, the university continues to “strongly encourage all Queen’s students, staff, and faculty to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.”

The university cautions that it may reinstate its Policy Regarding Mandatory Vaccination Requirements for In-person University Activities, possibly on short notice, if the local public health environment changes, or, if government mandates or public health recommendations restore proof of vaccination requirements.

If the university does reinstate its policy, all students, faculty, staff, and others who cannot provide satisfactory proof of vaccination, based on the definition of “fully vaccinated” in place at that time, could find their in-person university activities restricted or discontinued. This could affect a student’s ability to stay in classes or in their residence. It could also impact employment status for faculty and staff and the permitted activities of university contractors and visitors.

International student interest roaring back

According to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, there is an ever-increasing demand to study in Canada. In 2021, the Department received approximately 556,700 applications for new study permits. This compares to approximately 316,000 new study permit applications in 2020 — a 56 per cent increase.

From January to March 2022, the Department received approximately 175,000 applications for new study permits (including extensions). This compares to approximately 131,800 for the same period in 2020, a 32 per cent increase.

Based on the volume of study permits confirmed, approximately 462,900 international students arrived in Canada in 2021.

From January 1, 2022, to February 28, 2022, a total of 23,950 study permits have been authorized and are pending arrival. The 5-top source countries with study permits authorized pending arrival are:

  • India – 13,969
  • Philippines – 897
  • People’s Republic of China – 640
  • Nigeria – 637
  • Japan – 605

Effective January 15, 2022, international students 18 years and older may only enter Canada if fully vaccinated.

Below is reporting from CourseCompare’s fall 2021 update, originally published on August 9, 2021.

In September 2020, just four per cent of colleges and universities nationwide delivered classes in-person as post-secondary institutions tried to strike a balance between keeping students and staff safe while moving higher education forward in the middle of a global pandemic.

CourseCompare.ca tracked the steps of more than 150 of Canada’s top colleges and universities as they transformed campuses to adhere to the recommendations of health officials, grappled with the logistics of moving entire programs online, and confronted lost revenues from non-academic activities, events and residences — all while trying to remain financially viable. Meanwhile, schools prepared for the worst as governments shutdown borders to international students who, by some estimates, would have accounted for more than half of all student fees paid in 2020-2021.

As part of our continuing coverage, we are monitoring the evolving landscape as it develops for colleges and universities in 2021-2022. Concerns over student safety haven’t abated, but the conversation has taken on optimistic, although no less urgent, new dimensions. Will unvaccinated students returning to campus be required to get a vaccine? Will international students be subject to special quarantine requirements? What role should online and hybrid learning continue to play in keeping students safe? And are these evolving models for delivering higher education here to stay?

Here are some highlights of current trends we’re seeing across the country, which we will be updating regularly throughout the summer:

CANADA

An average 51.6 per cent of post-secondary schools in the country will deliver programs in-person this fall, while 41.2 per cent have chosen to continue with a hybrid model. Just 4.6 per cent of schools in Canada are offering courses predominantly if not entirely online — the same percentage that offered in-person classes last year. Roughly 3 per cent have yet to officially announce their plans.

By comparison, going into September 2020, just four per cent of schools planned to offer in-person courses, 40 per cent announced they would switch to hybrid learning, and 53 per cent were moving most if not all of their courses online.

The interactive table below shows schools’ plans for September 2021. It includes summaries of schools’ safety and vaccination policies, along with direct links to the latest news, FAQs and COVID-19 student resources at each school. Further below, additional data are available by province.

SCHOOL PROVINCE FALL 2020FALL 2021 FALL STATUS VACCINE POLICIES COVID-19 UPDATES
All SchoolsAll Provinces 4% in person52% in person 49% require vaccination
Bow Valley College ABOnlineHybridReturning to in person courses in the fall but will still offer students a choice of online/blended/in-person learning. Int'l students can study online (remotely) until Dec 31 TBDhttps://bowvalleycollege.ca/covid-info
MacEwan UniversityABOnlineHybridPlanning for more in person learning, dependent on class size. Considering rotating groups of students, for one class, to be in-person some courses and remote others.Students and staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be reasonably accommodated. https://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Coronavirus/index.htm
University of AlbertaABHybridHybrid80% planned to be in person classes, 20% will be online.Students and staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be reasonably accommodated. https://www.ualberta.ca/covid-19/index.html
Northern Alberta Institute of TechnologyABHybridHybridNAIT will be offering courses online and on-campus with facilities reduced to one-third of fire code capacity.Students and staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be reasonably accommodated. https://emergency.nait.ca/alerts/covid-19
Douglas CollegeBCOnlineHybridPlan to return to in person classes for fall 2021. But will still have hybrid and online course optionsProof of vaccination will be required by those on campus after B.C.'s vaccine passport is implemented. People on campus must have two doses by October 24. https://www.douglascollege.ca/student-services/student-resources/covid19
Emily Carr University of Art & DesignBCOnlineHybridEmily Carr will offer hybrid learning options with substantial face-to-face instruction. A robust offering of online options will continue to be available.Emily Carr will require students and staff on campus to either be vaccinated or have a recent negative COVID test. https://www.ecuad.ca/covid19/covid-19-students/academic-planning
VanWest CollegeBCIn personHybridVanWest is offering students both online and in-person options, depending on the program.TBDhttps://vanwest.com/blog/welcome-back https://vanwest.com/covid-updates/
University of Northern British ColumbiaBCOnlineHybridincreased return of in person classes. More information will be released shortlyThe University is promoting paid leave for covid-19 vaccination and encouraging students to be vaccinated.https://www.unbc.ca/coronavirus/information-students
Arbutus CollegeBCHybridHybridVirtual classes will be pre-recorded for international students. Has a $1500 grant for students who incur hotel quarantine costs upon arrival.TBDhttps://arbutuscollege.com/covid-19/
Brandon UniversityMBOnlineHybridBrandon University plans to limit in-person courses, aiming for mostly online learning with student services delivered online, too. Only classes with 25 or fewer students can be in person.Brandon University is requiring those on campus to be vaccinated, but is not listing a date that rule will be implemented. The university says it will not require vaccines before the start of the fall term. https://www.brandonu.ca/safety/coronavirus/
Manitoba Institute of Trades and TechnologyMBHybridHybridPlanning for in person or online learning options.TBDhttps://mitt.ca/291/blogs/updates-from-mitt-regarding-covid-19-coronavirus
Universite de Saint BonifaceMBOnlineHybridPlanning to offer some courses in person. Expect 35% of students to attend an in person class during the fall. All other courses will be remote learning.TBDhttps://ustboniface.ca/en/guidelines-coronavirus
University College of the NorthMBOnlineHybridSome programs, such as trades and nursing, will be in person. Others will remain online for the time being. UCN says 42 per cent of classes will be delievered in person.TBDhttps://ucncovid.ca/ https://www.ucn.ca/communications/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=649085a7%2D8c05%2D4993%2D8f97%2D8f8c98681f12&ID=281&Source=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eucn%2Eca%2Fcommunications%2FPages%2FCommunications%2Easpx&Web=136c1057%2D492a%2D4acc%2Dbdb1%2D7c7f0484efc9
University of ManitobaMBOnlineHybridUoM plans to resume more in-person instruction in the fall. Classes will be limited to 20 students, labs limited to 25. Larger classes will remain online.TBDhttp://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/students#classes-scheduling-and-other-academic-matters
University of WinnipegMBOnlineHybridPlanning for in class learning. The univeristy plans on having 42 per cent of classes in person.The University of Winnipeg is requiring students, staff and faculty returning to campus to be vaccinated. The campus will remain closed for the fall semester, but those authorized to be on campus must provide proof of full vaccination. https://news.uwinnipeg.ca/2021-fall-term-update/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2021-fall-term-update
Crandal UniversityNBHybridHybridPlan to deliver courses via a hybrid model for all programs.Vaccines are not required, but are strongly recommended. https://www.crandallu.ca/coronavirus/
New Brunswick Community CollegeNBOnlineHybridExpected to be in person 40-80 per cent of the time, depending on the prorgram.Students will be required to provide proof of vaccination or undergo regular testing. https://nbcc.ca/admissions/what-can-i-expect
University of New BrunswickNBHybridHybridBlended learning model. most classes will be at least partially in person. Expect students to be able to reach campusUNB changed its mandate and is now requiring anyone on campus to be vaccinated. Those who remain unvaccinated will undergo regular testing. https://www.unb.ca/coronavirus/
Cape Breton UniversityNSOnlineHybridPlanning a return to campus starting in May, beginning with limited in person learning and slowly moving to fully in person. Exact timeline not definiedCape Breton University students living in residence are required to have at least their first dose of a vaccine 14 days before moving in.https://www.cbu.ca/future-students/student-services/health-wellness/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-information/
Mount Saint Vincent UniversityNSHybridHybridPlans to offer in person classes, as well as online to those who choose to learn remotely.Staff and students must be fully vaccinated by October 13, or be tested regularly. https://www.msvu.ca/about-msvu/university-response-to-covid-19/university-updates/
Universite Sainte-AnneNSHybridHybridThey expect to transition to more students in person. But there will still be online courses offered. Planning for a hybrid model. Students will have the option to choose to attend courses in person or to learn remotely.TBDhttps://www.usainteanne.ca/en/about-us
Algoma UniversityONOnlineHybridExpect a hybrid style of courses for the fall, from in-person to virtual to blended classesAlgoma is requiring students to be vaccinated to return to campushttps://algomau.ca/students/campus-safety/coronavirus/
Algonquin CollegeONHybridHybridPlan for the Fall term is to "minimize face-to-face" instruction whenever possible. Courses don't "require hands-on instruction in a lab-based setting will be delivered remotely".Algonquin is requiring students to be vaccinated to return to campus. https://www.algonquincollege.com/coronavirus/
Cambrian CollegeONHybridHybridPlans to start the fall with a hybrid model and transition to in person delivery. Will work to maintain the flexibility that online courses provided students, by looking at ways to keep online optionsStudents at Cambrian college must be vaccinated to return to campus. https://cambriancollege.ca/information-and-updates-on-covid-19/
Canadore CollegeONHybridHybridWant to move more students to in person learning during the fall. Will offer both remote and online learning optionsTBDhttps://www.canadorecollege.ca/experience/wellness/health-centre/coronavirus
Carleton UniversityONOnlineHybridPlanning for a majority of classes to return to in-person, while providing online options for flexibility. Recommending that international students come back to Canada for school since most courses will be in-personCarleton students must self declare their vaccine status. Those unable to be vaccinated will undergo regular testing. https://newsroom.carleton.ca/coronavirus-covid-19/faq/#GR1
Confederation CollegeONHybridHybridPlan to increase the number of students learning in person on their campus for the fall. Return will be gradual.Staff and students are requrired to be vaccinated to return to campus. https://www.confederationcollege.ca/safe-campus/covid-19-return-campus-plan
Durham CollegeONHybridHybridPredominantly offering remote and hybrid learning for fall 2021. Some flexible options - where students can choose either in person or remoteStudents and staff returning to campus must be vaccinated. Students living in residence are required to have at least one dose of a vaccine, and their second dose scheduled. https://durhamcollege.ca/information-regarding-novel-coronavirus/fall2020-delivery#prog-search
Fanshawe CollegeONHybridHybridPlan to increase in person learning, particuarly for small classes and labsFanshawe is not requiring all students on campus to be vaccinated. Fanshawe will require students in residence to be vaccinated. Students are expected to have at least one dose, and be scheduled to receive a second in the recommended timeframe. https://www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/information-fall-2020-students
Fleming CollegeONHybridHybridPlan for flexible learning. Meaning online and in-person options for courses. Think that most theory-based courses will be online and then slowly transition to in person, with social distancing, depending on the spaceStudents and staff returning to campus must be vaccinated and provide proof. Fleming is requiring students living in residence to have at least one dose of a vaccine.https://flemingcollege.ca/covid19
Georgian CollegeONOnlineHybridCombination of fully online, hybrid, and in-person delivery.Students at Georgian are required to be vaccinated to access campus. https://www.georgiancollege.ca/coronavirus/future-students/
Humber CollegeONHybridHybridBlend of online and in person classes. Planning for in person components for most programs this fall.Humber is requiring students to provide proof of vaccination to access campus. https://www.humber.ca/updates/
Lambton CollegeONHybridHybridplanning for a hybrid model for classes in the fallLambton students are required to provide proof of vaccination to be on campus. https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/Future_Students/Academic_Hybrid_Delivery_Approach/
McMaster UniversityONOnlineHybridPlans to have more in person courses. When students go to register for courses, they will be marked accordingly to indicate if they're online or in person.McMaster is requiring anyone on campus to provide proof of full vaccination as of September 7.https://covid19.mcmaster.ca/
Redeemer University CollegeONHybridHybridNo update since Nov. 27. Hybrid model planned for upcoming school year.The government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.https://www.redeemer.ca/covid-19/updates/#july-6-2020 https://www.redeemer.ca/covid-19/updates/
University of OttawaONOnlineHybridplanning for in-person/virutal learning classes. Equipping classrooms with technology to help with that. But they are hoping to have as many in person classes as possibleThe University of Ottawa is making vaccinations mandatory for in-class clearning. Students living in residence must also have at least one dose of a vaccine two weeks before moving in.https://www.uottawa.ca/coronavirus/en/student-information
University of SudburyONOnlineHybrid*same as laurentianU:Fall orientation will be virtual. Have a plan to return to in-person learning - possibly a blended modelThe government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.https://usudbury.ca/en/news/current-news/1730-coronavirus-covid-19
York UniversityONHybridHybridSome in person and will have option for online component.All community members and visitors are required to be vaccinated. York will require students living in residence, but not those living off campus or in student apartments, to be partially vaccinated.https://continue.yorku.ca/about/covid-19-updates/
Mohawk CollegeONHybridHybridMohawk continues to plan for a significant increase to on-campus learning this Fall with a mix of virtual, remote and in-person learning planned for most programsMohawk is requiring anyone on campus to provide proof of partial vaccination as of September 7 and full vaccination as of October 15.https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/covid-19-coronavirus
Laurentian UniversityONOnlineHybridFall orientation will be virtual. Have a plan to return to in-person learning - possibly a blended modelProof of vaccination is required for students to access campus. https://laurentian.ca/covid-19/return-to-campus#
Ontario Tech University (UOIT)ONOnlineHybridCourse selection website will advise which courses are online or in person.Students, staff, and faculty must have their first dose when classes start, but is allowing up until October 17 to receive the second dose. Students living in residence are required to have at least one dose of a vaccine, and their second dose scheduled.https://ontariotechu.ca/readyforyou/return-to-campus-plan/return-to-campus-multi-stage-planning/new-covid-19-processes.php
University of WaterlooONOnlineHybridlarge classes remain online, smaller courses, labs, clinicals will be offered in person.Students at Waterloo must self declare their vaccination status. Vaccines are required for those living in residence. https://uwaterloo.ca/coronavirus/
Maritime Christian CollegePEIOnlineHybridMost courses are being delivered online, with a select few being taught in person.TBDhttps://www.mccpei.com https://a763150e-4015-4d9a-9254-d2fc60ae0a80.filesusr.com/ugd/c8148d_257e2b7d962b48889c88adda8755d76f.pdf
University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)PEIHybridHybridThe University will strive to deliveras many in-person classes as possible. It will still be offering hybrid and remote courses in the fall with plans to further increase in-person learning in the winter term.Staff and students will need to be fully vaccinated by October 18, or be tested regularly for COVID-19. https://www.upei.ca/health-centre/coronavirus
University of HearstQCOnlineHybridFall 2021 plan is a blend of in person and remote learning with "opportunities for on campus activities". Says that they expect students to be in Montreal for the first day of the fall term.Vaccines are not required to return to campus, but are required for residence and extracurriculars. https://www.concordia.ca/coronavirus.html
Ecole Polytechnique de MontrealQCOnlineHybridPlan for mostly on campus learning.Encouraging international students to return to Montreal. Larger classes will need to remain onlineTBDhttps://www.polymtl.ca/polyvirtuel/en/
Universite de LavalQCHybridHybridPlanning to maximize in person learning but will still offer a big selection of remote learning courses incase of travel restrictions, etc.TBDhttps://www.ulaval.ca/en/covid-19
Univesite de MontrealQCOnlineHybridSignificant return to on campus learning. Approximately 50% of in-person classes will resume in the fall of 2022.TBDhttps://www.umontreal.ca/en/
University of ReginaSKHybridHybridSome in person classes, but many remote classes will be offered in fall 2021Anyone returning to campus this fall at the University of Regina must be fully vaccinated. https://www.uregina.ca/term-updates/
University of SaskatchewanSKOnlineHybridPlanning for more return to in-person classes, some classes will still be remote.All students, faculty, and staff are expected to be fully vaccinated to return to campus. https://updates.usask.ca
Assiniboine Community CollegeMBHybridHybridStudents should expect to be on campus for a portion of their classes. Some will be taught remotley as well.Students able to prove they've been vaccinated by Sept. 6 are entered into a contest to win free tuition and course fees for the 2021-22 year. Other winners will recieve $100 book store gift cardshttps://assiniboine.net/community/news-events/covid-19-response-updates
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and TechMBHybridHybridSome blended course delivery is expected for certian programs, with limited on campus activity. Only courses that require hands on learning elements are expected to be in person.Red River is requiring students and employees returning to campus must be fully vaccinated by October 17. https://www.rrc.ca/coronavirus/2021/02/17/red-river-college-shares-update-on-2021-2022-academic-planning/
Kingswood UniversityNBIn personHybridStudents are able to choose to go in-person or remain online for classesDeveloping a vaccine system and strongly recommends students be vaccinated when they return to campus, but nothing is in place yet. https://www.kingswood.edu/covid-19-information
St. Clair CollegeONOnlineHybridSome programs will be taught online for fall 2021, while others will return to in person.St. Clair students must provide proof of vaccination to return to campus. https://www.stclaircollege.ca/health-centre/coronavirus
Centennial CollegeONOnlineHybridCentennial anticipates a partial return of students to campus, with some classes being offered online.Proof of vaccination is required for access to Centennial's campus. Those who cannot be vaccinated will be tested regularly. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/campus-re-entry-guidelines-and-protocols/news-and-updates/
Conestoga CollegeONHybridHybridMost classes will be remote or adopt a hybrid model. Only pre-approvied classes will have any in person content.Conestoga is requiring staff and students provide proof of vaccination to return to campus.https://www.conestogac.on.ca/academic-delivery-plan/
Ryerson UniversityONOnlineHybridRyerson is planning on some in person classes this fall, and a full return to campus in January 2022.Students, staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated to be on campus. Students living in residence must be fully vaccinated. The university recommends students recieve their first dose at least 14 days prior to their move-in date. https://www.ryerson.ca/covid-19/
Nipissing UniversityONOnlineHybridPlanning for a return to campus this fall. Online options will be made avaiable for all classes.Students are required to provide proof of vaccination to return to campus. https://www.nipissingu.ca/coronavirus
College of the North AtlanticNLOnlineHybridDepending on the program, courses may be delivered full online, partially online, or fully in person.TBDhttps://www.cna.nl.ca/news/coronavirus-update
Nova Scotia College of Art & DesignNSOnlineHybridThe majority of courses, 153, will be delivered in person, with 25 online and only one hybrid program.TBDhttps://nscad.ca/covid-19-information-and-updates/
Dominican University CollegeONTBDHybridThe univeristy is offering both online and in person courses for fall 2021.The government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.http://www.dominicanu.ca/campus-life/events/homepage-en-coronavirus-update
Bishop's UniversityQCIn personHybridMost classes are being offered in person, but some are being taught online in both synchronous and asynchronous models. Welcomes international students, although there has been no official since Feb. 2021. Was still in-person, they do periodic saliva testing for students in residences.TBDhttps://www.ubishops.ca/covid-19-at-bishops-university/covid-19-news/#july15students
WeCloudDataONOnlineHybridWe cloud is offering both online and in person options for students in fall 2021.The government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.https://weclouddata.com/
Alberta University of the ArtsABOnlineIn personAUArts plans to resume in-person learning in the fall.Staff, students, faculty, and anyone else entering campus will be required to undergo rapid testing for COVID-19, unless they are full vaccinated. https://www.auarts.ca/fall-2021-update-message-president-and-ceo-dr-daniel-doz
Concordia University of EdmontonABHybridIn personPlanning for a full return to in person classes for fall 2021. May also be able to offer some more virtual options for students and will be introducing new flexible delivery courses. Open to welcoming international students subject to the travel restrictions in placeVaccines are required for those living in residence and participating in non-academic activities, such as sports. https://concordia.ab.ca/covid-19-information/cue-faqs-and-updates-during-covid-19/in-person-courses-at-cue-for-fall-2020/
Grand Prairie Regional CollegeABOnlineIn personPlanning for a potential return to in person classesTBDhttps://www.gprc.ab.ca/risk_management/covid19/updates.html
Lethbridge CollegeABOnlineIn personPlanning for most classes to return to in personTBDhttps://lethbridgecollege.ca/we-are-ready
Lethbridge UniversityABHybridIn personPlanning for most classes to return to in personStudents and staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be reasonably accommodated. https://www.uleth.ca/unews/article/university-offer-quality-learning-experience-primarily-online-fall-2020-semester#.XyHWuC0ZMWq
Mount Royal UniversityABOnlineIn personAs much as 80 per cent of courses will be offered in person, with the rest being remote. Full information, as well as which classes will be avaialble remotely, have yet to be decided. https://www.mtroyal.ca/COVID19/index.htmStudents and staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be reasonably accommodated. https://www.mtroyal.ca/COVID19/index.htm
Red Deer CollegeABHybridIn personMajority of classes will be in person, with some being offered as hybrid or online exclusive courses.TBDhttps://rdc.ab.ca/student-services/health-safety-and-wellness-centre/covid-19-novel-coronavirus https://rdc.ab.ca/student-services/health-safety-and-wellness-centre/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/fall-2021-term
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)ABOnlineIn personClasses that require in person delivery, such as trades courses, have been in person since May. More students are expected to join in person learning this fall.Students and staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be reasonably accommodated. https://www.sait.ca/about-sait/administration/departments/health-safety-and-environment-services/covid-19-information-and-updates
The King's University CollegeABHybridIn personPlans to return to campus fully, with some safety measure in place. Allowing international students, as long as all requirements are met.Students and staff returning to campus must provide proof of two vaccination doses, or be tested twice a week.https://www.kings.uwo.ca/covid-19/
University of CalgaryABHybridIn personMore classes are being held in person this year. Labs and public spaces such as libraries will also be more accessible.Students and staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be reasonably accommodated. https://www.ucalgary.ca/risk/emergency-management/covid-19-response
Alexander CollegeBCOnlineIn personPlan to almost fully reopen campus for in-person classes and resume some student services. will continue to offer a select number of fully online courses to students who wish to remain virtual for the Fall 2021 term.TBDhttps://alexandercollege.ca/campus-notifications/
British Columbia Institute of TechnologyBCHybridIn personPlanning a full return to in person courses for the fall. international students section still says that some courses will be offered online so they may be able to start the semester remotely. Part-time program international students are encouraged to return to CanadaTBDhttps://www.bcit.ca/covid-19/
Camosun CollegeBCHybridIn personPlans for a full return to in person learning.The College is offering a paid leave of absence to staff/faculty to get vaccinated based on the amendment to the Employment Standards Act of BChttp://camosun.ca/covid19/faq/covid-faqs-students.html
Capilano UniversityBCOnlineIn personPlanning a full return to in person classes for the fallTBDhttps://www.capilanou.ca/about-capu/get-to-know-us/news/2020/title-462655-en.php
Centre for Arts & TechnologyBCOnlinein personThe private college has been offering in-person classes since July 2020, which they expect to continue into fall 2021TBDhttps://digitalartschool.com/covid-updates
Langara CollegeBCOnlineIn personMajority of courses will be in-person for fall 2021.TBDhttps://langara.ca/news-and-events/covid-19/coronavirus-news-updates/2020/200720-covid-student-update.html
Okanagan CollegeBCHybridIn personPlanning return to in person progrmas, following provincial guide to return to campus.TBDhttps://www.okanagan.bc.ca/covid https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/department/covid-19
Royal Roads UniversityBCOnlineIn personRoyal Roads is welcoming students back to campus for in person learning and following B.C.'s primer.TBDhttps://www.royalroads.ca/news-releases/royal-roads-welcomes-students-back-campus-september https://www.royalroads.ca/news-events/covid-19
Selkirk CollegeBCHybridIn personHopeful to return to campus as long as numbers remain low. Following B.C.'s retirn to campus primer.TBDhttps://selkirk.ca/september-2020 https://selkirk.ca/news/selkirk-college-response-covid-19
Simon Fraser UniversityBCOnlineIn personA four stage plan is being implimented to ensure the safe return to entirely on campus activity.TBDhttps://www.sfu.ca/returntocampus.html
Thompson Rivers UniversityBCHybridIn personMost programs will be taught in person this fall, some will remain remote for the time being.TBDhttps://www.tru.ca/fall.html https://www.tru.ca/covid-19.html
Trinity WestenBCHybridIn personIn-person classes to resume in the fall.TBDhttps://www.twu.ca/covid-19-information
University Canada WestBCHybridIn personPreparing for in person classes with dedicated quarantine support and online events for students. Paid Student Ambassadors will further assist students on campus. Masks will be required on campus.TBDhttps://www.ucanwest.ca/media/news-releases/ucw-announces-plan-to-reopen-campuses-for-the-fall-term
Vancouver Institute of Media ArtsBCHybridIn personMost programs are being deilviered almost entirely in person, with a few days online. Three programs, web development, game art and design, and visual effects are remaining online. TBDhttps://www.vanarts.com/news-article/covid-19-response/
University of British ColumbiaBCOnlinein personPlanning to return to in person classes for the fall.UBC is encouraging students to get vaccinated in their FAQs and through other communications channels.https://covid19.ubc.ca/
University of the Fraser ValleyBCHybridin personPlans for a full return to in person classes.TBDhttps://blogs.ufv.ca/urgent-news/2020/05/13/the-fall-plan-for-ufv-a-message-from-president-joanne-maclean/
University of VictoriaBCOnlinein personPlanning for a full return to in person classes, but UVic is considering keeping remote learning options for students unable to attend in-person classes.TBDhttps://www.uvic.ca/covid-19/home/updates/final-timetable-update-9june2020.php
Vancouver Community CollegeBCOnlineIn personPlanning on a return to in-person learning.A vaccine clinic will be set up on campus.https://www.vcc.ca/covid-19/all-bulletins/archive/covid-19--update-on-return-to-campus-planning-.html
Vancouver Island UniversityBCHybridIn personPlanning for in person for Fall 2021. Updates on international students coming soon.TBDhttps://adm.viu.ca/health-and-safety/covid-19/frequently-asked-questions-fall-semester https://international.viu.ca/covid-19-updates-international-students
Canadian Mennonite UniversityMBIn personIn personPrimarily in person classes for the fall. Will offer some hybrid/online options to accommodate students who still want to learn onlineAll Canadian Mennonite University staff and students are required to be vaccinated to return to campus. https://www.cmu.ca/covid-19/
Mount AllisonNBHybridIn personMount Allison will provide as much in-person programming as possible for fall 2021, under stated plans for a predominantly hybrid model with complementary online classes.Mount Allison has changed its mind in terms of vaccination requirements. Students and staff will now be required to be vaccinated to be on campus in September. Proof of vaccination will be asked for. Second doses will be required by October 1. https://www.mta.ca/fall2020/
New Brunswick College of Craft and DesignNBHybridIn personThe college is continuing in-person classes.TBDhttps://nbccd.ca/2021/04/covid-19-update/
St. Thomas UniversityNBHybridIn personPlanning for in person, but no offical plan has been announced yet.St. Thomas changed its vaccine policy after only a few days. Staff and students are now required to be vaccinated to be on campus this fall. https://www.stu.ca/about/administrative-offices/human-resources/covid-19/
Maritime College of Forest TechnologyNBOnlineIn personFully in person delivery for Fall 2021.TBDhttps://www.mcft.ca/coronavirus/
Memorial UniversityNLOnlineIn personClasses are expected to be in person for the Fall 2021 semester.Students at memorial are required to be vaccinated and must wear a mask while indoors. https://www.mun.ca/covid19/
Acadia UniversityNSHybridIn personPlan for a full return in the fall, welcoming all studentsAcadia strongly recommends students be vaccinated before returning to campus. Students living in residence will be asked to provide their vaccination status before moving in, it will then be determined if they are required to isolate. https://www2.acadiau.ca/covid-19.html
Dalhousie UniversityNSOnlineIn personAlmost all classes will be returning to campus this fall. International students are also to be welcome at Dalhousie.Dalhousie is mandating vaccines for all staff and students. Those who are not vaccinated will undergo testing twice a week. https://www.dal.ca/covid-19-information-and-updates/our-approach.html
Nova Scotia Community CollegeNSHybridIn PersonPlans for in person learning to resume as soon as the summer semester are already in place.Nova Scotia Community College is requiring all staff and students on campus to be fully vaccinated or be tested regularly. https://www.nscc.ca/covid19/college-operations/executive-updates/president-update-june-2-2021.asp
Saint Mary's UniversityNSOnlineIn personWill offer a complete on campus expereince, with residence, dining, athletics and library open. Will also offer some programs online.Saint Mary's requires students living in residence or on sports teams to be vaccinated. There is not a campus-wide vaccine mandate. https://smu.ca/virtualuniversity/welcome.html
St. Francis XavierNSIn personIn personSt. FX will remain open and operational under strict conditions.No vaccine requirements have been announced, but masks and social distancing measures will be in place. Parents and visitors will not be allowed in student residences.https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/students-at-st-francis-xavier-university-protest-wording-of-covid-19-waiver-1.5022523
Aurora CollegeNTOnlineIn personThe majority of courses will be delivered "face-to-face" at all of the college's locations. In-perspn classes will be capped at 30 people.No vaccine requirements, and residences will be "open and available as usual" with enhanced cleaning protocols.http://www.auroracollege.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/Covid-19_Info.aspx
Nunavut Arctic CollegeNUHybridIn PersonIn person or online deleivery depends on which campus students are expected to be at. One campus is currently open, while three others have restrictions to the public and students.TBDhttps://www.gov.nu.ca/
Loyalist CollegeONHybridIn personPlan for return to in person classes.Students at Loyalist are required to be vaccinated to return to campus. https://www.loyalistcollege.com/coronavirus/#SafeReturn
Niagara CollegeONOnlineIn personSignifigantly more students are expected on campus for fall 2021. Some programs will continue with a mix of online or fully remote learning as well. https://www.niagaracollege.ca/covid19/fall2021/Niagara College is requiring all staff and students provideo proof of full vaccination to be on campus. Acomidations will be made for those who cannot be vaccinated. https://www.niagaracollege.ca/enrolmentservices/termupdates/fall2020/
OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design)ONOnlineIn personPlanning for return to some in-person learning. Students are advised to be in Toronto for September.Students must self declare their vaccine status. Those unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons will be tested frequently. https://www.ocadu.ca/about/gradual-opening
Saint Paul UniversityONOnlineIn personAnticipating most courses will be in person in fall, with some hybrid. International students are welcome.The government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.https://ustpaul.ca/en/update-on-the-fall-2020-semester-in-the-context-of-covid-19_7182_17.htm
Sault CollegeONOnlineIn personAnticipating students in person, while being cautious about covid numbers in the area. Prepared to move online just in case.Vaccinations are not mandatory to return to campus. Sault College has made vaccination mandatory by Sept. 20 for "those living/working in its student residence and for team staff, students and coaches within its varsity athletics program."https://www.saultcollege.ca/covid19/ https://www.saultcollege.ca/latest-updates-fall-0
YesONOnlineIn personA mostly in person semester is planned, though no specifics are given by the school.Seneca is requring all students attending in person classes to be vaccinated.https://inside.senecacollege.ca/programs/fall2021/sia.html https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/universities-grappling-with-whether-to-require-mandatory-vaccines-for-students?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1626085953https://inside.senecacollege.ca/programs/fall2021/index.html?_ga=2.7258290.1024158650.1622729203-1074416590.1622729203
St. Lawrence CollegeONOnlineIn personSt. Lawrence College plans on returning students to in-person classes.Students, staff, and faculty are required to have their first dose by September 7. https://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/about/covid-19/updates-on-covid-19
Toronto School of ManagementONHybridIn personAll programs are expected to be taught in person.The government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.https://www.torontosom.ca/news/tsom-announces-in-campus-delivery-for-september-intake-programs
Wilfrid Laurier UniversityONOnlineIn personWilfrid Laurier will increase its number of available in-person classes this fall, with a plan to be fully in-person by Winter 2022. The University has stated it will aim to limit classrooms to 50% capacity with a maximum limit of 100 students per class.Students, staff and faculty at Laurier are required to be fully vaccinated when they return to campus. Vaccination will be required for students living in residence. "Those who are unable to get vaccinated before moving in will have one week following their move-in date to receive their first dose, with the university helping to facilitate access to vaccines, subject to supply." Students athletes will also need a COVID-19 vaccine.https://www.wlu.ca/coronavirus/news/2021/april/update-on-fall-2021-in-person-activity.html
Boreal CollegeONOnlineIn personBoreal is tentatively planning to deliver all labs and the vast majority of its courses in person in the fall. Some virtual instruction will continue.Proof of vaccination is required for students and staff returning to Boreal's campus. https://www.collegeboreal.ca/en/covid-19
Brock UniversityONOnlineIn personPlans to move back to in-person for the fall, for as many courses as possible.Staff, students, and faculty must have their first dose of a vaccine by September 7, and get their second by October 15.Brock has made vaccination mandatory for students living in residences. The University will be hosting a community vaccination clinic on campus.https://brocku.ca/coronavirus/
Lakehead UniversityONOnlineIn personPlan for in-person classes for the majority of programs. Considering offering remote options for students who prefer remoteLakehead students are required to be vaccinated for on campus activity.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/tuition-hike-lakehead-pandemic-1.5631464
Queen's UniversityONOnlineIn personPlanning in person activity in September. The school is planning for a full return to campus without class limits or physical distancing, but is still requiring masks.All students, staff, and faculty returning to campus must be fully vaccinated, or plan to be, by September 7.https://www.queensu.ca/covidinfo/?utm_source=queensu&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=2020-04-ur-covid-banners https://www.queensu.ca/covidinfo/updates/principal-shares-update-fall-term-planning
Trent UniversityONHybridIn personReturn to in person, however Trent will still offer online learning to students who want to remain online.Students at Trent are required to provide proof of vaccination to return to campus.https://www.trentu.ca/coronavirus/plans-fall-2021
University of GuelphONOnlinein personPlanning to return to in-person course delivery, with some hybrid options for select programs.Students and staff are required to be vaccinated to return to campus. https://news.uoguelph.ca/2019-novel-coronavirus-information/fall-semester-2020/
University of TorontoONHybridin personPlanning for a return to mostly in person classes. UofT will, however, restrict large social gatherings.The University of Toronto is requiring students, staff, and faculty be vaccinated to return to campus, or recieve a negative test within 72 hours of being on campus. The university is requiring students living in residence to be vaccinated. It recommends they receive their first dose at least 14 days prior to moving in. Students participating in extracurriculars such as sports or music to be vaccinated. https://www.viceprovoststudents.utoronto.ca/covid-19/
University of WindsorONHybridIn personMaximising on campus activity, while also offering some hybrid options to accomidate students.Students, staff, faculty, or anyone else returning to campus must be fully vaccinated. https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5560899
Western UniversityONHybridIn personPlans for in-person learning. The university is onverting one residence building for upper year students to accomodate first year students only, to ensure all first year students can get a room. https://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus/updates/feb26-2021.htmlWestern is requiring students, staff, and faculty, provide proof of vaccination to return to campus, or be tested twice a week. Western will require all students living in residence to have at least one vaccine upon arrival, and have the second dose booked.. Vaccination clinics will be available on campus. https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/western-universitys-international-students-shocked-by-tuition-increase
Holland CollegePEIHybridIn personExpect all students to be back on campus for fall 2021. No more than 50 people in a class.Staff and students must be fully vaccinated by October 15 to continue to be on campus. https://www.hollandcollege.com/News/2020/college-announces-program-plans-for-upcoming-school-year.html
Ecole de technologie superieurQCOnlineIn personPlan to have all students back on campus for fall 2021.Welcome international studensTBDhttp://www.etsmtl.ca/en/home
HEC MontrealQCHybridIn personPlan to offer as many in-person classes as possible. Expect all students to return to montreal for fall 2021 courses. But will offer remote learning for students who are unable to attend in person.TBDhttps://www.hec.ca/en/COVID-19/students/index.html
McGill UniversityQCOnlineIn personReturning to in person as much as possible. Students are expcted to be in Montreal come September.TBDhttps://www.mcgill.ca/coronavirus/faqs https://www.mcgill.ca/coronavirus/faqs
Univeriste du Quebec a Trois-RiviereQCOnlineIn personPlanning for courses to be mainly in person. Accepting international students and letting them know that courses will be in person and students should anticipate being able to be present in Quebec.TBDhttps://www.uqtr.ca
Universite du Quebec a ChicoutimiQCOnlineIn personExpect most courses to be back to in-person learning. Expect international students to be prepared to attend classes in person.TBDhttps://www.uqac.ca
Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM)QCOnlineIn personPlanning for courses to be in person as much as possible. Students, including int'l students, must take the steps necessary to be on campus this fall.TBDhttps://uqam.ca/en/information/about/
Universite du Quebec a RimouskiQCOnlineIn personPlanning for as much of a return to in-person classes as possible. Expect all students, including international students, to be present in QC for the start of fall 2021 classes.TBDhttps://www.uqar.ca/english/
Universite du Quebec en Abitibi-TemiscamingueQCOnlineIn personExpect international students to be present on campus. Anticipating having to be flexible in how they offer courses, especially if the space they have doesn't accommodate the necessary social distancing rules. If they can't accommodate all students in person, they will prioritize in-person classes for people who are in their first year.TBDhttps://www.uqat.ca/en/
Universit_ du Qu_bec en OutaouaisQCOnlineIn personReturn to in person learning for most classes.TBDhttps://uqo.ca/nouvelles/42327
Saskatchewan PolytechnicSKHybridIn personStudents are expected to be on campus in September for the majority of their learning for the year. There may be some courses that are hybrid or online only as well. https://saskpolytech.ca/programstatus/program-status-fall.aspxTBDhttps://saskpolytech.ca/fall2020/
Yukon UniversityYTHybridIn personWorking with Yukon government to make sure they can return to in person.TBDhttps://www.yukonu.ca/news/202005/yukon-university-announces-fall-semester-program-plans https://www.yukonu.ca/covid-19
Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversityBCOnlineIn personKPU is planning for in person classes for fall 2021, in accordance with the provincial return-to-campus primerTBDhttps://www.kpu.ca/hui/novel-coronavirus
Sprott Shaw CollegeBCHybridIn personSprott Shaw is currently open for students and plans to remain that way for the fall semester.TBDhttps://sprottshaw.com/my-sprottshaw/covid-19/
Royal Military CollegeONOnlineIn personRoyal Military College returned to in person in February 2021, and will continue in person for the foreseeable future.Students are required to be vaccinated, but requirement for proof of vaccination is not clear. https://www.cmrsj-rmcsj.forces.gc.ca/maj-upd-covid-eng.asp
Universite de MonctonNBHybridIn personThe majority of classes will take place in person.TBDhttps://www.umoncton.ca/covid-19/
BrainStationONOnlineIn personBrainStation's Toronto and Vancouver campuses will open September 20th, at which point classes will resume for diploma/bootcamp students.The government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.brainstation.io
College Acadie I.P.EPEIHybridIn personPlanning to return to in person classes for the fall.TBDhttps://www.collegedelile.ca/en/
Athabasca UniversityABOnlineOnlineAU doesn't plan to re-open for in-person learning, but the University had a considerable online course offering before the pandemic and is well-positioned to remain online.TBDhttps://news.athabascau.ca/announcements/information-on-covid-19
Medicine Hat CollegeABOnlineOnlineTransitioning all in-person classes online for summer semester. No update on fall semester yet.Students and staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will be reasonably accommodated. https://www.mhc.ab.ca/AboutMHC/CampusSafety/COVID-19
George Brown CollegeONOnlineOnlineAnticipate that most programs will be online during fall 2021. Where clinical/lab work is required, George Brown is offering a hybrid model.Students at George Brown are required to provide proof of vaccination to access campus. https://www.georgebrown.ca/covid-19/information-for-students
Lighthouse LabsONOnlineOnlineLighthouse Labs is continuing online delivery for the foreseeable future, saying safety is their number one priority.The government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.
Sheridan CollegeONOnlineOnlineSheridan expects as much as 45 per cent of classes to have some degree of in person learning. The remaining 55 per cent is virtual-only for the time being.Students at Sheridan must be vaccinated to return to campus. https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/coronavirus/semester-delivery https://www.sheridancollege.ca/newsroom/news-releases/2021/03/update-on-sheridan-planning-for-fall-2021-semester
TELUQQCOnlineOnlineTeluq is an entirely remote school.TBDhttps://www.teluq.ca/site/en/
Juno CollegeONOnlineOnlineAs of June 2021, Juno is online only with no indication of when it plans on returning to in person.The government of Ontario requires all post-secondary institutions to have a vaccine mandate in place by Sept. 7.junocollege.com
Eastern CollegeNBHybridTBDNo updates for the fall semester, just released that they'll keep courses remote throughout the summer and then re-evaluateTBDhttps://www.easterncollege.ca/covid-19-case-status/
McKenzie CollegeNBOnlineTBDTBDTBDhttps://www.mckenzie.edu/all-news/programs-delivered-online-2020-21-academic-year
La CiteONHybridTBDMost recent update from April 2021 says the schools allows 10 students in essential face-to-face prgrams only.La Cite is requiring students and staff returning to campus to be vaccinated. https://www.collegelacite.ca/mises-a-jour-covid-19

Will vaccines be mandatory?

As vaccines have become more readily available, colleges and universities — and now some provinces — have moved to make vaccines mandatory for post-secondary institutions.

The Ontario government sent guidelines to post-secondary institutions on Tuesday, August 31 for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, which will take effect September 7. Students who attend campus will need to show proof of vaccination, unless they can provide a written document by a physician or registered nurse explaining their reason for not being vaccinated. Exempt students will need to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.

In British Columbia, UBC, SFU, UVic, Thompson Rivers University and Emily Carr University of Art and Design will require students to disclose their vaccination status when classes resume.

Prior to Tuesday’s announcement by the Ontario government, only Seneca College and the University of Ottawa had announced that they will require students attending in-person classes to disclose their vaccination status. Across the country, the following institutions had already made vaccination mandatory for students living in residence:

  • Trent University
  • University of Toronto
  • Fanshawe College
  • Ryerson University
  • York University
  • Fleming College
  • Durham College
  • Ontario Tech University
  • Cape Breton
  • McMaster University
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Sault College
  • Cambrian College
  • Wilfrid Laurier
  • Sheridan College
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Regina
  • University of Windsor

Dozens of other universities will continue their vaccination campaigns, while others offer mobile clinics or leave paid leave policies for staff in place this fall.

Health and safety protocols recommended by health authorities in each region will continue to be top of mind for all institutions. Health screening and education procedures, approved by provincial or territorial governments, will be in place. Masking, physical distancing requirements and mandatory self-screening, as well as enhanced cleaning, will be the new reality on campuses.

As Dianne Rinehart reported for CourseCompare, a number of U.S. colleges moved quickly to make vaccination a requirement for students returning in September. Others, are using a carrot approach, holding on-campus vaccination blitzes or dangling incentives in front of student to get the vaccine.

In Canada, Trent, Western, the University of Toronto, Fanshawe College, Ryerson University, Durham College, and Ontario Tech University were among the first to require first-dose vaccinations, but only for students living in residence. Durham and Ontario Tech also require students to have scheduled their second dose. Only Seneca College has so far announced students attending in-person classes will need to be vaccinated.

Generally, students will need to be vaccinated within 14 days of arriving on campus, and institutions will help students book appointments locally. The exception to this rule is Ryerson University, which “recommends” students get their first dose at least 14 days before their move-in date.

“Requiring vaccines for students living in residence will be an important way to ensure that we avoid residence outbreaks and are able to offer our residence students the transformative on-campus experiences students have learned to expect from Trent,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University in a June news release.

In a move publicly endorsed by the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Western University will also require students living in residence to have at least one dose of an approved vaccine. The University will set up vaccination clinics on campus, giving students who arrive in London, Ont., without a shot 14 days to get vaccinated.

On June 8, the University of Toronto was the third institution to announce that students will need a first shot prior to moving into residence. The University will help students access vaccines, subject to supply.

At Lethbridge University, vaccinated students will be entered into a contest to win free tuition. Nine students will have their tuition paid by the University in 2021, while others will win gift cards and prizes. A draw will take place September 10.

Similarly, Assiniboine Community College is offering students who can prove they’ve been vaccinated a chance to win free tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year, with $100 book store gift cards available to runners up.

Other schools, like the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Northern British Columbia, are offering staff paid leave to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, Brock University and Vancouver Community College were among the first to announce that on-campus vaccine clinics would be available to students and faculty.

“Without enough vaccine supply, a mandate wouldn’t really make much sense and would be unfair to those who are willing, but unable to be vaccinated,” said Maxwell Smith, co-director of the Health Ethics, Law and Policy Lab at Western University in a May interview with CourseCompare.

That’s not to say it would be unethical to require a vaccination for students to be on campus if there was enough supply available, says the assistant professor who is also an associate member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy.

“We know that Canadian universities and colleges have been able to offer educational offerings online over the past year,” he says. “Consequently, vaccination mandates should not deny students education opportunities, but may change the modality in which they receive those education opportunities.”

In addition, he points out that vaccination mandates “do not force people to get vaccinated, nor do they usually come with criminal sanctions in cases of non-compliance.”

Instead, they impose conditions on those who are not vaccinated. For example, students could be barred from attending classes in person through registration holds or refused rooms in residences. In rare cases, they could face expulsion.

Increase in applications in 2021 

Plans to return students to campus this fall are being made as the country’s colleges and universities experience an increase in applications for September 2021, with some universities reporting record-breaking numbers.

Statistics released by The Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) show increased activity over the previous year, with applications from high school students jumping to 477,472 in 2021 from 467,651 in 2020. Applications from “non-secondary” students, which include mature and international students, as well as students transferring from colleges or other provinces, also increased to 230,977 in 2021 from 212,460 in 2019.

Reports from other provinces suggest a similar trend. In British Columbia, post-secondary institutions have so far seen a greater than 20 per cent increase in applications, lead mostly by domestic students. In Quebec, universities are reporting increases of eight to 14 per cent over the previous year, although final numbers have yet to be released.

International student enrollment 

Many Canadian colleges and universities rely on international student enrolment and the high tuition it represents to remain financially viable.

Last year, Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont., suspended admissions for 17 of its courses, citing low demand. The University went on to file for creditor protection in 2021 for reasons many attribute to a failure of governance — by Laurentian’s administrators and the Ontario Government. But reports suggest low enrollment from high-paying international students was a contributing factor. Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., said in June 2020 that it expected a decline of up to $37.8 million in tuition revenue and another $12 million in other losses. July 2020 projections at the University of British Columbia showed the University could lose $77 million in international student fees. In aggregate, some speculated Canadian universities could lose billions, not millions, due to COVID-19.

New preliminary data from Universities Canada show a decrease in international student enrollment at Canadian universities for the fall of 2021, but also that higher education performed better overall than expected.

More than 1.4 million domestic students enrolled in Canadian universities in 2021, representing 2 per cent overall growth (more than 22,000 additional students). This is consistent with the rate of growth over the past five years. First-year enrollment dropped 4.6 per cent, but universities did see an increase in part-time enrollment of 4.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, 205,000 international students enrolled in full-time studies at Canadian universities. This is a decrease of about 2.1 per cent, compared to an average 10 per cent growth over the past 5 years. Fifty-one institutions saw a decline in international student enrollment. Of those, 26 institutions lost more than 10 per cent of their international students, and 14 institutions lost more than 20 per cent of their international students compared to last year.

Universities are optimistic these numbers will continue to rise, hoping the current backlog at visa centres is quickly addressed and that study permits for international students will be delivered on time.

ONTARIO

Provincial highlights: 38 per cent of classes will be held in-person; 53 per cent will be hybridsix per cent will be online. Four per cent of schools are yet to formally announce their intentions.

The Ontario Government reduced tuition by 10 per cent in January 2019 and at the time the province indicated it would remain frozen until 2021. Universities such as Lakehead University and Windsor University increased international tuition by between 5 and 15 per cent, causing concern for students from abroad, some of whom stayed in the country when COVID-19 hit and may not have had a chance to work throughout much of 2020.

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Provincial highlights: 81 per cent of classes will be in-person19 per cent will be hybridzero per cent will be fully online.

The province had one of the lowest average tuition increases for international students last year at three per cent.

ALBERTA 

Provincial highlights: 62.5 per cent of classes will be held in person; 25 per cent will be hybrid12.5 per cent will be online.

Universities and colleges in Alberta announced tuition increases in 2020, but these are not related to COVID-19. As of Jan. 1, 2020, post-secondary schools in Alberta were allowed to raise tuition by seven per cent, up to 10 per cent over the next three years. The current government cancelled a five-year freeze on tuition in the fall of 2019. Changes also included cutting $225 million in education and tuition tax credits over the next three years and increasing interest on student loans.

MANITOBA

Provincial highlights: 43.8 per cent of classes will be held in person; 43.8 per cent will be hybrid; 12.5 per cent will be online.

The University of Manitoba will offer predominantly online delivery with reduced class sizes.

Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology will welcome no more than 40 per cent of its student population on campus. The school will provide a phased approach; from August 31 to December 31 there will be no more than 40 per cent of campus population by campus/building. Some blended delivery for targeted academic programs will begin as well. All in-person learning will be augmented by hybrid, online learning tools.

The Canadian Mennonite University will provide on-campus living and in-person classes in the fall. It claims to be the only “fully accredited Manitoba university to do so.”

NOVA SCOTIA

Provincial highlights: 55.6 per cent of classes will be held in person; 44.4 per cent hybrid course delivery.

Dalhousie University has moved to a virtual environment and has launched [email protected] to connect upper-year students with cohorts of new students in their area of study and a new student life app will be launched.

Cape Breton University is closed to the public and courses are being provided online only, while St. Francis Xavier University is offering a mix of online and classroom learning this fall with 72 per cent of undergraduate courses offered in-person.

NEW BRUNSWICK

Provincial highlights:  45.5 per cent of classes will be held in person; 36.4 per cent hybrid course delivery; 18.2 per cent have yet to formally announce plans for the fall. 

QUEBEC

Our fall 2021 data for Quebec is coming soon. The following information reflects colleges’ and universities’ plans for the fall of 2020. 

Most of Quebec’s universities and CÉGEP junior colleges plan to offer their courses online.

There are a few exceptions such as the Université de Sherbrooke which will be turning to outdoor venues from September to October to provide an alternative learning environment.

“The Univesité de Sherbrooke plans to hold face-to-face educational activities in the fall term, to allow as many students as possible to do as many activities and experiences as possible on campus,” says Isabelle Huard, a media-relations officer with Université de Sherbrooke.

Huard says between 40 to 100 per cent of the baccalaureate programs will be in-person for the fall term, depending on the program. The school has acquired additional facilities to accommodate the plan, including churches.

In addition to planning outdoor classes, some courses will be given at the Cultural Centre and in churches in Sherbrooke. Twelve outdoor sites that can accommodate between 16 and 100 students each are located on the main campus. These will be grassy spaces, at the campus open-air theatre and along the edges of pavilions, including the School of Music.

“If everything goes as planned, and as long as the weather permits, outdoor classes will be offered during the months of September and October. Perhaps also in the spring of 2021, depending on the evolution of the pandemic,” says Huard.

In 2018-2019, the Université de Sherbrooke welcomed 2,648 international students from 102 countries and territories. Huard says it is unclear at this point how many of the 400 international students who were offered the opportunity to start with distance learning from their home country for the fall session will avail themselves of the offer, or postpone admission.

“We have a total of 31,727 students. On average, we welcome nearly 1,000 new foreign students per year. With the travel restrictions currently in place, unfortunately, we do not expect to receive many of them,” she says.

Bishop’s University indicates in-person classes will be held “in classrooms which will respect the physical distancing guidelines of the public health authorities.”

 

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is a journalist and communications professional with extensive experience creating engaging content internally and externally for various B2B and consumer audiences. As a journalist, she has written about and interviewed leaders in the health care, education, legal, enterprise technology and cannabis sectors.

9 thoughts on “Canada’s Colleges and Universities Roll Out Fall Pandemic Plans for 2022”

  1. Hi Jennifer. This is such a great article. Is your article on the Fall 2021 update out? Can you please share the link. Thanks

  2. Is there an update coming soon? This is an amazing resource. I’d like to know about college plans in Quebec.

  3. Jennifer, thank you for the informative summary however, it is incorrect with respect to Wilfred Laurier University. They are on-line in the fall. Most students have no in person classes and only a few 1st year students have in person classes. The students have started a petition in the link below expressing their frustration and disappointment with Laurier . In addition, Laurier has been unresponsive to students questions regarding the fall plan and dismissive of their concerns. Please see link below for anyone that is interested in what is happening at Laurier.

    http://chng.it/TMWS6x4jSb

  4. Lakehead University Orillia is requiring some students to attend campus for zoom classes, as scheduling conflicts make it impossible for abutting zoom and on-campus courses to be attended. This demands students unnecessarily attend campus (amidst a possible fourth wave and rising case counts) instead of offering a hybrid model where students who need to travel to campus (it is a commuter school), or those who have concerns about COVID can access required courses remotely – such as they are being delivered by high schools. Extremely disappointed.

  5. I am from India.I heard most of the colleges are conducting online classes for international students is is true. because my daughter wants to apply.

  6. Thanks, I’ve recently been looking for information about this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve came upon till now.

  7. I have not checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are great quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  8. The best way to be educated is to keep learning. Thanks once again for helping students figure out how to navigate this mess.

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