More Canadian universities allowed to welcome international students

Universities and colleges face a drop in international enrolment and an increase in domestic enrolment

Canada has updated its list of approved Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) that are currently permitted to welcome international students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A DLI is a school, university or college that is allowed to host international students. Canada had previously introduced travel restrictions on non-essential travel to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Travel restrictions had first included new international students. Only those who have a study permit or an approval issued on or before March 18 were allowed to travel to Canada. However, Canada has recently begun to ease restrictions to allow more international students to pursue their education in the country.

Institutions who wish to make the list must have a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their provincial or territorial government.

Students who are enrolled in these approved DLIs are exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions, and will likely be granted entry to Canada by a border official upon arrival.

Many prominent Ontario-based institutions have been added, such as the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, OCAD University and the University of Windsor.

All individuals entering Canada, including international students, are required by law to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival. This means that you should stay inside at all times. Failure to do so may result in hefty fines.

In addition, travelers to Canada, particularly by air, are required to install the ArriveCAN mobile application. You will be required to submit your travel and contact information, your quarantine plan, as well as a daily COVID-19 symptom self assessment.

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