Countries around the world, including Canada, are working to contain the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This website contains useful FAQs and resources for CIRA faculty, staff and students. It is updated regularly, following advice from provincial and federal health agencies.
Last Update: December 3, 2021
The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. They include:
Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illnesses, but symptoms can sometimes suddenly worsen in a few days. People infected with COVID-19 can also experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting a few days after the onset of the above symptoms.
COVID-19 SELF-ASSESSMENT All faculty, staff, students and visitors must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms prior to accessing campus property.
The following protocols provide guidance regarding cleaning and disinfecting within institutions:
If COVID-19 transmission is ongoing in the local community or COVID-19 has been identified among students/faculty/staff or guests who have access to our institution, we will work with the local public health authority (PHA) to establish plans to reduce the risk of further transmission at the institution.
We will collaborate with the local PHA to determine the number of cases that meet the threshold for declaring an outbreak at the institution. We will establish an outbreak response team, including a liaison or members of the local PHA. When responding to a COVID-19 outbreak, we will put our emergency operations and communication plans into action. This will include:
All new arriving students should follow the federal guidelines document to implement a 14-day quarantine requirement under the Quarantine Act.
All air travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative laboratory molecular test result for COVID-19 to the airline before boarding international flights to Canada.
Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide proof of a:
As of February 21, 2021, travellers, unless exempted, will also be required to reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada.
Travellers arriving in B.C. from international locations including the United States by air, land or sea must complete the federal ArriveCAN application. The application can be completed prior to your return or on arrival.
On March 25, 2020, the federal government implemented a self-isolation plan for returning international travellers on select flights under the Quarantine Act.
Service BC will conduct compliance and wellness checks to ensure travellers can effectively maintain their 14-day self-isolation.
In addition to the ArriveCAN application, federal screening measures are in place for all travellers arriving in Canada, including B.C.
When entering Canada, you’ll be required to:
If you have symptoms or an unsuitable quarantine plan, your stay and arrival test will be at a designated quarantine facility.
After your arrival and testing in Canada, you will go to your pre-booked hotel to await results of your arrival test. You must go directly to this location and wear a non-medical mask or face covering while travelling.
You’re strongly urged to make housing arrangements for quarantine or isolation before you arrive in Canada. In most cases, this can be in your own home or in the same place you’re visiting in Canada.
If this isn’t possible, you should consider making alternative arrangements that are within your own financial means. A suitable place is one where you:
Exceptions to staying with a vulnerable person include if:
Before you travel, you must plan to quarantine or isolate in a suitable place. If you don’t, you may be assessed further. If you can’t quarantine in your own home, consider other options within your financial means, such as:
If no other options are available, travellers may be referred to a designated quarantine facility as a last resort. This decision will be made by a government representative at the border.
After you arrive in Canada, a representative of the Government of Canada will call you to monitor compliance with your mandatory quarantine or isolation. We ask that you please answer calls from 1-888-336-7735.
If you need to seek testing or medical treatment, you must:
We also recommended that you contact your local public health authority and follow any additional instructions they provide.
Testing is recommended for anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones. Symptoms include:
While less common, symptoms can also include:
While anyone can get tested, some symptoms can also be signs of other conditions or medical issues and you may need to seek medical care. If you are unsure whether to seek medical care or get tested, contact your health care provider, call 8-1-1 or use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool.
During your 14-days isolation period, if you do not have any assistance from your accommodation, there are a few options available to order food and essential items online to be delivered. It is important to ensure you have enough food and supplies to last and will not go bad in short periods of time because the demand for delivery is high in demand, and delivery time slots may be limited and delivery times can be longer than expected.
Online ordering does not accept cash. Visa and MasterCard are the most common forms of paying.