January 2021 Announcement
Saint Mary’s will deliver a mix of online and in-person classes starting in the January 2021 term. Undergraduate lectures will be delivered online primarily for first, second, and third-year courses and the goal is for every discipline to have opportunities for on-campus experiences, including small class discussion groups, experiential courses, labs, seminars and tutorials.
There will also be opportunities for graduate students to meet on campus and in-person in small groups. Other in-person activities will be designed to allow students to experience more peer-to-peer learning, build community, and increase overall engagement.
For any students unable or not comfortable moving forward with in-person experiences during the Winter 2021 term, online options will remain available. We will continue to monitor and follow public health protocols and will continue to update smu.ca/covid19 with any new information as it is available. You can find the full January 2021 announcement here.
New Canadian Border Measures for International Students
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Minister Marco Mendicino recently announced that travel restrictions have been amended to allow international students to enter Canada if their designated learning institution (DLI) has an approved Covid-19 readiness plan in place, effective October 20, 2020. All travelers will still be required to demonstrate a 14-day quarantine plan upon arrival at their final destination in Canada. You can find the full announcement here.
The list of COVID-ready Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) will be updated on a bi-weekly basis and we will update you as soon as the Saint Mary’s University covid-ready plan is approved.
Students who had been approved for a study permit prior to March 18, 2020 will no longer be authorized to enter Canada as of October 20 if their DLI is not on the Covid-ready list. IRCC has begun communicating this to affected students. This announcement will not have an impact on any other temporary policy change still in effect.