COVID-19 Response

Covid-19 Pandemic Updates

Northern College is planning for a full return to normal academic operation. This will mean on-site in person instruction, subject to the operational efficiency of programming by the Fall 2022 semester.

Northern College campuses are now open and are following all protocols for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

On-campus learning and services are taking place for most of our programs that are traditionally in-person. Some courses continue to be offered online or through a hybrid form of delivery (combination of online and in-class activities). As we continues to monitor pandemic conditions and respond according to guidance from all appropriate government and health authorities, we will communicate any required changes to our programming.

Pre-Screening

All students, staff and visitors are asked to please continue with government screening before attending Northern College campuses. This passive screening is to ensure everyone is monitoring their symptoms before coming to a Northern College campus. The direct link to the government screening is: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/worker/.

Continuity of Education Plan

As we return to studies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we do so with the hope that studies can be conducted in a smooth and efficient manner. However, it is imperative that we plan for further disruption, given the dynamic nature of the recent rise in variant case, and the push to achieve community protection through vaccination.

To this end, Northern College presents this Continuity of Education Plan (CEP).

The plan will provide ready access to information regarding Health and Safety protocols in the event of further emergencies, information regarding the continuation of studies if face-to-face study is disrupted, and links to useful resources in the event of an emergency.

Information for International Students

Travel Information

Travel Support Letter and Documentation Requests

Email international@northern.on.ca with the following completed documents to request your travel documents and travel support letter.

  1. Copy Study Visa
  2. Pre-Travel Form with Quarantine Plan (whether to request quarantine at the college or if you have your own arrangements)
  3. Flight Details
  4. Full vaccination records if you’ve received your vaccines with a translated English copy (if the original is not in English).
  5. Other required documents (eg, hotel and flight booking, quarantine plan etc.)

Contact the International Department as early as possible to avoid travel delay. Please be advised that it will usually take 2 to 5 business days to process these letters due to the high volume requests we are receiving.

Information for Fully Vaccinated International Students

Please familiarize with international flight guidelines and requirements by visiting https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying.

Before boarding your flight, airline officials will be conducting a health check, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board their flight to Canada.

Before you travel, you can contact the Border Information Service for more information. A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada when you arrive.

The following documents must accompany your flight:

  1. Documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. Effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. This implementation date provides all airlines, both foreign and domestic, adequate time to comply with the new requirements.
  2. 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.
  3. Passport
  4. A valid student visa or study permit, or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows that you were approved for a study permit
  5. Travel Guidance and Quarantine Letter (if you want to be quarantine on college campus) from the College
  6. Original Letter of Acceptance (or offer letter) and fee payment receipt
  7. Your remaining 14-day quarantine plan (for students who will participate the College quarantine plan, you can provide the quarantine letter the College provides you) and Your flight information
  8. Your incomplete or complete vaccination records in your country. A certified English translation should be accompanied with the original vaccination records if the original is not in English. Fully vaccinated international travellers may be exempted to the 14 days quarantine requirements. Starting January 15th, 2022, certain groups of travellers, who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. These groups include: international students who are 18 years old and older.
  9. ArriveCAN App. All travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, and their vaccination records electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.
  10. Adaptor(adapter) and/or Voltage Converter Transformer (if necessary) in order to charge your laptop, cellphone or other electrical appliances when you arrive in Canada. In Canada, the voltage is 110V while the wall plug.
Information for International Students Who are Not Yet Fully Vaccinated

Starting November 30, vaccination will be required for travel within and out of Canada. More details can be found from the Government of Canada’s news release.

International students who have not been fully vaccinated or who were fully vaccinated but their vaccines are not products of the above manufacturers, or who were vaccinated within 14 days when they arrive in Canada, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport.

Please note:

  • If you were vaccinated with one of the above three newly approved vaccines, you will need to take another dose of mRNA vaccine after your arrival in Ontario and before your access any of our college campuses.   The minimum interval between the preceding dose and the additional dose should be 28 days.
  • Individuals who have proof of immunization and have received an incomplete series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine, should receive one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine. The minimum interval between the preceding dose and the additional dose should be 28 days.
  • If you have already received three doses of a non-Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine at the appropriate interval, no additional doses should be offered at this time.

Please refer to the Flying to Canada Requirements Checklist at travel.gc.ca for more information.

Preparing For Your Flight & Arrival

Preparing For Your Flight & Arrival

Please familiarize yourself with travel policies, arrival procedures, and the mandatory quarantine from the Government of Canada at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.

Send any travel updates to international@northern.on.ca immediately if your arrival time changed so that we can be well prepared for your arrival.

Before boarding your flight, airline officials will be conducting a health check, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board their flight to Canada.

Before you travel, you can contact the Border Information Service for more information. A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada when you arrive.

Required Documents for your Flight

Please familiarize with international flight guidelines and requirements by visiting https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying.

Before boarding your flight, airline officials will be conducting a health check, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board their flight to Canada.

Before you travel, you can contact the Border Information Service for more information. A border services officer will make a final decision on your eligibility to enter Canada when you arrive.

The following documents must accompany your flight:

  1. Documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. Effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. This implementation date provides all airlines, both foreign and domestic, adequate time to comply with the new requirements.
  2. 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.
  3. Passport
  4. A valid student visa or study permit, or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows that you were approved for a study permit
  5. Travel Guidance and Quarantine Letter (if you want to be quarantine on college campus) from the College
  6. Original Letter of Acceptance (or offer letter) and fee payment receipt
  7. Your remaining 14-day quarantine plan (for students who will participate the College quarantine plan, you can provide the quarantine letter the College provides you) and Your flight information
  8. Your incomplete or complete vaccination records in your country. A certified English translation should be accompanied with the original vaccination records if the original is not in English. Fully vaccinated international travellers may be exempted to the 14 days quarantine requirements. Starting January 15th, 2022, certain groups of travellers, who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada. These groups include: international students who are 18 years old and older.
  9. ArriveCAN App. All travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, and their vaccination records electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.
  10. Adaptor(adapter) and/or Voltage Converter Transformer (if necessary) in order to charge your laptop, cellphone or other electrical appliances when you arrive in Canada. In Canada, the voltage is 110V while the wall plug.
Arriving in Timmins

Direct Flight Connections to Timmins
Please directly book and connect your flight from your point of entry Canadian airport to Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (YTS) if you will be quarantined on our Timmins campus.

Remember to send a copy of your flight tickets to international@northern.on.ca.

Taxi Booking from Timmins Airport to Northern College Timmins Campus
Please book your taxi (from the Timmins airport to Northern College Timmins Campus Residence) by downloading the App Vets Taxi Timmins before your departure. If you don’t book beforehand, you may not get a taxi when you arrive at the Timmins airport.

Please update international@northern.on.ca immediately if your arrival time changed so that we can be well prepared for your arrival.

Take your taxi to:
Northern College, Timmins Campus Residence, Office 4777, Highway 101 East, South Porcupine

When traveling from the airport to residence or your off-campus quarantine location, please wear a mask and do not share your taxi with any other passengers or carpool. Do not stop in any places of the city or visit their family or friends or have family or friends accompany you to the College residence. Due to close contact with you, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and be unable to work or attend studies or other activities they’ve have planned.

Keep your taxi receipt from Timmins airport to Timmins campus. The fee could be reimbursed to you later after day 10 of your program.

For college quarantine room booking, please contact international@northern.on.ca.

Timmins Campus residence contact information:
Carrie Ann Bettiol
bettiolc@northern.on.ca
705 235-3211 ext. 6800 – Monday to Friday work days
WhatsApp/Cell:  705 363 6598 – 24/7

Mandatory Quarantine

Starting on February 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air are required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan and fully vaccination records (if applicable) in English or French or accompanied with a certified English translation, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.

You will still be required to provide a pre-arrival COVID-19 test result, a quarantine plan and you will be tested for Covid-19 at your point of entry into Canada.

 

If you will participate the college quarantine:

  1. Send your 14-day quarantine plan and flight information (including from flight connection city to Timmins trip) to international@northern.on.ca for record.
  2. Update us timely your arrival information (flight change/cancellation) so that we can prepare for your arrival.
  3. Please upload your valid study visa/study permit to your account of Ontario College International Student Application Portal (where you submit your application to Northern College) if you have not yet done yet.
  4. Your vaccinated records and translation copy (it must be accompanied with a certified English translation if the original is not in English) with a copy of your study permit.

For your 14-day quarantine, there will be no charge for the residency and other services except the three meals provided to you and any other costs like personal laundry and day-8 self-test sample mailing.

For college quarantine room booking, please contact international@northern.on.ca.

Timmins Campus residence contact information:
Carrie Ann Bettiol
bettiolc@northern.on.ca
705 235-3211 ext. 6800 – Monday to Friday work days
WhatsApp/Cell:  705-363-6598 – 24/7

 

If you have your own quarantine plan and will not to be quarantined on Timmins campus:

  1. Provide your 3 days hotel reservation and the 11 days self-quarantine plan to us: Quarantine address, property owner, owner’s contact information should be included in the plan.
  2. Upload your valid study visa/study permit to your account of Ontario College International Student Application Portal (where you submit your application to Northern College) if you have not yet done yet
  3. Send the college your flight information for record and update us in time if your flight is cancelled or changed
  4. Your vaccinated records and translation copy (it must be accompanied with a certified English translation if the original is not in English) with a copy of your study permit

The above required information should be sent to international@northern.on.ca. Once we receive the all of the above required documents, we will issue you the travel guidance and travel support letter.

During quarantine you must conduct your own day-8 self test with the test kit which was issued to you at the airport and mail your negative report to international@northern.on.ca before you are released from your quarantine. You must also provide the college your negative test result to access any campuses of Northern College after your quarantine.

Fines and Consequences of Failing to Complete Your Arrival or Day-8 Test
All travellers will receive calls from a live agent or automated system and you may also be visited at your place of quarantine by a Screening Officer to verify your compliance. You are under a legal obligation to take the arrival and Day-8 tests. Failure to comply with the requirements of the Quarantine Act and emergency orders made under this Act is an offence and could lead to fines of up to $750,000 or imprisonment. If you do not take the tests, you may also be transferred to a designated quarantine facility.

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