With regard to the corona virus (COVID-19), please be advised that the Government of Canada takes the situation very seriously and is putting in place the necessary measures to help ensure our health and safety.
The situation is progressing quickly and it is difficult to predict the long-term impacts. To find out how COVID-19 may affect your studies, please check with your academic institution.
Study permits and visas
- For information about study permits and visas, consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website
- To know when we’ll resume services and to get up-to-date information, see IRCC’s special measures to help clients affected by COVID‑19
To keep up to date with the current corona virus pandemic situation in Canada and around the world, consult the following resources:
Official Government of Canada websites
- Outbreak update
- Travel advice
- Being prepared
- Symptoms and treatment
- Prevention and risks
- Canada’s response
Official website of the World Health Organization
Protect yourself and others from corona virus
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!
What to do to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19
- Maintain at least a 1-metre distance between yourself and others to reduce your risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak. Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors. The further away, the better.
- Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people.
Here are the basics of how to wear a mask:
- Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off.
- Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin.
Here are some specifics on what type of mask to wear and when, depending on how much virus is circulating where you live, where you go and who you are.
- Wear a fabric mask unless you’re in a particular risk group. This is especially important when you can’t stay physically distanced, particularly in crowded and poorly ventilated indoor settings.
- Wear a medical/surgical mask if you:
- Are over 60,
- Have underlying medical conditions,
- Are feeling unwell, and/or
- Are looking after an ill family member.
- For more public advice on masks, read our Q&A and watch our videos. There is also a Q&A focused on masks and children.
- For health workers, medical masks are essential personal protective equipment when engaging with patients with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19. Respirator masks (such as FFP2, FFP3, N95, N99) should be used in settings where procedures generating aerosols are performed and must be fitted to ensure the right size is worn.
- Find out more about the science of how COVID-19 infects people and our bodies react by watching or reading this interview.