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COVID-19 Information for University of Toronto Students

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The entire University community is focused on maintaining a safe and healthy environment on our campuses, preserving your educational experience, and communicating any updates and new information. This page contains information for U of T students regarding the University’s responses and actions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Graduate Students, please also visit the School of Graduate Studies webpage for specific updates.

All students, please continue to check your U of T email, since you may be receiving emails directly from your divisions, residences, and Deans of Students.

All students must complete UCheck self-assessment before they come to campus or leave their residence room. 

We will continue to update this page with important information for students. Please also continue to check the University of Toronto’s coronavirus updates and frequently asked questions (FAQs) for updates relevant to the whole U of T community.

Vaccines

Last updated: September 7th, 2021 at 12:15pm EST 

Please see additional information below regarding:

You are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible.

  • Yes. The University of Toronto requires that all those intending to be present on our campuses be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The University expects everyone to have their first dose by Sept. 13 and to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15. All members of our community will be required to upload proof of vaccination via UCheck. Those seeking an exemption to the vaccination requirement (for medical reasons or other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code) will be able to request approval via U of T’s Enterprise Service Centre (ServiceNow). Exemption forms are now available and completed requests can be uploaded for review beginning Sept. 2. Those who have already applied for an exemption should continue via the process communicated to them.

    Members of our community who are unvaccinated and do not have an approved exemption are not permitted to come to campus.

    Those who have an approved exemption or are awaiting their second dose must participate in the University’s rapid screening program, provide proof of a negative test before coming to campus and may be required to observe additional public health measures. See 5.10 below for more information on the rapid screening program.

    Visitors to U of T campuses will also be required to be fully vaccinated. More details about the process for visitors – including vendors, events attendees, gym members, and others – will be made available soon.

    These measures follow the most recent guidance from the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health and have been put in place in consultation with local public health units and experts in the field.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Ontario. For information on where to obtain a mRNA vaccine, including on-campus locations, please visit the UTogether vaccine site.  We recommend visiting our on-campus vaccine clinics to obtain your mRNA dose. Be sure to ask for a print out no matter where you go. You can use this to upload for proof of verification.

  • We recommend obtaining a Health Canada approved vaccine if possible.  If this is not available  we recommend obtaining the first WHO-approved vaccine available to you and, if possible, select the vaccine that will allow you to be fully vaccinated before coming to Canada.

    Health Canada has recently released new guidelines for those individuals who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine. Students who receive a non-Health Canada approved vaccine (one or two doses)  should receive a one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer) Health Canada approved vaccine.

    If you have questions, it is recommended that you to speak to your local health care provider for guidance.

    For information on where to obtain a mRNA vaccine, including on-campus locations, please visit the UTogether vaccine siteWe recommend visiting our on-campus vaccine clinics to obtain your mRNA dose.  Our on campus vaccine clinics are aware of the unique circumstances of our students and will be able to assist you in obtaining the bridging requirements that will fulfill the requirements for being considered Health Canada fully vaccinated. Be sure to ask for a print out no matter where you go. You can use this to upload for proof of verification.

  • Health Canada has recently released new guidelines  for those individuals who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine. Students who receive a non-Health Canada approved vaccine (one or two doses) should receive a one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer) Health Canada approved vaccine.

    Please see chart below.

    Vaccination Status Action Needed to Come to Campus
    Unvaccinated 2 doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine
    Partially Vaccinated: Received 1st dose of 2-dose vaccine Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (Health Canada approved vaccines) 2nd dose of any Health Canada approved vaccine 28 days following the first dose. If the first dose is Pfizer, second dose is given 21 days later.
    Non-Health Canada approved vaccine 1 dose of an mRNA Health Canada approved vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer)
    Fully Vaccinated: 
    Received full series of vaccine
    Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (Health Canada approved vaccines) No additional vaccines required. No further action required.
    Non-Health Canada approved vaccine 1 dose of an mRNA Health Canada approved vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer)
    Three doses of any vaccine No additional vaccines required. No further action required.

    * As per NACI recommendations, an interval of at least 28 days should be observed between receipt of the last vaccine and the administration of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine.

    For information on where to obtain a mRNA vaccine, including on-campus locations, please visit the UTogether vaccine siteWe recommend visiting our on-campus vaccine clinics to obtain your mRNA dose. Be sure to ask for a print out no matter where you go. You can use this to upload for proof of verification.

    You may wish to speak to your local health care provider for guidance if you have questions.

  • The  Government of Canada’s Recommendations for those vaccinated with vaccines not authorized by Health Canada for those staying in Canada to live, work or study are relatively new. We recommend visiting an on-campus vaccine clinic to obtain your mRNA dose. Please visit the UTogether vaccine site for locations and hours.  Our on campus vaccine clinic are aware of the latest Health Canada guidelines and are more attuned to the needs of our international students than other vaccine clinics in the community. Be sure to ask for a print out no matter where you go. You can use this to upload for proof of verification.

  • We understand that some students will need to wait to be fully vaccinated according to the Government of Canada guidance.  You will be able to continue attending in-person classes as long as you continue to participate in the rapid-screening program for 14 days after your final dose. (the mRNA vaccine). More information, including an instructional video is available on the Rapid Screening Program website.

    To obtain confirmation of an extension, please submit your request via Service Now.

    Please upload your proof of fully vaccination once available.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Ontario. For information on where to obtain a mRNA vaccine, including on-campus locations, please visit the UTogether vaccine site.  We recommend visiting our on-campus vaccine clinics to obtain your mRNA dose.

    Exemption requests will be carefully reviewed by the University. Please note that approval is not guaranteed.

    Medical reasons:

    NEW: The Ontario Ministry of Health recently indicated only two reasons for a medical exemption:

    • Severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or any of the components. In this case, see an allergist or immunologist before submitting your form.
    • Myocarditis or pericarditis after the first vaccination dose.

    If you have experienced one of the above, submit a form signed by a licensed medical practitioner (Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Physician/Surgeon who has your complete health history, confirming that you are unable to be vaccinated due to one of the medical conditions above).

    • If you are unable to see your usual medical provider, you will need to provide consent for university health providers to verify medical information.

    Exemption for creed/religious reasons,

    • you will be required to provide a rationale and submit a form signed by you (or your parent or legal guardian, if you are under the age of 18) and sworn by a Commissioner of Oaths or Notary.
    • Please note that a singular belief or personal preference against vaccination is not protected on the ground of creed under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

    Individuals seeking a permitted exemption for medical reasons or other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to make a request through the University’s Enterprise Service Centre (ServiceNow).  Please submit your forms by Monday, September 13, 2021. Students who have already applied for an exemption (i.e., living in residence) will continue that process.

    You will receive notification of the result of the review by email.

    Individuals with approved exemptions will be required to enroll in the University of Toronto Rapid Screening program and upload test results to UCheck. They may also be subject to additional public health measures.

Your Health

The COVID 19 situation brings uncertainty and stress for everyone – and some will experience this more deeply than others. If you are struggling, there are resources and supports available.

Article: Managing stress and feelings of powerlessness can be a challenge during uncertain times. U of T’s Dr. Suze Berkhout shares seven tips for mentally coping with the challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Fall 2021
For Students Living in Residence

Last updated September 6th, 2020 at 6:30pm EST

  • We’ve implemented measures to ensure safe access to residence amenities and spaces. This includes enhanced cleaning, additional signage, limiting capacity, requiring masks and spacing of furniture. We may be required to limit access to these spaces per public health guidelines and will be working closely with our residence communities if this does occur.

  • Our residence staff members are working hard to ensure students feel connected, engaged and academically supported in their residence communities through fun, virtual events and, where possible in compliance with public health directives, small in-person activities.

    Additionally, student services, events and workshops continue to be offered online, so you are able to connect from anywhere.

  • Students in residences must comply with the Ontario government’s regulations limiting the size of social gatherings. They are made aware of these regulations through regular communications and signs in common spaces. When gathering limits are exceeded, students are reminded of this information and asked to reduce the gathering size to meet these limits.

  • Yes. As part of our commitment to health and safety, the University and its federated colleges require students living in residence during the 2021-22 academic year to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

    Students moving into residence are expected to get their first dose of the vaccine before their residence move-in date (see a list in the “Which residences will require COVID-10 vaccinations?” FAQ below). Students in Ontario, including international students, looking to book a vaccination appointment visit the Ontario Provincial vaccine site.

    Any students who are unable to get vaccinated before moving into residence will have 14 days following their move-in date to get vaccinated. Students may be subject to additional public health restrictions if they are not fully vaccinated.

    The University will support students and will facilitate vaccines for students who require first and second doses.

    Students who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or on grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an exemption through StarRez.

  • All University of Toronto student residences, including those operated by federated colleges, require that students receive at least their first dose before moving into residence. The following residences are covered by this requirement: Chestnut Residence, Graduate House, New College Residence, Innis College Residence, St. Michael’s College Residences, Trinity College Residences, University College Residences, Victoria College Residences, Woodsworth College Residence, Chelsea Hotel, UTM Residences and UTSC Residences. Vaccine information will be able to be uploaded through StarRez.

  • Yes:  You will need to upload the documentation that shows you are fully vaccinated to UCheck as well.  This is an important step and we appreciate your cooperation in doing so as soon as possible. 

  • Only the first dose of the vaccine is required in order to move into residence. U of T strongly encourages students living in residence to get at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 14 days prior to their move-in date.

    We expect most students will have their first dose prior to move-in date. Students who can’t access their first COVID-19 vaccine before arriving at U of T will have two weeks following their move-in date to get vaccinated. Students may be subject to additional public health restrictions if they are not fully vaccinated.

    We strongly encourage students who can receive both their first and second doses of the vaccine prior to moving into residence to do so. Students who have only received one dose prior to moving into residence will be required to get their second dose, if they did not receive a single-dose vaccine, as soon as they are eligible and able to get the vaccine.

    NOTE: Health Canada has recently released new guidelines for those individuals who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine. Students who receive a non-Health Canada approved vaccine should receive a one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer) Health Canada approved vaccine.   The addition of the mRNA will not impact your ability to move into residence.

    The University will support students and will facilitate vaccines for students who require first and second doses.

    Vaccine information will be able to be uploaded through StarRez.

  • Students who are unable to be vaccinated before they move into residence will be allowed to move in, however, they need to confirm they have been vaccinated within 14 days following their move-in date. The University will help to facilitate vaccinations for these students. Those who are not fully vaccinated may be subject to additional public health restrictions including rapid screening. U of T strongly encourage students to be vaccinated two weeks before they arrive on our campuses if they are able to do so.

    Health Canada has recently released new guidelines for those individuals who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine. Students who receive a non-Health Canada approved vaccine should receive a one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer) Health Canada approved vaccine.   The addition of the mRNA will not impact your ability to move into residence.

    Vaccine information will be able to be uploaded through StarRez.

  • Students who have not been granted an exemption and who have not been vaccinated with their first dose within 14 days of their move-in date will not be allowed to continue living in residence.

  • Vaccine information will be able to be uploaded through StarRez

    Please keep any emails, receipts or records pertaining to your vaccination.

  • U of T recognizes all vaccines approved by  Health Canada. All students living in residence will be required to confirm they are vaccinated. If you have received a WHO vaccine, Health Canada has recently released new guidelines for those individuals who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine. Students who receive a non-Health Canada approved vaccine should receive a one dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer) Health Canada approved vaccine.   The addition of the mRNA will not impact your ability to move into residence.

  • Any student who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or on grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code can request an exemption. Exemption information will be able to be uploaded through StarRez. 

    Exemption requests will be carefully reviewed by the University. Please note that approval is not guaranteed. 

    Medical reasons: 

    NEW: The Ontario Ministry of Health recently indicated only two reasons for a medical exemption: 

    • Severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or any of the components. In this case, see an allergist or immunologist before submitting your form.  
    • Myocarditis or pericarditis after the first dose. 

    If you have experienced one of the above, submit a form signed by a licensed medical practitioner (Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Physician/Surgeon who has your complete health history, confirming that you are unable to be vaccinated due to one of the medical conditions above). 

    • If you are unable to see your usual medical provider, you will need to provide consent for university health providers to verify medical information. 

    Exemption for creed/religious reasons,  

    • you will be required to provide a rationale and submit a form signed by you (or your parent or legal guardian, if you are under the age of 18) and sworn by a Commissioner of Oaths or Notary.  
    • Please note that a singular belief or personal preference against vaccination is not protected on the ground of creed under the Ontario Human Rights Code.   
  • Specific information about the required confirmation of vaccination, will be available on StarRez. All information will be collected, used and stored in compliance with the University of Toronto’s obligations pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Fees

Last updated: September 4th, 2021 at 9:30am EST

For Fall 2021, students continue to have access to supports including Health and Wellness, career centres and academic support offices. A range of programming is offered online and in-person by Hart House and sport and recreation staff on all three campuses including online fitness classes, nutrition discussions, virtual board game cafés and workshops. Programming and services continue online or through video calls, phone calls, and other means. In-person services will also be offered in accordance with public health, government, and university guidelines. 

  • For the Fall2021 sessions, there are no changes to planned tuition fees. We encourage students who are facing financial hardship to visit this Funding Opportunity Directory. Undergraduate students can also contact their college or divisional registrar to apply for emergency bursaries, and graduate students can contact the School of Graduate Studies. 

  • Fees charged for student and campus services provided by the University and its student societies are established on the understanding that all students will contribute to the cost of these services. This is the only way to calculate fair and equitable fees to support the services and programs that all universities offer. These fees are assessed as a function of a student’s academic registration in a program. Student services fees are not refundable and include both campus-specific and university services such as health and counselling departments, academic support, career centres, Hart House, and athletics and recreation services.

Information on Quarantine Accommodation

Last updated August 9th, 2021 at 3:15pm EST

Please review the Quarantine Guide for Students for complete details on preparing for travel and quarantine. The FAQ below are supplementary to the guide.

International Students can find information on requirements for entering Canada on the FAQ For International Students: Entry to Canada & Pre-Arrival or the FAQ For Newly Admitted International Students.

  • The Government of Canada outlined the requirements for Mandatory Quarantine for Travellers to Canada and has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine Act. This applies to all travellers to Canada regardless of the country of origin. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and may lead to significant fines or imprisonment.

    The Government of Canada has begun to ease these border measures for travellers entering Canada.

    • As of August 9th travellers are no longer required to complete the 3-day stopover at a government authorized hotel.
    • Additionally, travellers who are fully vaccinated with a Canadian Government accepted vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and/or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)) may be exempt from the 14-day quarantine period, and the day-8 testing. A quarantine plan is still required, and fully vaccinated students must register with the UofT quarantine program to ensure that they have a plan in place.

    Students  must, upon arrival in Canada by air or land, take a COVID-19 test.  This test is in addition to having a negative test result within 72 hours prior to arrival. Travellers who receive an exemption due to vaccine status may only require an arrival test as part of a randomized testing program.

  • Yes, the University will facilitate access to quarantine space for students who will not be residing in residence but require a location to quarantine, per the Federal Government’s requirements. Please register and confirm the dates of availability of the U of T quarantine space before finalizing travel plans.

  • The Quarantine Act does not permit quarantines to take place in student residences or other group living environments. Students moving into a U of T student residence must apply for U of T’s quarantine program.

  • Spaces for arrivals in the Full quarantine program are limited and as such, we strongly recommend students submit applications for quarantine accommodation on StarRez as soon as possible. Certain groups of students will receive priority to register for specific arrival periods.

    First year residence students looking to arrive in August or September will receive registration priority for submitting applications in the Full program as follows:

    • Arrival in August – priority for applications submitted until July 21.
    • Arrival in September – priority for applications submitted until August 23.

    Please note that the availability of spaces is not guaranteed as this will depend on the uptake during the priority period.

    Students who are not able to reserve a space in the Full quarantine program can apply for the At Home program. If you choose the At Home program but need to  book a place for your quarantine, please refer to the list of available options.

  • With some limited exceptions, the University is covering the costs for students in the U of T mandatory full quarantine accommodation program. A cancellation fee of $350 will be charged if registration is not cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the stated arrival time. Students who are turned away at point of entry will not be charged a cancellation fee.

    Students who are moving to Canada with a spouse/children will need to cover the costs of their dependent family members needing the quarantine space. Please contact info.quarantine@utoronto.ca for more information about this.

    If the quarantine period is completed before the student’s residence move-in date, students may need to pay a fee if they choose to remain at the quarantine location (subject to availability) until they are able to move into residence. Students must confirm the availability of space by contacting info.quarantine@utoronto.ca.

  • Fully vaccinated travellers may be eligible to be exempted from mandatory quarantine including the day-8 testing requirement.

    To qualify for this exemption you must meet ALL of the criteria outlined by the Government of Canada.

    Final determination of whether you qualify for the exemption is made by a government representative at the border. You must have proof of a quarantine plan even if you are seeking an exemption. You can register with the University on StarRez for a Backup Quarantine Plan.

  • With limited exceptions, the University will cover the costs of the U of T mandatory quarantine accommodation if you have not previously completed a required quarantine in the full U of T program. However, if you are required to quarantine again at a later date (e.g. if you leave and return to Canada), you must cover the cost of the additional quarantine(s) yourself.

  • If you need financial assistance to help with quarantine costs you can apply to the U of T Undergraduate Emergency Grant or the School of Graduate Studies Emergency Grant Program.

  • Unfortunately, the University cannot provide self-isolation facilities for accompanying family members who are helping a student move to Toronto. There are many hotels close to U of T’s campuses where accompanying family members should be able to book space. While your immediate family members (spouse or common-law partner, dependent child parent or step-parent and guardian or tutor) may be able to come with you to Canada they must show that their reasons for travel are non-discretionary (non-optional). For example, that they will help you get established and support you in Canada. The decision about whether their entry is non-discretionary will be made by the Border Services Officer. If their entry is considered non-discretionary, they must also have a plan to quarantine. If those accompanying you cannot remain in Canada for the self-isolation period, at this point they will not be permitted to enter.

  • Currently parents (foreign nationals/US citizens) who wish to accompany their student(s) to campus will not be permitted to enter Canada from the United States unless the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) deems your trip to be essential. Until the dates outlined below, we strongly encourage individuals to contact CBSA before attempting to cross the border to come to campus. Also, at this time anyone entering Canada must plan to remain in Canada for the quarantine period that the Federal Government has outlined in the requirements for Mandatory Quarantine for Travellers to Canada, unless exempt if fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine.

    As of August 9, 2021, US citizens and permanent residents of the United States who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers will be eligible to enter Canada.  On September 7, 2021, if Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders for discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

    For more details visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#exemptions.

  • If a student living off-campus must self-isolate and cannot do so where they are living, the University may have self-isolation/quarantine accommodation available at cost. This would include a room with private washroom, three meals delivered daily, regular health checks, and residence life support and programming. Spaces are limited, so please contact info.quarantine@utoronto.ca.

    Students will be required to sign self-isolation protocols aligned with relevant government guidance and remain in their rooms for the self-isolation period. Guests will not be allowed during this time.

    Please review our resource sheet on Self-Isolation/Quarantine Accommodation Options for additional possibilities, or consider the Toronto Voluntary Isolation Centre or the Peel Voluntary Isolation Centre

    If you are need financial assistance to help with the costs of self-isolation/quarantine, you can apply to the U of T Undergraduate Emergency Grant or the School of Graduate Studies Emergency Grant Program.

  • The Government of Canada has outlined the requirements for Mandatory Quarantine for Travellers to Canada. Travellers who have not met the conditions for exemption due to vaccine status and are arriving by air must first stay at a Government of Canada approved hotel near the airport while they wait for the results of a mandatory COVID-19 test taken upon arrival. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine Act. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and may lead to significant fines or imprisonment.

    The Government of Canada has begun to quarantine requirements for travellers entering Canada. As of August 9th travellers are no longer required to complete the 3-day stopover at a government authorized hotel. Travellers who are fully vaccinated with a Canadian Government accepted vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)) may be exempt from the 14-day quarantine period and the day-8 testing. A quarantine plan is still required and students should still register with the UofT quarantine program to ensure that they have a plan in place.

    Students  must, upon arrival in Canada by air or land, take a COVID-19 test. This test is in addition to having a negative test result within 72 hours prior to arrival. As of August 9th, travellers who receive an exemption due to vaccine status may only require an arrival test as part of a randomized testing program. The University will facilitate access to quarantine accommodations to IVGS students at cost.

    To apply as an IVGS student, and receive more information regarding the quarantine accommodations (such as costs & services provided), please contact info.quarantine@utoronto.ca.

  • The Government of Canada has outlined the requirements for Mandatory Quarantine for Travellers to Canada. Travellers who have not met the conditions for exemption due to vaccine status and are arriving by air must first stay at a Government of Canada approved hotel near the airport while they wait for the results of a mandatory COVID-19 test taken upon arrival. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine Act. Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and may lead to significant fines or imprisonment.

    The Government of Canada has begun to ease these border measures for travellers entering Canada. As of August 9th travellers are no longer required to complete the 3-day stopover at a government authorized hotel. Additionally, travellers who are fully vaccinated with a Canadian Government accepted vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)) may be exempt from the 14-day quarantine period, and the day-8 testing. A quarantine plan is still required.

    The University can provide you with resources to complete your quarantine including lists of hotels and food delivery services. Please contact info.quarantine@utoronto.ca for more information.

    Students must, upon arrival in Canada by air or land, take a COVID-19 test.  This test is in addition to having a negative test result within 72 hours prior to arrival.  As of August 9th, travellers who receive an exemption due to vaccine status may only require an arrival test as part of a randomized testing program.

  • We understand that the quarantine requirement may delay your move into residence.  Our team will coordinate information about quarantine program arrivals with each of the U of T residences. We also recommend that you maintain frequent contact with your residence admissions office, especially if your move-in date needs to be adjusted.

For International Students: Entry to Canada & Pre-Arrival

Last updated August 9th, 2021 at 3:00pm EST

  • International students meeting the conditions listed below will be able to come to Canada regardless of the date of issue of their study permit, approval letter, or the country from which they are travelling.

    There are quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements that must be met to enter Canada by air or by land. As of July 5, 2021 some exemptions apply for eligible fully vaccinated travellers. Please review the requirements carefully before making your travel plans to ensure you have the appropriate COVID-19 test showing a negative result within 72 hrs before arriving in Canada, as well as the appropriate quarantine plan . Please review the Information on Quarantine Accommodation for full quarantine and testing requirements.

    In addition, all of the following requirements must be met:

    • Have a valid study permit or study permit approval letter (“port of entry letter of introduction”) issued by Immigration Canada.
    • Have either an eTA or TRV (“entry visa”) if applicable, along with their passport. USA citizens are exempt from the eTA/TRV requirement.
    • Have submitted information including travel and contact information, quarantine plan and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment to the Government of Canada. Download the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android) or use their accessible web app to submit the mandatory information required for entry into Canada. For air travellers, this is required  prior to boarding their flight. Please note that exceptions will be made for those unable to submit documents electronically due to personal circumstances, such as disability or inadequate infrastructure.
    • Show evidence of active attendance at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) (such as U of T) which has anapproved COVID-19 readiness plan. The University of Toronto including all campuses and colleges is an approved DLI. It is strongly recommended that you bring an updated confirmation of enrolment letter to support your entry to Canada. Arts & Science students can download this directly from ACORN, while others can request this from their registrar’s office. Graduate students can request an updated confirmation of enrolment (also referred to as confirmation of registration) from SGS.
    • It is important to consider the timing of your planned arrival. If you arrive too early, you may be refused entry by the Canadian Border Services Officer.
      • If you are arriving for the fall semester: plan to arrive no sooner than a month prior to the beginning of your U of T studies. If you are arriving earlier than a month prior to the start of your studies for orientation or preparatory classes, ensure you have a letter from the program indicating the dates and nature of the activity.
    • Show proof that you have enough funds to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada. We recommend that you use up-to-date versions of the financial documents that supported your study permit application. If you have paid tuition or other fees to the university, you can get a receipt from your registrar’s office.
    • Must register for a U of T quarantine program which can be completed at a U of T designated space, or in their own appropriate non-UofT space. Note that this is a requirement for all students including students eligible for quarantine exemption due to vaccine status.
    • You must submit information to the Government of Canada through either the ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android) or by calling 1-833-641-0343 toll-free. You must confirm you have arrived at your place of quarantine within 48 hours and complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period. Travellers who do not submit the mandatory information required after they have entered the country will be considered a high priority for follow up by law enforcement.

    Students meeting these requirements are considered to have a non-discretionary reason to enter Canada.  Dependents who are coming to live with the international student in Canada are also considered to have a non-discretionary reason for travel; however, short-term visitors to Canada are still not permitted to enter at this time.  As of August 9, 2021, US citizens and permanent residents of the United States who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers will be eligible to enter Canada.  On September 7, 2021, if Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders for discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

    For more details visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#exemptions.

    If you have further questions about your right to enter Canada after reviewing the information above, each campus has a team of advisors that can answer your questions.

    Mississauga        international.utm@utoronto.ca
    Scarborough      isc.utsc@utoronto.ca
    St. George          isa.cie@utoronto.ca

  • In addition to ensuring you have all the required entry to Canada documents (See Question 1), students who have been outside of Canada for 6 months or longer may be required to show evidence that they have completed a valid Immigration Medical Exam. You may be required to do so if you:

    • Have been in a designated country for at least 6 of the past 12 months;
    • OR , regardless of the country where you have been living, are:
      • A medical student;
      • A student in a health sciences field who will have work placements in health-care or home-care settings;
      • An education student who will have work placements in primary or secondary schools; or teaching small children.

    To check whether you need a valid Immigration Medical Exam and for more information on how to book a Medical Exam, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

  • Before applying for a study permit, we recommend that you register for one of the webinars offered by our International Student Immigration Advisors for advice on first-time study permit applicants. As a newly admitted student you can use your U of T JOINid to register for a webinar. Our International Centres at each campus are offering webinars for newly admitted students. Follow the links below:

  • This option is not currently recommended. We recommend that you apply for a study permit online as soon as you are able. Once you have received a response to your online study permit application, please review the documents and processes required to enter Canada.

  • Your study permit grants you legal status in Canada and controls what you can do and for how long. A temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), is what allows you to enter Canada, depending on your citizenship. Make sure your study permit doesn’t expire while you’re still studying whether you’re in Canada or away temporarily.

    Check the expiry date right now. The best thing to do is apply for a study permit extension several months before the expiry date. Learn how to apply by attending one of the CIE “apply online” webinars. Your temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), may expire while you’re in Canada, but you must have a valid one for re-entry. Once a study permit has been extended, students from visa-required countries may then apply for a TRV to match their study permit’s new expiry in a separate application.

  • Yes. You can authenticate your TCard/UTORid and get your U of T email address before arriving. You can make an appointment with TCard Services now for the fall (September) semester.  Having these tools will make it easier for you to connect with U of T and access resources like email (UTmail+), course content on Quercus, webinars, library resources, Microsoft365 applications, network services for international students, WiFi once on campus, and more. For full information, visit U of T TCard. You can pick up your physical T-Card when you arrive on campus.

For Newly Admitted International Students 

Last updated July 27th, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

  • If you’re not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and plan to study in Canada for more than six months you will have to apply for a study permit. Apply for your study permit online as soon as you get your letter of acceptance.

  • Before applying for a study permit, we recommend that you register for one of the webinars offered by our International Student Immigration Advisors for advice on first-time study permit applicants. As a newly admitted student you can use your U of T JOINid to register for a webinar. Our International Centres at each campus are offering webinars for newly admitted students. Follow the links below:

    NOTE: The Government of Canada indicates on its website for international students that study permit applications completed by May 15, 2021 will be processed by August 6, 2021. In addition, they have also updated study permit processing times for study permit applications submitted outside of Canada to 8 weeks. Students from Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam are also eligible to use the expedited Student Direct Stream (SDS).

    Students can direct questions to the University’s immigration advisors:

    U of T Mississauga –international.utm@utoronto.ca
    U of T Scarborough –isc.utsc@utoronto.ca
    U of T St. George – isa.cie@utoronto.ca

  • Please apply for a study permit as soon as possible so you will be ready to come to campus when you are able.

  • International students meeting the conditions listed below will be able to come to Canada regardless of the date of issue of their study permit, approval letter, or the country from which they are travelling.

    There are  quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements that must be met to enter Canada by air or by land (As of July 5, 2021 some exemptions apply for eligible fully vaccinated travellers). Please review carefully before making your travel plans to ensure you have the appropriate COVID-19 test showing a negative result within 72 hrs before arriving in Canada, as well as the appropriate quarantine plan (if required). Please review the Information on Quarantine Accommodation for full quarantine and testing requirements.

    In addition, all of the following requirements must be met:

    • Have a valid study permit or study permit approval letter (“port of entry letter of introduction”) issued by Immigration Canada.
    • Have either an eTA or TRV (“entry visa”) if applicable, along with their passport. USA citizens are exempt from the eTA/TRV requirement.
    • Have submitted information including travel and contact information, quarantine plan and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment to the Government of Canada. Download the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android) or use their accessible web app to submit the mandatory information required for entry into Canada. This is  required for all air travellers arriving to Canada prior to boarding their flight. Please note that exceptions will be made for those unable to submit documents electronically due to personal circumstances, such as disability or inadequate infrastructure.
    • Show evidence of active attendance at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) (such as U of T) which has a formally approved COVID-19 readiness plan. The University of Toronto including all campuses and colleges is an approved DLI. It is strongly recommended that you bring an updated confirmation of enrolment letter to support your entry to Canada. Arts & Science students can download this directly from ACORN, while others can request this from their registrar’s office. Graduate students can request an updated confirmation of enrolment (also referred to as confirmation of registration) from SGS.
    • It is important to consider the timing of your planned arrival. If you arrive too early, you may be refused entry by the Canadian Border Services Officer.
      • If you are arriving for the fall semester: plan to arrive no sooner than a month prior to the beginning of your U of T studies. If you are arriving earlier than a month prior to the start of your studies for orientation or preparatory classes, ensure you have a letter from the program indicating the dates and nature of the activity.
    • Show proof that you have enough funds to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada. We recommend that you use up-to-date versions of the financial documents that supported your study permit application. If you have paid tuition or other fees to the university, you can get a receipt from your registrar’s office.
    • Must register for a U of T quarantine program which can be completed at a U of T designated space, or in their own appropriate non-UofT space. Note that this is a requirement for all students including students eligible for quarantine exemption due to vaccine statu. s.
    • You must submit information to the Government of Canada through either the ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android) or by calling 1-833-641-0343 toll-free. You must confirm you have arrived at your place of quarantine within 48 hours and complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during your quarantine period. Travellers who do not submit the mandatory information required after they have entered the country will be considered a high priority for follow up by law enforcement.

    Students meeting these requirements are considered to have a non-discretionary reason to enter Canada.  Dependents who are coming to live with the international student in Canada are also considered to have a non-discretionary reason for travel; however, short-term visitors to Canada are still not permitted to enter at this time.  As of August 9, 2021, US citizens and permanent residents of the United States who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers will be eligible to enter Canada.  On September 7, 2021, if Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders for discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

    For more details visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html#exemptions.

    If you have further questions about your right to enter Canada after reviewing the information above, each campus has a team of advisors that can answer your questions.

    Mississauga        international.utm@utoronto.ca
    Scarborough      isc.utsc@utoronto.ca
    St. George          isa.cie@utoronto.ca

  • Short-term visitors to Canada, for example, a parent wanting to help you settle into life in Toronto, are not permitted to enter at this time. There are two exceptions:

    • You are a minor child under the age of 18, or
    • You are not a minor child, but you have but you have supporting documents that prove you need a family member with you to get settled. For example, you submit a medical note as proof that you have a medical condition or disability and need help getting settled.

    In the cases above, only one family member is allowed to accompany you, and they may need to apply for either a TRV or eTA. This Immigration Canada webpage provides special instructions about applying for a TRV or eTA during the COVID pandemic.

    If you meet the exception requirements, please ensure that you have thoroughly reviewed the documentation required and if you have any questions about your specific plans, contact CBSA directly for advice.

    NEW:  As of August 9, 2021, US citizens and permanent residents of the United States who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers will be eligible to enter Canada.  On September 7, 2021, if Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders for discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

    Note:  Dependents who are coming to live with the international student in Canada are able to travel with students

For International Students: Studying Remotely

Last updated July 27th, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

For International Students: Leaving Canada

Last updated July 27th, 2020 at 12:00pm EST

  • All students are encouraged, if possible, to avoid international travel right now because it may be difficult to re-enter Canada, as pandemic circumstances change frequently. If you do need to return home, please review your study permit and other immigration documents for the expiry date before you leave the county.

    If your study permit and temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), are still valid for your planned return to Canada, you’ll have to provide confirmation of enrolment at U of T, proof of sufficient funding for studies in Canada and submit travel and contact information, quarantine plan and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment to the Government of Canada via the ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android) or the accessible web app.

    Please note that the University is covering the costs for students’ initial U of T mandatory quarantine accommodation. However, if you are required to quarantine again at a later date (e.g. if you leave and return to Canada), you will be required to cover the cost of the additional quarantine(s). If you need financial assistance to help with the costs of quarantine, please apply for financial assistance.

    If your study permit, temporary resident visa (TRV), or electronic travel authorization (eTA), expire before your return to Canada, you will need to replace the expired document(s) before travelling back. Pandemic-related delays make it important to apply as far in advance as possible. You may speak with the international student immigration advisors on your home campus (UTMUTSC, or St. George) to work out what you need to do in this situation.

  • If you had a study permit while you were studying and you want to continue studying, you need to extend your study permit.

    If you didn’t have a study permit while you were studying, and won’t continue studying, you should extend your stay as a visitor. As a visitor, your legal status usually expires six months from the date you entered Canada.

    If you didn’t have a study permit while you were studying and would like to continue studying, you must apply for a study permit. First-time study permit applications can’t always be submitted within Canada. You may speak with the international student immigration advisors on your home campus to work out what you need to do in this situation.

For International Students: Health Insurance

Last updated July 22nd, 2021 at 2:20pm EST

  • The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is a mandatory health insurance plan for all international and exchange students enrolled in an Ontario university. UHIP helps to cover the cost of hospital and medical services you may need to maintain your health while in Canada.

    Everything you need to know about UHIP is available online at www.uhip.ca.   Additional information specifically for international students at the University of Toronto can be found by visiting our Student Life UHIP page or by contacting uhip.information@utoronto.ca.

  • You are automatically enrolled in UHIP starting September 1, 2021. Early coverage is available for July and August upon arrival to Canada. Fees for coverage during the regular academic year will be listed on ACORN, your student account. If you arrive in July you will receive an email from the UHIP team on how to make payment for your July and/or August coverage (approximately $60/month).

    You need to show your UHIP card and carry a UHIP Claim Form every time you use health care services, so print yours today. Register online, print your card and carry it with you. Watch this video to learn how to print your UHIP card.

    If you are visiting a preferred health services provider (i.e. a provider that accepts UHIP), they will record your information and bill Sun Life, the insurance provider, directly towards medical consultation fees. Please visit the Preferred Provider Network to locate a clinic or health care near you.

  • There are no changes to UHIP coverage due to COVID-19.  Please review https://uhip.ca/Help/FAQ and if you have specific questions you can email U of T UHIP staff at uhip.information@utoronto.ca.

    UHIP is a basic health insurance plan that allows international students to access health care in Ontario and covers doctor visits, hospitalizations and other services. All students are also registered in supplementary health plans offered by their student unions. Supplementary plans cover prescription medications, corrective lenses, dental care and other medical needs. For more information, please visit Different Types of Health Insurance.

    If you’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and are unsure whether you have UHIP coverage, please follow the advice of public health authorities, take the self-assessment and then contact uhip.information@utoronto.ca. The Government of Ontario has confirmed that COVID-19 treatment will be available for all those currently in Ontario.

  • If you have active UHIP coverage as an international student, your coverage is not affected by COVID-19.

    As of March 19, 2020, the provincial government continues to waive the three month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage and this continues to be the case. If you do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage and are uninsured, the province will fund the cost of COVID-19 services.

  • If you are enrolled at U of T as an international student you will be automatically enrolled in UHIP. If you are enrolled at U of T as a Canadian citizen, you will not be automatically enrolled in UHIP. As a Canadian citizen who will be residing in Ontario, you are eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) and can apply directly for the Ontario Health Insurance Program via Services Ontario. Please note that as of March 19, 2020, Ontario continues to waive the three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage so you can apply and be enrolled immediately on successful completion of the application. You will need to complete the downloadable form and provide three types of health care identification documents. Please note that per the full list of documents for proof of Ontario residency, your U of T academic record or your off–campus lease or residence contract are considered valid documents. You must apply for OHIP in person at a Service Ontario centre.

    If you are self-isolating and cannot go to Service Ontario to register for coverage, please contact ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-866-532-3161. INFOline staff will advise on next steps as appropriate.

For International Students: Post-Graduate Work Permit

Last updated July 27th, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

  • Your PGWP eligibility will not be affected if your courses were moved online due to COVID-19 and if you pursued full time classes online while outside Canada, you can  complete up to 100% of your program through distance learning while maintaining your eligibility for the PGWP. Also, you won’t have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada between spring 2020 and December 31, 2021.

    Please note that this only applies if:

      • you have a study permit, or
      • you’ve been approved for a study permit, or
      • you applied for a study permit before starting your study program (your study permit must eventually be approved).

    If you choose to defer your semester, this could impact your eligibility for the Post-Graduate Work Permit, or invalidate your existing application. Please book an appointment to speak to an immigration advisor on your home campus (UTMUTSC or St. George) to work out what you need to do in this situation. You can book a phone or virtual appointment or email an advisor.

  • If you want to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), you have 180 days from completing your degree program to do so. The best option is to apply within 90 days of completing your degree program, so that you’re able to remain in Canada and start working while awaiting approval.

    Your study permit automatically becomes invalid 90 days from the date you complete your degree requirements (I.e. get your final grades), despite any future expiry date printed on the permit. This means that you must apply to change your legal status to a visitor if you’re not planning to apply for the work permit within 90 days of degree program completion. You won’t be able to work during the processing time of your work permit if you don’t apply within 90 days from completing your degree requirements.

    You may speak with the international student immigration advisors on your home campus (UTMUTSC or St. George) to work out what you need to do in this situation. You can book a phone or virtual appointment or email an advisor.

For students who are on / looking to study abroad

Last updated: June 21st at 3:45pm EST 

As of May 12, 2021, due to the ongoing pandemic conditions around the world, the University of Toronto has made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of University activity to international locations by students from September 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.   We will review the situation regularly over this period and provide updated communication should pandemic circumstances, public health guidelines, global travel restrictions, and Global Affairs Canada travel advisories change.

We encourage PhD students to postpone or shift travel to a later date or undertake research remotely if they are able to do so. While Canada’s borders are open to U of T international students, significant travel restrictions remain elsewhere in the world, and it may be difficult to make travel arrangements. As the situation changes in specific regions, we are hopeful that there will be more opportunities later in the 2021-22 year to travel for PhD research. For Phd thesis research (including international conferences) that cannot be deferred or completed remotely from your current location, please contact Safety Abroad at safety.abroad@utoronto.ca for a safety planning assessment.

For all other students, if you’re able to postpone or shift your travel to a later date or undertake your activity remotely and without travelling internationally, please work with your academic unit to arrange to do so. If you’re unable to change your plans, please note that, regrettably, your activity is cancelled. We are making this decision early so that you can make alternate plans for your fall. We know that your academic pursuits are important to you and the University is committed to maintaining academic continuity. Your academic unit will work with you to help you build an alternate plan for the fall. We want to highlight for you that U of T Safety Abroad is also working with academic programs to support development of placements that can begin as remote and shift where possible to in person as travel resumes.

We’ll continue to update this page with the most current information we have.