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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). The University’s full roadmap is available on the Provost’s website.

We’ve also created a video outlining some of the many safety protocols we have put in place as part of our return to school plan.

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 should 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.

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.

Vaccines

Last updated: April 13th, 2021 at 8:30am EST 

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

All Students

Last updated: March 17th, 2021 at 11:00am EST 

All Students - Fall 2021

Last updated: March 17th, 2021 at 11:00am EST 

All Students - Fees

Last updated: April 7th, 2021 at 4:30pm EST

Please note that Question 1 is also posted on the main U of T COVID-19 FAQ page.  

For Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Summer 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 by Hart House and sport and recreation staff on all three campuses including online fitness classes, nutrition discussions, virtual board game cafés and workshops. These services are being provided at a reduced fee. Most programming and services continue online or through video calls, phone calls, and other means. In-person services will also be offered wherever possible in accordance with public health, government, and university guidelines. 

Information on Quarantine Accommodation

Last updated April 28th, 2021 at 5:00pm EST

U of T has been in contact with students registered with U of T’s quarantine programs who have scheduled travel impacted by recently announced flight suspensions from India and Pakistan into Canada.

New Government of Canada Quarantine Requirements 

If you are arriving in Canada by air: 

Students arriving by air must 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 at the airport. Please see the links below for further information, including the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada, hotel booking information and ArriveCAN app details: 

If you are arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport 

Following the mandatory hotel stopover and upon receipt of a negative COVD-19 test, students will complete their quarantine time in the University of Toronto program. Further information about the government-mandated program is available upon registration. 

If you are arriving at Calgary International Airport, Vancouver International Airport or Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, you must complete the mandatory stopover in that city before travelling on to Toronto. 

Following the mandatory hotel stopover and upon receipt of a negative COVD-19 test, students will be able to complete their travels to Ontario and their quarantine time in the University of Toronto program. Further information is available upon registration in the program. 

If you are driving to Canada:

Students arriving by a land border must take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. This test is in addition to having a negative test result with 72 hours prior to arrival. See links below for further information including testing requirements, booking information and ArriveCAN app details. 

University of Toronto Quarantine Programs 

There are two programs:The Full UofT Program and the “At-Home” program for students who have their own suitable location in which to quarantine.

As part of the Full program, the University will provide:

  • Transportation from the Government of Canada designated hotel to the UofT quarantine location. If you are travelling from another Canadian city where you completed your mandatory hotel stopover, transportation will be provided from Toronto Pearson Airport to the UofT quarantine location.
  • Private room with washroom
  • 3 meals/day delivered to your door
  • Other supports (daily check in/nurse monitoring, quarantine supplies including personal thermometer, on-location staff, and connections with your academic division for information on programming, orientation, etc. during your quarantine)

Note: students will be required to complete the home COVID-19 test obtained at the land border or airport on day 8.  If you have entered Canada before April 23rd you must take your test on day 10 of your quarantine. Results of the test must be provided to the University.

As part of the At-Home program, students will receive:

  • Regular health checks by U of T’s Health and Wellness team
  • Connections with their academic division for information on programming and orientation during quarantine
  • Downloadable resources such as food and pharmacy delivery services
  • A confirmation letter to support your entry into Canada, i.e. confirming that you have registered for the program and will be receiving regular health checks during the quarantine program.
  • In addition, At-Home students will be required to complete their home COVID-19 test obtained at the border on day 8 and await negative results before coming to campus including, if applicable, moving into residence. Information on how students can be tested will be provided upon arrival.

Registration for the At-Home and Full program is available at starrez.utoronto.ca (students will need to login using their JOIN/UTORid). The program will extend through the summer. Currently, registration is available for arrivals up until June 30th. More information on registration for arrivals during the summer months will be posted in mid-May

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

More information is provided in the frequently asked questions below. For further information please contact info.quarantine@utoronto.ca.

For Students Living in Residence

Last updated March 9th, 2020 at 10:30pm EST

Information Regarding Residence for Fall 2021

Last updated March 19th, 2021 at 10:00am EST

For International Students: Entry to Canada & Pre-Arrival

Last updated April 7th, 2021 at 4:00pm EST

For Newly Admitted International Students 

Last updated May 5th, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

For International Students: Studying Remotely

Last updated April 7th, 2021 at 10:30am EST

For International Students: Leaving Canada

Last updated March 9th, 2020 at 10:30am EST

For International Students: Health Insurance

Last updated March 9th, 2021 at 10:30pm EST

For International Students: Post-Graduate Work Permit

Last updated February 19th, 2021 at 3:30pm EST

For students who are on / looking to study abroad

Last updated: March 9th at 10:30pm EST 

As of January 1, 2021, the University of Toronto has extended the cancellation of future University activity to international locations for all students until August 31, 2021. This decision is in line with Canadian Government travel advisories, given the changing and continuing nature of the current pandemicUniversity activities abroad on or after September 1, 2021 are scheduled to continue at this time, but please keep in mind that conditions created by the pandemic may require changes. 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 summer. 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 summer.

We encourage PhD students to postpone or shift travel to a later date or undertake research remotely if able to do so. Given the current situation, there are significant travel restrictions and it will be difficult to make travel arrangements. If you are a PhD student planning to travel abroad for COVID-19-related, dissertation research during this time, please contactsafety.abroad@utoronto.ca to discuss your specific circumstances. 

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