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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.

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: May 4th, 2022 

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

Please see UTogether COVID-19 vaccinations including information on on-campus clinics for additional information.  

  • The University has paused the requirement to be fully vaccinated. Please note this requirement may be reinstated on short notice should public health conditions or guidance change. 

    While students who are not fully vaccinated may enrol in classes with in-person components as of May 1, vaccination requirements may be reinstated with little notice, which could result in de-enrolment.   

    Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations is strongly encouraged, and UCheck continues to be available for uploading proof of vaccination. Those seeking vaccination appointments can refer to the provincial vaccination portal or visit the UTogether vaccine site.  

  • The University’s vaccine mandate is currently paused. We recommend that all students   be vaccinated to ensure they are in compliance and not be impacted if this requirement is reinstated.  

    Students should be prepared to be vaccinated if that are  in courses with an in-person component. Please speak to your registrar for further information.  

  • 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.  Information on registering your out-of-province vaccines is also available on this site.  You may need to register your previous vaccines with your local Public Health Unit before obtaining any vaccines in Ontario. 

  • The Ontario Ministry of Health and Health Canada has released  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 dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer)

    Students should register the first and/or second dose(s) received outside Ontario via their local Public Health Office (see also: Toronto Public Health’s online portal and Peel Public Health.

    Be sure to ask for a printout no matter where you go. You can use this to upload for proof of verification.

    Vaccination Status Action Needed to Complete Primary COVID-19 Vaccination Series 
    Unvaccinated 2 doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine
    Partially Vaccinated: Received 1st dose of 2-dose vaccine Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax 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, Novavax,  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 site.   

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

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

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.

Information on Quarantine Accommodation

Last updated April 27th, 2022

Please review the Quarantine Guide for Students for complete details on preparing for travel and quarantine. The FAQs 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. 

For International Students: Entry to Canada & Pre-Arrival

Last updated April 27th, 2022

  • There are COVID 19 vaccination requirements that must be met in order to enter Canada by air or by land. International students over the age of 18 years must be vaccinated before entering Canada, according to the fully vaccinated traveller requirements.

    Note that the vaccine requirements for those staying in Canada to work or study is different than for travellers entering the country and visiting for a short period.

    Please review the following carefully before making your travel plans:

      • Have a valid study permit or study permit approval letter (“port of entry letter of introduction”) issued by Immigration Canada. Persons travelling to Canada for less than six months of study are not technically required to have a study permit, but the University still recommends a study permit for students in those scenarios.
      • Have either an eTA or TRV (“entry visa”) if applicable, along with your passport. USA citizens are exempt from the eTA/TRV requirement.
      • Have submitted the required travel information using  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 can 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 the letter from their registrar’s office. Graduate students can request an updated confirmation of enrolment letter (also referred to as confirmation of registration) from the School of Graduate Studies.
      • 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.
      • If you are 18 years of age or older, proof of vaccination to show that you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller. Bring your original proof of vaccination and the certified translation if the original is not in English or French.
      • If you’re a minor student (under 18 years of age), you don’t have to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to enter Canada but you must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.You will be required to test on arrival and on Day 8. You must register for one of the University’s “14-Day Quarantine Programs”.

    Dependents/immediate family members may be permitted to come live with the international student in Canada. It is recommended that you apply for that permission at the same time that you apply for your study permit; however, this can also be done after the student has travelled ahead and settled in Canada for their studies first. P Family members who are 18 years of age or older must qualify as fully vaccinated travellers in order to enter Canada. If your child (under the age of 18 years) will be coming with you to Canada, they don’t need to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller. However, they do need to come to Canada at the same time as you. o Starting April 1 2022, pre-entry tests are no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land or air. Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing. Travellers selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.

    For more details about travel to Canada, visit this special Immigration Canada COVID-19 webpage about international students and this page about travel restrictions and 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

  • If you have been living outside of Canada for 6 months or longer you might 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 living in a designated country for at least 6 of the past 12 months;
      • Or, regardless of the country where you have been living, you 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 this Immigration Canada website about medical exams.

  • All students are strongly advised to apply online for a study permit, regardless of whether they are currently inside or outside Canada.

    International Student Immigration Advisors at our International Centres on each campus offer advice about study permit applications for newly admitted students. Follow the links below:

    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

  • 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 December 1st, 2021

For International Students: Studying Remotely

Last updated March 8th, 2022

For International Students: Leaving Canada

Last updated December 15th, 2021 

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 August 31, 2022.

    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: March 8th, 2022 

Global Affairs Canada lifted the world-wide advisory to avoid non-essential travel anywhere outside of Canada as of Feb. 28, 2022.  As a result, all students are now able to travel internationally on University sanctioned activities. Please note that travel will still not be allowed for undergraduate students for regions with Global Affairs Canada travel advisories of: “avoid non-essential travel” and “avoid all travel” as was the case pre-pandemic. If you are a graduate student that needs to travel to regions under those categories, for research or program completion purposes, please contact safety.abroad@utoronto.ca.

For all students travelling on University sanctioned activity, you must complete all safety abroad pre-departure requirements including checking travel advisories, completing safety abroad online workshops, securing travel health insurance and completing the safety abroad registry. More information on the safety pre-departure requirements for university activity abroad is available on the Safety Abroad website.