As public health orders change, we are in the process of reviewing and updating this page. Thank you for your patience.
Welcome to BCIT
At BCIT, the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and the wider community is our first priority.
Throughout the pandemic, BCIT has worked closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training to follow guidelines developed for post-secondary institutions across the province. The guidelines were designed in consultation with experts from BC’s post-secondary sector, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, regional health authorities, and the BC Centre for Disease Control. BCIT is now guided by our Communicable Disease Prevention Plan.
BCIT has successfully created a safe in-person learning and working environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. BCIT continues to have the resources, knowledge, and expertise to support the ongoing safety and wellbeing of our community, while providing an applied learning experience to our learners.
It is critically important that we all take care of ourselves and each other through this pandemic and follow the advice of the Public Health Office and the BC Centre for Disease Control.
We’d like to remind everyone in our community of the importance of maintaining your well-being and mental health. Confidential counselling resources are always available and are so important at this time. Counselling services for faculty and staff can be accessed 24/7 through Homewood Health by calling 1-800-663-1142. Counselling services for students are available through BCIT Student Counselling by calling 604-432-8608.
Before coming to campus
- BCIT strongly recommends all staff, faculty, and students be vaccinated against COVID-19. You can access information about vaccines on the BCCDC website.
- As of 12:01am, April 8, 2022, proof of vaccination is no longer required on campus. This includes all places where it was previously required (e.g. gyms, restaurants, and for students living in student housing on campus).
- Masks are optional in indoor spaces on all BCIT campuses. You may choose to wear a mask and we encourage you to respect everyone’s choice.
- Ask yourself all of the following questions:
- Do you have cold or flu-like symptoms? Please do not come to campus.
- Have you tested positive for COVID-19? Follow BCCDC guidelines on isolation.
- Have you travelled internationally in the last 14 days? Please be aware of any federal requirements following international travel.
- Have you been advised to self-isolate? Please do not come to campus.
- The BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool is available to anyone and can be used to help assess symptoms and determine whether further assessment or testing for COVID-19 is needed.
- If you are a student or faculty/staff, review the information for students and information for faculty and staff.
While on Campus
- If you start to feel sick, please leave campus.
- Signage is in place to remind people about hand washing and hygiene procedures and hand sanitizer is available throughout common areas.
- Regular cleaning is taking place across campus.
- Ventilation systems are routinely maintained and provide optimized air flow and filtration.
Employee, visitor, and student responsibilities
As an essential part of the BCIT Community, employees, students, and visitors are expected to know and follow health and safety guidelines while on BCIT campuses and:
- If you start to feel unwell while on campus, please return home.
- Respect everyone’s personal choices, including optional mask wearing.
- Practice frequent hand hygiene, including hand sanitizing and hand washing.
- Employees can contact FCD by work requisition, if soap, paper towel or hand sanitizers are low.
- Employees should complete the Employee OHS Orientation online course and report hazards to their supervisor as soon as possible and also complete the online Unsafe Act/Condition Report in IRIS.
- Students can report hazards to their instructor, as soon as possible, and the instructor completes the Unsafe Act/Condition Report in IRIS.