Updated: September 16th, 2021
It is recommended that you get a BC Vaccine Card. Proof of vaccination is required to access many types of events, services, and businesses in BC.
Please also note that proof of vaccination is required to access select BCIT services.
Visit – BC Proof of vaccination and the BC Vaccine card to learn how to apply and download a BC Vaccine Card.
If you don’t have a personal health number yet, please contact the COVID-19 vaccination line for assistance.
According to ImmunizeBC, all people who are living in BC during the pandemic will be eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine.
Visit BC – COVID-19 Immunization plan for information about the timeline for rolling out the vaccine by age group.
Visit COVID-19 vaccination at a glance to learn how to register to get a vaccine, find a drop-in clinic, and additional important information.
BCIT is offering the first and second doses of the vaccine to students at our BCIT Vaccination Site. The site is located in parking Lot B and is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. An appointment, Personal Health Number, or registration is not required.
Check the links below for important and trustworthy updates from government agencies, health authorities and the BCIT community:
- Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students
- Government of Canada – Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial assistance for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees
- Government of Canada – Travel Advice and Advisories
- British Columbia – B.C.’s response to COVID-19
- British Colubmia – Medical Services Plan Response to COVID-19
- BC Centre for Disease Control – COVID-19
- HealthlinkBC – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Vancouver Coastal Health – COVID-19
- Fraser Health – COVID-19
- BCIT – COVID-19 Information for Students
- BCIT – Admission during COVID-19
International students may be able to travel to Canada as long you meet all government requirements. BCIT International has prepared a comprehensive 6-step Travel to Canada Guide to help you understand current travel restrictions and help international students to create a successful plan to travel to Canada and quarantine upon arrival (if required).
As stated in the Travel to Canada Guide, any international student planning to travel to Canada must submit a mandatory BCIT Travel & Self-Isolation Plan. This includes new students as well as returning students who left Canada temporarily.
You still need to submit a BCIT Travel & Self-Isolation Plan below even if you believe you will qualify for quarantine exemptions as a full vaccinated traveler.
Visit BCIT Counselling – Mental Health at Home for some very useful information and tips for improving your mental health. You can also schedule a free and confidential virtual appointment to speak with a Counsellor.
The province of BC also provides Here2Talk, a 24-hour online mental health resource for post-secondary students.
BCIT’s Early Assist Program is another way for students who are struggling personally or academically to be connected with appropriate support and services at an early stage. You may refer yourself or another student whose well-being you are concerned about.
While it may be possible for students in some programs still being delivered in an online format to complete coursework from anywhere in the world with internet access, we strongly advise against traveling outside of Canada for the following reasons:
- The Canadian government is advising against all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
- Canada’s Travel restrictions and exemptions for international students could make it difficult or impossible to return to Canada Later. Furthermore, worldwide travel restrictions and flight availability could change with little notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Unvaccinated international students who are able to re-enter Canada must satisfy a 14-day quarantine requirement mandated by the federal government
- Leaving Canada could negatively affect your eligibility for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
Visit Emergency Funds on the BCIT Financial Aid & Awards site for information about any funding that may be available.
International students may also be eligible for financial support through several government programs. For more information, see IRCC – Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial assistance for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees.
Visit our Post-Graduation Work Permit page for details include special eligibility measures due to COVID-19.
Regardless of the course delivery format, if you choose to drop, withdraw, or not attend your courses you will be considered as no longer enrolled at BCIT. See Academic Status for more information.
You should contact Health Insurance BC to verify if you are still covered by MSP. You may be able to request to extend your MSP coverage while waiting for a new permit. See British Columbia – Medical Services Plan Response to COVID-19 for more details.
If there will be any gap in your MSP coverage, then you should make sure to purchase temporary private medical insurance such as Guard.me so that you are not in a situation where you are uninsured.