All individuals entering Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days under the Quarantine Act. TWU will provide a suitable accommodation for the required quarantine, available beginning August 21 for students who register in advance and will be living on campus in the fall. Below are details, including links to several resources for students, and instructions on how to navigate this process.
Students choosing to complete their quarantine off campus must still register their quarantine plan with TWU, by mandate of the BC Ministry of Education. If this applies to you, please complete the following form to receive an official enrolment confirmation letter and register your quarantine plan with TWU.
Make sure you are aware of the official documents that you will need to fill out.
- The B.C. provincial government has a Self Isolation Plan online form that can be completed prior to arriving in B.C. The form will ask for the following information:
- Your personal information, including contact information
- Your travel information (flight number, etc.)
- Your self-isolation plan
- Location type: (if at TWU the type will be Commercial (hotel)
- Address: (TWU Address: 22500 University Drive, Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1)
- Plan for food and other essentials; (At TWU staff will be assisting with food delivery and other essentials)
- The Canadian federal government also has created an app—ArriveCAN (Apple or Android)—that students should download; it contains a form to be submitted up to 24 hours prior to arriving in Canada. The form will ask for the following information:
- Details about your travel to Canada (e.g., flight number or border crossing)
- Details about your destination
- Housing type: (If at TWU: rental accommodation)
- Address: (TWU Address is 22500 University Drive, Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1)
- Your contact details (email and mobile)
- Details about your isolation location. The following details are requirements for an acceptable quarantine location, and a TWU quarantine will meet all of these requirements
- A private room and bathroom,
- Your living arrangement should not be in a location with vulnerable individuals
- The accommodations are not a group-living arrangement
- You will have help with food delivery and other necessities
- Look for a “token” number at the border entry, and once you have entered that number you can submit your form.
Completing these forms in advance will make your entry to Canada simpler; however, you should still expect to be assessed upon arrival for symptoms of COVID-19, and to discuss your self-isolation plan with federal officials.
Details about the accommodations TWU will be providing for your required 14-day isolation.
- Students must register to arrive early for isolation by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students should plan on arriving on August 21. This will provide 14 days for quarantine, plus a day to move to your permanent fall placement (if required) the day prior to New Student Move-in Day on September 6.
- If students plan on arriving any day other than the 21st of August, this must be approved in advance by contacting email@example.com.
- Whenever possible, students will be placed in their fall accommodations for their isolation period; however, this cannot be guaranteed in advance.
- Accommodations consist of a private room with a private washroom and a meal plan.
- NEW: Students requiring isolation on campus will be signed up for a 14-day meal plan provided by Sodexo. The plan is mandatory based on the recommendations of the TWU Health and Safety Committee to ensure students in isolation receive an adequate supply of food in a safe manner. Details including a menu for the plan can be found here.
- Every student in isolation will automatically be signed up for the basic meal plan ($24/day).
- The basic plan includes lunch and dinner every day, and a muffin and juice delivered with dinner for breakfast.
- add-ons can also be purchased, including dessert, snacks, drinks, etc.
- Meals will be delivered to students’ rooms on a set schedule.
- Students with special dietary restrictions can make special requests by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Medication delivery will also be facilitated if necessary. This can be arranged upon arrival.
- Basic cleaning supplies and garbage pickup will be provided for students while they are in isolation.
Ensure you have a suitable travel plan to get to your quarantine location.
- Students travelling across the border by car: travelling by private vehicle is an acceptable transportation plan. Remember that it is likely not possible for family members to travel across the border with you! Even if they are allowed to enter Canada, they will also have to provide an acceptable 14-day self-isolation plan.
- Students arriving via airplane may travel from the airport to quarantine in the following ways:
- TWU Airport Shuttle
- With a friend in a private car
- In a taxi (expect prices to be about $105 plus gratuity)
- Via ride-hailing (Lyft or Uber; expect prices to be about $65–$75)
Self-assessment and reporting expectations while in isolation
- All students will be expected to complete a self-assessment every day using the BC Self Assessment App .
- Students will also be expected to submit a daily report with TWU Public Health Nursing staff to share the results of the self-assessment. Details on these expectations will be provided closer to your arrival.
What to do if you have symptoms while in isolation
- Complete a Self-Assessment and follow the recommendations.
- Follow the process to notify TWU Public Health staff about your symptoms.
- If testing is recommended, TWU will be equipped to conduct testing on campus utilizing current BCCDC guidelines or will help you help you access off campus testing if needed.
- Should you become ill enough to require medical attention, the campus team will help you access care off-site with a local medical professional or our nearest hospital.
- Expect a daily check-in from campus staff (either a Community Life staff member or a Public Health Nurse depending on your situation) for the duration of your isolation.
Be prepared (physically and mentally) for self-isolation
- Read the Returning to Canada Fact Sheet to be familiar with the expectations of the Public Health Authorities
- We will be here to support you during your isolation period! If you need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out to @twustudentlife.
- Here are some ideas for a successful quarantine that includes more than finishing every show on Netflix:
- Remember, you can go outside as long as you avoid congested areas and maintain a two-metre distance away from others, so bring your running shoes and hammock!
- Start a new book or reread a favourite series
- Create an exercise routine you can do in your room—check out @TWURecreation for ideas .
- Jump on the Animal Crossing bandwagon.
- Start journalling—connect with @twudiscipleship for direction or ideas.
- Learn how to knit—you might have the coolest sweater come winter!
- Bring a couple of puzzles.
- Create a routine of connecting with family or friends via video calls.
What to bring
- Non-medical mask or face covering (i.e., made with at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, constructed to completely cover the nose and mouth without gaping, and secured to the head by ties or ear loops)
- Hand soap
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
- Dish soap (if in an apartment)
- Regular laundry soap
- Regular household cleaning products
- Appropriate cleaning products for high-touch electronics
TWU will provide:
- Disposable paper towels
- All-purpose hard-surface disinfectant