Mandatory Quarantine Program

Please check the Government of Canada's website for the most up to date information about travel exemptions and restrictions for international students. Having a suitable quarantine plan is only one of multiple eligibility criteria for entry to Canada.

In mid-August, the University of Guelph received guidelines from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) detailing the protocols post-secondary institutions in Ontario must have in place in order to safely welcome international students back to study for the Fall 2020 semester. These public health requirements are part of the broader governmental regulations outlined in the Government of Canada's Guidance for post-secondary institutions duirng the COVID-19 pandemic and require universities and colleges in Ontario to comply with guidelines that include:

  • Providing transportation from the port of entry to quarantine,
  • Ensuring students have access to food, medical care, and other necessities during the mandatory 14-day quarantine period,
  • Conducting regular well-being check-ins, and
  • Notifying authorities of any non-compliance incidents or cases of COVID-19 infection during the quarantine period.

To meet these requirements and to support the safe arrival of new and returning international students from outside Canada, the University of Guelph has instituted a Mandatory Quarantine Program.

As of September 11th, 2020 all international students (and any accompanying family members) who enter Canada to study at the University of Guelph are required to register for the Mandatory Quarantine Program and select one of the options described below:

1. On-Campus Quarantine in Guelph

This program is available to all students (and accompanying family members) entering Canada and includes the following key components:

  • Transportation from the airport* to campus organized by the University of Guelph and provided by Red Car service. (*Toronto Pearson International Airport, Hamilton International Airport, or Waterlook International Airport. All Red Car services meet public health, IRCC, and CBSA safety guidelines for physical distancing).
  • 14 days quarantine accommodations in Student Housing, with full meal service.
  • COVID-19 testing administered by Student Wellness Services following Public Health guidelines.
  • Daily wellness check-ins with Residence Life Staff.
  • Education and entertainment programming provided by the International Student Experience Office and other Student Affairs program providers.

The University of Guelph will cover all costs (approximate value: $600) related to:

  • Ground transportation from the airport to quarantine
  • Transportation for COVID-19 testing, and
  • On-campus accommodation.

Students in on-campus quarantine are required to purchase a meal plan at a cost of $40.73/day for at total of $570.22.

2. Off-Campus Quarantine

This program is only available to students (and accompanying family members) who have private off-campus accommodation that is not shared with another person who is not also entering quarantine. Students arriving from outside of Canada are not permitted to enter homes with housemates until after receiving a negative COVID-19 test and completing the 14-day quarantine period. The off-campus program includes:

  • Transportation via Red Car service from the airport* to campus (*Toronto Pearson International Airport, Hamilton International Airport, or Waterlook International Airport. All Red Car services meet public health, IRCC, and CBSA safety guidelines for physical distancing).
  • COVID-19 testing administered by Student Wellness Services.
  • Daily wellness check-ins with Residence Life Staff.
  • Education and entertainment programming provided by the International Student Experience Office and other Student Affairs program providers.

The University of Guelph will cover all costs (approximate value: $175) related to:

  • Ground transportation from the airport to your place of quarantine.
  • Transportation for COVID-19 testing.

Students in off-campus quarantine are required to have suitable housing and arrange for their own food and essentials.

Food suggestions for off-campus quarantine:

  • Grocery Delivery Service in Guelph - Instacart is a 3rd party delivery service that offers delivery from Zehrs, Walmart, Costco, Shoppers Drugmart, etc. Longos also offers their own grocery delivery service.
  • Restaurant Delivery Services - There are many delivery options for prepared food in Guelph. You can use google to find them or with a service such as Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, or Uber Eats for online ordering. Just be sure to arrange for contactless delivery.
  • Friend/Family - You can arrange for someone else to do your shopping. We would recommend that they do your food shopping before you arrive and leave food in your place of quarantine. If they need to shop while you are in quarantine, make sure they leave the food outside of your door for a contactless delivery.

Due to the serious nature of the COVID-10 pandemic and the University of Guelph's responsibility for ensuring the safety of our university communities, participation in this program is mandatory. Failure to comply will be viewed as a violation of the university's Policy on Non-Academic Misconduct, and could also result in penalties as laid out by the Quarantine Act, Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada, and the Canadian Border Service Agency.

14-day quarantine in NOT OPTIONAL for those entering Canada:
Every person who fails to comply with obligations outlined in the Quarantine Act is guilty of an offense under the Quarantine Act. Every person who fails to comply with an obligation imposed under the Quarantine Act is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance. In addition to the offenses under the Quarantine Act, international students and their dependents, as Temporary Residents or Foreign Nationals authorized entry, may face consequences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, such as being deemed inadmissible and subject to a removal order, for any non-compliance with quarantine requirements under the Quarantine Act.

If you are an international student planning to enter Canada to study for Fall 2020, you must register for the U of G's Mandatory Quarantine Program prior to departure. Click here to register.

If you have any questions about the Mandatory Quarantine Program, please contact intl.student@uoguelph.ca.