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Guidelines for reopening

Languages Canada COVID-19 Guidelines for Operation of Private Language Schools

Private language schools and public language programs within post-secondary institutions are subject to reopen under separate directives. Private members may reopen as businesses. Public members must follow the directives of their respective public institutions.

To support our private sector members to reopen as quickly and safely as possible, and operate in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of students, staff, host families, and our communities, Languages Canada has developed COVID-19 Guidelines for Operation of Private Language Schools. This document provides a baseline from which private LC members can determine the best operating procedure for their respective schools to ensure a safe workplace and study environment that adheres to necessary public health and safety measures.

This document will be updated as needed.

List of provincial occupational health and safety organizations

Summary of government reopening plans by province

While we strive to keep the information below up to date, we recommend checking official government websites, as provincial reopening dates and guidelines may be subject to change.

Last updated: May 26, 2020.


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Alberta's relaunch strategy includes 3 stages.

Stage 1 - Starting May 14

  • Some businesses allowed to resume operations with enhanced infection prevention and controls in place.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue course delivery, with flexibility for in-person delivery once the existing public health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.

Stage 1 - Calgary and Brooks - Opening June 1

The cities of Calgary and Brooks are reopening more gradually due to higher case numbers.

  • Post-secondary institutions will continue to deliver courses; however, there will be more flexibility to include in-person delivery once the existing health order prohibiting in-person classes is lifted.

The timing for stages 2 and 3 is yet to be determined.

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British Columbia

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The British Columbia restart plan includes 4 phases. Phase 1 ended May 18.

Phase 2 – May 19-Current

  • Some businesses allowed to open under enhanced protocols

Phase 3 – June to September

  • Post-secondary education allowed to resume with a mix of online and in-class (September 2020) under enhanced protocols

The timine of phase 4 is yet to be determined.

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Manitoba’s phased approach to restoring safe services includes 2 phases.

Phase 1 - Beginning May 4

  • Subject to general public health guidance for businesses and other important considerations, some businesses, including tutoring, and education and training services may operate, provided that occupancy levels are maintained to allow staff and customers to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges.

Phase 2

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New Brunswick

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The government of New Brunswick has introduced a phased recovery plan.

Orange level – May 8

  • Post-secondary institutions may now open all in-person programs subject to the COVID-19 general guidance including physical distancing measures. Virtual education whenever possible should continue to be used for programs where possible.

Subsequent levels will be triggered after the ability to control transmission has been demonstrated, or after a vaccine is available or more is learned about how to protect people from the virus.

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Nova Scotia

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The government of Nova Scotia has not announced specific dates for reopening sectors.

To reopen, industry associations representing businesses and organizations that were required to close under the Health Protection Act Order must develop a plan for their sector. Plans should show how the sector will comply with the Health Protection Act Order and public health directives (including social distancing) and ensure the safety of employees and customers. Industry associations need to submit their plans to government for approval (send plans to Industry associations need to share their plans with the businesses and organizations in their sector. Businesses and organizations should contact their association to learn what they need to do to reopen safely.

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Ontario’s gradual approach to reopening includes 3 stages. In stage 1, beginning May 19, businesses that are well-positioned to follow public health advice and workplace safety measures are allowed to open. More workplaces will open in stage 2, with all workplaces opened in a responsible way in stage 3. Dates for stages 2 and 3 have not yet been determined.

Post-secondary education is not included in stage 1. The list of sectors included in stage 2 is not yet available.

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The government of Quebec made its deconfinement plan public on May 25. It includes 6 phases, in which most of the sectors listed have already reopened, or reopening dates have been announced. Phase 6 is followed by “subsequent phases”.

Post-secondary education is not specifically mentioned. “Training activities and courses” are included in the subsequent phases.

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