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The Languages Canada
Study Safe
Corridor

What is the Study Safe Corridor?

The Study Safe Corridor is a proposal to save Canada’s international language education sector through innovation, in a way that ensures Canadians and international students are safe. It is an adaptation to survive and thrive in the new post-pandemic context.

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Why do we need it?

Languages Canada members welcome 150,000 international students to Canada every year. One-third of these students continue on to post-secondary education at Canadian universities and colleges, making language education an important contributor to Canada’s $22 billion/year international education sector.

During their stay, these students explore our country and culture and add to the richness and diversity of our society. Many students decide to stay beyond their studies and call Canada “home”. Language education is an essential step not only to further education, but an essential part of the equation for meeting Canada’s labour force and immigration goals.

A June 25, 2020 survey of Languages Canada members indicates that, under the status quo, 75% of accredited English and French language programs will be forced to permanently close in the next six months. Even more will follow in 2021.

Something must be done to save decades of investment, to save a sector that promotes our official languages and values.

The Study Safe Corridor is a safe way of bringing international students to Canada. It is designed to recruit and prepare qualified international language students, offer a safe and controlled travel corridor to Canada, provide a comfortable quarantine process, and ensure that both students and host Canadians are safe as students enter into Canadian schools and communities.

In the phased and targeted reopening of Canada’s borders following the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Languages Canada member schools are committed to working with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to welcome international students in a safe manner that greatly reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in Canada.

The Study Safe Corridor is a comprehensive package of complementary elements that the association has put in place to support its member programs in meeting the commitment of health safety to Canadians.

Through the Study Safe Corridor, Languages Canada members will ensure that all needed safety and security elements are in place to welcome a targeted 40,000 international language education students from July 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

Through the Study Safe Corridor, LC members will:

  • Ensure that, prior to travel, students are qualified and comply with the requirements for safe travel and mandatory quarantine upon arrival to Canada;
  • Make all necessary arrangements for students’ safe travel and 14-day quarantine upon arrival;
  • Monitor and support students throughout the duration of their mandatory quarantine; and
  • Provide an academic environment that adheres to the regulations and guidelines of the federal, provincial, and local public health authorities.

Elements of the Study Safe Corridor

The Languages Canada Study Safe Corridor can be divided into three steps that support students and protect Canadians at every juncture of students’ study-in-Canada journey.

Step 1
DEPART 
SAFE

Promotion and pre-departure to Canada

LC and its members will ensure that students are qualified, informed, prepared for, and in agreement with requirements for safe travel and quarantine upon arrival in Canada.

LC and its members will provide international students with all necessary arrangements and documentation to assure IRCC and CBSA that students are arriving safely in Canada.

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Step 2
ARRIVE
SAFE

Transit to and arrival in Canada

LC and its members will ensure that students travel to Canada in a safe, controlled, and monitored way.

LC and its members will make all arrangements for students’ mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Canada.

  • Air Canada international student safe air corridors
  • Designated quarantine hotels
  • Access to COVID-19 testing services in the provinces that require it

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Step 3
STUDY
SAFE

Integration into LC member programs

Following successful completion of the quarantine period, students will proceed to their final place of residence and commence in-person studies.

Languages Canada member schools are committed to operating in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of students, staff, host families, and communities, by adhering to the reopening regulations and guidelines of the federal, provincial, and local public health authorities.

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Supporting material

Statement and open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all provincial premiers, signed by 18 health leaders and calling for a balanced response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study Safe Corridor partners