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Languages Canada

Study Safe Corridor

The Study Safe Corridor is Languages Canada's COVID-19 response initiative

The context

Languages Canada members welcome approximately 150,000 international students to Canada every year. One-third of these students continue 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 not only an essential step to further education, but an essential part of the equation for meeting Canada’s labour force and immigration goals.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of our membership has expressed concern about their ability to stay in business, in spite of government supports, as long as the bulk of their students are prevented from entering Canada to attend language education courses.

The Study Safe Corridor responds to these concerns. It aims 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 this new post-pandemic context.

The response

As a safe way of bringing international students to Canada, the Study Safe Corridor is designed to recruit and prepare qualified international language students, assist them with their travel and quarantine plans, provide a comfortable quarantine experience, 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), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), as well as provincial ministries of Education and Health, to welcome international students in a safe manner that greatly reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in Canada.

With the Study Safe Corridor, the association has put in place a comprehensive package of complementary elements to support its member programs in meeting their commitment to the health and safety of students and Canadians.

Through the Study Safe Corridor, Languages Canada members will ensure that all needed safety and security measures are in place to welcome a targeted 40,000 international language education students.

Through the Study Safe Corridor, Languages Canada members commit to

Ensuring that students comply with the requirements for safe travel and mandatory quarantine upon arrival to Canada

Making all necessary arrangements for students’ safe travel and 14-day quarantine upon arrival

Monitoring and supporting students throughout the duration of their mandatory quarantine

Providing an academic environment that adheres to the regulations and guidelines of public health authorities

Elements of the Study Safe Corridor

The Study Safe Corridor supports Languages Canada member programs and protects international students and Canadians at every juncture of students’ study-in-Canada journey during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promotion and pre-departure to Canada

LC and its members will ensure that international students are qualified, informed, prepared for, and in agreement with requirements for safe travel and quarantine upon arrival in Canada. They will provide students with all necessary arrangements and documentation to assure IRCC and CBSA that students are arriving safely in Canada.

Languages Canada Protocol for the Safe Arrival and Quarantine of International Students
This document provides clear guidelines to LC members to ensure that students comply with safe travel and quarantine requirements.

COVID-19 International Student Travel and Quarantine Checklist
This document provides step-by-step instructions to incoming international students on how to safely prepare, travel, arrive, and quarantine, including a signed form whereby students confirm their understanding and acceptance of the requirement to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.

COVID-19 International Student Quarantine Plan Template
This fillable document outlines students’ quarantine plan, which students will be expected to complete and print for presentation to their CBSA agent upon arrival in Canada.

Languages Canada COVID-19 Guidelines for Operation of Private Language Schools
This document provides institutional preparedness guidance for day-to-day language school operation under COVID-19 conditions. The measures listed in these guidelines are understood to be the minimum requirements for compliance with public health directives and are updated as needed. LC members may choose to go above and beyond these guidelines.

Supporting international students by offering a comprehensive, affordable and worry-free quarantine solution

As part of the Study Safe Corridor, Languages Canada has developed TRAVEL SAFE, a comprehensive and worry-free arrival and quarantine solution for international students travelling to Canada. Through TRAVEL SAFE, your students can purchase competitively-priced quarantine packages, including:

  • A 14-night quarantine hotel stay upon arrival at special, discounted rates
  • 3 meals per day delivered to their hotel room for the duration of their quarantine stay
  • Private, COVID-safe transportation from airport to hotel
  • Comprehensive 4-week guard.me health insurance plan with COVID-19 coverage 
  • Access to mental wellness counselling services through Keep.me SAFE by guard.meCares for the duration of their quarantine stay
  • A Canadian phone number and SIM card for their mobile device for 1 month, including 5GB of data, unlimited Canada-wide calling, and unlimited international text and picture messaging
  • All necessary Study Safe Corridor documentation to ensure your students are fully informed of travel and arrival requirements and have a smooth entry process into Canada

Optional Add-On Flight Package
Along with their Safe Arrival and Quarantine package, students can book their flight to Canada through TRAVEL SAFE at special discounted rates with help from a certified travel agent and take advantage of 24-7 travel support available in multiple languages.

Students can book their TRAVEL SAFE package here:
https://www.languagescanada.ca/en/travel-safe

Promoting the Study Safe Corridor to prospective students

The branding of the study-in-Canada experience will shift in the coming months, with emphasis on the support offered to students via the Study Safe Corridor and students’ requirements to comply with strict safety measures to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19, including mandatory quarantine.

To support this branding and promotion effort, Languages Canada has proposed the creation of a government of Canada “Student Safe Travel and Arrival” subsidy, which would offset part of the cost of students’ flights and quarantine, sending the message that international students matter to Canada, that we are here to support them to come to Canada safely, and ultimately incentivizing international students to choose Canada as their study destination of choice, rather than a competitor country.