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CityU Canada is excited to be welcoming our community back to campus.

City University in Canada is committed to providing safe and healthy environments for all members of the university community.

City University together with local program directors will continue to work diligently to ensure responsive planning should there be any changes specific to Public Health Orders in the upcoming weeks and months. 

Planning continues for student service areas and information will be provided as it becomes available in the FAQ section below. Please check back regularly to stay up-to-date.

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ’S)


How is CityU planning for a return to campus?

Return to Campus Committee has been meeting regularly to plan for a safe return of students and employees. The committee is following guidelines and directions provided by the Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, and WorkSafe BC for British Columbia and by the Government of Alberta for Alberta.

Plans will continually be updated as new information becomes available.

As always, the health and safety of the CityU community is our top priority.

What safety measures are in place to protect the CityU community?

For British Columbia, CityU will continue to follow guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC. If the province moves to STEP 4 of the BC Restart Plan, we will move to STEP 4 accordingly.

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The guidelines include:

  • Masks in public indoor settings are a personal choice.

  • Normal social contact

  • If sick, stay home and get tested.

  • New campus safety plans in place, guided by Public Health Office.

  • Return to normal (full return to pre-pandemic campus activities)
  • For Alberta, CityU will continue to follow guidance from the Government of Alberta.

    How many people will be back on campus?

    The majority of course offerings will be in person, along with the majority of services and activities. Virtual Synchronous and Mixed-mode options will continue to be part of our delivery mode options. Because the Fall is still considered a transitional term and because guidelines from the government are changing continuously, we must remain flexible and adaptable should conditions change. As always, we will be following guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, WorkSafe BC and the Government of Alberta.

    What can I do if I am feeling anxious about returning to campus?

    Returning to campus is both exciting and difficult as we’ve been away for so long. You’re not the only person feeling cautious about this return. Rest assured that CityU is following all COVID-19 safety guidelines. If you continue to feel anxious, our CityU Community is here to help, including counseling and 24/7 mental wellness support. Please review our Mental Health and Wellness section for more information.

    What happens if someone on campus gets Covid-19?

    The Return to Campus Guidelines highlights that while eliminating the COVID-19 virus will not occur in the near future, we can certainly adapt to living with COVID-19 as we do with other manageable seasonal diseases such as influenza or flu. If someone in the CityU community does get COVID in the Fall, CityU will follow the public health guidelines provided by the PHO and the Government of Alberta for reporting and notification. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 relies on everyone doing their part, including: immunization, daily self-administered health checks, staying home when sick, wearing masks when recommended by public health, and practicing hand hygiene.

    Are vaccines required for staff, faculty and students?

    At this time mandatory vaccination is not a policy for CityU in Canada, therefore having Covid vaccination is not currently required. However, this policy may change in response to government requirements or further developments. Staff, faculty, and students are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated, with two doses.

    What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

    Students, staff and faculty with flu-like symptoms should stay home. If you have COVID-19 symptoms self-isolate, get tested and follow the instructions from the Public Health Office. Visit the B.C. CDC website and the Government of Alberta for information. 

    What happens if there is another wave of Covid-19 infections?

    In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the number one thing to do is get vaccinated.

    As the pandemic changes, CityU will continue to monitor closely and we are prepared to respond to changes in public health orders as they arise.

    CityU is following guidelines closely with the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafeBC, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training’s Return to Campus Guidelines, and the Government of Alberta to support the healthy and safe return to campus.

    If you have any questions you can email us at:

    Will masks be mandatory at BC campuses?

    Masks are now mandatory indoors. CityU will continue to follow the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendations in regards to masks and will communicate any changes in expectations as quickly and widely as possible.

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