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

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

British Columbia

Following the government guidelines and in alignment with the BC Restart plan and the Post-Secondary Return-to-Campus Guidelines, the Return to Campus Public Health Guidance and WorkSafeBC, we have developed the communicable disease (CD) plan which outlines the ongoing prevention measures that everyone needs to follow as we transition from prescriptive COVID-19 safety measures to general communicable disease prevention measures that are guided by public health. 

As CityU in Canada continues to transition from COVID-19 specific orders and protocols back to normal institutional policies and guidance as outlined by the Ministry in their Return to Campus Guidelines, our CityU community understand that stopping the spread of COVID-19 relies on everyone doing their part, including: immunization, daily self-administered health checks, staying home when sick, and practicing hand hygiene.

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 on what’s happening this Fall.

BC CAMPUSES UPDATES

AUGUST 24

The Provincial Health Officer has updated several safety protocols: specifically, requiring masks in all indoor public spaces starting Wednesday, August 25, and the introduction of the BC Vaccine Card (passport) for many non-essential activities beginning Sept. 13. 

MASKS  

As of August 25, non-medical face masks will be required in all indoor public areas on CityU campuses including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and classrooms. This includes meeting spaces.  

All students and instructors will be required to wear masks in classrooms and labs for Fall semester, or until the mask mandate is lifted by the Provincial Health Officer. 

VACCINE PASSPORT 

On August 23, the Province announced a vaccine passport/card initiative as part of the BC Restart Plan. Participation in certain public non-essential activities throughout the province will require a vaccine passport/card beginning Sept. 13 for first dose of vaccine and Oct. 24 for both doses.   

Additional information about this new initiative and its effect on services and activities will be shared as it becomes available 

Additional Fall 2021 Public Health Guidance:

  • B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer has advised that the full return to in-person learning is not dependent on the province transitioning to Step 4 of the BC Restart Plan.
  • Classrooms, lecture theatres and educational orientation events are not considered gatherings and can operate with no capacity limits. 
  • Students participating in health science programs must be fully immunized as required by the COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventative Measures Order dated August 20, 2021 in order to participate in student practicums and clinical placements.
  • Experts from the post-secondary sector and public health are meeting on a weekly basis to support the fall return to campus, including facilitating coordinated sector-wide approaches to emerging issues and the implementation of the proof of vaccination requirements.
  • The Return-to-Campus Guidelines are being updated to reflect the evolving public health guidance.
STEP 3
July 1 -September 7, 2021
  • Masks are recommended in all indoor public and shared spaces for those who are not fully vaccinated.

  • People may engage in careful social contact indoors and outdoors.

  • If sick, stay home and get tested.

  • Planning for in-person new student orientation
  • STEP 4
    September 7 -onwards
  • 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)
  • Alberta

    As CityU in Canada continues to transition from COVID-19 specific orders and protocols back to normal institutional policies and guidance as outlined by the Ministry in their information for postsecondary institutions, our CityU community understand that stopping the spread of COVID-19 relies on everyone doing their part, including: immunization, daily self-administered health checks, staying home when sick, and practicing hand hygiene.

    For students in Alberta, a return to in-person learning plan is considered confirmed given the Alberta government’s decision to remove mandatory public health Covid-19 measures effective August 16, 2021.

    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 on what’s happening this Fall.

    September 4
  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces.

  • Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except in work stations.

  • Schools are not required to implement masking, but school boards will continue to set COVID-19 management policies as deemed appropriate.

  • Masks are not required while participating in a physical fitness activity, performance activity, or a worship service at a place of worship.

  • Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person contacts.

  • Unvaccinated Albertans are strongly recommended to limit indoor social gatherings to close contacts of only 2 cohort families up to a maximum of 10 people

  • Employers are recommended to continue work-from-home measures where possible, and to pause or revert plans to have staff return to work.

  • If employees are working on location, they must mask in all indoor settings except work stations.

  • Isolation is still legally required for people who have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive.


  • Campus safety plan in place, guided by Alberta Health
  • Please review the Government of Alberta, Chief Medical Officer of Health (AB), Ministry of Advanced Education (AB), and Occupational Health and Safety (AB) for official information.

    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. 

    Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ’S)

    General

    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 the fall?

    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.

    STEP 4
    September 7 -onwards

    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 in the Fall?

    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 during the fall?

    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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