Most international students are currently barred from entering Canada because of the federal government’s latest travel restrictions. But even students who are able to enter face an additional challenge: finding a place to self-isolate for 14 days, which is required by law as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some students told HuffPost Canada they will stay with friends in Canada; others have rented Airbnbs. But several international students say they are confused about where they are expected to self-isolate, while others worry about the cost and logistics of getting food during isolation.
Canada has 11 federally designated quarantine sites, with about 1,500 rooms, that are used for people entering the country who don’t have a place to isolate themselves, such as if they live with a vulnerable person or don’t have private transportation if they’re symptomatic, according to a spokesperson from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
The government provides transportation to the facility, as well as necessities like food and medicine. The sites are located in 11 different cities, including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.
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The PHAC recently released COVID-19 guidance for post-secondary institutions, saying border screening or quarantine officers have the final say on whether a student’s quarantine plan is suitable for entry into Canada.
The guidelines add that post-secondary institutions should consider designating some single-room residences or off-campus housing for isolation purposes.
At the University of British Columbia (UBC), students moving into a shared student housing space are required to first self-isolate in a different space. The university is offering several different types of private accommodation for students both on or off campus, with prices ranging from $966 to $2,086 plus tax. Meals are not included in all of the plans,...