COVID-19 Updates

1. New Student Orientation Dates (TBD)

Return to Campus – Safety Video

Online Registration Information

Acsenda is excited to announce that we will be offering a blended learning delivery for Term 4.

This means that there will be a limited number of on-campus classes this fall. These classes will be delivered in a manner that will ensure appropriate physical distancing, health, and safety practices as per guidelines established by Worksafe BC, provincial health authorities and the province of British Columbia.

With that being said, Acsenda will continue to offer some classes fully online throughout this period and students will have the option to study from home if they prefer.

However, these classes are offered during regular daytime hours based on the Vancouver time zone, and therefore it is advised that the student physically be present in Vancouver to maximize learning outcomes.

We will continue with Priority Registration Process which will allow students to register in order of how close they are to their graduation. This enhancement is introduced in response to student requests and helps to ensure that students who are closer to graduation have the first opportunity to enroll in the courses that they need. Registration will be based on how many credits a student has completed (this includes transfer credit), and is scheduled as follows:

Registration opens at 11:55 am Vancouver (Pacific)Time on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 for students with 90 completed credits or more.

Registration opens at 11:55 am Vancouver (Pacific)Time on Thursday, August 20th, 2020 for students with 60 completed credits or more.

Registration opens at 11:55 am Vancouver (Pacific)Time on Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 for students with 30 completed credits or more.

Registration opens at 11:55 am Vancouver (Pacific)Time on Monday, August 24th, 2020 for students with 0 credits or more.

CERB Update

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which provides temporary income support of $500 (CAD) has been extended by eight (8) weeks. The CERB will now continue to be available until Oct. 3. 

According to a post on the Canadian government website, CERB is available to residents in Canada who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job; who had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period.

As well, seasonal workers and those who have recently run out of employment insurance will now also be eligible for CERB. People who make less than $1,000 a month due to reduced work hours will also qualify.

“Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents – including temporary foreign workers and international students – may be eligible to receive the benefit if they meet the other eligibility requirements,” the government statement explained.

Flexibility in Post-Graduation Work Permit Rules

“International education represents a significant economic benefit to Canada, with international students contributing $21.6 billion to Canada’s GDP and supporting nearly 170,000 jobs in 2018. International students are also often excellent candidates to apply to remain in Canada permanently, with nearly 54,000 former students becoming permanent residents in Canada in 2018.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on international students. In response to the health and travel restrictions that are in place, many designated learning institutions (DLIs) are offering their courses online.

Post-secondary institutions and prospective students alike are considering their approach to the fall semester. Both have sought guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regarding eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) for students starting at an eligible DLI this fall.

Under normal circumstances, criteria for the PGWPP limit an international student’s ability to pursue a program via distance learning, from inside or outside Canada, and time spent studying outside Canada is deducted from the length of the work permit for which they are eligible.

PGWPP eligibility will not be affected for international students whose fall 2020 courses will be online due to COVID-19. This is in line with guidance provided to students already studying in Canada or whose program had a spring or summer start date.

Students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning if they cannot travel to Canada sooner.

In addition, they will not have time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

For more information surrounding travel and immigration, visit: