COVID-19 Updates2021-03-04T19:14:55+00:00
1. New Student Orientation Dates

Acsenda introduces grant to support students during Covid-19 testing quarantine period

The government of Canada has announced new measures for travelers arriving in the country:

  1. A new mandatory PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing requirement at airports.
  2. Travelers will be required to quarantine for up to three days at a designated hotel while they wait for their COVID-19 test result. The hotel costs will be at the expense of the travelers, which could cost around $2000.

Acsenda is seeking clarification as to whether this new restriction will apply to international students. Acsenda recognizes this additional expense may present a significant burden to students.

In the interest of supporting our students, in the case our students are required to pay additional accommodation charges while awaiting the test result, Acsenda will provide a grant of up to $1500 to help with these additional hotel costs.

As well, as per our Airport Transportation Relief Grant, Acsenda will cover all airport-hotel transportation costs (up to $75 CAD).

Recognizing of these difficult times, Acsenda remains committed to supporting the academic ambitions of our students.

We look forward to another amazing term and we cannot wait to welcome new students to our campus again soon.

Negative COVID-19 test required to board flights to Canada

For students arriving in Canada for T1-21, please be advised.

In an effort to curb the continuing coronavirus crisis, Canada will require all air passengers to obtain a negative COVID-19 test three days before arriving in the country. Save

Canada’s requirement that anyone entering the country by plane test negative for COVID-19 will come into effect Jan. 7, according to the federal government.

We will update you with more information as soon as it is made available.

Click HERE for more information.

New Province-Wide Restrictions (November 19, 2020)

Masks are required in all indoor public settings and workplaces

  • This applies to common areas where people circulate freely, such as hallways, stairwells, elevators, etc. but not to restricted areas such as enclosed office spaces where physical distancing can be maintained.
  • The mask requirement does not apply to people unable to wear a mask or put on or remove a mask on their own.

Social gatherings

  • No social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble.  This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • A person who lives alone may have up to two other people visit if they are people with whom the person regularly interacts.


  • All events and gatherings as defined in the PHO Gatherings and Events Order are suspended until further notice.
    • NOTE: this does not apply to educational activities offered by post-secondary institutions to deliver and/or support student learning and development.
    • Please see page 15 of the COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for BC’s Post-Secondary Sector for more information on educational activities.
    • Events such as convocation ceremonies are not considered educational activities.

Athletic Activities

  • Please review the Athletic Activities section of the new province-wide restrictions.
  • The following high risk indoor group physical activities must be suspended:
    • Spin classes
    • Hot yoga
    • High intensity interval training
  • Gyms and recreation facilities that offer individual workouts and personal training sessions can remain open as long as they have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that is strictly followed.
  • Games, competitions and practices can continue with no spectators and no travel.


  • All non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province.
  • Essential travel within BC includes:
    • Regular travel for work within your region
    • Travel for medical appointments and hospital visits

Acsenda listed on IRCC DLI list, International students eligible to travel to Canada

We are pleased to advise you that Acsenda School of Management is now included on the list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with government-approved Covid-19 readiness plans. We regret the delay in the updating of the list and apologize for any concerns this may have caused.

This means that Acsenda is once again able to issue Travel Letters and students that have been approved for a visa/study permit are eligible to come to Canada to continue their studies at our campus.

All students who wish to come to Canada require a Travel Letter, which confirms their enrolment for classes at our campus.

Students are also required to prepare and submit a Self-Isolation Plan to Acsenda for review, and then to the Provincial government.

To receive an Travel Letter from Acsenda School of Management, please submit a Self-Isolation Plan to Admissions ( Once your plan is reviewed, we will issue you the Travel Letter.

Once you receive the Travel Letter, please complete the following steps HERE.

Please note, you should refrain from making travel arrangements until the Travel Letter is sent to you.

If you have any questions, please contact Admissions directly using the email above.

We look forward to seeing you at the Acsenda campus soon.

Travelling to Canada

If a student’s DLI is on the list of DLIs with a COVID-19 readiness plan, and they intend to travel to Canada to study, they should be aware of public health measures in place in their province or territory of destination to limit the spread of the virus in Canada. International students need to know what to expect upon arrival and during their studies, and they should ensure that they have a suitable quarantine plan before their travel to Canada.

Before considering travel to Canada, students should check with their DLI to make sure their course or study program is still operating. If they had already begun their studies in Canada but left, they may be able to continue their education online from their home country.

Before and during their travel to Canada, students should

  • avoid spending time in large crowds or crowded areas
  • avoid contact with sick people, especially if those persons have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
  • be aware of the local situation and follow local public health advice
  • be sure to monitor their health and if they become sick before or during their trip, avoid contact with others except to see a health-care professional

Students will need to pass a health check before they’re allowed to board their flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel to Canada.

When they arrive in Canada, their health will be assessed when they speak to the CBSA officer. Students must quarantine for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. This is mandatory for all travellers to Canada, and there may be serious consequences under the Quarantine Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for non-compliance with the quarantine requirement.

If the student develops symptoms during their flight to Canada, they must tell a CBSA officer when they arrive in Canada. If they fail to do so they may face consequences under the Quarantine Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

If they do not have symptoms but believe they were exposed to someone who was sick with COVID-19, under the Quarantine Act, they must report this to a CBSA officer when they get to Canada. The CBSA officer will give them instructions to follow.

In coordination with their DLI, students should have a plan for how they will obtain medical care if they become sick during their quarantine period, including getting mandatory medical insurance. While in quarantine, they will be unable to leave their quarantine location unless it is medically necessary to do so.

If they do not have a plan for quarantine, including how they will buy groceries and access other essential services, they are advised to delay their travel until they have made one, as failure to do so may result in being refused entry to Canada by the CBSA.

As part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all travellers are required to provide specific information upon entry into Canada. The recently launched ArriveCAN app enables them to submit contact information and details of their plan for quarantine, as required by the current emergency orders under the Quarantine Act, up to 48 hours prior to their arrival.

Use of ArriveCAN reduces physical contact for a safer border process. Students can download it on their mobile device through the App Store or Google Play or use the Web format.

Return to Campus – Safety Video

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: