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Campus and Community Safety

As communicated, York will be reducing on-campus activities effective December 15 and until January 24, 2022. York continues to actively monitor the evolving public health landscape, in consultation with the Ontario Government, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Toronto Public Health.   

As guided by public health and government directives and to ensure a safe environment where everyone can feel comfortable returning to campus, the following requirements and procedures are in effect: 

  • Vaccination: as of October 19, 2021, anyone accessing our campuses or University facilities in-person is required to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recognized exemption from the University supporting a validated medical or human rights ground. 
  • Physical distancing: York University diligently follows all public health and government guidance on physical distancing, and encourages all community members to give others space while on campus. 
  • Masks and face coverings: masks and/or face coverings are required in all indoor spaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  As noted by the Public Health Agency of Canada, “In general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators provide better protection. No matter which type of mask you choose, proper fit is a key factor in its effectiveness.” 
  • Self-monitoring: all individuals are encouraged to self-monitor. If anyone is feeling unwell or symptomatic, they are required to self-isolate and must not attend our campuses.  
  • Screening: YU Screen/ YU Dépistage, an automated screening tool, must be used on a daily basis to self-screen prior to coming to campus. If an individual does not pass the screening, they are not to come to either of York’s campuses and /or sites. Should your health change through the day and symptoms become apparent, please leave campus immediately and complete YU Screen/ YU Dépistage again to record your status change. 
  • Signage: Campus signage on doors and in buildings is updated regularly to reflect safety plans.  
  • Hand hygiene: Frequent hand washing is encouraged. As well, hand sanitizers dispensers have been installed across both campuses; see this list of locations Keele Campus, Glendon Campus. Tabletop hand sanitizer bottles may be requested by your Associate Dean or Management Supervisor through the Facility Manager or designate should the need be identified through a risk assessment.   
  • Protective measures: through area risk assessments, required resources have been identified to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, such as disposable wipes, disposable masks and safety glasses. Associate Deans or Management Supervisors may source these cleaning and safety supplies through the area’s Facility Manager or designate. Additionally, plexiglass barriers have been installed in some locations where physical distancing is not possible, such as in high volume in-person transaction locations. As our understanding of the transmission of the COVID-19 virus has evolved, new installations of plexiglass barriers will be limited to select spaces only, as we focus more energy on enhanced ventilation and air filtration. Please contact your Associate Dean or Management Supervisor for information about your Area-Specific Workplace Safety Plan if you have any questions. 

Over the course of this past year, we have made changes to improve air flow in buildings on our campuses and have installed some of the best air filtration products available, to protect against airborne COVID-19 virus particles. All our academic buildings, for example, have mechanical ventilation in place to allow fresh air to be circulated. Our upgrades focused on maximizing the amount of fresh air that our systems can handle, running them 24/7 to improve air flow. 

We also use air filters that are similar to what is found in hospitals, especially in key buildings where higher occupancy is expected and where there is a mix of fresh and recycled air. These filters are being replaced at a higher rate of frequency for increased health and safety protection. We follow the latest recommendations and guidance set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). 

Offices have been cleaned and will continue to be serviced per the Fall Custodial Service Offering for Offices. Accessible flat furnishings (e.g., desktops and countertops, excluding shelving, seating and barriers) in offices and waiting areas are wet wiped once monthly. Please submit a service request should you require services additional to this offering. Questions regarding the cleanliness of your space may be directed to facilities@yorku.ca or x22401. Disinfectant wipes may be requested should the need be identified through a risk assessment by your Management Supervisor, Associate Dean or designate.

Classroom spaces will be cleaned according to the Fall Custodial Service Offering for Classrooms. Writing surfaces will receive an after-hours spray disinfection and visible soil will be removed. There is no cleaning provided to instructional technology devices, control panels, computers, keyboards, and plexiglass.  See the Fall Custodial Service Offering for a cleaning schedule for all other spaces.

Yes. Anyone entering an indoor space on any York University property, including all campuses, work sites and satellite offices, must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin completely. As noted by the Public Health Agency of Canada, “In general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators provide better protection. No matter which type of mask you choose, proper fit is a key factor in its effectiveness.” 

Masks or face coverings are required in all indoor spaces regardless of current physical distancing guidelines and must be worn for the duration of your stay. Indoor spaces at York include, but are not limited to, classrooms, administrative buildings, offices, meeting rooms and common areas in all residences, washrooms, hallways and elevators. For the latest guidance on masks and face coverings, please see these FAQs.  

  • children under two years of age;
  • persons performing or rehearsing in a film or television production or in a concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance as approved by the University;
  • persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits their ability to wear a mask or face covering;
  • persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without assistance;
  • persons who are being accommodated under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, require accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code that precludes the wearing of a mask or face covering;
  • York University departments and faculties may have specific practices which fall under provincial guidelines and/or operational requirements. For any questions, please contact hsewb@yorku.ca. Students may reach out to OSCR@yorku.ca.

York University community members are not required to provide proof of any of the exemptions identified above. Community members are requested to exercise discretion and patience should they observe a fellow community member not wearing a face covering. In these cases, please reach out to your associate dean, supervisor or manager who can help address or direct your concerns. Student may reach out to OSCR@yorku.ca.

Toronto Public Health states the following:

A face shield is not an alternative to a face covering. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that they “do not recommend use of face shields as a substitute for cloth face coverings. It is not known if face shields protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. The CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.”

If you have a medical condition, disability or impairment that affects your ability to wear a face covering and need accommodation (e.g., a clear face shield, other accommodations, etc), please contact:

  • Staff and faculty – Health, Safety and Employee Well Being at their confidential email address: ewb@yorku.ca and notify your manager or associate dean. You are not required to disclose your specific medical condition to your supervisor or manager.
  • Students – Send an email to OSCR@yorku.ca. One of their personnel will connect with you.

York University community members are not required to provide proof of any of the exemptions identified above. Community members may require accommodation for medical condition or disability or fall under other exemptions which preclude them from wearing a mask or face covering.  

We ask that Community members exercise discretion and patience should they observe a fellow community member not wearing a mask or face covering. Refer to the “Community of Care Commitment: Resources and Pathways to Support Conflict Resolution” which provides guidance and support on COVID-19 issues, including those related to masks/face coverings. 

  • Maintain physical distancing.
  • Wear your mask or face covering.
  • Follow other public health measures such as washing your hands and practicing respiratory etiquette.

If you are still concerned, speak with your associate dean, supervisor or manager. Refer to Health and Safety Guidelines for Returning to Campus during the COVID-19 Pandemic for additional information.

Students may reach out to OSCR@yorku.ca.  Questions can be directed to Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being at hsewb@yorku.ca 

No. All community members are required to bring their own mask or face covering to campus, however if you are on campus and realize that you have forgotten, lost, soiled or damaged your mask, they can be acquired from vending machines located on both campuses. Machines will be equipped with YU-card readers and the 3-ply medical/procedural disposable masks will be dispensed at a nominal cost to valid YU-card holders. The charge will help cover the cost of a disposable mask recycling program. 

Before you come to campus every day, you will need to use YU Screen/ YU Dépistage to screen for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have any symptoms, please complete the screening and do not attend on campus. You will be contacted by a representative of the University.   

Please also see this important notice regarding the winter 2022 term. For the latest updates, please continue to monitor the “Coming to Campus” section of the Better Together website.  

Personal air purifiers will not be permitted on campus, with the exception of those approved through a workplace accommodation. When centralized air supply is being maintained (as is the case at York), personal portable air purifiers are not required. Centralized ventilation at the University currently meets or exceeds standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Facilities Services oversees the need for any portable devices and can assess whether these can be beneficial in unique campus spaces.

Effective Winter 2022, all York community members may be asked and must be prepared to present their YU Screen/ YU Dépistage clearance checkmark anywhere services are accessed on the university’s campuses. York will not however be conducting random YU Screen / YU Dépistage clearance checks in any open or common spaces on campuses. 

If you are a guest or visitor, you must have available your daily YU Screen/ YU Dépistage clearance result when attending on campus and must be prepared to show proof of vaccination. Do not come on to York campuses if you have a YU Screen/ YU Dépistage failed result. 

All community members and guests/visitors coming to York’s campuses must complete YU Screen/ YU Dépistage daily to ensure they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Please complete the questionnaire and identify your group (e.g. student, staff etc.) according to the primary function that you will be performing when you access York’s campuses, such as attending campus to work versus attending campus for a course.  

Identify yourself in YU Screen based on your primary activity on campus that day. If you are coming on campus to work as an employee, select staff. If you are coming on campus for a learning activity, select student.

Automated Door Access logs also record the building location, date/time and the authorized individual’s employee or student identity information when you enter restricted access zones. This information will be used to maintain a record of the individuals who are attending the university and to ensure the health, safety, and security of those coming to York’s campuses.

All York community members (students, faculty, staff) and visitors (including contractors, guests, parents etc.) who wish to access York’s campuses, must complete daily COVID-19 screening and confirm their vaccination status through YU Screen before they, their employees and/or their suppliers enter the site(s), from October 5, 2021 onward. The YU Screen tool records the date/time, identity information, and pass/fail status for each day users are on campus. 

All information related to screening or that is collected through YU Screen is kept confidential, and York is committed to the protection of privacy, as required under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Information that is collected through the YU Screen tool is encrypted and stored on servers that are located in Canada, in compliance with York’s security and privacy assessments.

Yes, a mask or face covering is required for all indoor spaces. However, when individuals are alone in a secured and enclosed space such as a private office, the mask or face covering can be temporarily removed when the door is closed. Please be mindful of equity and be considerate of those who are required to keep a mask on all day.

Yes. Wear a mask or face covering at all times while indoors; however, a mask or face covering can temporarily be removed, for example, when having a quick drink as maybe necessary for the purposes of health and safety, provided that the 2 metre physical distance is maintained.

It is recommended that York community members eat in designated areas, including cafeterias or lunch rooms while ensuring that the following safety precautions are considered and/or followed:

  • Physical distancing is maintained through the placement of furniture, dining tables and chairs
  • No congregating occurs while in indoor spaces
  • Limit the duration the mask or face covering is kept off when eating
  • Follow signage or markings that support health and safety or the control of traffic flow
  • Stagger lunch or break periods throughout the day, as applicable
  • Consider using available outdoor spaces or open areas for eating or drinking (weather permitting)
  • Regularly clean or disinfect high touch or shared surfaces

Designated areas for eating are determined through the area’s health and safety COVID-19 risk assessment. An individual’s isolated workspace (e.g., office) can be used for eating only when they are alone and the door is closed. Open workstations may also be used to eat lunch if the space was assessed and considered to be safe, where cleaning/disinfecting occurs and where 2-metre physical distancing can be maintained from others. In this case, masks or face coverings can temporarily be removed for eating. 

Other health and safety measures to consider include the flow of traffic in the eating area and/or closing cubicle doors, where possible. Always try to minimize the duration of time that your mask or face covering is removed in order to consume food or beverages. Under no circumstances should food or beverages be consumed in areas such as lab spaces, where infectious materials, hazardous chemicals or hazardous drugs are used, handled or stored.   

An individual can eat lunch alone in their personal vehicle.

Yes, however 2-metre physical distancing must be maintained between all individuals on York’s campuses, when masks or face coverings are removed, indoorsor outdoors. In addition, cleaning and disinfection of shared spaces should occur and no one should be sharing utensils and food.

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Libraries

Effective Mon Dec 20, the Scott and Frost libraries will be open reduced days and hours and the Bronfman and Steacie libraries will be closed. These changes will be in place through January 23rd.  

Frost and Scott will be accessible to currently registered YorkU students, staff, and faculty for study space, photocopiers, course reserves and computers. Book a space and please complete YU Screen before coming to campus.  

Loanable physical resources from all the libraries can be requested through Omni and picked up at the Glendon and Keele book lockers. There will be no in-person pickup in the libraries. Please re-new loans online to avoid having to come to campus to return items.  

For help, please connect to the library's virtual information and research help services or consult the Library Services During Covid 19 guide.

Loanable physical resources from all the libraries can be requested through Omni and picked up at the Glendon and Keele book lockers. There is no in-person pickup in the libraries at this time. 

Loanable physical resources from all the libraries can be requested through Omni and picked up at the Glendon and Keele book lockers. There is no in-person pickup in the libraries at this time. 

 Inter-library loans (RACER) requests from partner Ontario university libraries are also being processed. 

At this time, please refrain from travelling to campus to return physical items. Please use the "My Account" link on the library website to renew your items instead. Renewals on 120-day loan items are unlimited. Charges and fines incurred between December 15, 2021 and January 23, 2022 will be waived. Email askusyul@yorku.ca for help. For more information on returning materials please see the Returns section of the Library Services During Covid-19 guide

Effective Mon Dec 20, the Scott and Frost libraries will be open reduced days and hours and the Bronfman and Steacie libraries will be closed. These changes will be in place until January 23rd. Frost and Scott will be accessible to currently registered YorkU students, staff, and faculty for study space, photocopiers, course reserves and a limited number of computers. Book a space and please complete YU Screen before coming to campus.  

For help, please connect to the library's virtual information and research help services or consult the Library Services During Covid 19 guide. 

Effective Mon Dec 20, the Scott and Frost libraries will be open reduced days and hours and the Bronfman and Steacie libraries will be closed. These changes will be in place until January 23rd.  

Frost and Scott will be accessible to currently registered YorkU students, staff, and faculty for study space, photocopiers, course reserves and computers. Book a space and please complete YU Screen before coming to campus.  

Loanable physical resources from all the libraries can be requested through Omni and picked up at the Glendon and Keele book lockers. There will be no in-person pickup in the libraries. Please re-new loans online to avoid having to come to campus to return items.  

For help, please connect to the library's virtual information and research help services or consult the Library Services During Covid 19 guide. 

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Operations and Services

Community members will continue to have access to a range of daily and monthly parking options to suit different schedules and needs. For more information, please visit the Parking Services website. 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, transit agencies have continued to modify their routes and schedules to adapt to the changes in ridership. Although we do our best to advocate for enhanced transit services and to bring you the latest updates from our transit partners, we encourage you to visit the websites of the specific transit agencies you use, to get the most up-to-date information. Please also check the transportation services  website for schedules and periodic updates on campus shuttles and mobility services.

Many campus food outlets are open and Food Services has launched a York University Mobile Order app where you can order and pay for food from your device. Please visit the Food Services website for more details. 

If you are attending campus for work or classes and require a YU-card either for door access, meal plans, or other uses, visit the YU-card website to find information about how to obtain your card.

YU-cards set to expire have been extended now until April 30, 2022. The YU-card office will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and reassess the need for further extensions.

Please check the Bookstore site for current updates and to shop online. The Bookstore also provides digital textbook options for many courses that can provide students with significant cost savings.  

Mail delivery frequency will be adjusted in time based on demand. Departments that prefer to continue with a pickup based mailing service, may request to do so, by contacting mailing services at: mailroom@yorku.ca or fmyers@yorku.ca. Pickup and other special services will continue to be available on the Keele Campus (Curtis Lecture Hall, Room 019) and Glendon Campus (York Hall 030C).  For more information, please visit the Mailing Services website

Please see Returning to Campus for information on IT support at York.   

No, York students, staff and faculty cannot enter the Quinlan Building, unless they are also student, staff, or faculty of Seneca College.

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Future Students

The health and safety of the York community continues to be our highest priority. In light of recent guidance issued by the Ontario Government aimed at limiting the spread of the Omicron variant, York University will be reducing on-campus activities in January. 

The Winter 2022 academic term will commence as planned on January 10 (with some exceptions, for example, Osgoode Hall Law School); however all courses will be delivered in remote format until Jan. 31. 

As updates continue to be issued from the Ontario Government, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Toronto Public Health concerning the status of the pandemic, we will continue to keep community members informed of any impacts posed to university operations.  

The health and safety of the York community continues to be our highest priority. We are hoping that most courses will return to their pre-COVID delivery formats by then. Public health guidelines will continue to inform our planning and more information will be available during the 2022 Terms.

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New Students

You can access YU START’s York 101 module, including a series of videos designed to help you prepare for your first week of classes, to get a feel for what your start of term will look like, learn how to navigate eClass and Zoom, and find online learning resources.

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Current Students

The health and safety of the York community continues to be our highest priority. We are hoping that most courses will return to their pre-COVID delivery formats. Public health guidelines will continue to inform our planning. The course timetable on the York Courses website will identify whether each class will be held in-person or taught remotely.

All courses will be delivered in remote format until Jan. 31. There are some exceptions and students in those courses will have already been notified by their course instructor. 

You can see course offerings for the Winter 2022 Session on the York Courses website. The online Enrolment & Registration Guide provides information about choosing your courses, planning your class schedule and adding, dropping and exchanging courses.

The only difference between an “online” course and a “remote” course is that the “remote” course has specified meeting times while “online” courses do not. Students are expected to attend and participate in the “remote” course just as they would if the course were offered in a lecture hall at a set time.

Courses offered online (designated as ONLN) have no specified meeting times and students are expected to progress through the course at their own pace. You may also see these courses referred to as asynchronous in the Notes/Additional Fees column of the York Courses Website timetable listings: this simply means that the course meeting does not have a specified meeting time and students can review the meeting content when it is most convenient for them. Students in an asynchronous course are still expected to follow common times/deadlines for submitting assignments, completing tests, etc.

Courses offered remotely (designated as REMT) are also offered online but have specified meeting times as a course normally would if it were offered in-person, for example, in a lecture hall. You may also see these courses referred to as synchronous in the Notes/Additional Fees column of the York Courses Website timetable listings: this simply means that students have a specified meeting time and engage with the instructor and each other in the curriculum at the same time.

The Winter 2022 course schedule is now available on the York Courses website. Check the website to confirm the mode of delivery of courses by referencing the Course Type (LECT, ONLN, REMT, etc.) and Notes/Additional Fees columns. 

All courses will be delivered in remote format until Jan. 31. There are some exceptions and students in those courses will have already been notified by their course instructor. 

If you are enrolled in in-person courses and you are not able to attend in-person, then you will need to change your course enrolments to courses/sections/meeting groups offered in a remote format. Check with the academic unit offering the course if you have questions about how to do that.

All courses will be delivered in remote format until Jan. 31. There are some exceptions and students in those courses will have already been notified by their course instructor. 

If you are in a program with access to the Degree Progress Report, you should check that to see what courses you still need to take to complete your degree. If you are unsure about what courses to take, or have questions about your degree progress, you can contact your Faculty Advising Office.

Decisions about the delivery format of courses going forward will be part of program level and Senate level discussions about best approaches for the delivery of various curricula. While we know many are eager to return to campus, we also want to ensure we continue to innovate and apply what we have learned about program delivery during the pandemic.  

We continue to monitor the situation closely and are working in close partnership with Toronto Public Health. With added safety measures, including mandatory screening and proof of vaccination for all York community members (except those with approved exemption requests), York will adjust plans to adhere to public health regulations. For more information on York’s plans for a safe return to campus, visit the Welcoming YU Back Roadmap.

The course timetable on the York Courses Website offers students complete information about how courses will be delivered throughout the 2021-22 academic year. Students should make informed choices about their courses and schedule based on their own circumstances and degree progress. Students who choose courses that will be taught in-person will be expected to attend in person.

All courses will be delivered in remote format until Jan. 31. There are some exceptions and students in those courses will have already been notified by their course instructor. 

If you are in a program with access to the Degree Progress Report, you should check that to see what courses you still need to take to complete your degree. If you are unsure about what courses to take, or have questions about your degree progress, you can contact your Faculty Advising Office.

The course timetable on the York Courses Website offers students complete information about how courses will be delivered throughout the Fall/Winter 2021-22 academic session so that students can make informed choices about their courses and schedule. Everyone is encouraged to look carefully through the options when planning their enrolments. Where a course is taught in-person, it is expected that students will make their way to campus. All students enrolled in in-person courses must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination on YU Screen. Medical accommodations are available for those who need them. 

All courses will be delivered in remote format until Jan. 31. There are some exceptions and students in those courses will have already been notified by their course instructor. 

You need to complete the YU Screen prior to coming to campus.  If you fail the screening, stay home, do not come to campus, self-isolate and a case and contact coordinator will be in touch with you. 

Most student services will be available online.

On-campus services, including food services, will be available to students who are required to be on campus either because they are living in residence on campus or are in one of the small number of courses with in-person components or engaged in research requiring in-person attendance.

On-campus services, including food services, will be available to students who are required to be on campus either because they are living in residence on campus or are in one of the small number of courses with in-person components or engaged in research requiring in-person attendance.

Visit My Online Services for resources and ways to connect with the services you need for your academic success and mental and physical wellbeing.

For a full list of student services and their operating hours and formats, visit the Start Strong YU – Student Services page.

Athletics & Recreation is operating  in accordance with Provincial Health Regulations and University policies. Virtual programs continue to be offered. Visit the York U Lions Campus Recreation web page for more information. 

For more information on student organization activities, please visit their YU Connect page.  Student Community & Leadership Development will also be collaborating with student organizations to host Club Showcases where you will get an opportunity to participate in an activity hosted by a student organization. If you are interested in attending a Clubs Showcase or want to register for other events  visit their events page

Student organizations are operating virtually. You can search for student organizations using YU Connect  to find more about them and their events.   

Intramural programs are tentative for Winter 2022. Athletics & Recreation is operating in accordance with Provincial Health Regulations and University policies. Visit the York U Lions Campus Recreation web page for more information. 

Student-athletes will be encouraged to train and opportunities for structured team training will be coordinated through the department under provincial health guidelines. 

Athletics & Recreation is operating in accordance with Provincial Health Regulations and University policies. Visit the York U Lions web page for more information. 

Visit the Start Strong YU – Student Services page for a full list of student services and their operating hours, formats, and contact information.

Websites for student services and support will include ways of contacting them, and My Online Services also has a list of resources and online/remote contact information for various services.

Mental health and wellness support through Student Counselling, Health & Well-being will be available online.  

Glendon’s Accessibility, Well-Being and Counselling services are also available to support you by phone. The Faculty of Graduate Studies' GradConnect Wellness Services is available by phone and videoconferencing options. Visit My Online Services to see the range of contact options (such as email, telephone, online, live chat and video appointments) available to support you.  

You can apply for OSAP if all courses are online provided you satisfy all other eligibility criteria. For more information and to apply, please visit https://ontario.ca/osap. The process for applying for OSAP has not changed. In addition, make sure you complete the Student Financial Profile so that you can be considered for other financial aid supports including scholarships, awards and bursaries.  

Work/Study opportunities for domestic and international students for Winter 2022 have been posted. Visit the Work/Study Programs website for description of general Work/Study; Leadership, Engagement and Ambassadorship (LEAP); and Research at York (RAY) positions, eligibility criteria and information about how to apply for these positions.

Make sure you complete your Student Financial Profile so your applications for Work/Study, LEAP and RAY positions can be considered.

Yes! There a lots of online activities and events to support your academic success, career readiness, physical and mental well-being and to keep you connected and entertained. Visit this York Events calendar to see what’s happening, and stay up to date with This Week @ York for weekly notices from the York community.

There is also a calendar of events specific to international students on the York International Events Calendar.

Whether your course is offered in-person or in remote format, your instructors continue to develop the curriculum, engage in the teaching, and support your learning. York instructors, staff and faculty have adapted various methods of course and service delivery so that you can continue to receive a rigorous, transformative education experience. 

Apart from tuition, ancillary fees are charged for a number of service areas. We offer high-quality programs, supports and services whether in remote or in-person and we continue to look for the ways to deliver these to students in a variety of ways. 

The Vari Hall Kiosk is closed and will re-open when in-person activities resume. Until then, the Virtual Kiosk will be staffed by Student Engagement Ambassadors who will be available to assist students with any and all questions that include wayfinding, York services and getting involved on campus. For updated hours, visit the Student Community & Leadership Development page.  

The Student Leadership Program is operating year-round. Where possible, all workshops, conferences, events & activities will be offered online. You can see a leadership specific events calendar & details here: https://www.yorku.ca/scld/student-leadership-program/events/  

For information about COVID-19’s impact on resources, academics and research, and other functions of the Faculty of Graduate studies, visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Under the COVID-19 section of the FGS website, you will find details pertaining to the below:

Please email fgsnews@yorku.ca with any questions.

If you are not in compliance with York’s Vaccination Mandate policy, you cannot access campus or participate in in-person activities. If you do not intend to get fully vaccinated, please drop all in-person courses as you will not be permitted to attend them after October 19, 2021. Check the York Courses website to find alternative online/remote courses.  Keep your eye on add/drop dates while you make your decision. You should also check the refund tables when dropping a course and make sure you’re eligible to drop.   

York University requires all faculty, instructors, students, and staff to wear masks on our campuses. If you are not aware of this requirement, please review it here: Mask/face covering protocol

If a student believes that they have a medical reason to be exempt from York’s mandatory mask/face covering protocol, they must engage Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to review and confirm the request for a formal exemption so that appropriate physical distance and other necessary health and safety precautions can be implemented. If not wearing a mask or face covering has been determined to be an appropriate accommodation, SAS will work closely with the Faculty Office to ensure that relevant faculty and instructors are notified on the student’s Letter of Accommodation.

Do not come to campus unless in-person instruction and research are required.  

Campus services that are open include: 

  • Limited study spaces available at the Library. For more information, and to book your seat or study space, visit the Library Services During COVID-19: Study Space web page. 
  • Food services. Food on campus will only be available for takeout and in accordance with provincial guidance, dedicated dining spaces will be unavailable for use. Visit the Food Services website for locations and hours of operation

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International Students

International travelers who are fully vaccinated with a COVID vaccine approved for entry/travel to Canada may be eligible for exemption to quarantine. You must still have a backup quarantine plan to submit to ArriveCAN.  For more information, please see Canada’s page on international students entering Canada. The vaccines currently approved by Canada for quarantine exemption are: 

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222) 
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C) 
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson 
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273) 
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) 
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV) 
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) 

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel: 

  • at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel 
  • or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines 
  • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine 

All international travelers will be required to take a COVID test at their port of entry into Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.  Students moving into an on-campus residence will not be allowed to self-isolate in their on-campus residence room. The University will arrange and pay for those students to self-isolate before moving into their on-campus residence.  Students moving into a York Apartments unit who will not be living/isolating with others may be able to self-isolate in their unit. Please visit York’s Quarantine Info page for more info. 

Also as of November 30, 2021, travelers need to be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine, including the WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines, to travel within Canada with very few exceptions. There is a limited period, until January 14, 2022, during which individuals in specified exempt groups, including international students, can continue to enter the country if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, as well as take a connecting flight to their final destination, that is scheduled to depart within 24 hours of the departure time of their flight to enter Canada. 

As of January 15, 2022, all travelers entering Canada must be fully vaccinated with one of the accepted COVID vaccines listed above, including international students who are 18 years of age or older. After January 14, 2022, international students who are not fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine will be prohibited from entering Canada. York strongly recommends that you make travel arrangements so that you arrive in Canada with enough time to complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine period before the start of classes. 

Unvaccinated international students under the age of 18 will be permitted to enter but must attend a designated learning institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory where the school is located. York University has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. 

For those who are not fully vaccinated with one of Canada’s approved vaccines or with Canada’s expanded list of accepted vaccines for travel, please refer to the York Quarantine Information Page for step-by-step instructions and links to the Government of Canada’s guidance on whether you are eligible to enter Canada, how to prepare for your travels and for your 14-day quarantine once you arrive.  

If after reviewing the links above, you have additional questions, sign up for a Quarantine Webinar via the York International Calendar. You can also connect with the Quarantine team at quarantine@yorku.ca.  

If you are entering Canada for the Winter 2022 term, please see the question “I’m outside of Canada and won’t have access to a COVID vaccine before arriving to Canada. Can I live in residence or access campus?” below. 

As of January 15, 2022, all travelers, including international students  18 years of age or older, must be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter Canada.  These vaccines are the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada as well as Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinovac and Covaxin. 

As of November 30, 2021, travelers need to be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine, including the WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines, to travel within Canada with very few exceptions. There is a limited period, until January 14, 2022, during which individuals in specified exempt groups, including international students, can continue to enter the country if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, as well as take a connecting flight to their final destination, that is scheduled to depart within 24 hours of the departure time of their flight to enter Canada. 

For international students who are not in Canada and not able to access a COVID vaccine before arriving in Canada, you will need to get fully vaccinated within 28 days (plus 14 days post your last COVID dose) of finishing quarantine.  During this bridging period, you may live in residence and access campus with certain requirements and conditions: 

  • Upload your vaccination status to YU Screen if you haven’t already.  Indicate your current vaccination status even if you are not yet fully vaccinated.  
  • Fill out the International Student Location form.    
  • Get at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before your travel if you can.  If you are able to access at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, we strongly encourage you to do so.  
  • Book your travel to Canada.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recently announced that international students may arrive earlier than 4 weeks prior to the start of courses.  We recommend that you make travel arrangements so that you arrive in Canada with enough time to complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine period before the start of classes.  
  • Read about the York Quarantine program and fill out the Travel to Canada form at least 3 weeks before your travel date. York is providing quarantine accommodation for new international students who are not exempt from quarantine, free of charge. If you are exempt from quarantine, York will provide a backup quarantine plan for you. All international students travelling to Canada are required to fill out this form, even if you are arranging your own quarantine.  Please see the Travel And Quarantine section of this FAQ. 
  • You will have 28 days after your quarantine to get your remaining doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.  You must receive at least one dose within 5 days of finishing quarantine.  You will be able to live in residence and access campus during this bridging period.  
  • During this bridging period, you will be required to do regular COVID testing.  For those living in on-campus residences, you will be required to take a COVID test every 72 hours.  For those living off-campus, you will be required to have a negative COVID test result at least 72 hours before accessing campus.  You will be required to continue with testing until 14 days after your final COVID vaccine dose.  
  • You will be required to keep a log of activities and interactions that you have on campus and the community during the bridging period until 14 days after you have received your final COVID-19 vaccine dose.  
  • York will facilitate COVID vaccinations for new international students either through on-campus vaccination clinics or through community clinics.  
  • There will be a number of restricted activities that are deemed high risk engagement during this bridging period.  This includes varsity sports, intramural sports, courses where students are playing certain instruments, etc. 
  • You must complete and electronically sign an attestation form agreeing to the requirements of the bridging period. This attestation form will be communicated with international students after they submit their Travel to Canada form. 

York International is a great resource for all international students.  Licensed immigration specialists can answer your immigration questions, help you with a study permit, PGWP and other immigration applications.  They can also help you navigate York and figure out where to get the help you are looking for. Check out YI’s immigration advising page to book an appointment, sign up for a drop-in immigration session or email one of our International Student Advisors at: iadvisor@yorku.ca.  

For questions about health and wellness, your University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP), where to find a health care professional and more, please visit York University’s University Health Insurance Plan FAQs or contact uhip@yorku.ca directly to speak with our UHIP advisor.  

For the latest information for international students and updates about COVID-19 and York University, please note:  

  1. As immigration and travel information is changing very quickly, always check the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 travel requirements for international students.  
  1. FAQs for York University International Student about COVID-19.  
  • I am enrolled in a course that requires students to be online at a certain time. What consideration will be given to international students in different time zones?  
  • Instructors will take into account the needs of students in different geographic locations and time zones (e.g., by providing asynchronous access to course materials and activities with technological support where possible). Your course instructor will inform you in advance of the start of your course about what flexibility may be available to help you fulfill your course requirements in different time zones.  
  • For the courses that start online/remotely, that have an optional in-person component, students should be provided with reasonable alternative access to the learning activities offered for in-person components. 

Instructors will take into account the needs of students in different geographic locations and time zones (e.g., by providing asynchronous access to course materials and activities with technological support where possible). Your course instructor will inform you in advance of the start of your course about what flexibility may be available to help you fulfill your course requirements in different time zones. 

For the courses that start online/remotely, that have an optional in-person component, students should be provided with reasonable alternative access to the learning activities offered for in-person components. 

The Winter 2022 semester will be offered primarily in-person and there will be a limited number of online courses available. Online courses will be indicated in the course description and a webpage with a full list of online courses will be available soon. 

Supports, services, events and programs will continue to be offered online for those who are not yet able to travel to Canada. While we are excited to have these in-person offerings in the Winter, we will still provide access to a high-quality remote learning experiences and we are committed to providing support and resources for you to maximize your success. 

The Winter 2022 academic term will commence as planned on January 10 (with some exceptions, for example, Osgoode Hall Law School); however the in-person delivery of courses and on-campus activities are planned to resume on January 24. Between January 10 and January 24, all classes and support services will be delivered in a remote format unless it is essential that they be delivered in person. 

The course timetable on the York Courses Website offers students complete information on how courses will be delivered throughout the Fall/Winter 2021-22 academic session so that students can make informed choices about their courses and schedule.  A list of courses that will be available for remote learning in the Winter 2022 term is also available. 

Where a course is taught in-person, it is expected that students will make their way to campus. All students enrolled in in-person courses must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination on YU Screen. Updates on the Winter term will be communicated to the York community and posted on Better Together

If you do not receive your study permit approval in time for the start of the Winter semester and you have registered for in-person courses, please connect with your Academic Advisor.  You may wish to switch to remote courses for the Winter so that you may start your courses from your home country and travel to Canada when you receive your study permit approval.    

The course timetable on the York Courses Website offers students complete information on how courses will be delivered throughout the Fall/Winter 2021-22 academic session so that students can make informed choices about their courses and schedule.  A list of courses that will be available for remote learning in the Winter 2022 term is also available. 

As of January 15, 2022, all travelers entering Canada must be fully vaccinated with one of Canada’s approved COVID-19 vaccines. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated, including international students over the age of 18, are prohibited from entering Canada.  

Unvaccinated international students under the age of 18 will be permitted to enter but must attend a designated learning institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory where the school is located.  York University has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. 

If you wish to defer your offer of admission, please visit the Deferral of Admission for Undergraduate Students page. 

As of January 15, 2022, all travelers, including international students who are 18 years of age or older, must be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter Canada.  These vaccines are the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada as well as Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinovac and Covaxin. 

As of November 30, 2021, travelers need to be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine, including the WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines, to travel within Canada with very few exceptions. There is a limited period, until January 14, 2022, during which individuals in specified exempt groups, including international students, can continue to enter the country if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, as well as take a connecting flight to their final destination, that is scheduled to depart within 24 hours of the departure time of their flight to enter Canada. 

We strongly recommend obtaining a WHO or Health Canada approved vaccine before arriving in Canada if you can. If you are unable to get fully vaccinated before arriving, consideration will be given by York to international students who are living in countries and regions where access to vaccines is limited so that they may access campus.  You must still arrive in Toronto before January 15, 2022. Please see the question “I’m outside of Canada and won’t have access to a COVID vaccine before arriving to Canada.  Can I live in residence or access campus?

We strongly recommend obtaining a WHO or Health Canada approved vaccine before arriving in Canada if you can. If you are unable to get fully vaccinated before arriving, York will help facilitate vaccinations for international students.

Please note that you must still arrive in Toronto before January 15, 2022 or you will be prohibited from travelling to Canada until you are fully vaccinated. Please see the question “I’m outside of Canada and won’t have access to a COVID vaccine before arriving to Canada. Can I live in residence or access campus?

Canada has expanded the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travelers can receive to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of travel to Canada. Travelers fully vaccinated with one or a combination of these vaccines will be eligible for exemption to quarantine. They will still be required to self-isolate while waiting for a negative test result for their arrival COVID test.  The list of vaccines approved for travel to Canada now include: 

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222) 
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C) 
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson 
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273) 
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) 
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV) 
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) 

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel: 

  • at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel 
  • or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines 
  • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine 

As of November 30, 2021, travelers need to be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine, including the WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines, to travel within Canada with very few exceptions. There is a limited period, until January 14, 2022, during which individuals in specified exempt groups, including international students, can continue to enter the country if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, as well as take a connecting flight to their final destination, that is scheduled to depart within 24 hours of the departure time of their flight to enter Canada. 

As of January 15, 2022, all travelers entering Canada must be fully vaccinated with one of the accepted COVID vaccines listed above, including international students over the age of 18.  After January 14, 2022, international students who are not fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine will be prohibited from entering Canada.  York strongly recommends that you make travel arrangements so that you arrive in Canada with enough time to complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine period before the start of classes. 

On September 14, 2021 the Ministry of Health of Ontario released updated COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada to align with Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) COVID-19: Recommendations for individuals who are living, working or studying in Canada and who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine.  

The guidance states that in Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received: 

  • The full series of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine and any combination of such vaccines; 
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada; or 
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by Health Canada; and 
  • It has been at least 14 days since their final dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. 

In order to live in on-campus residences or access any of York’s campuses for in-person courses or any in-person service, community members must be fully vaccinated following the Ontario Ministry of Health’s guidance above. 

We suggest that you speak to your local health provider. If it is possible for you to be fully vaccinated with those vaccines approved by Health Canada or approved for travel by the Government of Canada, before coming to Canada, we recommend that you do so.  See above question for more details. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Ontario. Visit the Ontario Vaccine Appointment site to learn how to book your appointment as a person without an OHIP card.  York will continue to host vaccination clinics on campus through the remainder of the Fall 2021 semester. Winter 2022 vaccination clinics will be determined soon. York will help facilitate vaccines for international students not able to access vaccines before arriving in Canada. 

Yes, international students are eligible for vaccinations upon arrival in Canada.  

UHIP members residing in Ontario are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost, regardless of where it is administered (public health unit vaccination sites, designated pharmacies, walk-in clinics, family doctors, others).  

UHIP members residing in Canada, but outside of Ontario, do not have to pay for the vaccine at designated public health unit vaccination sites and designated pharmacies only, but may have to pay if they receive the vaccine at other sites, such as walk-in clinics or family doctor.   

The University will help facilitate access to vaccines for students who require first and second doses. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone in Ontario. Visit the Ontario Vaccine Appointment site to learn how to book your appointment if you do not have an OHIP card.  

To ensure that vaccines remain accessible to our community members, York will continue to partner with Humber River Hospital to host vaccine clinics on the Keele Campus.  

On September 14, the Ministry of Health released updated COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada to align with Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) COVID-19: Recommendations for individuals who are living, working or studying in Canada and who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine.  

The guidance states that in Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received: 

  • The full series of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine and any combination of such vaccines; 
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada; or 
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by Health Canada; and 
  • It has been at least 14 days since their final dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Ministry of Health in Ontario states that individuals who have received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by Health Canada nor listed for emergency use by WHO should be offered a new series of a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their local health care provider for guidance and direction, contact the Ontario vaccine support line, and/or local public health unit for more information.  

Please see the question “How do I get a vaccine if I am arriving from outside Canada and am not yet vaccinated? Can international students get vaccinated in Canada?” for more information on how to book your vaccination. 

On September 14, the Ministry of Health released updated COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada to align with Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) COVID-19: Recommendations for individuals who are living, working or studying in Canada and who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine.  

The guidance states that in Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received: 

  • The full series of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine and any combination of such vaccines; 
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada; or 
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by Health Canada; and 
  • It has been at least 14 days since their final dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Ministry of Health in Ontario states that individuals who have received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by Health Canada nor listed for emergency use by WHO should be offered a new series of a Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their local health care provider for guidance and direction, contact the Ontario vaccine support line, and/or local public health unit for more information

Please see the question “How do I get a vaccine if I am arriving from outside Canada and am not yet vaccinated? Can international students get vaccinated in Canada?” for more information on how to book your vaccination. 

Health Canada has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youth ages 12 to 17 years. Students who can’t access their first COVID-19 vaccine before arriving at York U will have two weeks following their move-in date to get vaccinated. The University will help facilitate access to vaccines for students who require first and second doses. 

International students who live in countries/regions where they cannot access vaccines will be able to live in residence and access campus when they arrive for the Winter 2022 term. They will be required to get vaccinated within 28 days of finishing quarantine and will have certain requirements and restrictions during this bridging period. 

Please see the question “I’m outside of Canada and won’t have access to a COVID vaccine before arriving to Canada.  Can I live in residence or access campus?" for full requirements. 

International travelers who are fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved for travel in Canada may be eligible for exemption to quarantine.  You must still have a back up quarantine plan to submit to ArriveCAN. For more information, please see Canada’s page on international students entering Canada.  

For those who are not fully vaccinated with one of Canada’s approved vaccines, please refer to the York Quarantine Information Page for step-by-step instructions and links to the Government of Canada’s guidance on whether you are eligible to enter Canada, how to prepare for your travels and for your 14-day quarantine once you arrive.  

International students who live in countries/regions where they cannot access vaccines will be able to live in residence and access campus when they arrive for the Winter 2022 term.  They will be required to get vaccinated within 28 days of finishing quarantine and will have certain requirements and restrictions during this bridging period.  

Please see the question “I’m outside of Canada and won’t have access to a COVID vaccine before arriving to Canada.  Can I live in residence or access campus?" for full requirements. 

Your offer of acceptance to the University and your visa are not dependent on your vaccination status. However, you must be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-person courses, live in on-campus residence or access campus for any in-person service/event.  

Please ensure you update your vaccination status and proof of full vaccination to YU Screen by December 1, 2021. International students who live in countries/regions where they cannot access vaccines will be able to live in residence and access campus when they arrive for the Winter 2022 term. They will be required to get vaccinated within 28 days of finishing quarantine and will have certain requirements and restrictions during this bridging period.  

Please see the question “I’m outside of Canada and won’t have access to a COVID vaccine before arriving to Canada.  Can I live in residence or access campus?" for full requirements. 

The Winter 2022 academic term will commence as planned on January 10 (with some exceptions, for example, Osgoode Hall Law School); however the in-person delivery of courses and on-campus activities are planned to resume on January 24. Between January 10 and January 24, all classes and support services will be delivered in a remote format unless it is essential that they be delivered in person.  

We encourage all international students travelling to Canada to take into account the mandatory quarantine period as you make your plans for travel.  If you have in-person courses, you may wish to arrive at least 14 days before the start of your courses so that you may complete your quarantine in time.  You will not be allowed to leave quarantine to attend in-person courses. 

As of January 15, 2022, all travelers, including international students over the age of 18, must be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter Canada.  These vaccines are the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada as well as Sinopharm (Beijing), Sinovac and Covaxin. 

As of November 30, 2021, travelers need to be fully vaccinated with an accepted vaccine, including the WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines, to travel within Canada with very few exceptions. There is a limited period, until January 14, 2022, during which individuals in specified exempt groups, including international students, can continue to enter the country if unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, as well as take a connecting flight to their final destination, that is scheduled to depart within 24 hours of the departure time of their flight to enter Canada. 

Please see the question “I’m outside of Canada and won’t have access to a COVID vaccine before arriving to Canada. Can I live in residence or access campus?" for full requirements. 

Visit the Ontario’s Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination page for instructions on how to get your vaccine passport if you were vaccinated outside of Canada.  International students should follow the instructions for those without an OHIP card. 

For questions about residence, move-in dates or residence applications, please contact Housing directly.   

For questions about immigration, study permits, work permits and more, please review York International’s online resources carefully as the answers to your questions may be there:   

If you would like to speak directly with a licensed immigration specialist and/or quarantine implementation coordinator, please attend a drop-in virtual immigration advising session. Drop-in virtual advising takes place 2-3 times per week.  York International also hosts weekly webinars for quarantine information.  Links for both immigration advising and quarantine webinars are posted on the York International Events Calendar by Monday of each week by 9 a.m. ET.    
 
For the latest info and updates about immigration and quarantine, follow York International on social media: Facebook: fb.com/york.international  
Instagram: @yorkuintlstdnts  
Twitter: @yorkuintlstdnts  
We Chat: yorkinternational  
TikTok: @yorkuintl 

Yes. All travelers entering Canada are required to take a molecular COVID test within 72 hours of their travel to Canada, even after short trips. 

All international travelers will be required to take a COVID test at their port of entry into Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.  Students moving into an on-campus residence will not be allowed to self-isolate in their on-campus residence room.  

The University will arrange and pay for those students to self-isolate before moving into their on-campus residence.  Students moving into a York Apartments unit who will not be living/isolating with others may be able to self-isolate in their unit.  Please visit the York Quarantine Info page for more info. 

There are two definitions of “fully vaccinated” that international students should familiarize themselves with. 

The federal government requires travelers entering Canada to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine to be eligible for quarantine exemption. 

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler to Canada, you must: 

  • have received at least 2 doses of a Government of Canada-accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines 
  • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine 
  • have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you enter Canada 
  • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 1, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition 
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN 
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 
  • meet pre-entry testing and all other requirements 
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN 
  • have ArriveCAN receipt with letter V, I or A beside your name 
  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test result) 

If you meet this definition of “fully vaccinated”, you: 

  • are eligible for exemption from quarantine, 
  • remain permitted to fly within and out of Canada, after November 29, 2021, 
  • remain permitted to enter Canada after January 14, 2022, 
  • will be required to take an arrival COVID test at your port of entry and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. 

On September 14, the Ontario Ministry of Health released updated COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada to align with Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) COVID-19: Recommendations for individuals who are living, working or studying in Canada and who have received a non-Health Canada approved vaccine.  

The guidance states that in Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received: 

  • The full series of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine and any combination of such vaccines; 
  • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada; or 
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is not authorized by Health Canada; and 
  • It has been at least 14 days since their final dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. 

York follows the Ontario Ministry of Health definition of fully vaccinated to permit access to campus and to live in on-campus residence. 

All international students should fill out the Travel To Canada form on York’s Quarantine Info page to inform York of their travel date to Canada.  This applies to all international students entering Canada including: 

  • Those with any vaccination status (full, partial or none) 
  • Those leaving Canada for the Winter Break and returning to resume studies for the Winter 2022 semester 
  • Those arranging their own quarantine accommodations 
  • Those using the York designated hotels for quarantine 
  • Those who are exempt from quarantine 

Please fill out the Travel to Canada form at least 3-4 weeks before your travel. 

Stay up-to-date on travel guidance, requirements and restrictions from the government of Canada. 

All international students should fill out the Travel To Canada form on York’s Quarantine Info page to inform York of their travel date to Canada. This applies to all international students entering Canada including: 

  • Those with any vaccination status (full, partial or none) 
  • Those leaving Canada for the Winter Break and returning to resume studies for the Winter 2022 semester 
  • Those arranging their own quarantine accommodations 
  • Those using the York designated hotels for quarantine 
  • Those who are exempt from quarantine 

Please fill out the Travel to Canada form by December 3 or at least 3-4 weeks before your travel. 

In order to access York's campuses, you must be fully vaccinated.  If you have been vaccinated with a COVID vaccine not approved by Health Canada, in order to be considered fully vaccinated, you will need to get an additional shot of a Health Canada approved mRNA vaccine and have gotten the shot at least 14 days prior to accessing campus. 
 
If you are arriving for the Winter 2022 semester and you will not have access to a COVID vaccine before you move in, consideration will be given to international students in this situation.  We encourage you to get vaccinated before you arrive in Canada, but if you are not able to, you will be given time to get your vaccine when you arrive and finish your quarantine.  You will be required to get tested regularly and report the results in YU Screen until you are fully vaccinated. 

Please see the question “I’m outside of Canada and won’t have access to a COVID vaccine before arriving to Canada.  Can I live in residence or access campus?" for full requirements. 

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Glendon Campus

For information about COVID-19’s impact on Glendon’s resources, academics and research, and other functions, visit Glendon’s Fall/Winter 2021-2022 web page.

Hospital-grade air filtration and central air systems continue to run 24/7 to improve airflow. On the Glendon Campus, the following is being undertaken:

  • Staff continue to do preventative maintenance on all air circulation systems on campus;
  • MERV13 filters have become standard in air systems that use recirculated air;
  • Additional portable HEPA filtration has been installed in common and shared areas in the Glendon Manor;
  • Inspections continue on all ventilation systems located on both campuses to ensure that systems are running at full capacity.

Please visit the Glendon Athletic Club for updates on reopening plans. 

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Living in Residence

York has adopted the latest recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada and requires the wearing of three-layer face coverings in all indoor public spaces on campus, and outdoors when physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained. Indoor public spaces include, but are not limited to meeting rooms, common areas in all residences, laundry facilities, washrooms, corridors and elevators.  

If you feel unwell, complete YU Screen to indicate that you have symptoms. Stay in your residence room/apartment until you are contacted by a Case and Contact Coordinator with further instructions. It is important that you do not leave your residence room/apartment to access the campus. The Case and Contact Coordinator will help facilitate access to testing off-site.  

The Case and Contact Management (CCM) team is the point of contact for any live-in community members who are seeking to self-disclose COVID-19 or who have COVID-19-like symptoms. Individuals will also be advised to contact Telehealth or Toronto Public Health for instructions on next steps. Students and residence staff who reside in undergraduate residence buildings have shared washrooms and therefore cannot completely self-isolate without additional services and supports. In these circumstances, the university will facilitate the necessary supports and services to meet self-isolation requirements where they arise in such buildings.

The Case and Contact Coordinators will provide a personal contact point and support to live-in community members who are in self-isolation. Access to this information will be limited to the CCM team. Any required action required that must be taken will be provided to respective units on a need-to-know basis (i.e. food services, housing, custodial services, security), while limiting the sharing of any personal or health information.

Students moving into residence are to complete YU Screen prior to their move-in date, so that any appropriate arrangements can be made prior to entry to campus and/or for appropriate accommodations to be considered to maintain the health and safety of live-in community members.

Tenants who are scheduled to move into the York Apartments will be provided YU Screen in advance of the commencement of a lease agreement. Letters will be issued by Housing & Conference Services. If lease holders do not clear the screening, mutually agreed arrangements will be made to ensure the health and safety of community members.

Yes. As part of our commitment to health and safety, York requires all community members and visitors on our campuses, including students living in residence, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, subject to medical and human rights exemptions, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. Refer to York’s Vaccination Mandate for expectations around eligible vaccinations.    

Students planning to apply for or live in residence can contact Housing & Conference Services with any questions. International students are encouraged to contact York International.  

Students living in the following residences must be vaccinated:

Keele Campus:

  • Atkinson Undergraduate Bedsitters
  • Bethune
  • Calumet
  • Founders
  • Pond
  • Stong
  • Tatham Hall
  • Vanier
  • Winters

Glendon Campus:

  • Hillard
  • Wood

The Quad is owned and operated by an independent private company. As such, residency agreements between the operator and The Quad tenants are outside the scope of the University’s vaccination requirement. The Quad’s management are communicating with their residents on the importance of vaccinations and the University will facilitate access to vaccines for all its students.

Anyone accessing our York University’s campuses in-person is required to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recognized exemption from the University supporting a validated medical or human rights ground. 

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Researchers

Please visit the Innovation York site to learn more about research agreements, knowledge mobilization, industry partnerships, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.  

Yes, entrepreneurship programming across the campus has moved online. Depending on the sector you are working in and your affiliation to York, you can access support through the following areas:

Innovation York: YSpace

  • Program Sectors: agnostic, technology, food & beverage, consumer packaged goods
  • Affiliation: York students, alumni, faculty, and community entrepreneurs

Innovation York: ELLA

  • Program Sectors: products and services, women-led
  • Affiliation: York students, alumni, faculty and community entrepreneurs

IP Osgoode

  • Program support: IP Support for Ontario SMEs
  • Affiliation: York students, alumni, faculty and community entrepreneurs

Lassonde School of Engineering: BEST

  • Program Sectors: technology
  • Affiliation: York student entrepreneurs

Schulich Startups

  • Program Sectors: agnostic
  • Affiliation: Schulich students and alumni

Please visit YSpace for all programming options and details.

In response to the ongoing changes due to the pandemic, researchers conducting face-to-face research are required to check the Better Together website Coming to Campus section for updates, as there may be changes to protocol requirements.

At present, this is the status of research activities:

  • Online and Virtual Research: may continue as approved.
  • Previously approved field research (August 2020 to present): Researchers currently in other regions or in countries conducting already approved field research, may continue if the approved research cannot be delayed subject to the following:
    • Researchers must contact ORE to confirm that they have a current Health and Safety Plan; and
    • Researchers must also confirm with ORE that the regions are not under a pandemic advisory that doesn’t allow face-to-face/in-person research and follow all applicable local public health directives and safety measures.
    • Should the situation in other regions/countries change and local public health directives nolonger permit or allow face-to-face research, you must suspend your research and notify ORE immediately.
    • If you have any questions/concerns regarding safety while conducting research, please contact Alison Collins-Mrakas, Sr. Policy Advisor ORE at: acollins@yorku.ca
  • Inter or intra provincial travel for in person human participant research: will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Please contact ORE: ore@yorku.ca

For further information please contact:

Please contact Wendy Lezama for assistance at: wlezama@yorku.ca

Please contact Jay Majithia for assistance at: jmajithi@yorku.ca

Researchers can obtain critical supplies directly at Scientific Stores (room 002 Petrie Building) by filling out the required form and having a white purchase card issued to them.  To maintain a centrally controlled inventory, we ask that you only request and locally store a 1-month quantity of critical supplies at any given time. When requesting supplies, be mindful of the Health and Safety Guidelines for Returning to Campus during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Research assistants/associates who are paid an hourly wage will be paid from the PI’s cost centre for the hours that are worked. CPM and YUSA staff will be paid from the cost centres they are currently being paid from and PIs are encouraged to find remote work for all staff, if possible. All benefits including sick time remain unaffected. For more information about research HR, please contact Emma Yuen: emmay@yorku.ca

Current hires are still being processed, new hires will be posted and e-signatures are being accepted. For more information about research HR please contact Emma Yuen: emmay@yorku.ca.

Timesheets may be submitted with an e-signature.For more information about research HR, please contact Emma Yuen: emmay@yorku.ca.

York researchers have always been able to hire non-York personnel to conduct research and we continue to retain the ability to sub-grant funds other institutions. Should you wish to transfer funds to another institution under a Tri-Council grant, please contact Joan Broussard for assistance: joanb@yorku.ca. Should you wish to transfer funds under any other grant funding, please contact Janet Newton for assistance:newtonj@yorku.ca.

Here are some questions to consider in this situation:  

  • What if they are originating from one of the countries that are currently at risk (or not)? Should we be cancelling their application?  
  • Should we be continuing with international hires or should this placed be on hold?  
  • I want to extend my international post-doc, are there any issues or implications with Citizenship and Immigration in terms of potential delays?  
  • My post-doc’s contract has ended, can they return to their country if it is considered to be at risk?  

Please check the latest Government of Canada travel advisories. Post docs and IVRTs should notify York International and their hosting faculty member of their intentions. There are no issues/penalties for cancellation and they won’t be charged an administrative fee until they actually arrive. The decision around whether to study/work at York is their own choice to make.  

If applicants are currently outside Canada and need to apply for visas, they should expect delays. The Visa Applications Centres (VACs) in China is currently only accepting biometrics appointments and VACs in Korea are experiencing delays. If you are from a country where there is no VAC and your must travel to a neighboring country to give biometrics or submit your passport, York International suggests you figure out all logistics before launching an application. IRCC operations in any countries/regions may change any time without notice.  

If those applicants are already in Canada and cannot return home due to travel restrictions, they can apply to extend their status from within Canada. IRCC has announced special measures to help applicants from China, Iran and South Korea who are affected by COVID-19.  

For more information, please contact York International:  

These individuals can start their employment while they’re abroad, with or without a work permit.

Our goal is to continue to pay employees. If you have work for employees to complete while they are in self-isolation, please encourage this and pay them from your cost centres. Please be creative with assignments where possible.

Concur will continue to operate as usual. The Travel desk staff are set up to work from home if and when needed. Note that paper claims will take more time to process if staff are working from home, so please register to use Concur and contact Paula Perri at: perrip@yorku.ca.

  • Concur – electronic, should continue.
  • Travel - Tri-Council policy on cancellations

Here are some other travel related links:

Research Accounting will continue to create cost centres upon receipt of notice of awards, ethics approval and a signed accountability document. Business continuity plans have been developed to ensure service delivery continues without interruption. For help with research accounting, please contact: Angela Zeno, Manager Research Accounting: azeno@york.ca.

UIT recommends that Microsoft OneDrive be used. Click here for a OneDrive tutorial. For more information about security see Privacy & Security and in particular “Approved Information Classifications for Office 365 Services.”

Visit the Information Security Website at York for more information or contact: askit@yorku.ca. For help with research data management needs visit York University Libraries Research Data Management page or contact the Library RDM team at: yul_rdm@yorku.ca.

An answer on this will be forthcoming from General Finance. For more information about general finance please contact Paula Perri at: perrip@yorku.ca.

In light of recent events surrounding COVID-19 and the modification of University
activities and service delivery, Finance is providing an update (March 20, 2020 memo from Aldo DiMarcantonio, AVP Finance & CFO, about Modified Operations Finance) as to how our departments will continue to function, from the financial standpoint.

If you are employed by York University but working outside of the province or the country, please note there may be payroll, legal, tax, OHIP, extended healthcare, LTD, and WSIB implications for those who are not on scheduled sabbatical or on other standard research travel. Please be in touch with your Dean’s office for more details.

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Faculty and Instructors

One-on-one assistance is through the Teaching Commons virtual drop-in hours, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday. For discipline-specific guidance, each Faculty has identified a dedicated liaison educational developer as a first point of contact with the Teaching Commons, in addition to identifying an in-house contact. See what is available from a full list of supports.

Learning Technology Services (LTS) also offers virtual drop-in sessions daily, Monday to Friday. York University Libraries also offers chat and Zoom consultations.

The list of contacts and support services developed for TAs, can be found on Going Remote

To support the transition to remote/online teaching and learning, the Teaching Commons has developed the Going Remote site, offering 9 self-directed modules including suggestions and resources about course organization, content, and assessment. Interactive professional development programs also are available and details can be found on the Teaching Commons website.

As part of the Teaching Commons’ support for remote and online teaching, they offer a regular webinar series featuring York faculty members with experience in online/remote teaching and learning, who can share their expertise and answer questions. The list of offerings can be found on the Teaching Commons.

Learning Technology Services (LTS) is a unit within University Information Technology (UIT) that is dedicated to supporting instructors and teaching assistants to make the best use of online learning tech within their courses through consultation, training and a variety of resources. 

LTS provides a range of support services on using eClass for course presentation, communication, collaboration and assessment. Additionally, a number of tools have been integrated into eClass to provide instructors with a seamless teaching and learning experience, such as Panopto for lecture recording, Zoom for videoconferencing, iClicker for student engagement, Turnitin and Crowdmark for assessment, and Proctortrack for exam proctoring. 

Get started at Learning Technologies Help Centre. There are also a large variety of computing services and facilities that aid teaching and research at York, including course and teaching aids, technologies for classrooms and labs, information systems about students, testing and evaluation guidance, and consulting services for research needs. For more details, see Teaching & Research Computing.  Information on teaching in a Hyflex course can be found here.

York University offers lecture recording resources to faculty and instructors to enhance and supplement their teaching. Information about and booking request forms for on campus lecture recordings can be found at Lecture Recording @ York.

Learning Technology Services (LTS) provides information related to the use of technologies for teaching, either in-person or online. LTS provides support via email at lts@yorku.ca, phone at x 30077, inquires through askit@yorku.ca, and through the Live Chat feature available in eClass.

Students will be registering for courses based on the delivery format that is indicated at the time of registration. Instructors are encouraged to post course materials to eClass wherever feasible, as we understand from student survey results that this is helpful to many students in any method of course delivery. 

Zoom at York U unifies cloud video conferencing for simple meetings, study groups and online learning into one easy-to-use platform. For details, please see Zoom at YorkU.

York University Libraries (YUL) is continuing to provide research guidance and assignment development consultations to students, instructors and faculty through chat, Zoom, email, and other virtual methods. If you are teaching during the upcoming terms, we encourage you to reach out to our Content Development and Analysis Department for requests for library materials at yul_cda@yorku.ca and to consult this web site if you require online materials for course readings. We offer a range of services during the pandemic and have information here on course reserves

Librarians and archivists are available to teach a range of online classes from assignment-based research resources to digital literacy and research data management planning. Please connect with us to organize a class tailored to your course and curricular needs and visit our Workshops, How-to videos & more site. Please note, only electronic materials should be required for those courses being taught remotely. 

York University’s Copyright Office provides information for instructors on course syllabi and materials. The Teaching Commons offers additional resources and best practices around protecting Intellectual Property. You may also want to see these guidelines on the safe use of technology while working remotely or this information on security and remote teaching. 

If you are employed by York University but working outside of the province or the country, please note there may be payroll, legal, tax, OHIP, extended healthcare, LTD, and WSIB implications for those who are not on scheduled sabbatical or on other standard research travel. Please be in touch with your Dean’s office for more details.

While all university community members share responsibility in keeping our campuses safe, instructors are not responsible for conducting health screening or enforcing health and safety protocols. Please refer to The Community of Care Commitment: Resources and Pathways to Support Conflict Resolution document, which provides conversational strategies for conflict de-escalation and resolution, as well as suggested health and safety language for course syllabi.

No, instructors are not responsible for communicating health and safety information to students by email or in the classroom. If questions are received, students can be directed to the Better Together website for resources and information. Please refer to The Community of Care Commitment: Resources and Pathways to Support Conflict Resolution document, which provides conversational strategies for conflict de-escalation and resolution, as well as suggested health and safety language for course syllabi. 

Yes, instructors are required to inform students about safety protocols within a specific lab. 

Please refer to COVID-19 Protocol for Self-Disclosure, Screening and Incident Management on how to handle disclosures. 

Instructors can request access to a technologically equipped classroom at the Keele campus for lecture recording. Please see Lecture Recording @York.

Yes, masks or face coverings must be worn in all indoor spaces; however, if teaching is impacted, the mask can be temporarily removed provided that the 2metre physical distancing is maintained.

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International Travel

On December 15, 2021, the Government of Canada revised its travel guidelines for Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel. Further, as cases of the new Omicron variant continue to grow, other countries and regions are also changing their travel guidelines.   

In general, all non-essential outbound travel should be limited or delayed wherever possible to promote the safety of our community and to contain travel cancellation costs as advisories remain in place.  York continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates should circumstances change. York International and safety abroad will also be available to provide support to assess and develop risk mitigation plans for international travel, where and when it is required. 

Given the recent global COVID-19 travel advisory, the University has cancelled and/or postponed all international travel for University-sponsored or sanctioned international programs for Winter 2022. This applies to the following:  

  • Academic exchange, faculty-led programs, internships, research placements, community-engaged learning, practicums, co-op placements, or any other international travel that is approved by a York University faculty member, department, staff member, Faculty, or non-academic unit. *Note: This is subject to narrow exceptions outlined below.  

Special authorization for specific international programs and students will be granted on a case-by-case basis. If you are scheduled to participate in an international program for Winter 2022, please get in touch with your Faculty international program coordinator or with York International at: goglobal@yorku.ca. This authorization will be granted based on the health and safety guidance of the host country/institution and with strict adherence to health and safety plans that are agreed upon by students, academic unit(s), risk management and York International. Such cases may include:  

  • Students who are already in their home countries, who have access to health care and insurance that is available for citizens/nationals of those locations or students with dual citizenship status.  
  • Students who have special circumstances or are participating in undergraduate/graduate programs where in-person participation is necessary for degree or program completion  

We will continue to monitor the situation regularly and provide updated communication should circumstances change. Please continue to visit Better Together for regular updates and for more information on this, please contact: goglobal@yorku.ca  

For international programs required for degree completion, the following alternatives should remain an option and should be offered to York students by faculties and programs:  

  • Deferral to fall 2022 or winter 2023 (where possible)  
  • Virtual exchanges with York partners offering online courses (remote academic exchange)   
  • Canada-based and remote academic placements, co-ops, and internships  
  • Globally Networked Learning (GNL)-enhanced courses offered by York faculty members, with international partners   
  • Effective Intercultural Communication (EIC) module, planned to launch for Winter 2022.

A special authorization for specific international programs and students can be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with Faculties, academic units, risk management and York International. The special authorization can be applied for on a case-by-case basis, based on health and safety guidance of the host country/institution and strict adherence to a health and safety plan that is agreed upon by the student, academic unit(s), risk management and YI. For more information on this, please contact: goglobal@yorku.ca

All research related international travel and related activities for graduate students, and travel related to the completion of academic programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This will be reviewed again when Global Affairs Canada travel advisories are lifted.  

Graduate students must consult the Government of Canada’s travel advisory and keep apprised of the COVID-19 situation. They can work with their supervisor, safety abroad, and the Dean’s Office to develop health and safety plans as travel resumes. For more information, please contact: safetyabroad@yorku.ca.  

The University has weighed numerous considerations to arrive at travel guidance, including: international health insurance coverage for York affiliates; international travel restrictions and quarantine requirements; the overall impact of international travel on student and employee physical safety, mental and physical health, and academic success. 

These recommendations were developed in consultation with academic units who are responsible for international programs, the Office of Risk Management and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please contact: goglobal@yorku.ca for more information.  

The University strongly advises all members of the community to avoid all non-essential travel, in alignment with the Government of Canada's travel advice and advisories, until further notice.   

When travel advisories are lifted, York International, Safety Abroad, and risk management can work with you to provide guidance on risk mitigation and insurance related to international travel. For more information, please contact Vinitha Gengatharan at York International.

All international university business travel is cancelled and/or postponed until further notice. Questions related to safety abroad can be submitted to: safetyabroad@yorku.ca.  

When advisories are lifted and before travelling for university business matters, everyone should be aware that although vaccines give great protection against serious illness, they are still at risk of getting infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. It is therefore important to obtain insurance coverage that includes COVID-19 testing and treatment and to adhere to a health and safety plan that is agreed upon by the unit(s), and risk management.  

The Government of Canada has changed quarantine and testing requirements. As of September 7, 2021 all travelers arriving in Canada who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved vaccine may be exempt from quarantine requirements. Regardless of vaccination status, upon arrival each traveler must show a viable quarantine plan to a border services officer.  

There is currently a York University Quarantine Program that involves a 14-day stay in an off-campus hotel. This program is available to all international arrivals including international students (graduate and undergraduate), new faculty and staff hires, post-doctoral fellows and visitors. Details on York’s Quarantine Program and how to book your quarantine accommodation are available on York’s Quarantine Info Page. 

Students who are arriving from outside of Canada will be required to meet federal and provincial government quarantine requirements before moving into residence. This applies to all travelers to Canada regardless of the country of origin or vaccination status.  

All international travelers will be required to complete a COVID-19 test at their port of entry into Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. Students moving into an on-campus residence will not be allowed to self-isolate in their on-campus residence room. The University will arrange and pay for those students to self-isolate before moving into their on-campus residence. Students moving into a York Apartments unit who will not be living/isolating with others may be able to self-isolate in their unit. Please visit York’s Quarantine Info page for more info.  

The University will facilitate access to vaccines for students arriving in Canada if they were unable to do so before arriving in Canada. More details will be shared with the community and please also read the information for international students travelling to Canada and quarantine.  

For instructions on what is required when you arrive in Canada, including quarantine requirements, visit York’s Quarantine Info Page. For more information on Canada’s travel requirements for international students, see the Government of Canada’s page on COVID-19: International Students.  

All international travelers arriving in Canada will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon entry to Canada. Travelers vaccinated with one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines for travel/entry will need to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.  

Testing and self-isolation will take place at the traveler’s port of entry. York students may use York’s Quarantine Program for self-isolation if they do not have a suitable place to self-isolate or live in an on-campus residence.  

For instructions on what is required when you arrive in Canada, including quarantine requirements and to register for quarantine or self-isolation accommodation, visit York’s Quarantine Info Page. For more information on Canada’s travel requirements for international students, see the Government of Canada’s page on COVID-19: International Students.  

Visiting faculty, researchers, and graduate students must follow the Government of Canada's latest travel advice and advisories. Hosts must ensure that all health and safety protocols are adhered to, and notify the respective Decanal office, Organized Research Unit (ORU) or Vice-President Research & Innovation and York International. 

The vaccine requirement for entry into Canada is different than what is considered fully vaccinated by the province and under York University’s vaccine mandate for those studying, working or living on campus and in Ontario.  If you have a non-Health Canada approved vaccine, you must obtain a mRNA dose or have received 3 doses to be considered fully vaccinated under the University’s guideline. The University is following guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.  

The Government of Canada has recently announced that those who are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved in Canada, may be exempt from quarantine. Travellers who are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada will still be required to complete a COVID-19 test 72 hours before their flight departure. To check if you are eligible, visit the Government of Canada’s page on COVID-19 Vaccinated Travellers entering Canada and York’s Quarantine Info Page.

Proof of vaccination must be provided in English or French. If proof is not available in English or French, a certified translation must be provided. 

For ArriveCAN:  

  • If your proof of vaccination is not in English or in French, do not upload it into ArriveCAN. Instead, you need to upload a certified translation in English or in French.   
  • Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel.   
  • Only translations by a certified translator will be accepted.   
  • Certified translations must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.   
  • Only translations by a certified translator will be accepted.   

Visit Canada’s page on COVID-19 vaccinated travelers entering Canada for more info.  

For proof of vaccination that needs to be provided to York University:  

  • If you provided a certified translation to ArriveCAN, please use this translation to provide to York.  
  • If you need to obtain a certified translation of your proof of vaccination, please follow the Government of Canada’s guidelines for translating documents.  
  • Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel.   
  • Certified translations must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.   

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Disclosures

York University provides regular updates of the current status of reported and confirmed COVID-19 cases on our Better Together website. The numbers reported here include students, faculty, and University staff who were on our campuses prior to their diagnosis.

All disclosures of COVID-19 symptoms, testing results or other personal health information are treated as strictly confidential. When a student, university employee, or faculty member makes a self-disclosure to the University, we support case management, provide supports and services and will notify other community members when a possible exposure has taken place, in alignment with public health guidance and direction.

If Toronto Public Health determines that there is a risk to the community, they will work with York directly through designated department(s). Community-based communications are recommended to only take place under the guidance of TPH, which has urged the university to refrain from independently communicating on cases.


If there is no assessed risk, TPH will not be in communication with York, as per privacy protocols established under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004.

If a voluntary disclosure is made, managers are to treat such disclosures a strictly confidential and advise the individual to stay home (or go home) and provide necessary work accommodation provisions.

Due to the sensitivity of information surrounding such disclosures, managers (including Faculty) are not able to share the disclosure within their work areas. Notifying other employees of self-disclosures (or possible exposures) without the direction and guidance of TPH does not fall within York’s scope of responsibility. Doing so can increase confusion, sharing of misinformation, present risk for misguidance or a breach of privacy as well as decreased levels of trust between York, health authorities and the impacted individual(s).

Due to the latency period of COVID-19, it is important for managers to keep track of where employees have worked. (i.e. In what buildings/areas on a given date.) If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, the local public health unit will ask employers to provide information on where the employee worked as well as the contact information of any other employee who may have been exposed. Employers will track information and Public Health Units will respond.

Students returning for in-person activities will not be permitted to come to York’s campuses without completing and passing YU Screen on the day that they intend to come on site. The individual who is leading/organizing on campus activities must communicate that students are required to complete YU Screen prior to any return to in-person activities.

Students attending campus who are not required to participate in in-person activities must also complete YU Screen.

Student(s) who do not clear the screening must not visit our campuses until cleared to do so by a case and contact coordinator. 

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Vaccines and Vaccinations

The health and safety of York community members remains a top priority. York University has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate policy based on the strong recommendation of public health officials. This policy requires all persons who attend on campus or who participate in in-person activities to provide proof of vaccination. Public health authorities have also noted that extended testing should not serve as an alternative to immunization. Vaccines continue to be one of the most important ways to protect against and reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

As of October 19, 2021, York requires all community members and guests on our campuses to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to medical and human rights exemptions, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.  

York does neither administers vaccines nor determines eligibility for vaccination.  When and where possible, York collaborates with partners in healthcare and government, including Humber River Hospital and Toronto Public Health, to host on-campus vaccination clinics at Keele Campus.  When and where possible, York partners with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to support access to vaccines for Glendon Campus community members.  

Please visit the Ontario Vaccine Portal to book vaccination appointments for your first, second or third doses or to download your enhanced vaccine certificate.  

York will require all community members and visitors on our campuses this fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to medical and human rights exemptions, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. York recognizes all vaccines approved by Health Canada . You can search here by postal code for a vaccine clinic close to you.  

Individuals who have received only one dose should get their second dose as soon as possible. To ensure that vaccines remain accessible to our community members, York will continue to partner with Humber River Hospital to host vaccine clinics on the Keele Campus on  August 31 to September 2, September 7-9 and September 14-16.  

Individuals looking to get vaccinated at an on-site vaccine clinic in Toronto can visit the City of Toronto COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated website for more information, including on vaccine eligibility, how to book access their vaccine, and more.

Out of Province and International members at York who received their first dose (Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca) can receive a second dose at an on-site vaccine clinic in the City of Toronto. You must upload proof of your first dose into the Toronto Public Health’s online portal in order to receive a second dose. If your first dose is not approved for use in Canada, you do not need to document the vaccine you have received.  In that case, you are encouraged to seek guidance on your eligibility to be vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine(s). Find out where you can access your vaccine.

Yes, proof will be required by all community members accessing York campuses. Community members must use the  YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool to upload proof that they have been fully vaccinated.  Requests for an exemption to the vaccine requirement from the University must also be uploaded to YU Screen/ YU Dépistage by the appropriate deadlines

For those seeking access to campus in the Winter term proof of vaccination on YU Screen/ YU Dépistage was required by Dec. 1, 2021.  This applies to anyone planning to access York’s campuses to take in-person classes, study, work, attend events, utilize student services, live on campus and more. Proof of vaccination must be provided in English or French. If proof is not available in English or French, a certified translation must be provided, noting that: 

  • Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel.   
  • Certified translations must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.   

York is committed to the protection of privacy and is required to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). All personal information that you provide, including information about being vaccinated, will be collected, used and stored in compliance with our obligations under FIPPA. Please be sure to keep all emails, receipts or records you receive confirming that you have been vaccinated. 

Yes, exemptions can be requested and must be requested by the appropriate deadline identified in York’s Vaccination Mandate policy. Any individual who cannot be vaccinated based on medical or other reasons recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an exemption from this requirement. Those who have been granted an exemption must follow specified COVID-19 testing requirements and/or other required health and safety guidelines.  

Note: submitting an exemption request does not constitute approval of the request. Direct confirmation of approval must be issued by the University.   

As of October 19, 2021, any partially vaccinated or unvaccinated community members who haven’t been granted an exemption should enrol in online/remote courses, as you will not be permitted to attend York’s campuses.   

Please be aware that:  

  • As of October 19, 2021, regular COVID-19 testing will no longer be permitted as an alternative to vaccination without an approved exemption.   
  • To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of vaccines. Details about accepted vaccines can be found in the FAQs.   

Please visit the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal to book vaccination appointments for your first, second or third doses or to download your enhanced vaccine certificate.  Community members, including International and Out of Province (Non-Ontario) students, can find additional information about vaccine accessibility through the City of Toronto. 

Yes, masks and/or face coverings are required in all indoor spaces. As noted by the Public Health Agency of Canada, “In general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators provide better protection. No matter which type of mask you choose, proper fit is a key factor in its effectiveness.” 

Yes. All York community members will be required to follow health and safety protocols even if fully vaccinated. The following health and safety measures are currently in place and will likely be in place in the fall.  

  • Always wear a face mask in all common spaces.  
  • Regular self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Completion of YU Screen every day. 
  • Capacity limits in common spaces according to provincial regulations.  
  • Closure of some common spaces depending on provincial regulations and public health guidance. 
  • Limits on in-person dining. 
  • A continued no-guest policy. 

You can get more information on COVID-19 vaccines by visiting the Better Together site, under “Important Links & Resources” in the “Vaccine information” tab. You can also visit Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine safety website and view the Provincial Government's facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

If you still have questions, please contact your first point of contact as identified below:

  • Undergraduate students: Undergraduate Program Director (UPD) or designate in your unit’s Undergraduate Program office
  • Graduate students: Graduate Program Director (GPD) or designate in your unit’s Graduate Program Office
  • Postdoctoral Visitors/Fellows: Supervisor or Dean’s/Principal’s Office
  • Faculty members / Instructors: Department Chair or Director of School or Dean’s /Principal’s office as appropriate
  • Teaching Assistants: Course Director
  • Administrative Staff: Direct Manager
  • Research Staff: Direct Manager or Principal Investigator
  • Academic Visitors: Dean’s/Principal’s Office
  • Non-York Research Project Participants: The designated primary point of contact for all communications with York University (e.g., the Principal Investigator or Research Project Manager)
  • All Community Members: Questions or concerns can be submitted through the Better Together website at: https://www.yorku.ca/bettertogether/safe-return-to-campus/
  • Vendors and External Partners: The designated primary point of contact for all communications with York University

The Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health has strongly recommended mandatory vaccinations for all post-secondary institutions in Ontario. Following this recommendation and to further protect the health and safety of the community, York is strengthening its COVID-19 vaccination policy by requiring proof of a Health-Canada approved vaccination in order to attend campus or participate in in-person university-organized activities on or off campus. After October 18, the option for testing as an alternative to providing proof of vaccination will only be available to persons with an approved exemption, or those awaiting a decision on an exemption request. 

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Proof of Vaccination

York’s Vaccination Mandate policy applies to all York community members, including students, staff, faculty, instructors, and researchers. The policy also applies to guests on York’s campuses. Proof of vaccination for York community members must be uploaded to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage  and guests will also be required to submit proof of vaccination.

The vaccination rules outlined in the policy will remain in place for the Winter Term, when we expect to return to more in-person classes. 

All domestic and outbound university community members participating at the Las Nubes Campus / Hyderabad Campus and/or international programs must comply with York University’s COVID-19 vaccine verification process, prior to their program start date. While a student may be granted a policy exemption or deferral, host institutions may have their own additional requirements with which students will need to comply. Currently, international regulations regarding COVID-19 are extremely fluid; COVID-19 policies and laws from program host countries, host country partners, and transportation bodies may change at any time and may affect your participation.

If you have been vaccinated in Ontario, you can download proof of vaccination through the provincial portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. Those arriving from out of province need to provide proof of vaccination in that province and anyone arriving to Canada from international destinations must provide proof of vaccination in English or French and it this isn’t available, must work with a certified translator to translate the vaccination record in either language. 

York’s Vaccination Mandate policy took effect on September 7, 2021.  

Community members must upload their proof of vaccination through the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage  tool. 

Information about vaccination status will be kept secure and will only be accessed on a need-to-know basis and  subject to privacy and confidentiality requirements within the university.   

Yes, you must adhere to all required public health measures as well as health and safety protocols as deemed necessary by York. This includes (but is not limited to) wearing a mask or face covering in all indoors spaces on campuses and giving others space by practicing physical distancing (as applicable). Daily screening through the YU Screen tool will also be required for all before they come to campuses. 

Go to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool and under the “Start Screening” button, select the “Vaccine Record” button. You will then be asked to respond to a series of questions to identify your vaccination status and must upload proof for your status to be registered.   

Here you can select “fully vaccinated” and then under the “authorized by” field select “Health Canada-approved” and/or “WHO-approved.” You will then be prompted to upload your proof of vaccination. If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, a certified translation must be provided. Visit the Government of Canada's website for policies and procedures on translating supporting documents. After submission, your vaccination record will be updated, and no further action is required other than to complete your YU Screen/ YU Dépistage each and every time before coming to York’s campuses. 

Go to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool and under the “Start Screening” button, select the “Vaccine Record” button. You will then be asked to respond to a series of questions to identify your vaccination status and must upload proof for your status to be registered.  Select “fully vaccinated” and then under the “authorized by” field select “non-approved vaccine.” Your vaccination record will be updated.    

You will be required to complete a vaccine education module from Sunnybrook Hospital. You will also be required to complete mandatory testing for up to 14 days after receiving your final Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccination.    

  

Proof of full vaccination must be uploaded to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool; if proof is not demonstrated, and an exemption has not been approved, individuals are not allowed to access our campuses from October 19 onward. If you choose to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, ensure that you update your vaccination record with proof in YU Screen/ YU Dépistage. Please also see the FAQ: “I am fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, what do I do?” 

Go to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool and under the “Start Screening” button, select the “Vaccine Record” button. You will be asked to respond to a series of questions to identify your vaccination status and must upload proof for your status to be registered.  Select “partially vaccinated” and then under the “authorized by” field, select “Health Canada -approved” and/or “WHO-approved.” You will then be prompted to upload your proof of vaccination.  If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, a certified translation must be provided.  After submission, your vaccination record will be updated.   

You will be required to complete a vaccine education module from Sunnybrook Hospital. You will also be required to complete mandatory testing for up to 14 days after receiving your final Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccination.    

Proof of full vaccination must be uploaded to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool; if proof is not demonstrated, individuals are not allowed to access our campuses from October 19 onward.  Remember to update your vaccination record in YU Screen/ YU Dépistage with proof of full vaccination. Please also see the FAQ: “I am fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, what do I do?”  

Go to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool and under the “Start Screening” button, select the “Vaccine Record” button. You will be asked to respond to a series of questions to identify your vaccination status and must upload proof for your status to be registered.  Select “partially vaccinated” and then under the “authorized by” field, select “non-approved vaccine.” Your vaccination record will be updated.   

Unless exempted based on human rights grounds. 

You will be required to complete a vaccine education module from Sunnybrook Hospital. You will also be required to complete mandatory testing for up to 14 days after receiving your final Health Canada approved and/or WHO-approved vaccination.     

Proof of full vaccination must be uploaded to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool.  If proof is not demonstrated, individuals are not permitted to access campuses from October 19 and onward.  If you choose to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, ensure that you update your vaccination record with proof in YU Screen/ YU Dépistage. Please also see the FAQ: “I am fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, what do I do?”  

Please review the stated deadlines in York’s Vaccination Mandate policy for receipt of exemption requests. Exemption requests submitted after the stated deadlines will not be reviewed. 

Go to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool and under the “Start Screening” button, select the “Vaccine Record” button. You will be asked to respond to a series of questions to identify your vaccination status. Select “exemption” and then select either “medical” or “creed.” You will then be prompted to upload your completed medical or creed exemption form. After submission, your vaccination record will be updated. You will also be required to complete ongoing mandatory testing.  

Note: submitting an exemption request does not constitute approval of the request. Direct confirmation of approval must be issued by the University.   

If your circumstance changes and you become fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, ensure you update your vaccination record in YU Screen/ YU Dépistage. Your record will be updated, and you will no longer be subject to mandatory testing 14 days after receiving your final vaccination. Please also refer to the FAQ: “I am fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, what do I do?  
  
You will also be required to complete ongoing mandatory testing and complete a vaccine education module from Sunnybrook Hospital.  

Generally speaking, there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., an allergist/immunologist-confirmed severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components that cannot be mitigated; a diagnosed episode of myocarditis/pericarditis after receipt of an mRNA vaccine).

Given the rarity of these exceptions, and in light of the fact that vaccines have been proven to be both safe and effective, any notes written for patients who qualify for a medical exemption need to clearly specify:

  • The reason they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., document clear medical information that supports the exemption); and
  • The effective time period for the medical reason. (i.e., permanent or time limited)

University Community Members who cannot be fully vaccinated due to a substantiated medical or human rights ground, may request an exemption no later than the applicable deadlines that are outlined in Section 4.2.1 in the Vaccination Mandate. For example, this means that students who are registered in in-person courses for the Winter 2022 term will have until December 1, 2021 to submit a request if they are seeking any exemption. If an application for exemption from York's COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate is denied, university community members cannot submit new exemption requests unless they include and highlight new factual information that was not available at the time of the original submission.

Go to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool and under the “Start Screening” button, select the “Vaccine Record” button. You will be asked a series of questions to identify your vaccination status, select “unvaccinated” and no proof is required to be uploaded. You will also be required to complete mandatory testing for up to 14 days after receiving your final Health Canada approved and/or WHO approved vaccination.     

If proof is not demonstrated, individuals are not permitted to access our campuses on October 19, 2021 and onward.  Remember to update your vaccination record with proof in YU Screen/ YU Dépistage. Your record will be updated, and you will no longer be subject to mandatory testing 14 days after your final vaccination. Please also refer to the FAQ: “I am fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, what do I do?”  

For those seeking to schedule appointments, please use the provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal, consult local pharmacies or walk-in clinics across the province and/or upcoming Keele Campus vaccination clinics if available. 

Go to the YU Screen/ YU Dépistage tool and under the “Start Screening” button, select the “Vaccine Record” button. You will be asked a series of questions to identify your vaccination status. Select “Unvaccinated” and no proof is required to be uploaded.   

From October 19, 2021 and onward, you will not be permitted to access campus.  If your circumstance changes and you become fully vaccinated with a Health Canada and/or WHO-approved vaccine, ensure that you update your vaccination record with proof in YU Screen/ YU Dépistage. Your record will be updated and you will no longer be subject to mandatory testing 14 days after receiving your final vaccination. Please also see the FAQ: “I am fully vaccinated with a HC and/or WHO approved vaccine, what do I do?”   

All who are planning to come to York must also confirm their COVID-19 vaccination status through YU Screen before visiting. As well, guests must complete the mandatory YU Screen self-assessment to confirm that they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and be prepared to show proof of having completed the screening and of vaccination while on York’s campuses.

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion finds that “creed has been broadly defined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) to mean “religious creed” or “religion,” but this can also include bodies of faith such as the spiritual/faith practices of Aboriginal cultures, as well as more recently established religions (e.g. Wicca). York University policies primarily use the term “religion” and not “creed” in internal policies and guidelines; however, both terms have been used interchangeably.” Learn more about the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion’s guide to accommodating creed.

In Ontario, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if they have received:  

  • The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines,  
    • One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or  
    • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and  
    • They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. 

If you are not considered fully vaccinated as described above, you will need to get a third dose of a mRNA COVID vaccine.  Please visit the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Guidance for Individuals vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada

York University follows the guidance of the Ministry of Health in defining fully vaccinated.  As for Fall 2021, an individual is considered Fully Vaccinated 14 days after receiving: 

  • the completed series of a vaccine or any combination of vaccines approved by Health Canada; or 
  • a completed series of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada followed by one dose of an mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada; or 
  • three doses of a non-Health Canada approved vaccine 

If you were vaccinated in Ontario, currently, vaccine receipts are available in PDF form to be downloaded or printed to your computer, phone or tablet. Ontarians who received their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine out of province should contact their local public health unit to record their information and receive proper documentation. Both proof of identity along with proof of vaccination will be required. Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900. 

If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, a certified translation must be provided. Visit the Government of Canada's website for policies and procedures on translating supporting documents.

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination as well as proof of identity (such a driver’s licence or health card) to access certain public settings and facilities. An enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available beginning October 22. 

Living with or caring for an unvaccinated child or parent does not by itself trigger a right to family status accommodation. More information about individual circumstances would be needed, for example documentation that establishes the child or parent is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to a disability or medical condition, or that there is an inability to observe approved public health measures that are known to be effective in reducing the risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19.  

If it is determined that an accommodation is required there will be a discussion as to what is reasonable under the circumstances. Please speak with your Dean as soon as possible to discuss your request so that a determination can be made as to what documentation is required. The process of obtaining the necessary documentation from a health care professional may take some time.

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Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

You must participate in the University’s testing program if you are not fully vaccinated and have an approved exemption from York University to satisfy the mandatory testing requirement.

You must provide proof of negative COVID-19 tests in a manner and at a frequency as determined by York and comply with any other health and safety requirements that York may deem necessary.

A negative COVID-19 test must be uploaded to the COVID-19 Test Result form within 72 hours of coming to campus if you are not fully vaccinated and have an approved exemption from York University. There are a variety of ways in which university community members can get tested and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test:  

  • Participate in the at-home rapid testing program and report your test result through the form.
  • Perform a rapid antigen test or lab-based PCR test and report your test result through the COVID-19 Test Result form 

York community members who are not fully vaccinated and have an approved exemption from York University must provide proof of negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours before coming to campus. Eligible University community members are able to participate in the at-home rapid testing program and report your test result through the COVID-19 Test Result form.

Currently there is no in-person testing available on campus. However, eligible University community members can participate in the at-home rapid testing program and will report their test result through the COVID-19 Test Result form. If you are eligible, you will be contacted by York University and will be provided an authorized letter to participate in the at-home testing program.

Test supplies are currently provided by the Ministry of Health. The Abbott Panbio™ test and BD Veritor™ test are being supplied at this time.  

Start self-isolation immediately. Complete YU Screen and answer YES on the question “In the last 10 days, have you tested positive on a rapid antigen test or home-based self-testing kit?” A designated staff member will follow-up with you to ensure public health guidelines are being followed. You must also upload your positive rapid antigen test result on the COVID-19 Test Result form.  

If you are not fully vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption from York University you are not permitted to access the campuses.

If you are:

  • not fully vaccinated and have an approved exemption from York University
  • within the last 90 days have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and
  • have since been cleared from your local Public Health

You must report your test result through the COVID-19 Test Result form. You will then be exempt from participating in the asymptomatic screening testing program for 90 days from the date you tested positive. After the 90 days, you will resume the asymptomatic screening testing. More information is available here.  

Should you feel unwell at any time, complete YU Screen to indicate that you have symptoms. If you fail the screening, stay home, do not come to campus, self-isolate and a case and contact coordinator will be in touch with you. 

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