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International Student Arrival and Quarantine Information: Winter 2022

Welcome to Red River College Polytechnic! We are happy to welcome students from around the world.

All students planning to travel to Canada should refer to the information provided below.

If you are having difficulties, please contact us at iesupport@rrc.ca.

We are ready to support your success in your Red River College Polytechnic program!

Information for International Students Travelling to Winnipeg

If you decide to travel to Winnipeg for your program, you must follow these guidelines:

Quarantine Guidelines

It is your responsibility to follow all quarantine guidelines for travel to Canada.

Before traveling, please check information on current travel restrictions and exemptions, documents needed, accommodation information for on-campus and off-campus quarantine, transportation services, and the Government of Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirements and International Students COVID-19 information.

  • Prepare a written plan for your quarantine after arrival in Canada. Refer to IRCC Travel Restriction for detailed requirements.
  • Download the ArriveCAN app to your mobile phone. Enter your personal information up to 48 hours before arriving in Canada, and continue to use it to monitor symptoms for the duration of the quarantine period. This will help speed up your arrival through Immigration Canada at the port of entry.
  • Notify Red River College Polytechnic of your arrival and quarantine by sending email to Parmeet Ghatoaura at pghatoaura@rrc.ca, as well as to HealthServices@rrc.ca. You will receive a questionnaire regarding your travel and quarantine plans, which you must complete and return before travelling.
  • Arrange a COVID-19 (molecular) test prior to leaving and get a negative result (See Government of Canada guidelines for required timelines).
  • Travellers arriving by land from the USA will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. In addition, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine, if required See the Government of Canada guidelines for driving into Canada.

Upon arrival in Canada:

  • Important: Call Red River College Polytechnic Health Services at 431-336-8902 to notify of your arrival in Canada. Health Services will discuss any further testing as necessary.
  • Remain in quarantine location for remainder of duration of quarantine period, and follow all guidelines given by Health Services.
  • A Red River College Polytechnic Health Services representative will contact you upon your arrival in Canada to review quarantine protocols and complete a virtual health assessment. The representative will also contact daily throughout the quarantine period, and on the final day to confirm that your quarantine period has been successful and clear you for entrance into your program.
  • If you are exempt from quarantine, you will be asked to submit a copy of your vaccination record to healthservices@rrc.ca. The vaccine documentation should include the type of vaccine you received and the date(s) of vaccination. This information will be stored by our Health Services department and will not be shared. A representative from Health Services will still contact you once you arrive in Canada to confirm with you that you have been approved for an exemption by a Border Services agent.
  • You must also monitor yourself daily for any symptoms of COVID-19. If you experience symptoms, contact health services immediately (431-336-8902).
  • If RRC Polytech Health Services is unable to contact you, or believes for any reason that you are not conforming to self-quarantine requirements, the College is obligated to report your personal information and circumstances to IRCC, public health and local policing authorities. Failure to comply with a provincial emergency health order under the Public Health Act may result in a warning and/or fine.

Personal needs while in quarantine

During the 14-day quarantine, you must not leave the property to comply with quarantine regulations. Review the guidelines for quarantine above.

Please arrange your meal plan and grocery shopping in advance. Many hotels provide a meal plan, at a cost, for people who stay with them for self-quarantine. If you do not want to purchase a meal plan, you may order room service from the restaurant attached to that particular hotel, or order from a delivery service such as Skipthedishes, Doordash or Uber Eats.

Many supermarkets or convenience stores provide online shopping and delivery services. Delivery services in Winnipeg include Canadian eMarket, Save-on Foods, instacart, and Cantor’s. Major stores in Winnipeg include SuperStore, Wal-Mart, Safeway, and 7-11.

Case Management and Outbreak Response

Red River College Polytechnic students should be prepared to follow the process below if they or one of their family members tests positive for COVID-19:

  • A student who is quarantining alone, and who tests positive for COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period, will need to self-isolate, unless they require medical attention and/or hospitalization. Please refer to Gallivan (mystudentplan) for eligible expenses. Any student or co-arriving immediate family member who tests positive can expect to be contacted by Manitoba public health officials, and will be required to follow all further measures as set out by the public health official, which may include self-isolating beyond the initial 14-day quarantine period.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 while quarantining with any immediate family members, the student will be separated from the family member and will need to self-isolate, likely beyond the 14-day quarantine period. The family member will need to move to another guestroom and will be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 during wellness check-ins by a Red River College Polytechnic Nurse. Family members who have been quarantining with a student who tests positive for COVID-19 should expect to be contacted by Manitoba public health officials and will be considered a close contact to this case, and may need to continue to quarantine beyond the 14-day quarantine period.
  • If a co-arriving immediate family member tests positive for COVID-19 while quarantining with a student, the family member will be separated from the student and will need to self-isolate, likely beyond the family member(s) initial 14-day quarantine period. The student will need to move into another guestroom, and will be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 during wellness check-ins by a Red River College Polytechnic representative. The student should expect to be contacted by Manitoba public health officials and will be considered a close contact to the case, and may need to continue to quarantine beyond the initial 14-day quarantine period.
  • Any unanticipated guestroom and meal costs due to the student or family member(s) testing positive for COVID-19 will be the students’ responsibility.
  • Manitoba public health will contact all cases and contacts daily, perform active daily monitoring on cases and contacts for the duration self-isolation, and will advise each case when that requirement ends.

Compliance

  • If you do not follow the 14-day mandatory quarantine under the federal Quarantine Act, you may be subject to fines and penalties established by the Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba.
  • Police can ticket travellers who break quarantine under the Contraventions Act, and charges can be laid against a traveller for breaking quarantine under the Quarantine Act, which can result in penalties of up to $750,000 or up to six months in jail, or both.
  • Quarantine breaches may also be reported to the Canadian Border Services Agency.
  • Red River College Polytechnic has created and implemented a COVID-19 policy. Consult our COVID-19 information page for more information.
  • Red River College Polytechnic will notify local authorities if a student violates the quarantine requirements.

Check your understanding

The following information is for new students travelling to Winnipeg. Please review and ensure that you understand each condition on your upcoming study in Canada.

  • All students must follow the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act and guidelines set by local public health authorities. There are serious consequences and penalties for not complying with the Act.
  • Before travelling, students should register using the ArriveCAN App and complete any necessary provincial Quarantine/Quarantine Plan for presentation at the airport upon arrival in Canada. Get the ArriveCAN app (iOS or Android). You must report your symptoms daily to the federal government through the app.
  • Upon arrival, students should contact Red River College Polytechnic Health Services at 431-336-8902 to notify of their arrival in Canada.
  • Students must have appropriate medical insurance, effective as of the date of their arrival in Canada, which includes coverage for COVID-19 during the quarantine period.

Questions and Answers

Please review our answers to common questions below, and review our frequently asked questions related to immigration, study, and finances. If you need help as you prepare to start your program, or have a question, please email us at iesupport@rrc.ca.

Stay Safe!

Do not travel when you are ill. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any symptoms of respiratory illness during or after your trip.

Please note that any communication notifying the community regarding COVID-19 outbreaks will be made following the lead of local and provincial public health officials.

Now that you have the important information required for safe travel, we look forward to welcoming you to Winnipeg and your Red River College Polytechnic program. Have a safe journey!

Useful Resources

Federal Government

Canada Border Services Agency

Manitoba Government

Government guidelines may change often, so check back regularly for updates.

College Information

If you would like a copy of Red River College Polytechnic’s Readiness Plan for International Students, please contact Norlan Page at nopage@rrc.ca.