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International students are now allowed to return to their Waterloo Region schools to finish up the school year

Wilfred Laurier, Conestoga College, and the University of Waterloo have been added to Canada’s list of approved designated institutions, under the COVID-19 readiness plan.

 For international students to attend a school in Canada during the pandemic, their institution must be included in the federal government’s list of designated learning institutions. This is a mandated necessary step directed by the federal government for schools accepting international students back on their campuses.

 Wilfred Laurier was the first in the region to be granted green light status and now Conestoga College and the University of Waterloo have been added to Canada’s designated learning institution list.

 “This (designation) is a reflection of the university’s robust safety plan for supporting international students and our campus and local community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Read, Waterloo associate provost, students. “We look forward to continuing to welcome new and returning international students in the new year and as we move forward with our regular recruitment efforts.”

 Wilfred Laurier has 1,500 international students enrolled this September and many of them chose to remain in the region and study virtually.

 The University of Waterloo has had about 1,350 students express a desire to come to Canada to continue their studies for the winter term, said school spokesperson Rebecca Elming.

 The University of Waterloo has about 1,350 international students who have expressed a desire to return and continue their studies for the winter term. The school is aware of approximately 2,900 international students who are currently outside of Canada studying. Another 4,500 are studying from within the country.

 Conestoga has about 8,000 international students for the fall semester, with about 1,300 studying remotely in countries such as

India or Brazil, said Chris Buuck, associate vice president of academic administration and international education.

 For a university or college to be granted status, the school is required to submit a COVID-19 readiness plan for approval by their

local health unit and province or territory. The plan must demonstrate how the school will protect the health and safety of its students and surrounding communities. This includes specific details for how it will manage the mandatory 14-day quarantine period and how it will provide information and support through that process.

 “At the end of the day, we don’t know what the future holds as it comes to this virus,” she said. “We don’t know whether policies restricting travel could come into effect. But this designation gives hope, and that’s so important” says Chris Buuck.

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