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UVic response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

UVic is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the provincial health officer in this rapidly evolving situation.

UVic is currently in STEP 2 of our restart plan

  • Masks mandatory indoors
  • COVID-19 training
  • Physical distancing
  • If you're sick, stay home
  • Enhanced cleaning & hygiene measures
  • Existing safety plans apply


Second step of BC Restart Plan now in effect

As of June 15, the second step of "BC’s Restart: A Plan to Bring Us Back Together" is now in effect. This step will have a number of impacts on university services including athletics and recreation,...

Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Bonnie Henry for post-secondary student leaders

On May 28, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training hosted a second Town Hall to discuss the preliminary public health guidance for September 2021 provided in the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus...

Winter Session 2021/22 timetable now live

UVic’s Winter Session 2021/22 timetable is now live. It lists courses offered in the fall and spring terms and includes information about how each course will be delivered (face to face or online)....

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Health & safety

Our safety programing is informed by guidance and direction from the provincial health officer, COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector and WorkSafeBC.

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The provincial travel restrictions have been lifted and recreational travel is now permitted within BC.

Essential travel between provinces continues to be allowed. If you must travel for essential reasons—including travel for work, research and field schools—follow all local health and safety protocols, wash your hands often and practice physical distancing.

Travel for work and for educational purposes is considered essential. This includes travel for students who are returning to their homes at the end of term, arriving on campus for the summer term, or participating in practical learning activities such as fieldwork, practicums and clinical placements.

The Government of Canada and BC’s provincial health officer have advised against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including the USA.


In Feb. 2021, the Government of Canada introduced rules that affect all people entering Canada by air and land. If you’re a UVic student travelling to Canada to study, our International Student Services team is ready to help you.

We have placed a hold on university-sponsored, outbound global student mobility programs. You can request special permission if you have special circumstances or your graduate program requires international travel.

Mental health supports, including, are available to B.C. post-secondary international students who are affected by the new federal flight restrictions between India, Pakistan and Canada.

Faculty & staff

UVic discourages travel to countries where the government of Canada has advised “avoid non-essential travel”. This is in accordance with our Off-Campus Activity Risk Management Policy (AD2210). Faculty travelling to destinations with such advisories should enroll in the travel registry and review the current off-campus travel resources information for such destinations.

UVic COVID-19 impact scale

The impact rating scale provides a snapshot of UVic's response through various stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines the impacts of each rating level on our operations and services.

The rating scale is a high-level summary of our overall response. It also suggests indicators that may result in a shift from one rating level to another.

Coming to campus

Learn what you can expect if you come to the UVic campus during the pandemic.

Campus services

In response to COVID-19 we have modified some services at UVic for your health and safety:

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