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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.


Post-Secondary Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Bonnie Henry

On May 10, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training hosted a Town Hall to discuss the preliminary public health guidance for September 2021 provided in the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus...

Our plans for fall 2021

The Winter Session timetable will be released in late May with details about course delivery for the fall semester. In the meantime, we're sharing our plans for on-campus activity in the Fall.

Fall 2021 planning: Return to campus guidance received

Working within the context and under the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, UVic and other BC universities are planning for a return...

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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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Travel restrictions are in place in BC due to COVID-19. Please avoid all non-essential travel outside your local health authority. This includes travel into and out of BC and between regions of the province, travel for a vacation and travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubble.

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.

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.


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.

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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