In the know: Safety and Emergency Preparedness

UVic Global Community Newsletter: June 3, 2019

In the know: Advice for international students is a section of the UVic Global Community Newsletter that includes valuable information and important dates for undergraduate and graduate international students in the following categories: degree-seeking, incoming exchange, and incoming study abroad/visiting.

Victoria and the UVic campus are generally very safe, but it is important to be aware of available resources and the actions you can take to stay healthy and avoid hazardous situations while studying at UVic.


Emergency Assistance

In Canada, you can report an emergency anytime and anywhere by phoning 9-1-1.

An operator will ask you to choose police, fire, or ambulance and will ask what city you are in. Interpreting services are available on request. The operator will transfer you. Do not hang up!

More information about emergency assistance is available on the UVic website.

Non-Emergency Assistance

HealthLink BC provides non-emergency health information and advice. Access this service anytime by phoning 8-1-1 or by visiting the HealthLink BC website.

Interpreting services are available on request.

The following on-campus units provide resources to support your health and safety:


Emergency Planning

Do you know what to do before, during, and after an emergency? Planning ahead will help you stay safe when the time comes.

Canada's Emergency Preparedness Week takes place every year in May, so now is the perfect time to learn about possible hazards and get prepared.

Register for UVic Emergency Alerts and update your contact information on UVic My Page.

Outdoor Activities

Spring is here and summer is on the way!

Head out and enjoy the beautiful weather, but first take a moment to consider your safety:

  • Consult the BC Cycling Coalition's Bike Sense Manual for safe riding practices.
  • Cycling courses are available for adults and children.
  • Cyclists are required by law to wear a helmet at all times and to use both a front headlight and a rear light at night.
  • Victoria is surrounded by ocean and has several lakes, so we encourage all students to learn about water safety.
  • Swimming in the ocean and in lakes is different from swimming in pools and is often more challenging. Be aware of your abilities and limitations.
  • Vikes Recreation offers swimming lessons for adults and children.
  • Boaters are required by law to carry marine safety equipment. Check the forecast before setting out, and pay attention to the weather. Be alert for wave, wind, and cloud changes that signal bad weather approaching.
  • Plan carefully before going on a hike. Make sure you are physically fit enough to enjoy your hiking activity. Wear proper clothing and footwear. Carry water and food. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Carry a mobile phone, but be aware that you may not get service in some areas.

More International Student Advising information is available on our website. If you can't find the answers you are looking for, or if you require more information, visit or contact the International Student Centre.

Important Dates

June 10-14: Spring convocation. Congratulations to all new graduates! Ceremonies will be webcast live.

June 9:  Father’s Day.

June 18: Course registration for winter session begins. Check your registration date and time on UVic My Page in the  Student Services section under the Registration tab.

June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day.

June 24: Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.

June 27: Canadian Multicultural Day.

July 4: Post-Graduation Work Permit Info Session