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Updated: April 21, 2022


Vancouver School of Healing Arts (VSOHA) is committed to keeping its students, staff, and faculty as safe as possible while COVID-19 remains a risk in British Columbia. VSOHA will follow the guidelines, recommendations, and requirements of the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Provincial Medical Officer, Work BC, and other governing or regulatory bodies that the college is subject to. The college will communicate clearly on-site requirements and any other requirements that students, staff, and visitors need to adhere to.

  • All individuals on school premises are encouraged to wear masks according to their comfort levels. Students or faculty that have higher health risk factors, are encouraged to continue to wear masks while on campus.
  • Individuals who do not wish to wear masks will not be required to do so.
  • We MUST respect individual choice now that we are moving to this step; those that wish to wear masks should be respected while those that do not wish to wear masks should also be respected. We must always practice compassion for others, even if they do not feel the same way we do about Covid-19.
  • If you feel any Covid-19 like symptoms, including a fever, cough, dizziness, fatigue, etc., please do not come to the campus; instead, communicate directly with your Program Director for any missed classes and/or assignments.
  • If you have any contagious illness, e.g., influenza, etc., please do not come to the campus and contact your Program Director.
  • Antigen rapid tests are available for free from reception. Do not wait until you are ill to get one; instead, please drop by reception to pick one up so you have one handy. If you feel ill, test yourself.
  • If you contract Covid-19, you must follow the province’s protocol for isolation and not come to class even if you feel symptom-free. Remain isolated for the full duration of the province’s requirements, and then once the required period is over and you are symptom-free, please return to class.
  • All sanitization rules remain in place. Please use sanitizer when you enter the campus and every time you leave the classroom and prior to returning to the school or your classroom.

We feel if we follow these important steps, we will continue to protect each other as best we can. Please note: if at any point in time we see Covid-19 illnesses increase rapidly among our student or faculty body, or if case counts rapidly increase in the general public resulting in significant increases in health risks to our school community, we reserve the right to take steps to address the issue. In the past this has included a requirement to wear masks indoors and, on a few occasions, has resulted in us shifting learning to online for all students for one week. We hope that we do not need to take these steps in the future but will do so if the need arises.

We greatly appreciate your patience and your cooperation in helping us keep our school community safe. Please reach out to your Program Director or to Brian Parker, our Vice-President, at if you have any questions or concerns.

Information on COVID-19 and British Columbia’s requirements can be found at B.C.’s Centre for Disease Control Website at: about testing for COVID-19 in British Columbia, can be found at: the below provides a summary of VSOHA’s efforts to protect our students and the public, the college’s detailed Health and Safety Plan for COVID-19 can be found here.

International Students

All international students arriving to Canada must adhere to the following steps, in addition to the requirements outlined below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for international students

Find the latest Government of Canada information about travel restrictions, study permits and more. Check back regularly for the latest updates relevant to your situation.

Travelling to Canada for international students

As of January 15, 2022, international students 18 years and older are only allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by Health Canada. Children under the age of 18 must continue to follow testing, quarantine and other entry requirements.

Updated border measures for eligible fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada

  • Starting April 1, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Fully vaccinated travellers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry test.
    • Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing. For details, see the news release from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • As of January 15, 2022, to be able to enter Canada as an international student 18 years and older, you must:
  • As of November 30, 2021, Canada has expanded the list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive to qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada. The additional vaccines are Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin, matching the World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing.
  • As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals are eligible to enter Canada for non-essential purposes. To be eligible, you must qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to CanadaCOVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada may be exempt from some federal quarantine and testing requirements.

All travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, based on advice given at the border.

Before traveling, ensure you meet the criteria for entry into Canada:

Departing Canada

Foreign nationals who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated and who don’t permanently reside in Canada will be allowed to depart Canada up until August 31, 2022. They must also show proof of a valid COVID-19 test result at the time of boarding. After August 31, 2022, foreign nationals will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board a flight or train to depart Canada.

Boarding flights and trains in Canada

As of October 30, 2021, travellers departing from Canadian airports (including on domestic, transborder and international flights) and travellers on VIA Rail and rocky Mountaineer trains are required to be fully vaccinated in order to travel.

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Permits and visas

For information about how COVID-19 is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services, find the latest updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Study permits


For any questions related to the college’s COVID-19 response, efforts, and requirements, please reach out to your Program Director or to Brian Parker, our Vice-President, at if you have any questions or concerns.

You can contact us by phone at: +1 604-688-5060