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Tamwood is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all its students and the wider community by following the guidelines of the Government of Canada and health authorities.

It is the responsibility of Tamwood students to understand federal and provincial laws and regulations before planning to arrive in Canada. Students are recommended to review official government websites regularly for up-to-date information.

September, 2021, open letter from Tamwood owners RE: COVID-19

September 03, 2021

Dear Tamwood Community,

With the re-opening of services in BC and Ontario and recent announcements from the chief medical officers of Ontario and BC, we know you have a lot of questions about the safety measures Tamwood will be taking to protect our community from COVID and comply with the new health regulations.

We are working very closely with MTCU, PTIB, the Provincial Health Officers, and WorkSafe BC and Ontario to ensure Tamwood continues to comply as new measures are introduced.

My thanks to all of you for your ongoing patience as Tamwood responds to these evolving provincial orders and guidelines, as well as feedback from our community.

This week, in BC, the Provincial Health Officer issued a new province-wide mandatory mask requirement for all indoor public areas including all spaces at Tamwood. The new mask order also applies to all indoor public areas on all of our campus, including classrooms (when social distancing is not possible), lobbies, hallways, stairwells, and elevators.

 

This week, in Ontario,  the Chief Medical Officer announced a new vaccine requirement for all post-secondary institutions that provides that effective September 7 staff, students and contractors are not permitted on campus unless they can show proof that they are fully vaccinated with a WHO recognized vaccine or, in the absence of proof of vaccination, if they show they have attended an approved vaccine benefits workshop and provide weekly a negative COVID19 antigen test result.

In alignment with this announcement in Ontario and with the BC government’s recent vaccine passport measures and feedback from our community, Tamwood will be implementing vaccine-related protocols to ensure maximum protection and safety for everyone learning or working at a Tamwood campus. This includes implementing mandatory confidential vaccine reporting for those immunized, and mandatory regular rapid testing for those who choose not to share their vaccination status or to not be vaccinated. This new policy will take effect on September 7, 2021 in Ontario (Toronto campus) and in the weeks to follow in BC (Vancouver campus).

We are committed to monitoring this in a way that is not disruptive to the learning, teaching, and other work that is of utmost importance to all in our Tamwood community.

If you are not yet vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so. There are vaccination clinics throughout the province. Vaccinations are the easiest and best way to protect yourself and those around you.

I appreciate you will have questions about these unfolding measures and we will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, students, faculty, and staff should direct questions to home@tamwood.com for a timely response.

 

This is a time to take good care of yourself and access wellness supports. We ask for your ongoing patience and cooperation during this time of transition and we will continue to update you by email and on this page.

 

Thank you,

Tamsin Plaxton and Matt Collingwood

Co-Owners

COVID-19 Information, Safety Plans, Quarantine Protocols, & Updates

Language Centres (Vancouver & Whistler Campuses)
Current status: Language Centres in Vancouver  is open. Tamwood Whistler Campus is currently closed. We are working hard to open a new campus in Whistler. Contact us for more information.
  • • Most programs and courses are being delivered through a blended learning model. Contact us for more information
  • • Program and course registration is open
  • • We have developed and are implementing a detailed COVID 19 Safety Plan and Protocols to protect and support the health of our students, faculty, and staff that meet the expectations of the Government of Canada’s Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions during the COVID-19 Pandemic and B.C. government’s Go-Forward Guidelines for the post-secondary sector, which support the overall direction of the BC Restart Plan for all locations. This plan is in place for limiting the spread of COVID-19, responding quickly to any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campuses, and caring for those affected by the virus
  • • We have developed a detailed Quarantine Plan to manage all arriving international students’ compliance with the federal guidance document to implement the 14-day quarantine requirement under the Quarantine Act
  • • All students will have a pre-arrival orientation to the Tamwood COVID Safety Policies and Protocols. Students will also be provided with a variety of resources and support throughout their studies at Tamwood. See: Student COVID-19 Safety Guide
  • • Staff are oriented to the Tamwood Safety Plan and Protocols before they start working at Tamwood and safe work practices and policies are reviewed with staff regularly. See: Staff COVID-19 Safety Guide
  • • As part of our ongoing operations as the pandemic evolves, we continue to monitor B.C. public health advice, Orders of the Provincial Health Officer, and information on safe work protocols provided by WorkSafeBC, as the measures and precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 may increase in the coming months
How to access free counselling and mental health services for students

Tamwood and the Government of B.C. want to ensure that students who need mental health support know-how and where to get it.

Launched in April 2020, Here2Talk is a mental health counselling and referral service available to all B.C. post-secondary students. The service offers confidential, free, single-session services by app, phone, or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I want anyone who feels alone or isolated or overwhelmed to know that it is ok to not be ok and that there is help for you when you need it,” says Melanie Mark, B.C. Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

“Students experience high levels of stress and anxiety compounded by the pandemic,” says Judy Darcy, B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “No matter where they are, access to mental health services shouldn’t depend on where you live or the size of your bank account.”

How to access Here2Talk

B.C. post-secondary students can access professional counselling services by:

Students calling from outside Canada can also dial 604-642-5212 (international calling charges may apply). Phone services are available in additional languages upon request.

The Here2Talk service is operated by Morneau Shepell, and can support students dealing with challenges such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, pressure to perform, crises, racism, and relationships. Counsellors will also be equipped to refer students to local resources in their communities.

Work + Study (Vancouver & Whistler Campuses)
Current status: Tamwood Careers in Vancouver is open. Tamwood Whistler Campus is currently closed. We are working hard to open a new campus in Whistler. Contact us for more information.
  • • Most programs and courses are being delivered through a blended learning model.  Contact us for more information.
  • • Program and course registration is open
  • • We have developed and are implementing a detailed COVID 19 Safety Plan and Protocols to protect and support the health of our students, faculty, and staff that meet the expectations of the Government of Canada’s Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions during the COVID-19 Pandemic and B.C. government’s Go-Forward Guidelines for the post-secondary sector, which support the overall direction of the BC Restart Plan for all locations. This plan is in place for limiting the spread of COVID-19, responding quickly to any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campuses, and caring for those affected by the virus.
  • • We have developed a detailed Quarantine Plan to manage all arriving international students’ compliance with the federal guidance document to implement the 14-day quarantine requirement under the Quarantine Act.
  • • All students will have a pre-arrival orientation to the Tamwood COVID Safety Policies and Protocols.  Students will also be provided with a variety of resources and support throughout their studies at Tamwood. See: Student COVID-19 Safety Guide
  • • Staff are oriented to the Tamwood Safety Plan and Protocols before they start working at Tamwood and safe work practices and policies are reviewed with staff regularly. See: Staff COVID-19 Safety Guide
  • • As part of our ongoing operations as the pandemic evolves, we continue to monitor B.C. public health advice, Orders of the Provincial Health Officer, and information on safe work protocols provided by WorkSafeBC, as the measures and precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 may increase in the coming months.
Work + Study & Language Centres (Toronto Campus)
Current status: Tamwood Careers and Tamwood Language Centre in Toronto, ON are open.
  • • Most programs and courses are being delivered through a blended learning model. Contact us for more information
  • • Program and course registration is open. Students can still apply and come to Canada and start their courses from home.
  • • We have developed and are implementing a detailed COVID 19 Safety Plan and Protocols to protect and support the health of our students, faculty and staff that meet the expectations of the Government of Canada’s Guidance for Postsecondary Institutions during the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Public Health Ontario guidelines, which support the overall direction of the Ontario Framework for Re-Opening the Province for all locations. This plan is in place for limiting the spread of COVID-19, responding quickly to any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campuses, and caring for those affected by the virus
  • • We have developed a detailed Quarantine Plan to manage all arriving international students’ compliance with the federal guidance document to implement the 14-day quarantine requirement under the Quarantine Act
  • • All students will have a pre-arrival orientation to the Tamwood COVID Safety Policies and Protocols. Students will also be provided with a variety of resources and support throughout their studies at Tamwood. See: Student COVID-19 Safety Guide
  • • Staff are oriented to the Tamwood Safety Plan and Protocols before they start working at Tamwood and safe work practices and policies are reviewed with staff regularly. See: Staff COVID-19 Safety Guide
  • • As part of our ongoing operations as the pandemic evolves, we continue to monitor Ontario public health advice, Orders of the Provincial Health Officer, and information on safe work protocols provided by Ontario’s Health and Safety Associations and public health authorities, as the measures and precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 may increase in the coming months
How to reduce wait times for your study permit at Vancouver international airport (YVR)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is piloting a new Voluntary Compliance Portal (VC Portal).

The VC Portal is hosted on the YVR website (www.yvr.ca/en/students) and allows students to voluntarily submit information found in their letter of introduction (study permit approval) from Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

This information gives advance notice to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), and gives time to review and print the study permit prior to the student’s arrival to YVR. Using the VC Portal is completely optional, and it will only be used to expedite the process.

 

Eligibility information:

  • Initial entry into Canada must be at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). They cannot connect to YVR through a domestic flight; and
  • They must have a letter of introduction (study permit approval) from IRCC, and
  • They must submit all the mandatory information at least 72 hours in advance through the VC Portal.

 

Mandatory information:

  • Unique Client Identifier (UCI) – this can be found on the letter of introduction issued by IRCC
  • Last name
  • Planned date of arrival to Vancouver
  • Arriving flight number

 

Optional information:

  • Control document number
  • First name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Passport country of issue

This information will allow CBSA Officers to review applications prior to the student’s arrival, potentially identify administrative errors, and prepare documents in anticipation of arrival which should reduce the student’s time spent at the airport.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the VC Portal replace the need to obtain immigration documentation? (e.g. visa, permit, eTA)
No. The VC Portal has no affiliation with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Submitting information through the VC Portal does not authorize entry to enter Canada. The VC Portal cannot be used to circumvent any visa, permit, ETA, or other documentation requirements.

Who will have access to the information the students submit?
The information that is submitted to the VC Portal (www.yvr.ca/en/students>) will be sent directly to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). No other organization will have access to this information.

What happens if I choose not to submit my information?
This is purely a voluntary process. The VC Portal only serves to expedite the study permit issuance process for approved study permits at the port of entry.

How much in advance can I submit my information?
You can submit information as early as you wish. However, the information must be received at least 72 hours prior to your arrival to YVR.

What happens if I don’t submit my information 72 hours prior to arrival?
There is no guarantee that it will be received and processed.

What should I do if you submit incorrect information?
Resubmit using the correct information. You do not need to contact YVR, CBSA, or Tamwood.

What happens if I need a study permit AND a co-op work permit?
At this time, the VC Portal is only being utilized for study permits. If you have a study permit and a co-op work permit approval, you are encouraged to complete the VC Portal with the study permit information.

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