EduNova and its members are committed to supporting current and prospective international students in navigating studying at a Nova Scotia institution during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
We understand that this unprecedented situation is causing a lot of uncertainty. The purpose of this page is to provide the most up-to-date information available as it relates to how Nova Scotia institutions are handling the COVID-19 situation and what that means for you as an international student.
Need to Know:
- On 22 March 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency has been extended until noon on 31 May 2020.
- The Province of Nova Scotia, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, is requiring anyone who has travelled outside Nova Scotia to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they get back to the province, even if they do not have symptoms.
- Please check your respective institution for more details regarding accessing your education.
- There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against the novel coronavirus.
- Nova Scotians are required to practice social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Staying healthy: wash or sanitize hands often, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, clean high-touch surfaces and objects often.
- To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.
Navigating Uncertain Times – Webinar Series
EduNova has developed Navigating Uncertain Times a free webinar series created in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on international students across the province. The series is designed to support international students during the changing job market and this uncertain time.
Webinars will help international students navigate these times, and assist them in building positive momentum while remaining grounded and focused on various topics including:
- Career Resiliency
- Self-Care, Health and Wellness
- Financial Literacy
- Pathways for Moving Forward
Get An Edge On Your Job Search With The Graduate To Opportunity Program
May 28, 4:00pm-5:00pm
The Graduate to Opportunity (GTO) program could be a driving factor in your quest to land meaningful work in Nova Scotia. Employers in Nova Scotia can receive up to 35% of your first-year salary from the Provincial Government and 12.5% of your second-year salary, simply for hiring you for full-time work in your field. The program has helped retain over 1,000 new grads in the province, and we hope that it can do the same for you.
EduNova Webinar Series – Building Resiliency in Your Career During a Time of Crisis (delivered by En Point and IPromise – April 15th):
EduNova Webinar Series – LinkedIn and Online Profiles for A Competitive Job Market (delivered by Halifax Partnership – April 22nd):
EduNova Webinar Series – Immigration Pathways for Permanent Residency (delivered by IRCC and NSOI – April 29th):
EduNova Webinar Series – Coping and Managing Anxiety in a Changing Job Market During Uncertain Times (delivered by Lysa Appleton- May 6th):
EduNova Webinar Series – Financial Management During Uncertain Times (delivered by Sam Jarad- May 13th):
Under the standard processing guidelines for the PGWPP, an international student graduating from an eligible Designated Learning Institution may be eligible for a work permit if the graduate has:
- completed a program of study in Canada (minimum 8 month duration);
- completed at least 50% of their studies in Canada; and,
- completed at least 50% of their studies in-class.
Additionally, any time spent studying towards a Canadian credential outside of Canada is deducted from the assessment of the length of the work permit.
Students who were already studying in Canada, and whose classes were moved online due to the travel and health restrictions introduced due to COVID-19 won’t be penalized with regard to their PGWPP eligibility, including the length of work permit for which they will be eligible. However, these students continue to be required to spend at least 50% of their time studying in Canada to be eligible for the PGWPP.
To address ongoing developments with respect to COVID-19, on April 7, 2020, IRCC introduced temporary policy changes, effective immediately. These temporary policy changes impact students who currently have a study permit, or who have been approved for a study permit, for a program starting in May or June 2020, but who are unable to travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions. For these students, if their in-class courses are being moved to an online-only format because of COVID-19, their eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program won’t be affected. International students in this situation may begin their classes while outside Canada and may complete up to 50% of their program while outside Canada if they cannot travel to Canada sooner. Given the fluidity of the current context surrounding COVID-19, IRCC will continue to monitor and assess the situation. For more information please visit IRCC.
Volunteer Nova Scotia is a province-wide service that connects people looking for volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations looking for skilled volunteers. In response to COVID-19, the website has been updated to include a COVID-19 response page for organizations and volunteers who want to help with the relief effort, as well as volunteer-from-home opportunities.
More information is available at https://www.volunteerns.ca/
Questions? Keep up to date with your institution’s response to COVID-19.
How has COVID-19 Affected you?
In these difficult times, when everyone’s lives are being affected by COVID-19, you can do something important for the student community. You can provide your perspective on the current crisis, by letting us know how your studies, financial situation and other aspects of your life have been affected by the pandemic.
Please take five minutes to participate in this crowdsourcing data collection on the Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary students.
Health and Wellbeing
While we continue to practice social distancing, it is important to continue to look after your mental and physical health.