Update 7: ILAC Reopening - Accommodation & Self-Isolation Plan

June 15, 2020

 

ILAC is planning to reopen its physical campuses in the coming weeks and months. We are very excited to resume in-person classes in Vancouver starting July 6, and in Toronto once we have provincial approval.

 

ILAC has secured socially distant accommodation for all students arriving in Canada in accordance with Public Health guidelines and Languages Canada. Students who come to Canada this summer have the option of choosing to stay with an ILAC homestay family, at an ILAC residence or airport hotels in Toronto and Vancouver*.

 

Upon arrival in Canada, all international students will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, as per government regulations.

 

HOMESTAY

 

A select number of ILAC host families are ready to welcome students from around the world.

To ensure everyone’s safety, every student will be required to fill out an ILAC Consent Form before they arrive.

 

RESIDENCE & HOTEL

 

Students can choose from the following private accommodation for their 14-day self-isolation period:

 

 

ILAC is deeply committed to the safety of each and every staff member and student. Let’s all work together to stay healthy and safe.

  

*Additional fees will apply. Please contact your ILAC representative for more information.

Update 6: ILAC Reopening Plan – Phase 1

May 27, 2020,  3pm EST

 

ILAC is getting ready to reopen its campuses in Vancouver and Toronto in a socially distant, responsible way.

 

Classes:

  • ILAC will move to a blended learning model consisting of both online and in-person classes

  • ILAC KISS classes will continue and in-person classes will be optional

  • Physical classes will be offered in Toronto and Vancouver with 3-4 students in a class

  • In-person classes will be offered twice a week and will gradually move to 5 days per week as we monitor the situation in Canada

Safety Measures:

  • Thermometers for taking student/employee temperatures at the main entrance

  • Social distancing inside all schools and classrooms

  • Masks will be provided to all students – we have 5000 in stock and 30,000 ordered

  • Students will be required to wear masks at all times

  • Medical grade air filters, (HEPA Filtration Units) as used by dentists and medical clinics, 180 in stock and 1 for each classroom and common areas which clean the air 4 times per hour

  • Hand sanitizers at all entrances and in stock

  • Regular hand washing protocol (signage across the building)

  • Disinfection through fogging and misting

  • Face shields for employees in high traffic areas and for teachers

  • Nurses on-campus to monitor all procedures are being followed correctly

  • Vancouver will allow for a maximum of 50 people per floor as per city guidelines (no information for Toronto yet)

Isolation Measures for New Arrivals:

  • Dedicated homestay families willing to quarantine new arrivals in both Toronto and Vancouver

  • Securing hotels that are setting up for self-quarantine

Expected Reopening Dates:

  • Vancouver will reopen first, we are optimistic about beginning Phase 1 in July

  • Toronto will reopen at the end of the summer, August or September

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide more updates as they become available.

Update 5: How ILAC is supporting students

March 18, 2020,  11am EST

 

ILAC offices are open in Toronto and Vancouver and our team is ready and available to help support students, teachers and partners.

 

Online Classes

Students at both ILAC and ILACIC are now participating in virtual classrooms. Each student will receive an email from their teachers inviting them to join the class via a link.

 

Teachers are excited to connect and engage with students in real-time while keeping the community safe from the spread of the virus.

Please contact online@ilac.com for questions on accessing the virtual classroom.

 

Cancellations

ILAC will offer a non-cash credit for unused weeks for students who want to leave early.  

 

Future students

Students who were planning to come to Canada can postpone their travel up to 12 months.

 

Please contact your local agent or in-market representative for information about how to postpone or cancel your studies.



Update 4: Canada Immediately Closing Borders to Foreign Travellers

March 16, 2020,  3pm EST

 

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced today that Canada is closing its borders to all foreign travellers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

ILAC recommends that all students planning to come to Canada from overseas should postpone their studies until after May 1, 2020.

 

Watch the press conference with Justin Trudeau and please stay tuned for more updates as they come in.

Update 3: Message from the CEO of ILAC Regarding Coronavirus

March 15, 2020,  11am EST

 

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin Roosevelt

 

There is a lot of anxiety around the world at the moment but ILAC continues to be positive during this time. We know that the COVID-19 virus will pass and life will soon get back to normal. However, it is through social contact that the virus spreads.

 

As a result, we are telling students to stay home for two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in accordance with the Canadian government advisory. All classes at ILAC Toronto and Vancouver and ILAC International College will be held online from March 16th until March 30th. All additional activities, including orientations and trips, will be postponed until further notice.

 

We encourage every school in Canada to do the same. In fact, it would be irresponsible not to.

 

ILAC teachers are ready and enthusiastic to teach and engage students online from the comfort of their homes. Administrative staff will be working flexible hours to take care of their children and families but will continue to support students and agents.

 

This decision is not based on fear but rather the responsibility and sensibility to protect the health and safety of all our students, teachers, homestays and staff. Instructions from the Public Health Agency of Canada state that anyone that comes to Canada will be asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

 

Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” During this time we will lead with strength and resilience as a company to protect our students and our community.

 

Staying calm and respectful and avoiding social interactions, practicing social distancing and following proper health precautions are the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

As we all know, Canada is one of the safest places to be in the world, with an excellent health care system that is well-prepared and citizens who are behaving responsibly.

 

Young and healthy students are safe here – let’s work together to keep it that way.

 

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Kolber

Update 2: Latest Coronavirus update from ILAC

March 4th, 2020

 

At ILAC we take the health and safety of our students, staff and homestay families very seriously. We are continually monitoring the development with respect to the Coronavirus (now referred to as COVID-19).

 

We are continuing with our heightened cleaning routines and availability of hand sanitizers throughout all of our Toronto and Vancouver campuses.

 

With evolving global cases of the virus, the list of affected areas beyond mainland China now includes Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran and Italy. We have advised our staff and students who have arrived from any of these affected areas to monitor their health for 14 days after their arrival in Canada for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing) associated with the virus.

 

Those who develop symptoms should contact:

 

Toronto Public Health Line: 416-338-7600

BC Provincial Health Line: 811

 

For more information, please visit the following resources:

 

Ontario Public Health

BC Public Health

World Health Organization updates on the virus

Government of Canada updates on the virus

Travel Advice and Advisories

 

We will continue to update everyone as new information becomes available.

Update 1: Latest Coronavirus update from ILAC

Updated: January 27th, 2020

 

As new developments emerge regarding the Coronavirus we are following the situation carefully and taking precautionary measures.

 

ILAC has implemented heightened cleaning guidelines, increased health-related signage and made hand disinfectants available to all our students and staff across our campuses in Toronto and Vancouver.

 

As is the usual best practice, we encourage students and staff to:

  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when needed
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • If you have a severe cold or the flu, stay home

The safety of our students and staff members is incredibly important to us and we will continue to update you as necessary.

 

For more information, please visit the following resources:

Ontario Public Health

BC Public Health

World Health Organization updates on the virus

Government of Canada updates on the virus

Travel Advice and Advisories

 

We will continue to update everyone as new information becomes available.

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