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ILAC Update: ILAC Lifts Vaccine Passport for Staff and Students

March 16, 2022

As of Monday, March 14, students, staff and teachers will no longer be required to show their ILAC Vaccine Passport or complete a health screening questionnaire upon arrival at an ILAC campus in Toronto or Vancouver.


All ILAC teachers and staff have access to rapid test kits and everyone is reminded to complete a daily self-screening and not come to school if sick.  All other COVID-19 Safety Policies, including mandatory masks on campus, remain in effect.


A big thank you to everyone who supported our health and safety guidelines and for keeping ILAC a safe learning environment.


Starting March 21, masks will no longer be required in Ontario schools, grocery stores, malls and most other indoor areas. Masking requirements will remain for public transit, long-term care, retirement homes and other health-care settings.


BC’s indoor mask mandate has ended and the vaccine card will be lifted on April 8. The remainder of British Columbia’s COVID-19 restrictions will end over the next month.


For information about travelling to Canada, visit


Archived Updates

ILAC Update: Return to on-campus classes

January 6, 2022

ILAC is implementing a phased return to on-campus classes following the temporary transition to online learning over the holidays.


Please see below for in-person program dates:


January 10, 2022 – Young Adult Program (Vancouver only)


January 17, 2022 – Adult Programs (Vancouver and Toronto) and Young Adult Program (Toronto)


January 24, 2022 – All ILAC International College programs (Vancouver and Toronto)


We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. For more information, please contact your ILAC representative.

ILAC Update – Omicron Variant

December 15, 2021

Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, ILAC is temporarily transitioning to online classes:


Toronto: December 29, 2021 – January 7, 2022

Vancouver: December 28, 2021 – January 7, 2022


We hope Omicron will turn out to be less harmful than other variants, more like a seasonal flu, but we are taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff and the community.


Canada’s borders continue to be open for international students and ILAC operations are functioning as usual. Planned arrivals for all ILAC Education Group programs in Toronto and Vancouver are taking place as normal.


ILAC will be hosting pop-vaccine clinics in the coming weeks to support students with their second and third vaccine doses.


For more information, please go to


We look forward to seeing everyone back on our campuses on January 10, 2022!

ILAC Update: Instructions for International Student Arrivals to Canada

December 13, 2021


The Government of Canada has introduced new border restrictions to address the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Starting January 15, 2022, all international travellers over the age of 18 entering Canada must be fully vaccinated.


Fully vaccinated travellers may be selected for arrival testing and must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result.


If you are selected for arrival testing and you don’t have a suitable accommodation plan for quarantine, and you are over 18 years of age, you may need to go to a hotel until you receive your negative results.


ILAC will help you arrange a hotel and airport transfer, which will be approximately $150 CAD a night, including meals.


If you are under 18 years old, ILAC will help you change your homestay accommodation at no extra cost.


The length of your stay in quarantine will depend on how long it takes to receive your negative test results. Testing at the airport generally takes 24-48 hours and a take home kit generally takes 3-5 days.  Once you have received your negative test result you will be able to move to your originally planned ILAC accommodation.


If you are selected for testing at the airport and need to change your accommodation plan upon arrival, contact ILAC immediately using WhatsApp:


Vancouver +1 604 365 2258


Toronto +1 416 878 9250


If you are not selected for random testing you can proceed to your pre-arranged accommodations.


If you are not fully vaccinated and travelling before January 15, 2022, you will be required to test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days.


For more information, visit


ILAC Update: New requirements for international students travelling to Canada

December 2, 2021


Canada has announced new travel policies and procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and its variants.


All fully vaccinated international students arriving by air will have to do arrival testing. Fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine while they await the results of their arrival test.


Unvaccinated travellers will continue to be tested on arrival and day 8 and quarantine for 14 days. They will be required to stay in a designated quarantine facility or other suitable location while they await the result of their arrival test.


The Government of Canada will continue to assess the situation and adjust border measures as needed.


For more information, please contact [email protected] or see Government of Canada introduces additional measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern –

Canada is expanding list of accepted COVID-19 vaccines

November 22, 2021 Starting November 30, 2021, Canada will expand its list of COVID-19 vaccines for international travellers to be considered fully vaccinated. The new list will include Sinopharm, Sinovac (Coronavac) and COVAXIN, matching the World Health Organization (WHO). All international students are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as fully vaccinated. To be considered fully vaccinated, international students must have received the full series of a vaccine—or combination of vaccines—accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine. Students can receive their vaccine in any country and must upload their proof of vaccination in English or French into the ArriveCAN app before coming to Canada. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Canada’s Vaccine Passport: What ILAC students need to know

September 23, 2021


Proof of vaccination is now required for the following non-essential places in both Ontario and British Columbia:


    • Restaurants (indoor and outdoor)
    • Pubs, bars and lounges (indoor and outdoor)
    • Sports arenas (indoor and outdoor)
    • Gyms
    • Theatres
    • Cinemas
    • Casinos
    • Most college and university campuses

ILAC students can provide the same proof of immunization they used to enter Canada, such as the ArriveCAN app and their passport.




Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine passport came into effect on Wednesday, September 22.


Everyone must show certification of two doses of an approved vaccine along with photo identification.


The Ontario digital vaccine passport is expected to be ready by October 22. People who are vaccinated will be able to download a QR code to their phone.

For more information on proof of vaccine in Ontario click here.




B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine card system came into effect on September 13.


Proof of immunization of one approved vaccine dose is required to access certain social and recreational events in British Columbia. Proof of a second dose will be required as of October 24.


When using the BC vaccine card, you can either show the QR code you received on your smartphone or show a printout. Students will be able to use the paper vaccination until September 27, after which only the BC Vaccine Card will be accepted.

For more information on proof of vaccine in BC click here.


For more information on how to get your Canadian vaccine passport, please contact [email protected]


ILAC Launches Vaccine Passport for September

September 2, 2021

This September, ILAC will require all international students to present a vaccine passport to join in-person classes in Toronto and Vancouver.

The updated ILAC vaccine policy will take effect on September 7, 2021.

“These are our values,” say Jonathan Kolber, CEO of ILAC. “Everyone deserves to have a safe place to study and we are following Canadian public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID and the new Delta variant.”

To be considered fully vaccinated, students must have:

    • Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca
    • One dose of Johnson & Johnson

To be considered partially vaccinated, students must have:

    • One dose of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca

As of September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated international students can enter Canada with a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) for a program of fewer than six months. Students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine and can immediately start in-person classes at ILAC.

International students who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must have a valid study permit to enter Canada and will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

For more information, please see the ILAC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Students or contact your ILAC representative.

New ILAC COVID Safety Policy

August 11, 2021


At ILAC, the health and well-being of our school community is our number one priority. We believe this is our corporate social responsibility and that we all have an important role to play in keeping everyone safe.


Recognizing the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19, ILAC has established a new COVID Safety Policy. 


As of September 7th, 2021, all students, staff and teachers will need to present a weekly negative rapid COVID-19 test result in order to access on-campus classes and activities.


Individuals who present proof of vaccination will be exempt from weekly testing.


The goal is to keep classes running, ensure students and teachers are safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.


We will be sharing the full ILAC COVID Safety Policy and list of FAQs in the coming days.


For more information, please contact your local ILAC representative or [email protected]

Canada’s Border is Reopening!

July 20, 2021


Canada is planning to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers on Tuesday, September 7


That means that short-term language students will be able to come to ILAC without having to apply for a study permit or stay in quarantine.


All travellers will still need to use the ArriveCAN app to show proof of vaccination and other criteria before they arrive in Canada.


Thanks to the high rate of vaccination across the country, Toronto and Vancouver are now two of the safest cities in the world!


Colleges and universities across Canada will also be fully open in September. International students planning to come for programs longer than 6 months will need to have a study permit.


Stay tuned for more good news coming soon. Please contact your regional representative or [email protected] for specific information about travelling to Canada.


Read the Government of Canada news release.

ILAC Toronto is returning to in-person classes on July 19

July 7, 2021 We are reopening! ILAC Toronto is returning to in-person classes on Monday, July 19. For ILAC International College classes in Toronto, Service Essentials for Business and Service Excellence for Business will be delivered in person on Monday, August 16. Sales & Marketing and Business Administration will be offered as a blended model (online and in person) starting August 16. All ILAC IC Toronto classes will be delivered in person by Tuesday, September 7. Ontario is now in Step 2 of its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and gradually reopen the province and ease restrictions. International students who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine or book a government-approved hotel. For more information about arriving in Canada or classes at ILAC Toronto, please contact your regional representative or [email protected]

No quarantine required for fully vaccinated international students starting July 6

June 25, 2021


As of July 6, international students who are fully vaccinated, have a valid study permit and test negative for COVID will not have to quarantine or stay in a government-authorized hotel when they arrive in Canada.

To be considered fully vaccinated, students must show proof that they have had two shots of one of the following approved vaccines:


    • Pfizer
    • Moderna
    • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
    • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson – only one shot)

All international travellers will still need to do a COVID test 72 hours before coming to Canada, do a second test upon arrival and have a quarantine plan ready in case they test positive.


There are no changes to Canada’s quarantine process for travellers who are not fully vaccinated.


For more information and to plan your studies at ILAC in Canada, please contact [email protected] or visit the Government of Canada website.

ILAC supports all international students, teachers and staff to get the vaccine in Canada

May 21, 2021


ILAC is supporting all international students, teachers and staff to get the vaccine as soon as possible to make Toronto and Vancouver safe again.


With children as young as 12 now getting vaccinated, Canada’s vaccine roll-out is already ahead of the USA.


So far 18 million Canadians have received at least one dose. Nearly 49% of all Canadians have had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while the U.S. at just over 48%.


“It’s up to all of us to make Toronto and Vancouver a safe place to study and socialize,” says Jonathan Kolber, ILAC CEO. “We will do whatever it takes to make sure every student and teacher has the opportunity to get vaccinated.”


Languages Canada has confirmed that international students in Canada have access to COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of their province of residence. Students do not need a health card and can register to get the shot online in BC and Ontario.


“If we want to go back to having in-person classes and events this summer, it is important that everyone gets vaccinate,” says Kolber. “Canada is now leading the way to ensure that every single person has access to the vaccine.”


Want to get your vaccine in Canada? Find out how to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Ontario and BC:




British Columbia:

ILAC Vancouver to resume in-person classes next week

May 6, 2021


ILAC students in Vancouver will be able to return to in-person classes on Monday, May 10th, 2021.


All students returning or arriving on campus are asked to review the ILAC COVID-19 Student Safety Guide and follow ILAC’s health and safety guidelines, including:


    • Staying home if feeling sick
    • Wearing a face-covering
    • Maintaining physical distance
    • Washing and sanitizing hands

Students must also complete a daily Health and Safety Questionnaire before entering any ILAC building.


ILAC Toronto remains closed for in-person classes until further notice from the Ontario government.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected] or your ILAC representative.

All ILAC & ILAC International College classes are temporarily online

April 4, 2021


Due to rising COVID-19 numbers in British Columbia, ILAC is temporarily moving all classes at ILAC and ILAC International College online as of Monday April 5th, 2021.

ILAC Toronto remains closed for in-person classes until further notice from the Ontario government.

As always, our main priority is to protect the health and safety of all our students and staff and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

ILAC will continue to monitor the situation and will advise when it is safe to resume in-person classes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected] or your ILAC representative.

New entry and quarantine requirements for Canada

February 19, 2021


Canada has announced new entry and quarantine requirements for travellers arriving in Canada and ILAC is here to help you every step of the way.


Effective February 22, 2021 at 12 a.m. EST, in addition to providing a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test, all students arriving in Canada must take two COVID-19 molecular tests — one on arrival at the airport and another at-home test kit at the end of their quarantine period.


Before traveling to Canada, all students must also book and pay for a three-night stay in a government-authorized hotel to wait for the results of their first test.


The list of government approved hotels and booking information can be found here.


Before you leave for Canada


  1. Download the free ArriveCAN mobile app. ArriveCAN must be used prior to your arrival in Canada to provide mandatory contact details and quarantine plan information.


  1. Take a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to your flight.


  1. Book your room at a government-authorized hotel for three nights by calling:
    1-800-294-8253 (toll-free within North America)
    1-613-830-2992 (collect outside North America)


  1. If flying into Toronto, pre-register for your COVID-19 Testing at Toronto Pearson before you leave your country.


When you arrive in Canada


  1. Complete your COVID-19 test at the airport.


  1. Proceed immediately from the airport to your reserved government-authorized accommodation. ILAC will arrange for your safe transportation to your hotel. You must stay at the hotel for three nights or until you receive your test result.


  1. Receive your results from your arrival COVID-19 test and proceed to your pre-arranged ILAC accommodation for the remainder of your 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Visit the Canadian Government website for more information about boarding flights to and within Canada and travel restrictions in Canada.


At ILAC, we are committed to helping you through the above process to ensure you have a safe and comfortable experience. Please contact your ILAC representative to arrange your personalized arrival and quarantine plan in Canada.

New travel measures for air travellers entering Canada

New travel measures for air travellers entering Canada will come into effect on February 22, 2021.

All travellers to Canada will need to present a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada and another test toward the end of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

With limited exceptions, all air travellers will also be required to stay in a government-authorized hotel for up to 3 nights, at their own cost, while they await the results of their arrival test.

Please visit the Government of Canada website for complete details on additional testing and quarantine requirements.


Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Staying #ILACSafe: Ontario issues stay-at-home order and state of emergency

January 15, 2021


The Ontario government has issued a stay-at-home order for 28 days.


The new state of emergency requires everyone to remain at home, with the exception of essential purposes. That includes thing like going to the grocery store, accessing health-care services, exercising or essential work.


Unless an outing is considered essential, Ontario residents are being ordered to stay home at all times. Anyone caught violating the stay-at-home order could face a fine and prosecution. Outdoor social gatherings are restricted to a limit of five people.


What will be open?

  • stores that primarily sell food
  • pharmacies
  • gas stations
  • convenience stores
  • restaurants for takeout or delivery

For more information about staying #ILACSafe, visit ILAC Safety or contact your ILAC representative.

Update: All travellers must test negative for COVID before coming to Canada

Dear students and partners,

Effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country into Canada.

Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.


Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine. See the Government of Canada’s news release for more details.


All ILAC and ILAC International College students preparing for travel to Canada should consult our COVID-19 Student Safety Guide to ensure requirements for travel and quarantine in Canada have been met, or contact an ILAC representative with any questions.


Thank you,

The ILAC Team

ILAC update on COVID in Canada:

Ontario to vaccinate 8.5 million people by end of June

December 29, 2020

From the desk of Jonathan Kolber 


The Ontario government has announced that it expects to vaccinate 8.5 million people by the end of June against COVID-19.


This is very good news for our sector and we are very proud that our premier has made vaccinations a priority. Ontario has laid out a three-phase plan outlining when and who will be vaccinated over the next few months, based on vaccine supply.


Phase 1 should be completed by the end of March 2021, with approximately 1.5 million people vaccinated, including health care workers.


Phase 2 will begin in April 2021, when another 7.5 million people will be vaccinated by the end of June.


Phase 3 will begin in late summer, and will be optional for anyone who wants to get a vaccine.


This is consistent with our expectation for herd immunity within the next six months. So far, more than 14,000 people have already received their first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Every person vaccinated is required to receive two doses, 21 days apart.


We look forward to a robust Spring 2021 for the international education industry. Stay tuned for more good news!

Update 12: Resumption of in-person classes at ILAC

On November 18th, ILAC announced its decision to transition all in-person classes back online due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario and British Columbia.


At this time, we are planning to resume in-person classes in Vancouver on January 18th, 2021.


We are expecting to resume in-person classes in Toronto on February 1st, 2021. Ontario recently announced that it is extending its lockdown until the end of January.


Until then, the ILAC management team will continue to assess the status of COVID-19 in both cities and provide updates as needed to all students, staff and partners.


As always, we are operating with everyone’s health and safety as the highest priority, and will continue to follow provincial public health guidelines in taking the necessary course of action.


Thank you for your patience and understanding and we wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.


Update 11: ILAC update on COVID in Canada

November 18, 2020

From the desk of Jonathan Kolber 



I’d like to share with you my expectations regarding COVID-19, vaccines and testing that I believe will positively impact international student mobility to Canada. 


After speaking extensively to leading medical professionals in our community, I am optimistic about safe travel, in person study and developing herd immunity in 2021. Below is my expected timeline of events: 


Lockdown – Within two weeks

Canada needs to avert a hospital capacity crisis and I expect the country will have no choice but to go into lockdown again next week until the end of the year.  

This will help our industry and community get to the other side of the pandemic. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and we have a plan on how to get there.  


Vaccines – December 2020

Two vaccines with 95% effectiveness will be ready and approved for use in Canada. The Canadian Government has already purchased 20 million vaccines from Pfizer and 50 million vaccines from Moderna. Other vaccines under development include not just needles, but nasal spray and a vaccine that can be swallowed. For live updates, follow the New York Times COVID19 Tracker


Initial distribution – January 2021

Distribution will take time due to challenges in delivery. The most vulnerable populations will be vaccinated first: the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and frontline healthcare workers. 


Distribution to general population – Spring 2021

Vaccinations will be distributed to the general public starting in March, but it will take time. By late summer, the population is expected to approach herd immunity, which occurs when 60-70% of the population has either recovered from COVID or has been vaccinated.  


Rapid testing – Early 2021

We expect Canada will offer rapid testing at airports, meaning arriving students will be able to get tested on the spot with results in 15 minutes.   


Return to normal – September 2021

We expect COVID will be tamed and life will mostly return to normal, with students in Canada studying in classrooms without masks.   


Is the vaccine safe?

I am not an expert, but I will be the first in line to take it.  There is not a single doctor that I am aware of who does not support the safety and importance of this vaccine. 


I hope this helps with your planning and recruitment of students to Canada in the new year.  


At ILAC, we look forward to recruiting pathway students in time for a healthy September 2021 intake for public sector higher education programs. 




Update 10: ILAC receives approval to reopen to international students outside of Canada

November 10, 2020


ILAC is now on the approved list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) that have reopened to international students from outside of Canada. Thlist also includes ILAC’s Higher Education division made up of ILAC International College, Sterling College and Canadian Tourism College (CTC). 


International students who have or have been approved for a study permit and are travelling to Canada for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose are now able to attend courses at ILAC schools in Toronto and Vancouver. 


In order to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada, Ontario and British Columbia had to review ILAC’s COVID-19 readiness plan to ensure it protects the health and safety of all students, staff and the ILAC community. ILAC’s readiness plan includes safe and comfortable accommodation arrangements for the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for new students. 


“We’ve been safely running in-person classes since July,” says Jonathan Kolber, CEO of ILAC. “Now we’ve come full circle and are ready to receive international students who aren’t currently in Canada. It’s been a long road and our team has worked tirelessly to make it happen.” 


Over the past few months, ILAC has successfully provided quarantine accommodation in Toronto and Vancouver for more than 70 international students who arrived in Canada during COVID-19. Overall, ILAC students have reported feeling happy and safe during their mandatory self-isolation, whether they stayed in homestay, residence or in a hotel. 


The complete list of institutions is available on the IRCC web page for international students affected by COVID-19 restrictions and is updated on a regular basis.  


For more information contact Bogie Anaya, Head of Public & Media Relations | [email protected] 


Update 9: ILAC gets the “green” light to reopen its campuses in Toronto and Vancouver

September 1, 2020


ILAC has officially reopened its campuses in Toronto and Vancouver, in accordance with Ontario government health and safety guidelines. All students, teachers and staff will continue to follow ILAC safety protocol, which includes temperature checks upon entrance into the buildings, mandatory face masks, social distancing, regular hand-washing, medical-grade air filters in each classroom and hand-sanitizer stations. 


Most major Canadian cities have now been designated “green zones” on a Harvard scale for safely reopening schools, which means they pose a very low risk of coming in contact with COVID – 19. Communities with fewer than one daily new case per 100,000 people are considered green, which indicates that the virus is close to containment. 


Canada has extended international travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine until September 30th to limit the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into the country. 


For more information about ILAC health and safety measures and return to campus guidelines, please contact[email protected]or visit theILAC Student Health & Safety Portal

Update 8: ILAC Reopening in Toronto

August 12, 2020


ILAC Toronto will be reopening its doors on Monday, August 17th! Students in Toronto will have the option of attending in-person classes (with online elective options) or continue studying virtually with ILAC KISS.


ILAC Vancouver has been running in-person classes since July 6th. A full-time schedule of on-site classes will resume in both Vancouver and Toronto starting Monday, August 31st, as part of the phased re-opening.


ILAC will continue to follow Canadian and provincial government and public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff.


All students must observe the ILAC COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements while attending classes at any of the ILAC campuses.


For more information about ILAC health and safety measures and return to campus guidelines, please contact [email protected] or visit the ILAC Student Health & Safety Portal.


We look forward to welcoming students back on campus and let’s work together to stay #ILACSafe!


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.




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.




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.



  • 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 [email protected] for questions on accessing the virtual classroom.



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.




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.