General guidelines for all educational institutions

Physical distancing

Physical distancing is not required between students in classrooms. However, a distance of 2 metres is required in certain cases: in gyms and during certain activities such as singing lessons. In common areas, a 1-metre distance must be maintained between students whenever possible.

Wearing of masks

Students must wear a procedural mask at all times, even while sitting in class or at the library, except during activities that require them to remove the mask (e.g. while eating, during classes that involve playing certain musical instruments, when engaging in physical activity, when doing theatre). Students may also remove their mask while singing, as long as they remain 2 metres apart from each other. 

Backup plan

Educational institutions must also have a backup plan, keep it up to date and be prepared to carry it out quickly should the health situation require it.

Health measures

Educational institutions must continue to enforce health measures on campus (disinfection and ventilation of spaces, installation of hand hygiene stations and contactless garbage bins, etc.). Institutions must also refer to the Gestion des cas et des contacts dans les établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire This hyperlink will open in a new window. (available in French only) to establish procedures for dealing with cases in which individuals present symptoms or receive a positive test result. 

Course attendance

Colleges and universities determine the format of courses (e.g. in person, hybrid, distance education) and students choose accordingly. However, colleges and universities are advised to ensure flexibility for students with medical issues.

Student residences

Educational institutions are responsible for managing student residences and must comply with the guidelines issued by the public health authorities. Additionally, health measures (e.g. disinfection and ventilation of spaces, installation of hand hygiene stations and contactless garbage bins) and a procedure for managing residents with symptoms related to COVID-19 and residents with COVID-19 must be implemented in student residences.

Other specific guidelines

Physical activities in an educational context

  • Masks can be removed when participating in physical activities or sports, for the duration of the activity only.
  • Physical distancing is not required between students during physical activities. At the present time, activities requiring prolonged contact (e.g. aquatic sports, combat sports, dance) are permitted. It is recommended that individuals practise with the same partner whenever possible in order to limit the number of contacts.
  • Locker rooms can be used. Students must wear procedural masks when in these rooms and, as these are considered common spaces, they must remain 1 metre apart whenever possible.

Open house events

  • Physical distancing of 1 metre must be maintained.
  • Masks must be worn.
  • There must be a separate entrance and exit.
  • In any area of the site where people are relatively immobile, whether standing or seated (without fixed seating), including any area where there is a risk of crowding (e.g. dining areas, spaces around an attraction or where a service is provided), the rules for sections apply: Sections must be separated by a physical barrier, hold a maximum of 500 people, allow at least 2 square metres per person and be monitored.
  • The vaccination passport is not required.

Practicums in the health and social services network

Students engaged in practicums in the health and social services network that involve direct contact with patients or with other workers who come into direct contact with patients must be adequately protected against COVID‑19. Proof that they are adequately protected must be sent to their educational institution.

Students who are not adequately protected against COVID-19 cannot start or continue with their practicums. Moreover, they cannot request compensation or other remedial measures due to this restriction.

Members of the teaching staff who are supervising practicums are not required to be adequately protected, even if they may have direct physical contact with people who receive health and social services (patients) or have direct physical contact with the people who provide these services (students and people doing practicums), as a result of sharing common spaces, for example.