Given the recent change in the epidemiological situation, special emergency measures apply in the Communauté métropolitaine de Québec, the city of Gatineau, the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, the MRC Beauce-Sartigan, the MRC de Bellechasse, the MRC Les Etchemins, the MRC La Nouvelle-Beauce and the MRC Robert-Cliche. These measures apply until April 18, 2021.

Go to the measures in force in your municipality to find out the specific instructions for your region.

Access to the campus in red zones

Since February 8, 2021, students from CEGEPs, private colleges and universities with campuses located in red zones may gradually increase their access to in-person teaching or educational group activities to several times a month, ideally once a week.

Starting on April 12, 2021, distance learning must be preferred, unless the competencies to be acquired or evaluated as part of the program require students to be present in class.

It is strongly recommended that travel between regions be limited to activities that are necessary or essential. Close attention must be paid to travel between regions that are located in red zones and regions that are on a lower alert level.

In-person activities in red zones without room occupancy limits

Each institution is responsible for making decisions with respect to maintaining the necessary or essential activities offered on campus and limiting student and staff presence. The following in‑person activities can continue to be carried out without room occupancy limits in institutions of higher education located in red zones:

  • Activities in university clinics, such as dental, optometry, psychology and speech therapy clinics, which are places where students can learn and the general public can access health services and care (activities at these clinics have been gradually resuming since September)
  • Certain internships in work settings that require, for example, access to specific equipment, and activities that require, in particular, the use of specialized equipment to which students would not have access off campus, such as:
    • Activities in performing arts programs (e.g. music, theatre, visual arts, singing)
    • Courses that require the use of specialized tools or equipment (e.g. music, visual arts, land surveying, audiology, midwifery)
    • Courses that call for carrying out a project that cannot be done remotely (e.g. building a prototype in an engineering course requiring specialized equipment, tools and materials)
    • Courses and work activities that call for field testing (e.g. agriculture, forestry, engineering)
    • Courses and work activities carried out in pedagogical gardens (plant and horticultural science)
  • Research and teaching labs, including those that use animals
  • Labs that do not have any reasonable remote simulation equivalent, especially in the health sector
  • Internships carried out in the field (e.g. mineral exploration), in an educational setting and in clinical practice, including health sciences in the broadest sense (e.g. medicine, nursing science, pharmaceutical sciences, social work, psychology)
  • Courses in the field of physical development, such as kinesiology
  • All internships in health sciences and social services
  • Flying of aircraft
  • Exams and evaluations

Starting on April 12, 2021, distance learning must be preferred, unless the competencies to be acquired or evaluated as part of the program require students to be present in class.

Student residences in red zones

Student residences are closed to external visitors, barring certain exceptions. For example, a student who lives alone can be visited by one other person. However, the visitor should always be the same person.

Gatherings in common spaces in student residences are not permitted. Cafeterias in student residences may offer takeout options.

Measures for supporting students

An investment of $60 million has allowed the implementation of measures that foster educational perseverance and success during the 2020-2021 school year, such as:

  • the development of new pedagogical methods
  • the adaptation of ways teaching is provided in order to comply with physical distancing rules
  • the implementation of new measures for providing psychosocial support to students

In addition to this investment, funding of $75 million has been provided for the 2020-2021 school year to improve the direct support offered to students during the public health crisis. This funding is divided among three areas:

  • pedagogical support for students ($30 million)
  • increased material support available to students ($35 million)
  • increased psychosocial support available to students ($10 million)

Moreover, a new investment of $10 million spread over two years will reduce wait time for specialized mental health services for students. An additional $25 million will help colleges provide increased student support.

Results of a survey of students in higher education

From October 30 to November 4, 2020, a survey was conducted among 600 students from Québec colleges and universities to assess their overall level of satisfaction with the Fall 2020 term. For more information, consult the document Rentrée 2020 - Sondage auprès des étudiants en enseignement supérieur (French only) (PDF 524 Kb).