Québec will be under confinement from January 9 to February 8, 2021. A curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and other specific measures will apply during this period. To find out about the measures, please visit the Confinement in Québec page.

Access to the campus

Since October 8, 2020, CEGEPs, private colleges and universities that have campuses located in red zones have implemented measures to limit the movement of staff and students, while ensuring that activities and services can continue.

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.

Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory at all times, except when students are seated in a classroom or in the library. While the wearing of procedural masks is not required in post‑secondary institutions, their use is recommended.  

In-person activities

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 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

Student residences

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 in red zones

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.

Emergency protocol

All institutions of higher education have adopted an emergency protocol that will enable them to transition quickly to distance education in the event that access to campuses must be restricted fully or partially. In particular, this plan allows staff members to be able to continue their work and provide support to students to ensure that educational activities continue. For more information, consult the emergency protocol (PDF 228 Kb).

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).