Back-to-school plan for education – Fall 2020

  • 100% of students present in schools full-time
  • Organization of stable class groups (the same students remain in the same group at all times)
  • Compliance with the current physical distancing rules (no physical distancing required between students from the same stable class group, 1 metre between students from different stable class groups and 2 metres between students and school staff)
  • Staff moving between rooms to teach different subjects
  • All subjects taught (including Arts Education programs and Physical Education and Health)
  • Modified access to common areas, while respecting health measures (gymnasium, music rooms, cafeteria, etc.)
  • Reorganization of schedules and special projects based on the principle of stable class groups, with each student staying in their group no matter what courses they are taking

Starting on September 14, optional courses, extracurricular activities, concentrations and special projects can be offered within groups that are different from the stable class groups, provided safety measures are observed. To learn more, see Québec.ca/back-to-school This hyperlink will open in a new window..

This resumption will take place in accordance with the applicable health and safety guidelines as well as the Progressive regional alert and intervention system for COVID‑19.

  • 100% of students present in schools full-time (note that an alternate solution exists for students in Secondary IV and V if it is impossible to rearrange course schedules to comply with the principle of stable class groups)
  • Organization of stable class groups (the same students remain in the same group at all times)
  • Compliance with the current physical distancing rules (no physical distancing required between students from the same stable class group, 1 metre between students from different stable class groups and 2 metres between students and school staff)
  • Staff moving between rooms to teach different subjects
  • All subjects taught (including Arts Education programs and Physical Education and Health)
  • Modified access to common areas, while respecting health measures (gymnasium, music rooms, cafeteria, etc.)
  • Reorganization of schedules and special projects based on the principle of stable class groups, with each student staying in their group no matter what courses they are taking
  • Starting on September 14, optional courses, extracurricular activities, concentrations and special projects can be offered within groups that are different from the stable class groups, provided safety measures are observed. To learn more, see Québec.ca/back-to-school.
  • This resumption will take place in accordance with the applicable health and safety guidelines as well as the Progressive regional alert and intervention system for COVID‑19.

Presence of adult learners and students in centres as well as the possibility of continuing with distance learning:

  • Compliance with the current physical distancing rules, except in programs where it is impossible to do so, in which case students and teachers must use personal protective equipment
  • A distance of 1.5 metres required between adult learners/students in classrooms when they are seated in a working position
  • A distance of 2 metres maintained in laboratories, cafeterias and libraries, as well as between adult learners/students and teachers
  • Possibility of organizing internships and training in the workplace while respecting the guidelines issued by the public health authorities

In-person school attendance is compulsory for all students.

Students who have a health condition that makes them vulnerable to COVID‑19 may be exempt from the compulsory physical attendance by providing a doctor’s note. Physicians have been informed by the public health authorities of which conditions may justify an absence from school. Students living in the same household as a close family member who has a health condition that makes that person vulnerable to COVD‑19 may also be exempt.

Students who cannot return to school in person will receive distance learning services. A doctor’s note is required.

All students residing in Québec and subject to compulsory school attendance, that is, students aged 6 to 16, must attend school, as prescribed in the Education Act.

Parents must take the necessary steps to ensure that their child meets the compulsory school education requirement.

  • Regular handwashing: at the beginning and end of the day, before and after meals, and before and after breaks and recess periods
  • Wearing of face coverings (see the information sheet (PDF 233 Kb)) about wearing face coverings in different contexts)
  • Janitorial services: cleaning and disinfection that complies with the Guide d’intervention prévention et contrôle des infections dans les services de garde et écoles du Québec (MSSS, 2015)
  • Emergency kits containing a medical mask, a visor, a smock (gown), gloves and alcohol-based hand sanitizer available for use in response to a suspected case of COVID‑19 in a school
  • Specific arrangements to manage circulation and the use of specialized rooms (e.g. minimizing the use of these rooms by different groups on the same day, perhaps by scheduling the extended use of a given room) and cleaning of these rooms between groups, if applicable
  • Use of signage, particularly to facilitate circulation in hallways (e.g. one-way traffic)

Students in preschool are not required to wear a face covering, either when in school or when using school transportation. However, they are allowed to do so.

Students in Elementary 1 to 4, inclusive, are not required to wear a face covering, either when in school or when using school transportation. However, it is recommended that they do so.

Students in Elementary 5 and 6 (Elementary Cycle Three) are required to wear a face covering outside of classrooms and in common areas of the school that are frequented by students from different class groups, as well as when using school transportation.

Students in secondary school are required to wear a face covering when circulating outside classrooms, in common areas and when in the presence of students who do not belong to their class group. These students are also required to wear a face covering when using school transportation or public transportation (10 years of age or older).

Students in adult general education and vocational training are required to wear a face covering, unless they are seated in a classroom and are maintaining 1.5 m of distance from one another.

See the information sheet (PDF 233 Kb) on wearing face coverings in various other contexts.

Parents are responsible for providing their child with a face covering.

If, for an exceptional reason, a student forgets their face covering at home, the school can provide one from their supply. However, this is a backup measure only.

Students are encouraged to make sure they have their own face covering when it is time to wear it at school.

Staff must wear a face covering at all times when circulating outside classrooms in elementary and secondary schools.

Preschool teachers (Kindergarten for 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds) must wear personal protective equipment in classrooms, since physical distancing between teachers and students is not required.

At all other grade levels of elementary and secondary school, staff are not required to wear a face covering so long as the 2 m distance between them and students is respected.

See the information sheet (PDF 233 Kb) on wearing face coverings in various other contexts.

  • The student is automatically isolated.
  • A single staff member cares for the student while waiting for the parent.
  • An emergency kit containing the necessary materials (masks, glasses, gloves, etc.) is used.
  • The student’s parents are contacted so that the student can return home, where they are to stay until they have recovered.
  • The room is ventilated, cleaned and disinfected once the student has left.
  • The teacher may provide the student with educational support, if the parent requests it and based on the student’s capacity.
  • The parent must call 1-877-644-4545 as soon as possible and follow the public health guidelines that are provided. The student showing symptoms must remain in isolation at home until public health guidelines have been received.
  • If the student tests positive for COVID-19, the public health authorities will determine the close contact that occurred at the school, with help from the administration, teachers, school staff and the student concerned or their parents. Based on the level of risk, contacts will be informed by letter and guidelines will be communicated.
  • The school will contact only the parents of students who were in contact with the student who tested positive for COVID-19.

In case of doubt, call 1-877-644-4545 as soon as possible if your child shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, and follow the public health guidelines that are provided. The child showing symptoms must remain in isolation at home until public health guidelines have been received.

Only one of the symptoms listed on the Québec.ca website This hyperlink will open in a new window. need be present in order to be tested.

It is recommended that children who show mild flu-like symptoms be kept at home and avoid contact with others. After 24 hours, the situation can be re-evaluated based on the evolution of symptoms. While flu-like symptoms may appear similar to those of COVID-19, they are not a sure sign of this virus.

Keep your child at home and immediately call 1-877-644-4545 if your child shows the following symptoms:

  • a fever and decline in general health, or flu-like symptoms (fever and cough accompanied by headaches, fatigue, aches and pains or extreme fatigue)
  • loss of sense of smell or taste

No. Students, like teachers and any other individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19, must stay home and seek appropriate advice. Information on where to undergo a COVID-19 swab test can be obtained by calling 1-877-644-4545. The location of the testing sites depends on the organization of services in each region. However, screening (testing of individuals without symptoms) may take place in certain schools in order to determine the general situation regarding the transmission of COVID-19, or in response to a local outbreak. In that case, it is possible that a specialized team will be sent to the school to carry out this screening.

If a child is showing one or more symptoms that justify being kept at home, it is strongly suggested that the child be tested. Please note that a child showing symptoms at school can be sent home. The criteria for returning to school (leaving isolation) vary based on the diagnosis. In the case of COVID-19, isolation can only end when the following three conditions are met:

  • at least 14 days elapsed since the start of the illness
  • absence of acute symptoms for at least 24 hours (excluding cough and loss of sense of smell or taste, which may last longer)
  • absence of fever for 48 hours (without having taken fever-reducing medication)

The school will contact only the parents of students who were in contact with the student who tested positive for COVID-19.

In the event of an outbreak, the regional public health authorities will provide schools with guidelines. The schools will then contact the families or staff members who must be notified.

  • The public health authorities will proceed with an investigation once the positive diagnosis of COVID-19 is confirmed.
  • Depending on the identified level of risk, parents of students who had low-risk contact will only be asked to monitor symptoms.
  • Individuals who had moderate- to high-risk contact will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days following the exposure and undergo a screening test.

Yes, staff members who show symptoms of COVID-19 are asked not report to school.

Supply teachers must respect the same health guidelines as the rest of the staff in order to reduce the potential spread of the virus.

As long as these guidelines are followed, the public health authorities do not consider there to be a major risk.

Educational institutions must evaluate each situation based on its specific circumstances. They are welcome to assess the possibility of teachers continuing to work remotely.

If the situation is outside of the employee’s control and it is impossible for them to return to school, their salary is minimally maintained in accordance with the known and agreed-upon schedule in the work contract.

  • Anyone considered to be at moderate to high risk is removed from the school and is tested.
  • The student is provided with remote pedagogical support.
  • The parent must call 1-877-644-4545 as soon as possible and follow the public health guidelines that are provided. The student who tested positive must remain in isolation at home until public health guidelines have been received.
  • The student may only return to the school once all of the following conditions are met:
    • at least 14 days elapsed since the start of the acute phase of illness
    • absence of acute symptoms for at least 24 hours (excluding a residual cough, which may last longer)
    • absence of fever for 48 hours
  • All parents and staff are automatically contacted by the school when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed there.
  • It is possible that intervention measures may be stricter (closing a classroom, closing a school, etc.) based on the public health authorities’ analysis of virus transmission in the school and on the epidemiological factors specific to the school or region.
  • In case of an outbreak, the regional public health authorities will provide the school with detailed instructions. The school will contact all the families or staff members.
  • In collaboration with the school administration, the regional public health authorities will make recommendations as to whether a classroom or school should be closed based on the situation.
  • With help from the administration, teachers, school staff and the student concerned or their parents, the public health authorities will determine the close contact that occurred at the school.
  • Anyone considered to be at moderate to high risk will be removed from the school and tested.
  • Staff will continue to work full-time and a minimum number of distance teaching hours per week will be guaranteed.

It is possible that intervention measures may be stricter (closing a classroom, closing a school, etc.) based on the public health authorities’ analysis of virus transmission in the school and on the epidemiological factors specific to the school or region.

A student who is removed from class after showing symptoms (e.g. a student placed in 14-day isolation) will continue to be followed by their regular teachers, provided they are not too ill to do schoolwork. The teacher may provide them with work, but they are not subject to the minimum number of hours of educational services. The teacher will contact the parents to follow up on the student during this short period.

In the event of an outbreak in a school, the public health authorities may choose to fully confine certain groups or the entire school. Contrary to last spring, when only pedagogical support services were offered, educational services to students will continue this fall, meaning that school attendance will continue to be compulsory, but in a different format: distance learning.

In such an event, teachers will continue to work with the students in the groups they have been assigned to, but this work will take place partially through distance learning. The number of hours dedicated to distance learning will vary based on the students’ grade level, and students will also be required to do some independent work each day. Thus, students will do several hours of distance learning as well as individual work on a daily basis.

In addition, the teacher’s workload will allow for time to carry out personalized follow-up with students. This will enable teachers not only to work with the larger group, but also to provide students with more personalized support. To ensure that all students have access to distance learning with their teachers, schools will be able to lend students the digital equipment they need.

These measures will ensure that educational services can continue and that students can continue to learn new content, rather than simply consolidating prior learning as they did in the spring.

Additionally, a student whose health is such that a physician has determined it would be too great a risk for them to attend school is entitled to the same minimum level of services, the support of a designated teacher for distance learning support and the assigning of school work, in accordance with the student’s health and capabilities. The designated teacher will not be this student’s regular teacher, but will be another teacher whose role will be to support students in this exceptional health situation. Students entitled to this measure will be required to submit a doctor’s note to their school.

Each school service centre, school board and private educational institution is asked to prepare an emergency protocol, which is a tool for planning the rapid organization and implementation of educational services in the event of a closure.

This protocol must cover the following six aspects: management; communication; material and information resources; educational services; support for students with disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties and for students with specific needs; and support with regard to mental health and well-being.

Teaching must continue if schools were to close. The distance learning services required based on students’ needs are managed locally, in compliance with the applicable collective agreements.

Staff will continue to work full-time and a minimum weekly number of hours of distance learning will be set.

Contrary to last spring, students will continue to learn new content, rather than simply consolidate prior learning.

Distance learning must be offered to students who are unable to return to school. These services will be overseen by the school service centre, school board or private educational institution attended by these students. The required complementary educational services must also be offered, if necessary.

The school service centre, school board or private educational institution, in collaboration with the school team, must create a plan to provide educational and complementary services to students who have fallen significantly behind. These services include:

  • Consolidation of learning planned for the start of the school year and that provides a significant amount of remedial instruction before introducing new content in order to bridge any possible gaps
  • The implementation of a protocol for welcoming vulnerable students, including students with disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties, and their families in order to create a personal connection with these families
  • Paying close attention to the specialized services required to mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown (accumulated delay, anxiety, loneliness, etc.), such as remedial education and psychosocial services

Updated individual education plans (IEP) are required for students with disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties to enable them to adjust to their new reality.

Yes. School service centres and school boards are responsible for loaning the necessary equipment to students who do not have it at home in order to ensure that these students can continue to learn remotely. To support educational institutions in acquiring equipment and loaning it to students, the Ministère de l’Éducation has made additional funding available to the network.

The Ministère is also creating a reserve supply of technological equipment consisting of 15 000 tablets and 15 000 laptops to support the education network in its efforts. This equipment is intended for students who cannot attend school in person and who do not have their own equipment at home. School service centres and school boards may use this equipment if they are unable to meet students’ needs by relying on their own inventory or orders.

School service centres and school boards are also providing IT support to students and parents who require assistance in using technological equipment and digital tools. The Ministère is also taking steps to establish a call centre. This IT support will be available to students who have borrowed equipment and attend a school under the jurisdiction of a service centre or school board that is subscribed to this service, as well to their parents.

Families remain responsible for establishing and paying for an Internet connection. Students may download educational materials using a public Internet hotspot or their school’s Wi-Fi connection. Institutions may also provide students with LTE mobile Internet keys.

To help the school network ensure that all students throughout Québec have access to computer equipment, the government has taken special measures to set up an emergency reserve supply consisting of 30 000 devices. 

Priority access to this equipment is given to students who:  

  • do not have access to computer equipment 
  • do not have exclusive access to computer equipment 
  • are in Secondary IV or V and attending school according to an alternating schedule 
  • are at risk (at-risk students are those at the preschool, elementary and secondary levels who have weaknesses that may affect their learning, success, behaviour or socialization) 
  • have disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties 

This special reserve supply supplements the devices already acquired by the school network. So far, the network has acquired approximately 200 000 devices in preparation for the beginning of the school year. Orders will continue to be placed in the coming weeks. 

School service centres and English school boards are providing technical support to students who must continue their education through distance learning. 

Steps are also being taken to set up a call centre to help organizations in the network with their efforts in this regard.

Memory aids for each program of study have been made available to all educational service departments of school service centres and school boards. These tools aim to support education consultants and teachers in targeting essential learning, at both the elementary and secondary levels, in order to complete the 2019-2020 school year. They are equally helpful during the catch-up period in fall 2020 in targeting essential learning based on each student’s needs.

Training aimed at supporting the education network throughout the next school year is also available. This training offers a new look at the principles, concepts, processes, approaches and strategies used in the teaching profession. It will also provide food for thought on how to prepare for and proceed with the new school year. The training videos are available on the Ministère’s YouTube channel and can be viewed at any time. The training will consist of three parts:

  • Learning and Enabling Learning: Embracing and Implementing Curricula
  • Identifying Students' Needs to Adjust Educational Planning
  • Differentiated Instruction Through Pedagogical Flexibility: A Response to Mixed-Ability Classrooms

Employees with a health condition or in an age bracket that makes them vulnerable to COVID‑19 (chronic disease, severe immunodeficiency, pregnancy or aged 70 or older) are exempted.

As employers, school service centres and school boards are responsible for managing their human resources based on their own needs and in compliance with the legal frameworks and collective agreements. They can also turn to their pool of supply teachers, which may be extensive.

In an effort to prevent and counter the negative impacts of a teacher shortage, the Ministère has taken various steps over the last few years to promote the teaching profession and foster the recruitment of competent and qualified individuals, including adding a web page with information about teaching jobs.

  • The physical distancing rules of 1 metre between subgroups of students and 2 metres between students and adults must be respected during indoor and outdoor activities.
  • For the moment, given that it is difficult to avoid touching your face with your hands, especially during physical and sports activities, it is recommended that shared objects or equipment be disinfected between each use.
  • Children will be able to play with balls, provided they only make contact with their feet. It is important not to touch the balls with their hands. However, it is possible that the guidelines will change, based on new recommendations issued by the health authorities.

No more than two students can be seated on the same bench, bringing the total number of students who can be on board a school bus at the same time to 48.

  • Siblings should be seated together on the same bench.
  • The same two students should remain seated together on the same bench every day, if possible.
  • Students in Elementary Cycle Three (Elementary 5 and 6) and secondary school are required to wear a face covering when using school transportation. Students in preschool education and in Elementary Cycles One and Two may wear face coverings when using school transportation, if they wish to do so.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available to students when boarding the vehicle.
  • The vehicle must be fully cleaned every day.
  • If a vehicle must be used for more than one run in the morning or afternoon, the areas most frequently touched by students must be disinfected (e.g. tops of seat backs, handrail).

Parents who can bring their children themselves are, once again, encouraged to do so.

Transportation providers must implement the school transportation recommendations made by the CNESST. School bus drivers will have access to the necessary personal protective equipment (e.g. mask, visor). The installation of a clear plastic barrier could be an additional option to ensure their safety.

School daycare services have resumed their regular operations (regular fees, regular 1-to-20 ratio), while complying with the health guidelines issued by the public health authorities. Each school will implement the guidelines based on its respective situation.

All health measures implemented in schools also apply to school daycare services. In addition, students from the same stable class groups should be placed in the same daycare groups, wherever possible.

Back-to-school plan for higher education – Fall 2020

Students will be able to begin or continue their studies during the fall 2020 term in spite of the exceptional and unprecedented context that is COVID-19. Student perseverance and educational success along with the health and safety of everyone in each school community remain the top priority of both the Ministère and the entire higher education network.

Yes. The ministerial guidelines sent to colleges and universities made a point of asking them to organize their spaces and schedules in order to allow a maximum number of students to return to campus for the fall 2020 term and to offer the student community as many in-person teaching activities and support services as possible, especially for students who are beginning their studies or who have disabilities or special needs. This organizational planning must be in line with the current guidelines issued by the public health authorities, specifically those concerning maintaining a physical distance between individuals and wearing a mask.

The in-person activity offer may vary depending on an institution’s programs, departments and campuses, and in light of its specific characteristics (heritage building, building located downtown, organization of spaces, tight spaces, etc.). The administration of each institution will be able to implement the appropriate measures that best allow for a maximum number of activities to take place on campus, while taking into account the institution’s specific characteristics as well as the guidelines issued by the public health authorities.

All insitutions of higher education are preparing an emergengy protocol that can be rolled out quickly should a second wave of the virus or a local outbreak force campuses to close partially or completely. Among other things, this protocol should plan for staff to continue working and for support services offered to students to be maintained so as to ensure the continuation of teaching activities.

Yes. As of August 24, individuals aged 10 and older must wear a mask or face covering in many closed indoor spaces, including colleges and universities. A mask or face covering must be worn in these spaces at all times but may be removed when the individual is seated in a classroom or the library or when they are eating, for example.

Like all educational institutions, the Ministère has the health and safety of the occupants of student residences at heart. For this reason, and to guide institutions in producing their health protocol for student residences, the Ministère and representatives from the college and university networks worked together to establish common guidelines, which were then adapted by the public health authorities based on recommendations from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. These guidelines are flexible and are intended to help educational institutions to make decisions that are best adapted to the management of their residences. We recommend that you contact your institution for further details.

Educational childcare services

Since Monday, July 13, 2020, all childcare establishments in Québec have been allowed to deliver childcare services to 100% of the maximum number of children indicated on their permit. Home childcare providers (HCPs) can also once again deliver services to the regular number of children permitted under the recognition they have obtained.

Whenever possible, a distance of two metres must be kept between adults (that is, between educators themselves and between educators and parents) and between adults and children. However, this distance is not required between children in the same group, or between children and educators in the same group (maximum of 10 children). Measures must be taken to minimize contact between groups.

For tasks that require being less than two metres away from children or other adults for a cumulative time of more than 15 minutes a day, educators and all other staff members must wear a high-quality medical procedure mask and eye protection (protective glasses or visor).

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, basic health rules such as respiratory hygiene (e.g. coughing into your elbow) and hand washing must always be followed.

Health recommendations applicable for everyone must be followed at all times.

Registering children for childcare services is done as usual, through the single-window access to recognized childcare services, La Place 0-5 This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Educational childcare services

Parent users of childcare services must pay the parental contribution according to the usual rates. The use of these services remains voluntary.

Children who do not return to their childcare facility right away will keep their space until September 1, 2020.

All parents who wish to keep their child’s space since the reopening that has allowed 100% occupancy at childcare facilities – specifically, since June 22 in cold zones and July 13 in hot zones – are required to pay the usual parental contribution. This applies in both subsidized and non-subsidized childcare facilities.

Parents are encouraged to get in touch with their childcare facility to discuss arrangements for their child’s return.

The list of symptoms to watch for in children and personnel at educational childcare establishments and in schools is as follows:

Fever

  • Children between 0 and 5 years old:
    • Rectal temperature of 38.5°C (101.3°F) or higher
  • Child 6 years old and over:
    • Oral temperature of 38.1°C (100.6°F) or higher

General symptoms

  • Sudden loss of smell with no stuffy nose, with or without loss of taste
  • Intense fatigue
  • Significant loss of appetite
  • Generalized muscle pain (not related to physical exertion)

Respiratory symptoms

  • Cough (new or worsening)
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion

Gastro-intestinal symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach aches

If a child exhibits these symptoms, the parent must keep the child at home and use the symptom assessment tool at Québec.ca/decisioncovid19 This hyperlink will open in a new window. or call 1-877-644-4545 and follow the instructions provided.

Management of educational childcare services

Yes. The reasons for which the director of a childcare facility may refuse entry to a child, apart from the limitations of the facility’s intake capacity, are the fact that the child presents symptoms of COVID-19, that he or she (or a person living in the same home) has tested positive for COVID-19, or that the child has travelled outside Canada within the past 14 days.

If a person living in the child’s home is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, the child may be allowed into the childcare facility, on condition that he or she does not present any symptoms. If the test of the person living in the home comes back positive, the child must stay at home for a minimum of 14 days.

Please consult the document COVID-19 procedure to follow in educational childcare centres (PDF 570 Kb) for more details.

If, before arriving or upon arriving at the childcare facility, a child presents one or more of the symptoms listed below, he or she must not be allowed into the facility.

Fever

  • Children between 0 and 5 years old:
    • Rectal temperature of 38.5°C (101.3°F) or higher
  • Child 6 years old and over:
    • Oral temperature of 38.1°C (100.6°F) or higher

General symptoms

  • Sudden loss of smell with no stuffy nose, with or without loss of taste
  • Intense fatigue
  • Significant loss of appetite
  • Generalized muscle pain (not related to physical exertion)

Respiratory symptoms

  • Cough (new or worsening)
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion

Gastro-intestinal symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach aches

The childcare facility must recommend that the parent use the symptom assessment tool at Québec.ca/decisioncovid19 This hyperlink will open in a new window. or call 1-877-644-4545 and follow the instructions provided.

If the child exhibits one or more of the above symptoms when he or she is already present in the facility, the educator or HCP must isolate the child from the other children in a room reserved for this purpose until the parent can come to pick him or her up.

For more information about the measures that childcare facilities must follow when a child presents COVID-19 symptoms, refer to the following documents:

Educational childcare personnel

Childcare services personnel must apply the infection prevention and control protocol that is used at all times:

  • they must ensure that sick children are not allowed into the childcare facility and must enlist the parents’ close cooperation in this regard;
  • they must isolate a sick child from the other children and ask the parents to come and pick the child up as soon as possible; they must absolutely wear personal protective equipment in this situation;
  • if a case is confirmed to be positive for COVID-19, tighter measures must be taken.

If, before arriving or upon arriving at the childcare facility, an educator or any other person working in the facility shows symptoms resembling those of COVID-19, this person must not be allowed into the facility. He or she must call the Info-Santé 811 line to assess whether he or she should have a COVID-19 test.

For the measures that childcare establishments should follow when a person (an educator or other staff member) shows symptoms of COVID-19, refer to the following documents:

If a child who has attended a childcare facility has tested positive for COVID-19, the regional public health branch of the DSPG will investigate and take the necessary measures to take charge of each of the sick child’s contacts (childcare staff, other children and close family).

Day camps

Yes, the gouvernement du Québec has authorized the opening of day camps, starting June 22.

However, municipalities and organizations in charge of running day camps will have to plan activities that comply with the distance rule and ensure that increased hygiene measures are applied.

To learn the mandatory health measures to be put in place in day camps, please consult the following tools:

Since these camps require the application of additional measures with which it would be difficult to comply, the opening of this type of camp has been postponed until the summer of 2021. 

Yes, in order to provide additional respite for families and caregivers, these camps with accommodations can be opened during the summer of 2020.

Guidelines have been developed by the Association des camps du Québec (ACQ), the Association québécoise du loisir municipal, and the Association québécoise du loisir pour les personnes handicapées in collaboration with the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and the ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur. They can be consulted online on the Association des camps du Québec website This hyperlink will open in a new window. (French only).

Mandatory online training will be offered to all staff throughout Québec, and activities (in French only)  will be provided for counselors on the ACQ's mobile application PEP ton jeu This hyperlink will open in a new window.  (PEP your game).

International students

The modifications to the different administrative procedures announced for educational institutions apply to both Québec and international students. It is recommended that any information that may be of interest on this page be consulted as it pertains to all students.

International students will be entitled to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit This hyperlink will open in a new window. (CERB) if they meet the program eligibility criteria, particularly:

  • Have declared an income of at least $5000, earned in Canada or outside the country, during the last fiscal year or during the 12 months prior to their application. Applicants must be Canadian residents.
  • Have stopped working in relation to the COVID-19 crisis, without having left their employment voluntarily. Thus, they are not eligible if they stopped working before the crisis began.

No measure is currently planned for this specific purpose.

The repatriation of foreign nationals is usually the responsibility of their country of origin.

No measure is currently planned for this specific purpose.No measure is currently planned for this specific purpose.

No measure is currently planned for this specific purpose.

However, the Ministère has encouraged educational institutions to offer special support and possibly implement measures to help international students who may find themselves in a precarious situation.

International students will be able to leave Canada based on available flights or may choose to stay in Canada if they have yet to complete their studies, provided that their immigration documents are in order.

Institutions are encouraged to continue processing all applications so as to not delay the subsequent steps required for international students to begin their studies at the chosen institution.

International students must have a valid Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and study permit when they begin their classes. To obtain these documents, students must have a proof of admission.

Note that international students are not required to obtain a CAQ and a study permit prior to starting a program of study through distance education while they are not residing in Canada. However, they will need to obtain these documents before being authorized to enter the country to complete their program in person, as needed.

International students can attend distance courses, just like Québec students.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not announced the automatic renewal of temporary residency permits. Students are asked to submit a request for renewal before the date on which their permit expires. If students meet this condition, they are granted “implied status,” meaning that their current temporary residency is maintained until a decision is made regarding their application. International students are requested not to go to border crossings in an attempt to renew their immigration documents. The most up-to-date information is usually published by the federal government This hyperlink will open in a new window..

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is extending, until December 31, 2020, the minister’s consent for the duration of the stay in Québec of international students whose Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies expires as of April 30, 2020 and before December 31, 2020. This regulation applies to students whose CAQ had not already expired on April 30, 2020.

Temporary residents must maintain valid temporary resident status at all times. The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’intégration (MIFI) continues to process applications for temporary selection.

Students who were already studying in Canada and whose courses were moved online due to the travel restrictions and public health measures introduced because of COVID-19 will not be penalized and will retain their eligibility for the PGWPP, including the length of the work permit to which they would be entitled. However, these students must continue at least 50 % of their program of study in Canada to be eligible for the PGWPP.

The IRCC has introduced a new temporary policy for students who currently hold a study permit or who were approved for a study permit for a program set to begin in May or June 2020, but who are unable to enter Canada due to the current travel restrictions. If courses of study are delivered online exceptionally because of COVID-19, the eligibility of these students for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) will not be affected. International students in this situation can begin their courses from outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program from outside the country if they cannot travel to Canada earlier.

international students are not required to obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) and a study permit to study through distance education. However, they will need to obtain these documents before being authorized to enter the country to complete their program in person, as needed.

It is important to note that students whose study permits were issued no later than March 18, 2020, are exempt from the travel restrictions in place in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window. and are therefore allowed to enter the country. However, they must not be experiencing any symptoms prior to boarding their flight and must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon their arrival.

For information on health protection, foreign nationals can refer to the Questions and answers about our services during the pandemic page on the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec website This hyperlink will open in a new window., specifically the following sections:

  • COVID-19: Information and screening – What coverage does Québec provide for COVID-19 screening and care? 
  • Foreign workers and students in Québec: health insurance coverage

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is extending, until December 31, 2020, the minister’s consent for the duration of the stay in Québec of international students whose Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies expires as of April 30, 2020 and before December 31, 2020. This regulation applies to students whose CAQ had not already expired on April 30, 2020.

This decision is intended to facilitate the steps that must be taken by inernational students who were in the process of completing their study program but who must extend their stay in Québec due to the current health state of emergency and the temporary interruption of their courses.

These students can therefore submit an application to the federal government as soon as possible to have their study permit extended without having to include a new CAQ, which will allow them to maintain valid temporary residence status and to complete their study program when their courses resume.

No, international students will not have to pay any fees for extending their CAQ, since the required fees were already paid when they submitted their application for the CAQ that they obtained.

International students who would like to extend their stay in Québec for studies beyond December 31, 2020, in order to complete a study program or to begin a new program in the fall 2020 semester, must submit a new application for a CAQ for studies to the MIFI and a new application for a study permit to the federal government. In all cases, students should start the required immigration procedures at least three months before their current authorization for studies expires.

International students who have earned their degree can submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ if they have been awarded, by an educational institution in Québec, within three years of the date of submission of their application, one of the following:

  • a university diploma attesting to a bachelor’s, a master’s or a doctoral degree
  • a college diploma for technical studies or a vocational diploma at the secondary level, with or without attestation of vocational specialization, obtained consecutively, attesting to 1800 hours or more of consecutive study and leading to a trade

The Ministère accepts attestations of successful completion of a study program as well as a final transcripts issued by the registrar of the educational institution. Since the programs admissible under the PEQ must have a minimum duration of 1800 hours, these graduates can obtain a three-year post-graduation work permit. The duration of this permit gives them all the time they need to submit an application for permanent selection under the PEQ as graduates or even as temporary foreign workers.

The federal government is responsible for issuing study permits. If you have any questions about study permits, please visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website This hyperlink will open in a new window..

The organization Accueil Plus offers a wealth of information to guide you in pursuing your studies in Québec, notably with regard to entering the country in the current context. Refer to the following section on the organization’s website This hyperlink will open in a new window. to access the available information. Note that Accueil Plus is a trusted partner of the Québec government.

Student financial assistance

The income taken into account when calculating the 2019-2020 financial assistance is that of the 2019 calendar year. For that reason, any fluctuations in the students’ income in 2020 are not considered for 2019-2020. In some cases, they may, however, affect the calculations for 2020-2021. The government has announced that it will be postponing repayment of any loans incurred under the Loans and Bursaries Program and the Loans Program for Part-Time Studies for a period of six months.

The Minister of Education and Higher Education is currently studying the best ways to increase the amount of financial assistance awarded to students in Québec and is collaborating with the federal government to ensure financing. Announcements to student associations are planned in the coming weeks to prepare for a rollout in Fall 2020.

No, the government has announced that repayments of all loans contracted under the Loans and Bursaries Program and the Loans for Part-Time Studies Program are postponed for a period of six months. The government will pay the interest.

No payments are expected during this period. You do not have to take any steps or provide any proof to benefit from this exceptional measure, since it applies automatically to anyone who has incurred a debt with Aide financière aux études.

No. The government will pay the interest. Students are not required to make any payments during this period.

Yes. Contact your financial institution. They will tell you what steps to follow.

No. The government has made arrangements with all partner financial institutions to automatically postpone the repayment plan. People who have contracted student loans do not have to take any action.

No. Your financial institution will automatically extend the amortization period for your loan by six months and your monthly payments will remain the same.

Yes. This measure applies to all outstanding amounts, whether owed to a financial institution or in collection with Aide financière aux études. 

For the next six months, you will not be required to make repayments of your student loan.

Your Deferred Payment Plan is also suspended for six months.

After this postponement ends, your Deferred Payment Plan will continue for the rest of the time remaining in it.

No. This postponement is not included in the 60 months of eligibility for the Deferred Payment Plan.

No. This postponement applies only to student loans contracted under a program offered by the Aide financière aux études department of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

If you have questions about lines of credit and other student loans offered by your financial institution, please contact the staff there directly.

Children in shared custody

There is no single response. We are appealing to the parents’ collaboration and good judgment.

When a change of custody seems necessary, ensure that each family has abided by the hygiene instructions issued by public health authorities. Court judgments and orders must also be observed.

For any specific situation, you can call the Clinique d’assistance juridique COVID-19 established by the Ministère de la Justice du Québec and the Barreau du Québec at 1-866-699-9729 (toll free).

Several situations may occur during this pandemic:

  • One of the parents tests positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms;
  • Someone in the family’s circle tests positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms;
  • The child tests positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms;
  • One of the parents, the child or someone in the family’s circle has to self-isolate after a trip abroad.

In these cases, 14-day self-isolation is required to contain the spread of the virus. During this period, the child will not be able to move from one home to another if someone on one side or the other is in self-isolation. The goal is to contain the spread of the virus.

If you’re worried about the precautionary measures taken by the other parent but none of the above situations apply, it’s best to discuss among yourselves to attempt to remedy the situation.

Previous agreements, whether a custody or access order or an agreement between the parents, for instance following family mediation, should be complied with to the greatest extent possible. However, given the current situation, everyone should use common sense and follow the public health recommendations.

Everyone has a part to play in reducing the spread of the virus and should collaborate and follow the health recommendations. This also applies to separated parents and families where the child may have to move from one household to another.

Children have essential needs, which can include having access to both parents and being sheltered from tension between parents.

If there is a disagreement, parents can call on a family mediator to facilitate discussion and work on resolving the conflict. Many mediators work remotely, which helps avoid physical contact and maintain distancing measures. 

Some mediation sessions can even be free depending on your situation.

For more information about mediation, mediation costs or to find a mediator, visit the following section in the Ministère de la Justice’s website: « Family mediation - Negotiating a fair agreement This hyperlink will open in a new window. ».

If a child needs both parents, we recommend making communication possible through technological means (Skype, Facetime, etc.) for the duration of the crisis.

The custody or access order should be complied with as much as possible. However, during this pandemic, you can try to work out new terms with the other parent to minimize travel.

The custody or access order should be complied with as much as possible. However, during this pandemic, people are asked to limit travel between regions as much as possible. You can try to work out new terms with the other parent to minimize travel and agree to maintain contact through technological means.

If the change of custody involves travel to a health region where travel restrictions have been implemented, the parent must explain to the police officers that he or she is carrying out a change of custody or exercising an access right. Travel should be permitted whether the custody or access right was granted by Court order or pursuant to an agreement.

You can call on a family mediator to facilitate discussion and work on reaching an agreement. Many mediators work remotely, which helps avoid contact. You can find a list of accredited mediators This hyperlink will open in a new window. on the MJQ’s website.

he healthcare system is taking the necessary measures to protect its staff.

Public transit services are still running and are essential for people such as healthcare and social service workers to commute to their jobs. 

Québec transit companies have increased the maintenance frequency of their vehicles and installations. Commuters are still encouraged to follow health recommendations and keep two metres apart whenever possible.

Commuters are also encouraged to adjust their commuting schedule if possible to reduce crowding during peak hours.

Decisions About a Child’s Return to School During the Public Health Emergency

Support Payments

You can try to reach an agreement with your ex-spouse by using the Child Support Payments Calculation Tool This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, parents who have information about their income can call on a family mediator to facilitate discussion and work on reaching an agreement. Many mediators work remotely, which helps avoid direct contact between people. 

Certain mediation sessions may be free depending on your situation.

For more information about mediation, mediation costs or to find a mediator, please visit the section on mediation in the Ministère de la Justice website This hyperlink will open in a new window..

A judgment is necessary to modify the support payments collected by Revenu Québec. You can obtain it by using the Homologation Assistance Service (HAS) This hyperlink will open in a new window. The modified judgment will be transmitted to Revenu Québec, which will then adjust the amount collected and paid.

Recipients of last resort assistance who are creditors of support must inform the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale whether they wish to reach an agreement to cancel, reduce or suspend the support payments. In the context of an HAS application, the creditor who receives last resort assistance must send a support application notice at least 10 days before submitting the agreement.

All proceedings before the Superior Court instituted by a party who receives last resort assistance to cancel, reduce or suspend support payments must be notified to the Attorney General of Québec.

Once your financial situation has stabilized, this amount must be reviewed as it is parents’ responsibility to make sure that the support payments are up to date based on both parents’ income.

For this calculation, annual income is income from all sources and includes: 

  • wages, salaries and other remuneration; 
  • net income from the operation of a business or self-employment; 
  • employment insurance and parental insurance benefits; 
  • personal support payments from another person; 
  • interest, taxable amounts of dividends and other investment income; 
  • net rental income; 
  • benefits paid under other legislation as part of a pension or compensation plan; 
  • other income. 

Annual income includes all the income received by each parent, except the following amounts, which are not considered to be annual income and therefore are not used in calculating disposable income:  

  • family-related government transfers (child assistance payments, Canada Child Benefit (CCB), etc.); 
  • amounts received under the Work Premium program; 
  • last resort financial assistance (welfare) benefits; 
  • amounts granted under a financial assistance program for education expenses managed by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.

Child support is determined based on both parents’ income. In the Child Support Determination Form, parents must enter their income for the current year or, if applicable, their foreseeable income for the next 12 months. However, during this pandemic, many parents find it hard to foresee their income for the next 12 months. 

The Canadian government has announced various measures to help individuals obtain financial assistance quickly. They include the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy for businesses. For more information on these measures, see Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Yes, once your income situation has stabilized, it will be possible to ask for a support payment review for the period during which your income was reduced.

If the payments are collected by Revenu Québec, a judgment that clearly indicates the periods covered by the adjustment must be obtained. For instance, support payments will be reduced for a few months before returning to normal.

You can use the Homologation Assistance Service (HAS) This hyperlink will open in a new window. to obtain this judgment following an agreement with your ex-spouse or family mediation.

You can find information on the following websites:

You can call Info-Social 811 (free psychosocial hotline open 24/7):

Call Info-Social 811 if you are experiencing:

  • stress, anxiety;
  • prolonged emotional reactions (frequent crying, irritability, etc.);
  • feelings of panic;
  • overwhelming and frightening thoughts that won’t go away;
  • social repercussions from the illness.

Psychosocial intervention professionals will provide support and give you advice and information based on your needs.

Guidelines for citizens on how to manage their residual materials

Refund activities resumed on June 8 throughout Québec, except on the Island of Montréal, where they resumed on June 22.

Citizens are asked to cooperate to prevent these containers from ending up in the trash.

Put off your visits to the ecocentre or other drop-off site until later. In the meantime, avoid putting the materials or items in the trash.

At home, used tissues, gloves, masks, disposable wipes, and other protective products or cleaners that are potentially contaminated should be placed in a sealed bag and then in a closed waste container. These materials should not be placed in recycling or organic collection bins or flushed down the toilet.

Away from home, if you use tissues, gloves, masks, wipes or other protective products or cleaners, please throw them in the trash after you have finished using them or take them home and dispose of them properly.