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Schools

The measures put in place in the French sector will also apply in the English sector.

School organization will be based on public health recommendations, which are constantly evolving and can vary from region to region.

Each school will take measures to respect the physical distancing recommendation of maintaining at least 1 metre between students in different subgroups.

Visitors will not be allowed to enter the school.

The premises will be subject to regular, appropriate maintenance to ensure their cleanliness. Efforts will be made to raise awareness about proper handwashing and respiratory hygiene.

Hygiene and sanitation measures are being implemented in schools, as per public health recommendations.

No, wearing a mask is not compulsory if the 2-metre distance between teachers and students is respected. However, if a task requires that a staff member be less than 2 metres away from a student, the staff member must wear the appropriate protective equipment, a procedure mask and eye protection (e.g. safety glasses or visor).

The organization of schools will be based on the guidelines issued by the local health authorities.

Students or staff members with symptoms of COVID-19 must not enter the school. Any person who receives a diagnosis of COVID-19 must comply with a 14-day isolation period.

No. Like the rest of the population, students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home and contact a health care professional. A Self-Care Guide with information on the necessary steps to take has been made available to Quebecers. More information on the health guidelines to follow, especially who to contact in order to get tested, is available on Québec.ca.

Further information will be provided based on how the situation evolves. At the end of the 2019-2020 school year, being physically present at the school was not recommended for staff members who are vulnerable for health reasons (chronic disease, severe immunodeficiency, pregnancy or aged 70 or older).

Anyone who presents symptoms associated with COVID-19 must immediately leave the school premises, call 1-877-644-4545 and follow the instructions they are given. Pedagogical support will be provided to students during their absence from school.

Student advancement to the next grade level will be determined by the students’ evaluations carried out before schools closed on March 13. In addition, teachers are asked to determine the students’ results for the last report card based on their knowledge of the students’ acquired learning. 

No matter the level, schools must plan for a review period at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

No. The ministerial examinations that were scheduled for May, June and July will not be administered. Students were unable to acquire all the learning targeted by the programs of study because of the health crisis that caused educational services to be suspended for a considerable amount of time.

Only Secondary IV and V students who were eligible for a ministerial examination before the 2019-2020 school year will be permitted to retake ministerial examinations in July 2020.

The government can, if the circumstances warrant it, cancel an examination and use the marks awarded by the school as a final grade. Due to the current exceptional circumstances, the ministerial examinations will be cancelled, and the school results will be taken into account in the awarding of diplomas. Students will move up to the next grade level based on the teachers’ professional judgment and the students’ previous results on the first two report cards.

Since July 2, schools have been able to organize summer courses for Secondary IV and V students who are failing one or more subjects.

Institutions are also able to administer local examinations or use other evaluation methods to certify students’ successful completion of a Secondary IV or V program and to enable students to obtain the credits required to continue their educational path. Children who are being homeschooled at the Secondary IV or V level may also be evaluated using these methods.

Non-essential activities like infrastructure sharing are temporarily interrupted in order to slow the spread of the virus, as a public health measure. Related activities such as room rentals as well as sports and cultural activities are also targeted by the closure, with the exception of services offered by partners as part of specific pedagogical programs.

Higher education

College- and university-level teaching activities will continue at a distance for the Summer 2020 term, until September, except in the case of practical training that cannot be carried out remotely and that is necessary to enable students to continue their studies in order to graduate. 

Research activities in colleges, in the Centres collégiaux de transfert de technologie and in universities may resume. Accordingly, research activities related to the health, science, agriculture, forestry and engineering sectors, as well as vital seasonal outdoor activities, the resumption of which is urgently awaited, may now begin. The resumption of activities in all other research sectors should also be considered if these sectors are directly related to the collective effort to relaunch the economy. 

Moreover, institutions of higher education may resume any activity they deem necessary and may authorize some of their employees to return to the workplace. Whenever possible, remote work must still be the preferred approach when resuming these activities.

All of the above is conditional upon compliance with the guidelines issued by the competent authorities, namely the Direction de santé publique, the CNESST and the IRSST.

If internship settings have confirmed the continuation of the internship, the students’ workplace respects the guidelines issued by the public health authority, and the students are able to complete the internship, for example, by working remotely, then internships are possible. However, students cannot be penalized for their inability to meet requirements.

It is up to each institution to establish learning and evaluation procedures it deems appropriate in order to ensure that students develop the competencies required to complete their program of study and to graduate. Students should not be penalized for their inability to complete their program through alternative means developed by their institution.

Compiling of a list of students and materials

Students may collect their personal effects once they have been invited to do so by the administration of the institution and in compliance with the hygiene measures issued by the Direction de Santé publique.

Access to educational institutions

This is an exceptional procedure that aims to meet the most urgent needs of students, teachers and professors. The Ministère will not establish specific categories; rather, it will call upon institutions to identify the persons concerned as well as the order of priority. 

Exceptionally, and for this purpose only, each institution must establish an adapted procedure that ensures compliance with physical distancing guidelines, particularly by tightly controlling the number of people who can access the institution’s premises. Anyone accessing a building on the institution’s premises must wash their hands upon entering and leaving. Students must be supervised when moving about the premises in order to minimize any risks. 

The administration must establish a precise schedule in order to control the number of people present at any given time and to ensure that necessary services are available to students and teachers with special needs. If necessary, the administration may contact its regional public health agency to obtain further information.

These guidelines must be followed at all times:

  • Handwashing is mandatory when entering a building.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained and there must be no contact between individuals.
  • Students cannot be accompanied by another person.
  • Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms must be excluded from this operation.

Aide financière aux études (Student financial assistance)

All Explore 2020 spring and summer sessions have been cancelled.

Financial assistance will continue to be available for students whose period of studies may be lengthened.

For the moment, the student financial assistance program has not been modified. Payments will continue to be issued.

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 Loans and Bursaries Program already accounts for the financial needs of people who are caring for children. Students who have lost their jobs due to the current situation may apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

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.

Recreation and sports

Indoor activities carried out in arenas, sports centres or gymnasiums and all outdoor activities must not have more than 250 spectators in the same area. Spectators who are not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times.

In addition, spectators must wear a mask or face covering when indoors. Masks or face coverings may only be taken off when spectators are seated and when the 2-metre physical distancing rule is followed (when circulating within the space, spectators must put their masks or face coverings back on).

It is also strongly recommended that these guidelines be followed during outdoor activities with spectators.

The government has announced that workplaces offering indoor and outdoor sports and leisure activities can reopen as of June 22, 2020. 

All indoor and outdoor physical, sports and leisure activities, without exception, must respect the current physical distancing measures, regardless of when or where they are carried out. 

During a game, it is permitted for individuals to make physical contact or come close together so long as it happens infrequently.

Since June 22, all indoor and outdoor sports and leisure activities carried out individually or in teams are permitted, provided that physical distancing rules and all the guidelines issued by the public health authorities are respected.

This resumption phase includes public and private pools, beaches and physical fitness centres. Owners and managers of these facilities are responsible for deciding whether or not to reopen them. 

The only direct physical contact that remains unauthorized is contact that occurs during matches in combat sports.  

Businesses and organizations may offer the permitted activities in all regions of Québec. 

It should be noted that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher for activities carried out indoors or in teams, regardless of the physical activity or sport in question. The risk is also higher for activities involving frequent or extended contact between players.

Activities must respect the current physical distancing measures, regardless of when or where they are carried out. However, during a game, it is permitted for individuals to make physical contact or come close together so long as it happens infrequently.

Yes, provided that the physical distancing rules in force are respected by participants, instructors, coaches and spectators, if applicable.

Indoor activities carried out in arenas, sports centres or gymnasiums must not have more than 50 spectators in the same area at the same time. The spectators must also maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres at all times.

Yes, provided that the physical distancing rules in force are respected by participants, instructors, coaches and spectators, if applicable.

Indoor activities carried out in arenas, sports centres or gymnasiums and all outdoor activities must not have more than 250 spectators in the same area. Spectators who are not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times.

In addition, spectators must wear a mask or face covering when indoors. Masks or face coverings may only be taken off when spectators are seated and when the 2-metre physical distancing rule is followed (when circulating within the space, spectators must put their masks or face coverings back on).

It is also strongly recommended that these guidelines be followed during outdoor activities with spectators.

Team sports games may resume since June 22. During games, individuals are allowed to make physical contact or come close together so long as it is done infrequently and for short periods of time.

Given that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher for team sports activities with opposing sides (e.g. where players who stand out are more exposed), player position rotation is encouraged. Wherever possible, teams should also be composed of the same players. Lastly, the number of participants must allow for physical distancing, and certain activities must be adapted to limit prolonged contact between players.

Owners of facilities that offer indoor activities carried out in arenas, sports centres or gymnasiums as well as outdoor activities must ensure that no one spectator area has more than 250 people at a time and that spectators who are not from the same household respect physical distancing of 2 metres.

In addition, spectators must wear a mask or face covering when indoors. Masks or face coverings may only be taken off when spectators are seated and when the 2-metre physical distancing rule is followed (when circulating within the space, spectators must put their masks or face coverings back on).

It is also strongly recommended that these guidelines be followed during outdoor activities with spectators.

Owners and managers of facilities and organizations responsible for the organization of activities must implement hygiene and protective measures in order to comply with the conditions set by the public health authorities.

In addition, the CNESST has produced the Occupational Health and Safety Standards Guide for the Leisure, Sports and Outdoor Recreation Sector – COVID-19 This hyperlink will open in a new window.to ensure the safety of employees and users of facilities that are permitted to open.

Site managers may also limit the number of clients admitted, or even close a site, to ensure compliance with the recommendations issued by public health authorities.

Indoor activities carried out in arenas, sports centres or gymnasiums and all outdoor activities must not have more than 250 spectators in the same area. Spectators who are not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times.

In addition, spectators must wear a mask or face covering when indoors. Masks or face coverings may only be taken off when spectators are seated and when the 2-metre physical distancing rule is followed (when circulating within the space, spectators must put their masks or face coverings back on).

It is also strongly recommended that these guidelines be followed during outdoor activities with spectators.

In addition, sports federations and provincial recreational and outdoor activity organizations have worked in collaboration with the Ministère in order to develop guidelines tailored to their respective fields and disciplines.

These organizations are responsible for informing their members of these guidelines and for making it clear that health and safety guidelines, especially hygiene rules, must be followed in order to ensure that activities are practised safely.

Individuals who are at a higher risk of complications were they to contract COVID-19 (e.g. over 70 years of age, with a chronic illness, with a suppressed or weakened immune system) are encouraged to avoid travel and contact with others. If such a person still decides to participate in a gathering, they must strictly respect the health recommendations for everyone This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Yes. In this and all other activity sectors, public health authorities are monitoring the daily evolution of the health situation in order to advise the government on the actions to be taken.

Public activities that are carried out in the form of competitions (e.g. leagues, recreational tournaments, events with standings) and that allow for the current physical distancing recommendations to be maintained are permitted.

The organizational procedures must be planned so as to minimize the number of people involved in holding the competition. The number of participants, accompanying persons and staff members present must be limited in order to enable the current physical distancing rules to be maintained at all times during activities, whether indoors or outdoors.

Indoor activities carried out in arenas, sports centres or gymnasiums and all outdoor activities must not have more than 250 spectators in the same area. Spectators who are not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times.

In addition, spectators must wear a mask or face covering when indoors. Masks or face coverings may only be taken off when spectators are seated and when the 2-metre physical distancing rule is followed (when circulating within the space, spectators must put their masks or face coverings back on).

It is also strongly recommended that these guidelines be followed during outdoor activities with spectators.

For the moment, while travel between regions is permitted, individuals are asked to limit non-essential travel and to go directly to the location of their sports activity without stopping on the way. Once at this location, public health authority guidelines must be respected.

Sharing and renting equipment is not recommended at this time.

However, at facilities where equipment rentals are allowed, the equipment manager must establish procedures for cleaning, decontaminating and disinfecting the objects.

It is recommended that any shared objects and equipment, for example during group activities, be disinfected regularly, given that it is difficult to keep from touching one’s face, particularly in the context of physical and sports activities. Each participant should use their own equipment as much as possible.

Yes. Outdoor and indoor aquatic facilities and beaches can reopen.

Owners and managers determine how they enable participants to access their facilities, sites or equipment. In some cases, reservations may be required, while in others, access may be limited or provided on a priority basis.

Indoor activities carried out in arenas, sports centres or gymnasiums and all outdoor activities must not have more than 250 spectators in the same area. Spectators who are not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times.

In addition, spectators must wear a mask or face covering when indoors. Masks or face coverings may only be taken off when spectators are seated and when the 2-metre physical distancing rule is followed (when circulating within the space, spectators must put their masks or face coverings back on).

It is also strongly recommended that these guidelines be followed during outdoor activities with spectators.

Yes. The owners and administrators of recreational and sports facilities (municipalities, educational institutions, private companies) have this authority. They can decide when to reopen their facilities and how to manage access in accordance with their resources and in compliance with current health measures.

Yes. However, the organizational procedures must be planned so as to minimize the number of people involved in holding such activities.

Indoor activities carried out in arenas, sports centres or gymnasiums and all outdoor activities must not have more than 250 spectators in the same area. Spectators who are not from the same household must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times.

In addition, spectators must wear a mask or face covering when indoors. Masks or face coverings may only be taken off when spectators are seated and when the 2-metre physical distancing rule is followed (when circulating within the space, spectators must put their masks or face coverings back on).

It is also strongly recommended that these guidelines be followed during outdoor activities with spectators.

During a game, it is permitted for individuals to make physical contact or come close together so long as it happens infrequently.

Access to non-essential common areas that lend themselves to gathering is restricted and loitering around facility entrances and exits is not allowed.

For now, physical and sports activities that involve direct physical contact during a combat sports match remain unauthorized (e.g. wrestling matches or sparring in some martial arts such as judo and karate). 

Specific adaptations for these physical and sports activities may be required to limit the amount of prolonged contact between participants. Individuals carrying out these sports may resume their activities in the form of training sessions or by adapting the regulations to respect the current physical distancing rules. 

The government is permitting these activities to resume gradually in order to monitor the evolution of the health situation. The full resumption of these activities will be announced as soon as possible.

Yes. It is recommended that the accompanying party be an individual residing under the same roof. If not, it is recommended that an accompanied person with a disability have their Companion Leisure Card (CLC) with them as a supporting document justifying their need for assistance. If physical distancing rules cannot be observed, the accompanying party must wear protective equipment.

Note that the CLC grants free admission to the accompanying party of a person with a disability and is recognized by leisure, cultural and tourist organizations.

The Association québécoise du loisir pour les personnes handicapées (AQLPH) is working with experts to produce a guide regarding assistance in leisure activities that complies with the guidelines issued by the public health authorities.

No. The government issues public health guidelines and recommendations regarding hygiene and safety that must be respected. In addition, it is progressively permitting public places to reopen for leisure, sports and outdoor activities (workplace). 

The organization, business or owner of a site is responsible for establishing a reopening plan that complies with current government guidelines. A reference guide produced by the CNESST This hyperlink will open in a new window. provides help in identifying the measures to be implemented.

Providing access to sanitary facilities is not recommended. However, should it be essential that some facilities (e.g. washrooms) be made available to participants, their use must be kept to a minimum and strict hygiene measures must be implemented. This decision falls under the responsibility of the owner or manager of the facility. Providing access to showers in the changing rooms is permitted, so long as physical distancing guidelines are followed and the area is cleaned regularly throughout the day.

The organization, business or owner of the site is responsible for establishing a reopening plan that complies with current government guidelines. A reference guide produced by the CNESST This hyperlink will open in a new window. provides help in identifying the measures to be implemented.

Organizations and owners who make their facilities available to the public must make sure that any training sessions or games respect the current physical distancing rules and that health measures are implemented.

Organizations offering a shuttle service must respect all the relevant rules governing public health and the use of public transport.

It is recommended that users follow the usual health guidelines, maintain a two‑metre physical distance between themselves and others wherever possible, and wear face coverings.

In addition, users are encouraged to change their regular schedules, if possible, in order to avoid crowds during rush-hour transportation.

Professional and semi-professional sporting events can only be held without spectators, whether the events are held indoors or outdoors.

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..

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

Secondary I, II and III

  • 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

Secondary IV and V

Two options are available to school service centres and school boards (English sector and special status) based on their situation and the needs identified in their respective school communities.

Option 1: The same school organization as for students in Secondary I, II and III, with reorganized schedules based on the principle of stable class groups (see previous question)

Option 2: If a reorganized course schedule (including optional courses and special projects) and the organization of stable class groups is not possible:

  • Students present in schools as often as possible, with no less than 50% of the time usually prescribed for each subject, based on locally determined arrangements and the situation of each school
  • All subjects taught (including Physical Education and Health and Arts Education programs)
  • Compliance with the current physical distancing rules (1 metre between students and 2 metres between students and school staff)
  • Online educational services and assigning of homework for days on which students are not in the classroom
  • Prioritization of online learning resources and pedagogical activities outside regular classrooms

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

As of September, physical school attendance will once again be compulsory for all students.

Students who have a health condition that makes them vulnerable 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 may also be exempt.

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

Starting this back-to-school period, all students residing in Québec and subject to compulsory school attendance, that is, students aged 6 to 16, must return to 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 procedure 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 1.5m 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.

The student will be 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 2m 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 school will quickly contact the regional public health authorities, who will complete an epidemiological survey and determine any action to be taken, based on various criteria (contact with other students, compliance with health guidelines).
  • 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 contacts 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

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 (discontinued 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 have passed 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 just 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 have passed since the start of the acute phase of illness
    • absence of acute symptoms for at least 24 hours (excluding a 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 to provide students with more personalized support as well. 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 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 as they did in the spring.

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 to them, 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 IEPs will be 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 student can continue to learn remotely. To support educational institutions in acquiring equipment and loaning it to students, the Ministère de l’Éducation (MEQ) has made an additional funding available to the network.

The Ministère is also stockpiling a reserve 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 will also provide 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 service 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.

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 will be 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 will be available at the start of the school year. 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 will be 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 Optimize Planning and Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction Through Pedagogical Flexibility: A Response to Student Group Heterogeneity

Employees with a health condition or in an age bracket that makes them vulnerable (chronic disease, severe immunodeficiency, pregnancy or aged 70 or older) may be 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.

  • Some special pedagogical projects, extracurricular activities and field trips are possible, provided the current health guidelines are followed.
  • It is a local decision, made jointly with the partners involved (e.g. sports federations, partners in the arts sector, scientific organizations).
  • Access to sports facilities is permitted and the same guidelines that apply to sports federations must be applied to sports in schools This hyperlink will open in a new window..
  • Note, however, that dividing the year into terms (e.g. for Anglais intensif) is to be avoided to ensure that students are not penalized should another lockdown be necessary.

It is anticipated that school play structures will be accessible.

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 at the entrance of 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 transport 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 will resume 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.

  • The physical distancing rules of one metre between subgroups of students and two 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.

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

The Ministère asks that each educational institution plan for the maximum number of students to be present on their campuses by offering as many in-person educational activities and support services as possible.

  • Staff members have access to facilities.
  • Each institution will plan to offer hybrid training options that provide students with regular feedback and follow-up.
  • Institutions will prioritize in-person educational activities and support for students who are transitioning from secondary school to college or from college to university, and students with disabilities or special needs.

This scenario will take into account each institution's unique situation, and institutions must manage their spaces and schedules by taking into account their unique characteristics in order to maximize the number of students present in classrooms.  

Hybrid teaching methods, which must provide students with both in-person and remote learning opportunities, are aimed at alleviating the sense of isolation felt by certain students during the winter 2020 term, when all learning had to take place at a distance.

We believe that this scenario is the most advantageous for students, given the health constraints educational institutions are facing to ensure the health and safety of the members of their community, especially with regard to the current physical distancing guidelines from the public health authorities.

In fact, it has multiple advantages:

  • Teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as other professional staff members, will be able to offer better support to students to foster retention and academic success. The relationship between the institution and each member of the school community will be established or maintained, and a sense of belonging to their school will be preserved for students. These are important factors especially for new students.
  • In-person educational activities will help break the isolation for members of the school community and diminish the mental health concerns some of them are facing.
  • The variety of educational methods provides an improved balance between personal life and school and may contribute to school retention among students.
  • The scenario also offers professors and teachers a certain leeway in planning their educational activities based on the teaching method they deem most appropriate with regard to their students' learning.

Educational institutions must show flexibility in planning the fall 2020 term by respecting all guidelines issued by the Direction générale de la santé publique (DGSP), especially with regard to the 1.5-metre physical distancing rule between students who are seated in rooms during learning activities, such as during class, or the 2-metre physical distancing rule between individuals in other cases. The use of personal protective equipment during activities where physical distancing rules cannot be followed is required in laboratories and during other practical activities.

Institutions have already taken action and are busy preparing for the fall term. Various measures will be implemented by educational institutions to ensure the health and safety of students and staff members on campus, especially with regard to the layout of rooms, laboratories and common areas (cafeterias, hallways, libraries, etc.). These measures are currently being implemented to offer students the best possible experience this fall, despite the current constraints.

Colleges and universities have taken all the necessary steps during the winter term to ensure that the inability to access campuses and the transition toward distance learning have as few repercussions as possible on students' educational paths and the certification of studies.  This will also be the case for the fall term.  The higher education network will adapt to ensure students' academic success.

No, this scenario will have no impact on the Loans and Bursaries Program. Regular rules concerning financial assistance apply, but the situation will be monitored closely and any necessary changes will be made.