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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.

Aide financière aux études (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 Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur is investing an additional $375 million to support students and institutions of higher learning. Improvements will enter into force in the coming weeks. Adjustments will be made to applications that have already been submitted.

Sports, recreation and outdoor activities

Practising recreational and sports activities is good for our health and well-being. The public health authority guidelines that must be respected are not intended to suspend activities. Rather, they aim to keep physical contact to a minimum during organized activities in order to limit the spread of the virus and protect everyone’s health. Over the coming weeks, Quebecers are encouraged to stay in shape by carrying out physical, sports, recreational and outdoor activities. Consult the resources for staying active outdoors or at home.

These relaxed measures only apply for sports and recreational activities carried out by the general public and do not affect the guidelines specific to schools.

Individuals who are at a higher risk of suffering from complications related to COVID-19 (e.g. individuals over 65 years of age, those with a chronic illness, those with a suppressed or weakened immune system) are encouraged to avoid travel and contact with others. If an individual at higher risk still decides to participate in an activity, they must strictly follow the health recommendations for everyone.

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.

Some individuals may be allowed to remove a face covering when carrying out high-intensity activities as part of a pair (e.g. tandem cycling team, visually impaired runner and their guide), provided the following conditions apply:

  • Neither of the two individuals exhibits symptoms nor has been instructed to self-isolate.
  • Neither of the two individuals has a chronic health condition or immunodeficiency that might put them at risk of complications if they were to contract COVID-19.
  • Neither of the two individuals is older than 70 years of age.
  • The respiratory hygiene (e.g. coughing or sneezing into elbow, wearing a mask during low-intensity activities), and hand hygiene (e.g. frequent handwashing before and after an activity) measures must be strictly respected.
  • Both individuals must avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Both individuals must be aware that the risks of transmitting or contracting COVID-19 are higher when they carry out such activities, due to the close proximity between them, the fact that they are not able to wear a mask or face covering, and the fact that the dispersal of droplets is more frequent during physical activity. During tandem cycling activities, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is greater for the person with a visual impairment seated in the back than for the guide in the front.
  • The pair should remain the same at all times, meaning that the individual who requires assistance should carry out their activities with the same guide or accompanying party.

Yes. Outdoor amateur sports and recreation activities, including classes and guided workouts, are allowed in public spaces for groups of not more than 50 people, excluding officials, staff, and volunteers.

As much as possible, physical distancing guidelines must be respected during sports and physical activities. Participants can come into contact or be in close proximity, if this is done briefly and infrequently.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

It is permitted to practise indoor activities provided that a minimum distance of at least 1 metre is maintained between individuals, except for individuals from the same household and the green zone where brief contact is permitted. The types of facilities that are open, the number of people permitted and the conditions under which activities are carried out, particularly the guidelines concerning wearing face coverings, may vary depending on the alert level.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

Wearing a mask or face covering is not mandatory while practising sports and recreational activities, both outdoors and indoors, for anyone aged 10 and over, in the following situations:

  • when an activity is carried out by members of the same household, who may be joined by one additional person including that person’s children, thereby creating a stable group (for example, this could be a couple not residing at the same address)
  • when a physical distance of 1 metre is maintained throughout an activity between participants from different households
  • when individuals are seated at least 1 metre away from each other (does not apply to indoor activities)
  • when individuals are swimming or carrying out other water-based activities

A physical distance of 1 metre must be maintained at all times between individuals from different households.

However, for high intensity exercise in gyms, the distance of 2 meters must be maintained.

The Québec government is not responsible for conducting COVID‑19 tests in preparation for travel or sports competitions abroad, in other Canadian provinces (with the exception of New Brunswick) or for travel between regions.

Although some countries or organizations require a medical certificate or COVID‑19 test upon an athlete’s arrival, these conditions are not one of the circumstances that provide access to the test in Québec. Therefore, these certificates are not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

Tests for these purposes must be conducted in private clinics and analyzed in private laboratories. Please refer to the list of private laboratories recognized by the public health authorities for the purposes of providing these certificates:

Sports and recreational facilities

Physical fitness centres (gyms) may open in accordance with the regional alert level. The activities permitted and the conditions for carrying them out may vary. Physical distancing guidelines must be followed at all times. Assistance that requires close contact is not permitted except between people from the same household. A compulsory, daily sign-in record must be kept. A mask or face covering must be worn when performing high intensity exercise, when moving around and in the locker rooms. 

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

Yes. Indoor and outdoor hotel swimming pools may open. It is up to hotel owners to allow guests access to these facilities in compliance with the local health guidelines in effect. 

Yes, indoor sites used for bowling or to play darts, billiards or other similar games may open. It is up to the owners of these establishments to allow patrons access to these facilities in compliance with the local health guidelines in effect. 

In green zones, amusement centres and indoor parks, recreation centres (arcades, escape rooms, paintball, laser tag, Ninja Warrior courses, mini‑golf, trampoline centres and other similar establishments) are allowed to open on the condition that each space is able to allow for physical distancing guidelines to be followed: indoor activities at thematic sites, amusement centres and parks, recreation centres and water parks. These sites may admit only users from regions with an alert level that is the same as or lower than their own. A record must be kept of the names, telephone numbers and, if available, email addresses of every user admitted to the site. Users must be willing and able to release this information and to provide proof that it is accurate.

Owners and managers of facilities and organizations responsible for 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 to a site, or even close a site, to ensure compliance with the guidelines issued by public health authorities.

The maximum number of individuals who may gather simultaneously in one sporting venue or place varies in accordance with the progressive regional alert and intervention system.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

In addition, sports federations and provincial recreational and outdoor activity organizations have worked in collaboration with the Ministère de l’Éducation 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.

Competitions and tournaments are permitted in green zones. For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

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 and visitor capacity in accordance with their resources and in compliance with current health measures.

At outdoor sites with controlled access, the number of visitors permitted must be managed. At sites with open access, the visitor capacity must be indicated along with a reminder concerning applicable public health guidelines.

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 sports, recreational 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.

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, games or activities being held respect the current physical distancing rules and that health measures are implemented.

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

Users are encouraged to follow the usual health guidelines and maintain a 1-metre physical distance between themselves and others wherever possible. Face coverings are also recommended.

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

Sports equipment

Sharing and renting equipment is not recommended at this time.

However, if equipment rentals are being offered, the equipment managers establish procedures for cleaning, decontaminating and disinfecting the equipment.

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

The maximum capacity of enclosed spaces is determined based on the available space (area) and the ability to maintain 1 metre of physical distancing between individuals who do not live in the same household. Physical distancing is one of the health guidelines that is important to respect in order to help prevent the spread of the virus, but other measures, such as adequate ventilation of a space, can also help ensure that the potential transmission of COVID-19 is reduced. As a lower ceiling can affect the ventilation of an indoor space, it may actually increase the chance of transmission. However, given that there has yet to be any evidence suggesting that individuals can contract COVID-19 from airborne transmission outside of the close vicinity of an infected person, ceiling height is not currently taken into account when calculating the maximum capacity of an enclosed space. For more information about the risks of contracting COVID-19 and ventilation systems, see the COVID 19: Indoor Environment This hyperlink will open in a new window. published by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) (available in French only).

Just like a face shield, the mouth shield does not offer adequate protection from droplet projection. There is no seal, so the droplets are spread into the air by the small spaces surrounding the shield.

In order to communicate more easily with people with a hearing impairment, it is better to use a face covering with a window. Several models of face masks with windows are available for purchase, and it is even possible to make one yourself (the steps are provided in the How to make a mask or a face covering section).

International students

These students can use the Clic Santé portal This hyperlink will open in a new window. to book an appointment or to register the COVID19 vaccines they received outside Québec in the Québec Vaccination Registry. All they need is a Québec address.

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.

Organization of activities in higher education in 2020-2021

Each institution has the necessary authority to determine the conditions for in-person educational activities, provided that these activities respect the current health guidelines.

Each educational institution is responsible for applying the guidelines pertaining to the alerte level in which it is located to all the various facilities on campus.

Planning the back-to-school period of higher education for fall 2021

The back-to-school period is expected to be in person provided that the target is met: 75% of individuals aged 16 to 29 must have received two doses of the vaccine prior to the Fall term and the epidemiological conditions must permit it.

On-campus student life is expected to return to normal without any physical distancing between students, whether in classrooms or in common areas.

Face coverings or procedural masks may still be required; however, clarification in this regard should be available in the coming weeks. Other health measures will also be determined based on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.

The evolution of the pandemic and the progress of the vaccination of individuals aged 16 to 29 will be closely monitored between now and the back-to-school period.

Institutions of higher education must develop a contingency plan that can be quickly implemented in the event that the epidemiological situation deteriorates.

The back-to-school plan takes into account several factors, and the targets identified by the public health authorities are intended to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff members. Health guidelines will be quickly adjusted should the health situation deteriorate.

Moreover, institutions must be prepared to implement a contingency plan in the event that physical distancing between students becomes necessary. This plan can be fully or partially implemented, as needed.

The back-to-school plan takes into account several factors, and the targets identified by the public health authorities are intended to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff members. Work is also being carried out in collaboration with the CNESST. Health guidelines will be quickly adjusted should the health situation deteriorate. The recommendations for workers will be adjusted according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation and the progress of the vaccination rate, based on scientific evidence and in collaboration with the CNESST.

Moreover, institutions must be prepared to implement a contingency plan in the event that physical distancing between students becomes necessary. This plan can be fully or partially implemented, as needed.