Quarantine Guidelines

As per the Government of Canada’s Quarantine Act, students are required to self-isolate for 14 days immediately upon arrival in Canada.

Be sure you:

  • Stay in your own room as much as possible and away from others for 14 days; do not leave your quarantine room unless there is a medical emergency
  • Keep your room well-ventilated and clean and open your window to let air circulate
  • Practice proper health hygiene
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow or use a tissue; dispose of used tissues right away into a trash bin and immediately wash your hands
  • Flush toilets with the seat cover down
  • Pack and dispose of garbage frequently and wash your hands immediately after handling all waste
  • Follow all laundry protocols at your quarantine site
  • Stay connected to Canadian College of Higher Studies and meet other students by participating in virtual social activities that have been arranged
  • Stay connected to friends and family through text, email, phone, and video calls
  • Monitor daily your physical and mental well-being
  • IF experiencing a medical emergency please call 911; if you are not feeling well and experience symptoms of COVID-19, use the Government of Canada’s self-assessment tool to help determine if you need further assessment or testing, or call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-866-797-0000; please also inform your quarantine provider Canadian College for Higher Studies at [email protected]
  • For those who are in crisis or have immediate concerns outside regular hours of operation, the following resources are available:
    • Good2Talk: call 1.866.925.5454 or text GOOD2TALK to 686868
    • Mental Health Helpline: call 1.866.531.2600

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the federal and provincial governments have mandated changes limiting international travel into Canada which can be found in the Quarantine Act. All individuals traveling into Canada must place themselves into quarantine for 14 days. Therefore, you should not travel unless you can demonstrate your plan for the quarantine upon entry. This is mandatory even if you have no symptoms of COVID-19. Please review the Government of Canada’s quarantine guidelines.

Few people in Canada have faced repercussions of not obeying the Quarantine Act, but it is possible.

From the Government of Canada’s website

Violating any instructions provided to you when you entered Canada or failing to provide accurate information is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to:

  • 6 months in prison and/or
  • $750,000 in fines

If you choose to break your mandatory quarantine or isolation, resulting in the death or serious bodily harm to another person, you could face:

  • A fine of up to $1,000,000 or
  • Imprisonment of up to 3 years or
  • Both

The Contraventions Act gives police (including the RCMP, provincial and local police) more power to enforce the Quarantine Act. They can issue tickets to people who do not comply with the act or the emergency orders. Fines range from $275 to $1,000.

Canadian College for Higher Studies has readily available information and resources for students and their family related to Primary care Health Service, mental health service and support and social services and community organization.


Our Student Wellness & Accessibility team is here to help working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to provide access and support to students through a range of service

Your primary care provider, who may be able to provide treatment and support or provide a referral to local mental health and addictions supports over the phone.


Anyone can experience increased anxiety and/or mental health concerns at a time like this. You are encouraged to take care of yourself or suggest support for others who may be struggling.

  • Stay active
  • Get proper rest and sleep
  • Seek support
  • Experiencing feelings of some fear and anxiety is normal
  • Know yourself
  • Seek credible information

TAO – Therapy Assistance Online

A self-help platform offering support for anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, pain management, substance abuse, and overall, wellbeing. The free platform offers educational modules, videos, interactive exercises, mindfulness library, practice tools, progress measures, and many resources.

Good 2 Talk

A 24-hour phone line for all post-secondary students in Ontario available 24/7 and 365 days a year. Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALK to 686868


An Ontario’s mental health, addictions, and problem gambling help line, which can provide contact information for local mental health and addictions services and supports, including crisis lines.  (1-866-531-2600)

Big White Wall

An online community of members who support each other by sharing what is troubling them and responding in a safe and anonymous environment. Visit www.bigwhitewall.ca and enter an Ontario postal code for a free, anonymous account.

Visit bouncebackontario.ca to access their guided self-help program using workbooks, with phone coaching support, or ask your primary care provider for a referral


Punjabi Community Health Services – Scarborough – Sahara Mental Health Program 

c/o Mahesh Nileshwar

3195 Sheppard Ave E Unit 202

Toronto, ON

M1T 3K1




TAIBU Community Health Centre

27 Tapscott Rd #1,

Scarborough, ON

M1B 4Y7

(416) 644-3536


In an emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency department.

Resources and Link can be found on the college website, student portal and general FAQ section.

Canadian College for Higher Studies has also partnered up with SWITCH HEALTH. Switch health will help student conduct online testing in the case student, or their family members develop symptoms relating to COVID-19.

For More information please visit : https://www.switchhealth.ca

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