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COVID-19 Updates

Information for Residents of Canada

Health & Safety Updates – April 1, 2022

Many of our classes are back at the school and in-person.  Some classes are offered online.

Masks are encouraged, but are not mandatory.

Students, staff, and volunteers are NOT required to be vaccinated or submit to regular testing.

We ask that anyone who is sick and/or has COVID-like symptoms to please stay home.

CCI-LEX continually monitors the situation, and responds, adjusts and makes changes to policies as needed.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Updated April 1, 2022.



Important Announcement – March 1, 2022

CCI-LEX Vaccine Mandate Suspended

Effective immediately the CCI-LEX COVID-19 Vaccination Policy has been suspended.  This means that students, volunteers, and staff participating in In-Person Activities will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or submit to regular testing. 

Masks are still mandatory at CCI-LEX in compliance with City of Edmonton Bylaws.  At this time, the City of Edmonton Bylaw for mandatory masking in indoor spaces is still in place, continuing after March 1, 2022.

CCI-LEX chose to suspend the vaccine policy to be consistent with direction from the province.  We thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation over the past few months.  We believe vaccinations are key in keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and our community safe.  CCI-LEX continues to encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated and get their booster if they have not already done so.

Everyone currently at CCI-LEX has fallen under the policy.  The removal of this policy impacts us moving forward, as we have continuous enrollment and new people join our team on an ongoing basis.   However, prior to implementing our policy, we saw rates of vaccination at CCI-LEX were higher than the provincial average.  In November, LEX students were 87% vaccinated.  When surveyed in September, even prior to any provincial mandates, staff and teachers were 94% vaccinated, and CCI students were 87% vaccinated.  From January, any new international students and visitors to Canada (CCI Program) must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada.

We maintain many other measures to keep our school as safe as possible.  We continue to have individual desks for students, HEPA air filters in the classrooms, and classes have smaller numbers and some groups remain online, contributing to less people on site overall.  In addition, there are sanitizing stations in all classrooms and areas of the school, and cleaning supplies are in all classrooms for those that wish to use them.  We believe all of this helps us maintain a safer environment.

We know not everyone will agree or be comfortable with the decision to suspend the vaccine policy.  We respect and understand that everyone has different opinions, different comfort levels, and that people need to move at their own pace in regards to joining activities.   As always, we are open to any questions, comments, or concerns.   

Thank you again for your continued patience, understanding, and cooperation!  

 Anne-Marie Kallal, CCI-LEX Executive Director

Posted March 1, 2022


Information for International Students

COVID-19: Updates for International Students 

CCI-LEX is now taking registrations and issuing letters of acceptance for international students.  All international students and visitors arriving in Canada must be fully vaccinated.

CCI-LEX is on the Government of Canada’s list of approved Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) that can accept international students during the pandemic.

Find the List of DLIs Open to International Students


Travel to Canada

International students with a study permit and Visitors (tourists, ETAs), must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada.

It is very important to understand the rules and expectations about coming to Canada, and that these rules are changing regularly.  There are penalties and fines if international travelers do not comply with Canada’s quarantine regulations or falsify their COVID-19 testing or vaccination documents.

Starting April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers are not required to take a COVID-19 test prior to their departure. 

You must still use the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours of arrival to Canada to enter your proof of vaccination, travel plans, and quarantine information.  You must provide quarantine plans in case you become ill or test positive for COVID-19.

Upon arrival in Canada, you may be randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test.  For 14 days you must wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, keep copies of your proof of vaccination, and make a list of close contacts and locations visited during this time.

Please visit the Government of Canada website for the most up-to-date information, including accepted vaccines:

Travellers to Canada

ArriveCAN app (mandatory phone app)

You should also check visa processing times for your country, as many places have long waits, and you need to consider this when planning travel and start dates for study.  Visit the Government of Canada website to check processing times.

Check processing times

Updated April 1, 2022