Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC’s response

  • Update: March 8

    Countries around the world, including Canada, are working to contain the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    This website contains useful FAQs and resources for UBC faculty, staff and students. It is updated regularly, following advice from provincial and federal health agencies.

    UBC transitioned to online learning and remote working for many of its faculty and staff in the fall of 2020. Since then, we have implemented a COVID-19 safety planning process to allow for the gradual resumption of programs and activities on our campuses, within the BC Restart Plan.

    Based on current immunization timelines and vaccine approvals, and with strong and effective safety plans in place, we are now planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September 2021. The health and wellbeing of our UBC community remain our first priority. As such, we are embarking on further planning, in collaboration with public health, to accommodate more on-campus activities. Updates regarding the fall course schedule and various orientation activities will be provided in the coming weeks.

    You can view the March 8, 2021, letter from BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry here. As a reminder, you are also encouraged to review the UBC COVID-19 Campus Rules.

    We look forward to seeing our UBC community return this fall, making our campuses vibrant once more.

    British Columbia’s coordinated response

    Within British Columbia, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19. UBC continues to take direction from the BC Provincial Government as we plan and consider next steps.

    We encourage you to visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website for the latest information. The Government of Canada also has an information line at 1 833 784 4397.

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