Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UBC’s response
- Update: April 20
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 students, faculty and staff. It is updated regularly, following advice from provincial and federal health agencies.
UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, with the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and public health teams in the health authorities. You can view the March 8, 2021, letter from Dr. Bonnie Henry here. Faculties are currently planning the fall course schedule, with as much on-campus instruction for our students as possible, subject to ongoing public health guidance.
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. We will also be streamlining the COVID-19 Safety Plan process, informed by new COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector, which will be provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in August. In the interim, you can read the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer released by the BC Provincial Government.
Further updates regarding the fall course schedule and various orientation activities will be provided in the coming weeks. As a reminder, you are also encouraged to review the UBC COVID-19 Campus Rules.
Thank you to all our community members. COVID-19 has required us to be agile in our response as the situation continually evolves; however, we remain committed to returning to the vibrancy of our campus activities in the fall.
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.
- June 17, 2021: FAQs regarding buildings added to the Campus Return Plan section.
June 17, 2021: FAQs regarding buildings added to the Campus Return Plan section.
- June 15, 2021: Health guidance and vaccines section renamed and updated to include COVID-19 vaccine-related FAQs.
June 15, 2021: Health guidance and vaccines section renamed and updated to include COVID-19 vaccine-related FAQs.
- June 14, 2021: FAQs for faculty and staff updated to include information about the BC government’s introduction of paid sick leave for COVID-19.
June 14, 2021: FAQs for faculty and staff updated to include information about COVID-19 paid sick leave.
- June 8, 2021: FAQs regarding in-person graduation for the Class of 2021 updated for students, faculty and staff.
- June 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Faculty and staff — return to campus update. Read this announcement in full.
June 8, 2021: UBC Broadcast: Faculty and staff — return to campus update. Read this announcement in full.