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Last Update: August 4, 2021 – For international students who will be living in residence

You’ve done the hard work and you’re coming to live in the residence community at McMaster – congrats! We can’t wait to welcome you to Canada. If you will not be living in residence, please visit the International Student Success Centre website for information on how they are supporting our non-residence international students this year.

This page will have all the information you need to know about what happens after you land in Canada. Incoming international students will be required to comply with all travel regulations from the government of Canada. We continue to monitor the rules set in place by the Federal government during the Covid-19 pandemic. As changes occur, we will be updating this page with the latest information.

We encourage all international students to visit International Student Services to get help with immigration advising, success coaching, peer support and events, health insurance (UHIP) and more.

Please also register for the iCent app as it is required for all new and returning international students. Signing up for iCent ensures that McMaster has the necessary information to best support and enable you to make the most of your time at McMaster. Visit International Student Services to learn more and sign up.

NEW Residence Covid-19 Vaccine Requirements 

We are focussed on safely reducing barriers for international students preparing to join the residence community. We are pleased to share that in line with other institutions, McMaster is now accepting both Health Canada approved and World Health Organization approved vaccines to meet the residence vaccination requirement. For international residence students who can’t access vaccines before their arrival to campus, Health Canada approved vaccinations will be available through our Student Wellness Centre.

To help you stay healthy, we are requiring all residence students to receive their first dose of a Health Canada or World Health Organization approved vaccine prior to move-in and be fully vaccinated within 14 days after arrival.

Please note that the vaccines required to live in residence at McMaster and the ones that are that accepted by the Government of Canada upon travel to Canada are different.

  • Those fully vaccinated with Health Canada-approved vaccines will be exempt from quarantine.
  • Those who have received partial or full vaccination with a World Health Organization-approved vaccines or those who are unvaccinated will still be required to quarantine upon arrival.
  • To help you navigate your next steps, please refer to the chart below.
International Student: Vaccination Type/Status International Student: Government Quarantine Requirements International Student: Vaccination Action Upon Arrival on Campus
Unvaccinated
  • For international arrivals after August 9, 2021, you do not need to quarantine in a federally authorized hotel.
  • You will be required to complete your quarantine on campus.
  • Please ensure you have booked your quarantine stay before July 30, 2021.
Receive full series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada. Must receive first dose within 14 days of move-in.
One dose of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca
  • For international arrivals after August 9, 2021, you do not need to quarantine in a federally authorized hotel.
  • You will be required to complete your quarantine on campus.
  • Please ensure you have booked your quarantine stay before July 30, 2021.
Receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada within 14 days of move-in.
Two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or Astra-Zeneca
  • For international arrivals after August 9, 2021, you are not be required to quarantine.
  • You are able to travel directly from the airport to McMaster and move into your residence space.
  • Students who have previously booked a on-campus quarantine will have their quarantine stay cancelled..
  • Information on your residence move-in process will be emailed to you soon.
No additional vaccines required.
One dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • For international arrivals after August 9, 2021, you are not be required to quarantine.
  • You are able to travel directly from the airport to McMaster and move into your residence space.
  • Students who have previously booked a on-campus quarantine will have their quarantine stay cancelled..
  • Information on your residence move-in process will be emailed to you soon.
No additional vaccines required.
One dose of Sinovac, Sinopharm or Covishield
  • For international arrivals after August 9, 2021, you do not need to quarantine in a federally authorized hotel.
  • You will be required to complete your quarantine on campus.
  • Please ensure you have booked your quarantine stay before July 30, 2021.
Receive full series of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Health Canada. Must receive first dose within 14 days of move-in.*
Two doses of Sinovac, Sinopharm or Covishield
  • For international arrivals after August 9, 2021, you do not need to quarantine in a federally authorized hotel.
  • You will be required to complete your quarantine on campus. Please ensure you have booked your quarantine stay before July 30, 2021.
Considered fully vaccinated, pending any updated recommendations from Ontario Ministry of Health. However, Health Canada recommends that you have the option of seeking one dose of an mRNA vaccine, but this is not required by McMaster at this time. Please consult with your physician to address any concerns.
Partial or full series of any other non-Health Canada or WHO approved vaccines
  • For international arrivals after August 9, 2021, you do not need to quarantine in a federally authorized hotel.
  • You will be required to complete your quarantine on campus.
  • Please ensure you have booked your quarantine stay before July 30, 2021.
According to Health Canada, one mRNA dose taken upon arrival will qualify you as being fully vaccinated for McMaster’s purposes. Please consult with your physician to address any concerns.*

*International students seeking their first dose of the Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 vaccine may receive one at our Student Wellness Centre (as long as it is 28 days after their last vaccination. As per NACI recommendations, an interval of at least 28 days after the administration of any other vaccine should be taken before administrating the Health Canada-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Update Your Vaccine Status to View Your Room Assignment Starting Tuesday

We will be requiring all international students to complete an important declaration/attestation with their commitment to become fully vaccinated.

Once you complete this important declaration/attestation via the residence portal starting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, you will be able to view your room assignment and connect with your new roommate(s)! Please complete this step by August 13, 2021 at the latest.

Students who do not complete this step and commit to full Covid-19 vaccination will be asked to leave residence.

What if I cannot be vaccinated?

Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical, religious or other protected grounds as included in the Ontario Human Rights Code, can request an accommodation via the Residence Accommodations application starting on Tuesday, July 27. To ensure your space in residence, please submit your request by Friday, August 13, 2021.

Updated quarantine information – AUGUST 24, 2021

Updated Quarantine Information for fully vaccinated international residence students

  • As per a recent Government of Canada change, international students who are arriving in Canada on August 9, 2021 or later AND are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine will not be required to quarantine.
  • Travellers will only be considered fully vaccinated if they received a full dosing regimen of a vaccine approved by Health Canada at least two weeks before arriving in Canada.
  • Students will then be able to travel directly from the airport to McMaster and move into their residence space.
  • Students who meet the above vaccine requirements and have previously booked a on-campus quarantine stay will have their quarantine stay cancelled due to this change.
  • Information on your residence move-in process will be emailed to you soon.

Updated Quarantine Information for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated international residence students

  • As per a recent Government of Canada change, non-vaccinated (or partially vaccinated) international students arriving after August 9, 2021 will no longer need to complete their quarantine in a federally authorized hotel. They will be able to complete the entirety of their quarantine on campus.
  • International students who are not vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine must arrive at McMaster to complete the currently required quarantine between August 3 and September 30, 2021. It is recommended that students travelling to Canada choose flights with flexible change policies.
  • Reservations for on-campus residence quarantine stays are open from Friday, July 9 at 3 pm EDT until Friday, July 30 at 12 Noon EDT.
  • Students will be charged a pro-rated residence fee of $38/day that they quarantine on campus. The fee will be added to the Mosaic student account. Meal Plan fees will be deducted from your student meal plan. If quarantine requirements change, we will update this page accordingly.

How to book your Quarantine Stay

1. Login to the residence portal using your MacID and password.

2. Click Application (on the top menu).

3. Click Continue to access the next steps.

4. Click Continue on the Residence Selection Term for the September 2021 to April 2022 academic year.

5. Click on the Residence Agreement/Contract step. In order to quarantine on campus, you will need to agree to the quarantine rules terms and conditions as outlined in the appendix. Once you sign the agreement, you will be able to access the quarantine stay step.

6. You may need to scroll to the end of the steps at the top of the page to see quarantine stays. They should be highlighted in blue to help you see what needs to be completed.

7.  After a few pages of questions, you will be able to select a date for your quarantine stay to begin.

  • If you have booked a flight: please select the date of your arrival in Canada as the beginning of your quarantine stay.
    • If the date you want is not available, consider changing your flight to an available date or checking back later as new availability may open.
  • If you have not yet booked a flight: please book your stay with one of the available dates and then arrange your travel to match. After you book your quarantine stay, you will have 48 hours to upload your flight documents or your quarantine reservation with us will be cancelled.

8.  After you complete your reservation for your quarantine stay, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information.

Move-In Information: Quarantine Stay to Residence (August 9th onwards)

  • International students do not need to complete the Move-In Time Slot step of the residence portal.
  • Students will be quarantining in a designated residence building before moving to their permanent residence space.
  • Students should have booked their quarantine stay reservation to align with their flight arrival date and then will take private transportation to campus.
  • Students will quarantine and complete day-8 testing. Once students get the result of their COVID-19 test, they must share the results with Housing & Conference Services via the Residence Portal.
  • With a negative test result, students will be able to leave quarantine the morning of their 15th day. Instructions will be emailed on how to move out of quarantine and into their new residence space.

 

 

Move-In Information: Airport to Residence (No Quarantine – August 15th onwards)

  • International students do not need to complete the Move-In Time Slot step of the residence portal.
  • Students should book private transportation from the airport to campus such as Airways Transit.
  • Students arriving before August 15th will be placed in a temporary residence room until August 15th. Students arriving August 15th or later will be able to move directly to their permanent residence space.

Residence Quarantine - Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the conditional offer for guaranteed residence, international residence students must book a quarantine stay with McMaster University.

We recommend you find private transportation using a service such as Airways Transit 

We are linking directly to their website to ensure the information available here is always up to date. Guidelines for travellers from the Government of Canada can be found here.

No. In accordance to government regulations surrounding incoming air travellers to Canada, all guests in quarantine must remain in their rooms until they receive official notification from the university that their quarantine period has ended.

Building access card usage is being actively monitored to assess student movement. Please be aware that violations of the Canadian Quarantine Act may result in fines or other repercussions. Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation for more information.

No, as you cannot leave your room during quarantine to let the delivery in as our buildings are secure, and we do not have staff to accommodate this.

Yes, you will have cleaning supplies readily available to you in your room upon arrival. If you need more cleaning supplies during your stay please reach out to housing@mcmaster.ca to request more supplies and we will alert our cleaning team.

Yes, you can make online purchases while in quarantine. The mailing address is as follows:

Your Name (First and Last)
RESIDENCE BUILDING NAME, UNIT #
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4L8

** If you are limited on information you can input, you can disregard “McMaster University.” Just ensure that your full legal name is entered, and then ensure your building and room number is inputted (this can usually go in the spot for apartment numbers).**

By entering your information like this, our mail services team will be able to identify that a package belongs to you, and as per protocol, they will deliver to the Service Centre. Normally, you would then come here to pick up any packages, but due to our COVID-19 safety protocols, one of our team members will leave it outside your door and knock on the door to let you know it is there.

Residence quarantine is only available for McMaster residence students and is a requirement of your residence agreement. You will not be able to quarantine off campus nor can your family cannot stay with you in residence.

Instant coffee and tea bags (green tea, orange pekoe or other herbal teas) will be delivered with your breakfast. Please use the kettle provided to prepare your hot beverage of choice. Milk, creamer, sugar and sweetener will also be provided.

The fan coil unit brings in 100% fresh air from outside. The air in the different rooms do not “mix” with each other, nor with the hallway air as the rooms are pressurized to not allow for this. It is fresh air that passes through a heating coil and then through a fan coil filter before blowing into the room to heat the space.

The washroom exhaust fan also brings in 100% fresh air to exchange the air. All cleaning protocols for quarantine spaces have been established in accordance with public health guidelines.

Vaccine - Frequently Asked Questions

As per the Government of Canada regulations https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2021/07/international-students-and-travel-to-canada.html

“Travellers must provide proof of vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation of their document). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country, but it has to be 1 of the 4 vaccines accepted by Health Canada.”

However, we understand that if you arrive to campus with a non-French/English vaccination document, we will work with you to secure a translation.