Last updated: January 21, 2021

New testing requirement for those arriving by air: As of January 7, 2021, all travellers to Canada (ages five years and older) entering by air are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their scheduled departure to Canada. This testing is required for both international students and Canadian students who are currently outside the country. Students can review this Global Affairs Canada advisory for more information and for a list of testing facilities that provide testing for international students and Canadian students within each country.

Nova Scotia to Resume Welcoming International Post-Secondary Students

Nova Scotia will resume welcoming international students to its post-secondary institutions in early November, with almost two dozen institutions ready with additional COVID-19 precautions.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada maintains the list of designated learning institutions approved by their province or territory to receive international students. The Nova Scotia institutions are expected to be on its next updated list, which will be published on November 3.

To ensure the safe transition of international students to Nova Scotia, there are strict public health protocols in place. These include:

  • all international students arriving to Nova Scotia from another country must quarantine for 14 days
  • designated learning institutions, such as universities and language schools, are required to have oversight responsibility for international students during their quarantine, whether on or off-campus
  • institutions must provide or arrange quarantine accommodations and suitable transportation for international students from the airport, as well as ensure meals and other supports are provided to the students during their quarantine period
  • institutions must provide students with information on health and travel requirements before they arrive in Canada to ensure they are fully prepared to meet the requirements
  • international students arriving to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic Bubble must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-In form prior to their arrival

Under the guidance of local health authorities, HLIC campus reopened to local students Friday, September 4, 2020. HLIC is dedicated to the health and safety of our students, staff and community and will continue to implementing our safety protocols to ensure we maintain a safe learning environment.

To view our full reopening guide please click here

To summarize the basic safety measures being implemented at HLIC:

    • All students, staff and visitors must wear a mask while at HLIC.
    • All people entering HLIC must sign in before entering.
    • Students and staff must take a daily temperature
    • Students and staff must report any unusual symptoms they may be experiencing, such as fever, fatigue, sore throat, cough etc.
    • Hand sanitizer is placed in every classroom and is to be used regularly.
    • Hand soap is available at our handwashing stations.
    • Students and staff are must maintain social distancing while on campus. 
    • Students and staff are also expected to maintain social distancing in their daily lives as well which includes limiting activities that are considered high-risk.
    • All people within HLIC must follow the hallway one-way traffic flow.
    • Class sizes will be limited, students will be seated a safe distance from one another.
    • Masks and gloves are available at our front desk for anyone who needs them.

HLIC is committed to bringing students quality learning experiences, maintaining a high level of academic infrastructure and providing the expert instructors that students have come to expect from us. In order to support this commitment, tuition fees and policies will not change in circumstance where we are obligated to deliver our programs in one or more alternative formats as a result of events which are beyond our reasonable control, such as- acts of war, terrorism, pandemics, illnesses, viruses, epidemics, governmental mandates, regulations, labour shortages/strikes, or other factors affecting our ability to provide safe instruction to our student population on campus. 

Halifax Language Institute of Canada (HLIC) takes the health of its students, staff, and community seriously. Since we learned of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been monitoring the Government of Canada’s health updates on the virus to ensure we are taking all necessary steps to protect our students, homestay hosts and staff. 

The Government of Canada is asking people to social distance themselves and self-isolate as much as possible. The Government has asked that all non-essential services be cancelled and employees work from home if able. 

Those who have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days and who develop a fever with a temperature of 38°C or higher, and/or cough, should call 811. Do not present yourself at a hospital or COVID-19 testing site without contacting 811 first. For more Public Health information please visit this website:

We wish you the best in health and updates will be provided as the situation evolves. 

The HLIC Team