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March 18, 2020

The current situation can lead to many questions about planning your studies. Please note that at LaSalle College, registrations are still open for the Summer and Fall semesters.

During the COVID-19 period, many of our programs that are normally offered on-campus (on-site) will be given remotely, using different learning strategies such as: virtual classes with a teacher and in real time (synchronous), video capsules, exercises or lectures. As soon as the health situation will allow it, these programs could be offered entirely on-campus (on-site) or combine live virtual classes (synchronous) and on-campus courses.


1. Will the Fall semester still take place?

For the moment, the Fall semester, starting in August, will take place as planned. 

LaSalle College has been a pioneer in online training for nearly 20 years, and therefore we are able to offer you an efficient learning environment at the cutting edge of technology.

To keep you up-to-date on all the actions taken by the College in this regard, you can consult the "News" section on our website.


2. Will admission fees be reimbursed if I register and I cannot start my session as planned?

Yes, in order to provide you with peace of mind, LaSalle College will refund your admission fees upon request, should you not be able to start your session as planned (school closed, unable to enter Canada, etc).


3. Should I go ahead and request my study permit and Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ)?

Currently, the Canadian government keeps processing study permits, but delays can be longer than usual.

a) If your permit was accepted before March 18, 2020, you are among the exceptions that will be allowed to come to Canada when the travel restrictions will be lifted by the Canadian government.

b) If your study permit has not yet been accepted, you will need to get acceptance first and then you will be able to come to Canada when the travel restrictions will be lifted.

If you need more information, contact Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Support line at 1-888-242-2100, open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Exceptionally, during this period, please note that certificates from the College will be provided in electronic format only.


4. Is the admissions office still open?

Yes, our admissions office continues to operate on a regular basis and our admissions advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have. They are available to assist you with your admission request and to process your file.

Feel free to contact us:

By Phone

Montréal
514 939-2006

Toll-Free
1 800 363-3541

Laval
514 939-2006 Ext. 4916

By Email
admission@collegelasalle.com or you can write to your admissions advisor.

By Web Form
https://www.lasallecollege.com/contact-us

By Messenger
https://www.facebook.com/collegelasalle/

* Please note that due to school closures, there will be no in-person meetings at the admissions office until further notice.


5. Are admissions requests being processed as planned?

Yes, our admissions advisors continue to process all applications remotely and your admission request will be processed within the usual timeframe.

For more information on the steps in the admission process and processing times, you can consult this link.


6. Is the College still open?

No, currently the institution is closed until May 1st inclusively, as recommended by the government.

To keep up-to-date with all the actions taken by the College related to the outbreak of COVID-19, you can consult the "News" section of our website.


7. Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at LaSalle College?

Currently, we are not aware of any cases among our students, teachers or staff members in Québec or outside of Québec. Should a case be confirmed, information would be provided to the public by the appropriate health agency, in accordance with its protocols.


8. Is the travel exemption for international students confirmed?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that the exemption for international students officially came into force as of March 26, 2020, meaning that eligible students may come back to Canada.

The exemption applies only to international students who have a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020.

Those travelling by air will need to undergo a health check conducted by their airline before boarding a flight to Canada. Their health will again be assessed on arrival in Canada, and all incoming students will be required to self-isolate for 14 days immediately after arrival.

The exemption will not apply to those whose study permit applications were approved after the border closures fully came into effect on that day. However, those planning to begin studies in Canada in May or June can begin their programs online from their home country in preparation for coming to Canada.

For more information on travel restrictions and exemptions, visit the Government of Canada Web page.


9. Is the Post-Graduate Work Permit program will be affected?

In the March 29 updated guidelines, IRCC confirms that eligibility for the Post-Graduate Work Permit program will not be affected for international students whose courses are now being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19.

For more details about Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility requirements, visit the Government of Canada Web page.


10. Are the International students eligible for Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

As of April 6, 2020, the Government of Canada has begun to accept applications for the newly announced Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The programme provides emergency funding of CDN$500 per week, for up to 16 weeks.

The government has confirmed that international students can be eligible for the CERB if they meet the following program requirements:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

To apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Benefit, visit the Government of Canada Web page.


11. With the closure of the language testing centers, are the English standardized tests still required to register for an upcoming semester?

In the absence of appropriate language testing facilities on account of the extraordinary current circumstances, LaSalle College will accept alternative language standardized tests in order to complete an admission request. LaSalle College recommends that its candidates take either the Duolingo English test or the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test to comply with the admission requirements.

LaSalle College reserves the right to ask any candidate for additional proof of their language skills.

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