What to do during the Coronavirus pandemic in Canada as an International Student?

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What to do during the Coronavirus pandemic in Canada as an International Student?

Everyone in the world has been affected by Coronavirus / COVID-19. It is a global crisis and everyone is experiencing the effects in some way.

Every individual has concerns and questions about what will happen next. It is an uncertain time.

Something we can all do is take care of each other and stay informed.

1. What is Coronavirus / COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a highly contagious diseased caused by Coronavirus. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu and the common cold.

People with COVID-19 might experience these 5 symptoms:

  • Cough
  • High fever
  • Difficulty to breathe
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue

1.1 How is COVID-19 spread?

Coronavirus, especially COVID-19 is spread very easily from person to person. It can spread in these ways:

  1. By droplets when a person sneezes or coughs, especially when they do not cover their mouth and nose
  2. By touching a surface or something that is infected
  3. By touching your mouth, eyes or nose after you have been in contact with the disease
  4. By not washing your hands after you have been in contact with the disease

COVID-19 can spread easily, even if the person does not show all 5 symptoms. The full list of symptoms can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

1.2 How to protect yourself against COVID-19 / Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided clear guides about how to protect yourself and other against COVID-19.


There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, so it is important to follow the official guidelines.

Here are 5 things you must do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water regularly. Especially after being in a public place. Also, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Social Distancing from others. Stand 2 meters (6 feet) from another person. Even if you feel totally fine, you might spread the virus to another person who could be at a higher risk of getting sick.
  3. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  4. Stay home if you are sick. Do not leave the house if you show any symptoms. Avoid leaving the house unless it is totally necessary.
  5. Clean and disinfect all surfaces in your house.

2. How to go to School During Coronavirus in Canada?

You must avoid leaving the house unless if is totally necessary to do so.

Cornerstone classes have successfully changed to an easy-to-use digital platform. Instructors now use Skype or Zoom to deliver exactly the same lessons and material.

online classroom to prevent spreading coronavirusYou will still interact and communicate with your classmates and instructor but from the safety of your home!

It is a rapid and exciting solution, which gives us all an opportunity to be creative and forward-thinking.

Having a quality education and the opportunity to connect with others is important in a time like this. Stay productive and keep your mind challenged!

3. How to Extend a Study Permit in Canada During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

At this moment in time, schools, universities, shops, restaurants and many businesses are closed in order to stop the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus.

Of course, this means that people’s plans have changed and you might be thinking about what to do next.

We are open to help all international students in Canada with the appropriate steps to suit your individual situation.

how to extend study permit in canadaAs long as you are safe and following the official guidelines, then there are options for you.

4. How Can International Students Get Financial Support?

You may be eligible for Employment Insurance or Emergency Care Benefit if you have lost your job due to COVID-19.

Can international students apply for ei?

Yes, you can… Each case is different. To find out if you are able to apply and to apply online, follow THIS LINK.

What you are eligible for depends on your specific situation, such as the region and the number of hours you worked in the last 52 weeks. The government recommends that people apply as soon as possible, due to the number of people in need.

You must have all the information about your employment for the past 12 months including payslips, your SIN number, bank details and other important documents. You can find out everything you need at THIS LINK.

how to apply for unemployment insurance

5. Stay informed

Here are some websites to find out the latest health and immigration updates:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: COVID-19 Questions and Answers

You can find questions about current immigration restrictions, being an international student, temporary work and more.

COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information (British Columbia)

Here is all the loatest information including closures, benefits, work and more for British Columbia.

Fınd out what kind of Employment Insurance (EI) you might be eligible for

If you are eligible for Employment Insurance, you can find all the details here.

World Health Organization

Full information about Coronavirus, including specific information for each country that is affected .

We are facing these challenges as a community and we are here to support each pther the best that we can.

If you have any questions, please book your online appointment now or leave a comment below to let us answer your question!

Kayley Harding

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  • Awais Khan

    Are universities accepting the admission forms by students in this COVID-19 days? Or the admissions are closed? If the admissions are closed than when they will open again? Please guide me about the problem.

    • Cornerstone

      Hi Awais, thank you very much for sharing your concern with us. Cornerstone College has never closed its admission procedures and we remained open during the Covid-19 while all classes were being held online. So, please follow the link below in order to fill up our online application form and to take the online placement test.


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