Update Regarding COVID-19


Beginning July 5th, 2021 at 11 :59 PM EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirements to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day 8 of their quarantine. Fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government approved accommodation (GAA) for the first three nights of their travel. To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received two doses and completed the “full series” of a vaccine.

The government of Canada accepts the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer (BioNTech);
  • Moderna;
  • AstraZeneca (Covishield);
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Travellers can take these vaccines in their home country. However, they must provide documentation for both vaccines confirming that they have been administered. The documentation to prove it must be in English, French or with a certified translation.

Even though fully vaccinated international travellers are exempt from quarantine, they are not exempt from the following Covid testing/steps:

  1. 72-hour Pre-Departure Covid Test;
  2. Covid Test on arrival to Canada;
  3. Must also fill out the ArriveCan information on the application.

For those who have taken one dose of a vaccine or have not been vaccinated at all, the current quarantine requirements will still apply, including but not limited to:

  • 3-night GAA (Government Approved Accommodation) – still need to be booked directly through the government website;
  • 11-night quarantine at the hotel;
  • ArriveCan application will need to be downloaded and completed.

On July 19th, 2021, Prime Minister Trudeau and Ministers Hadju, Blair and Mendicino announced upcoming changes to Canada’s border restrictions, provided that Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable.

Beginning August 09th, 2021, the following changes will apply:

  • Unvaccinated / partially vaccinated travellers: elimination of the three-night government-authorized hotel stay requirement. Partially-vaccinated and unvaccinated international students will still be required to undergo Day 1 and Day 8 COVID-19 molecular tests and complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers:
  • Non-essential travels for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently residing in the U.S. allowed;
  • At their arrival, fully vaccinated travellers must be tested using a new border testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings;
  • Fully vaccinated travellers will not need a post-arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test.
  • Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age and dependent children (due to a mental or physical condition) of fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to complete a 14-day quarantine but must follow strict public health measures.

International flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at five additional Canadian airports:

  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
  • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport;
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport;
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and
  • Edmonton International Airport. 

Beginning September 07th, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated traveller who has completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

Even if they are exempt from quarantine, all travellers entering Canada will be required to follow public health measures in place, such as wearing a mask in public, keep a copy of their vaccine and test results, and a list of close contacts for 14 days after entry to Canada.

The Language Gallery Canada (TLGC) will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty. As vaccination rates increase and hospitalization rates are incrementally decreasing, the Government of Canada will continue to consider adjusting or lifting measures at borders to keep us safe.

The Canadian Government recently announced students coming to study from abroad would be able to enter Canada provided that their designated learning institute has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in effect. Students can be travelling from any country or region and it does not matter when their study permit was approved.

We are pleased to announce that our COVID-19 readiness plan has received government approval. This means that international students from outside of Canada will be able to safely return to TLG as soon as we have re-opened our. The safety of our staff and students is of outmost importance to us and thus, we will be taking these months to fully prepare for in-class return.

As part of the COVID-19 readiness plans, schools are expected to provide specifics to their provincial or territorial government on how they will provide information to international students on health and travel requirements before they arrive in Canada, help students with their quarantine plans and provide guidance or assistance in acquiring the necessities of life, such as food and medication, during their quarantine. Readiness plans also need to establish protocols for the health of students in the event there are suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases at the school.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a list of DLIs with approved COVID-19 plans on the website.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Canada soon.


As we prepare to re-open our Toronto and Vancouver campus, we continue to be committed to the health, safety and well-being of staff, students, and faculty members. During the closure of our campus, we have taken the time to reassess our health and safety protocols, ensuring the well-being of your entire campus community.

The health and safety of our college community being at our top priority, we have made plans to gradually return to campus in accordance with our ministry, provincial and federal governments, local health agencies, and the province’s re-opening framework. We are ensuring that our procedures are up to date and aligned with the Ministry of Health’s guidance. Important details about our Health and Safety Guidelines for re-opening can be found in TLG Re-opening Plan.

We are committed to ensuring that all health and safety requirements are met across every space at our campus. We have created health and safety guidelines in accordance with the Ontario Government that will be effectively displayed throughout our campus. Our re-opening plan outlines the safety and hygiene practices that will enable us to create a safe environment for everyone.

Quarantine plan

According to the Ontario Government Regulations, all students arriving to Canada will be required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to beginning classes on campus. We want to make it easy for students to find suitable accommodations for the 14-day self-isolation period.

While in quarantine, students must agree to follow the “How to Self-Isolate” guidelines outlined by Public Health authorities.

Students can receive virtual mental health services through the Ontario government during their quarantine. Additional information on these resources are available at COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health and Addictions Issues during the Pandemic

14-day Mandatory Quarantine

You must be able to present a concrete quarantine plan including a 14-day self-isolation upon arrival to Canada and should not travel to Canada until you are able to do so. If you are unable to make your own arrangements, you may want to consider accommodation options that TLG has arranged at several hotels near Toronto Pearson International Airport or locally around the campus area.

For more information about travelling to Canada, self-isolation and the Canada Order in Council, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada, government news release and travel restrictions, exemptions and advice.

For more information:

1-866-797-0000 – www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
1-833-784-4397 – www.canada.ca/coronavirus

Please review this quarantine checklist for your upcoming travel arrangements to Canada.

Quarantine checklist:
  • Download the ArriveCAN mobile app and complete the quarantine questionnaire.
  • Ensure you book an appropriate quarantine accommodation to self-isolate for 14-days upon arrival in Canada (contact canada@thelanguagegalleryc.com if you need assistance).
  • Ensure you have the specific address of your quarantine accommodations to provide to the Immigration Officer upon arrival at Toronto or Vancouver airport.
  • Ensure you can provide a working Canadian phone number to the Canada Immigration Officer upon arrival. It is recommended to purchase an international calling card for Canada prior to departure.
  • Book reliable airport transportation pick up from Toronto or Vancouver airport to your quarantine accommodations.
During the 14-day self-isolation
  • Stay at your place of quarantine
  • Do not leave your place of quarantine unless it is to seek medical attention
  • Do not use public transportation (e.g. bus, taxi, subway, UberLyft, etc.)
  • Do not have visitors
  • Do not go to the school campus and any other public areas
  • Arrange for all necessities to be delivered to your place of quarantine (e.g. food, medication, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • Follow the instructions provided by Public Health Canada: How to quarantine
Services to help you through your quarantine
  • Grocery delivery: Instacart, Speedy Delivery
  • Take-out food delivery: Skip The DishesUber EatsDoor Dash (Local phone number required for registration)
  • Phones and phone plans: Purchase SIM cards and phones online (mobile service providers)
  • Medical insurance: please purchase insurance coverage for your entire travel and quarantine time. Please contact us if you would like to purchase through TLG.
  • Use the Self-assessment tool and call Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) if you suspect that you may have COVID-19

If you have any questions about how to find suitable accommodations, the requirement to self-isolate for 14-days or any concerns about health and safety measures on campus, please contact us at canada@thelanguagegallery.com.  We’d be happy to answer your questions!

We thank all our students and staff for their continued support!

At The Language Gallery Canada, we are committed to putting our people first.  The TLGC Management Team and a dedicated COVID-19 Response Committee have been working on a phased re-opening plan for TLGC.


  • Courses will be delivered through a blended learning model consisting of both online and in-person classes for students to tentatively commence in September/October.
  • Detailed information will be released closer to date.
  • Students not located in Toronto or Vancouver yet will be able to complete their studies online.

Safety Measures:

  • A pre-assessment self-reporting test will be provided to all students and staff before entering the building.
  • All classrooms will accommodate physical distancing so a limited number of students will be in each class.
  • Class times will be staggered and we will take measures to ensure that physical distancing is maintained in common areas like the student lounge and kitchen.
  • Masks will be provided for all students/staff.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all campus entrances and in each classroom.
  • Cleaning will be more frequent and will include the disinfection of high-touch areas such as kitchen, stair railings, elevator buttons, and doorknobs.
  • Regular hand washing protocol will be put in place.
  • Face shields will be provided to staff and faculty who might need to interact with students.
  • All consultations with members of TLGC team will be available virtually or on an appointment-only basis.
  • There will be no student activities for the time being.

 New Arrivals:

  • Self-quarantine for 14 days for new students arriving from abroad.

We will gradually return to campus in accordance with our ministry, provincial and federal governments, local health agencies, and the province’s reopening framework.

Our administrative office will remain open and we will continue to provide the support and resources you need to succeed in your studies. We will be providing regular updates about the re-opening.  Please email us at canada@thelanguagegallery.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Please stay safe and healthy.

As you know, governments and institutions around the world have been responding in various ways to the threats posed by the coronavirus.

The situation is now accelerating very rapidly. Yesterday, among many other developments in Canada, the Ontario government announced that all public schools will remain closed until April 3rd.

After careful consideration of developments over the past 24 hours, we have made the decision to move all in-person classes to a virtual environment. This decision is effective this coming Tuesday, March 17 and continuing until Friday, April 3.

Timeline of Events

Monday, March 16 – New students will take our placement test and attend an in-person orientation.

Existing students will be trained in-person by TLG instructors on how to use our online teaching solution.

The orientation and training will happen at 22 College Street – 3rd floor in Toronto and at 909 Burrard Street – Suite 300 in Vancouver.

Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, March 20 – Online courses for all students.

Monday, March 23 –  New students will take our placement test and attend an in-person orientation.
The orientation will happen at 22 College Street – 3rd floor in Toronto and at 909 Burrard Street – Suite 300 in Vancouver.
Existing students DO NOT need to come to the school in-person, regular classes will be delivered online.

Tuesday, March 24 to Friday, March 27 – Online courses for all students.

Monday, March 30 –  New students will take our placement test and attend an in-person orientation.
The orientation will happen at 22 College Street – 3rd floor in Toronto and at 909 Burrard Street – Suite 300 in Vancouver.
Existing students DO NOT need to come to the school in-person, regular classes will be delivered online.

Tuesday, March 31 to Friday, April 3 – Online courses for all students.

Monday, April 5 – All in-person classes and activities will resume.

Our goal in implementing these measures is to reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19. We will be adopting measures that support social distancing to create a safer work and learning environment.

Our administrative office will remain open. We are also making available two emergency contacts should a student, parent or agent have any concerns.

TLG Toronto
Jorge Oliveira
+1 647-448-4380

TLG Vancouver
Monica Benhumea
+1 604-368-4171

We understand that this is an anxious and upsetting time for everyone. Please be assured that the TLG team will be there to support every member of the community as we face this challenge together.

Please stay tuned for additional information over the coming days.

On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a public health emergency of international concern. Canada’s public health officials (in collaboration with provincial and national health agencies) continue to advise that the risk of contracting the novel COVID-19 in Ontario and British Columbia remains low.

The school will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of public health agencies. We will provide information to TLGC members, should additional precautions become necessary.

TLGC is committed providing a healthy environment to our students and faculty. Updates and more information will be provided as we continue to monitor the situation closely. If you have any questions, please contact:

Prevention measures to reduce your exposure and transmission of illnesses

As a reminder, the most effective way to prevent your exposure to and transmission of illnesses (including influenza and the common cold) is to take preventative measures, including:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water;
  • Maintain at least 1-metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick;
  • Seek early medical help if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

If you are sick, we encourage you to stay home

If you are sick, you should avoid close contact with others and stay home. In addition, we encourage you to contact your healthcare practitioner or primary physician as soon as possible and report your symptoms to them for evaluation. You can also contact Telehealth Ontario.

In an emergency, call 911. 

If you are planning to travel internationally:

Consult with the Government of Canada Travel Health Notices for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories or restrictions.

Consult with your travel agency or service provider in order to determine if there are any restrictions or limitations. You may also wish to inquire into travel cancellation or re-booking.

Some countries have entry and exit restrictions. Incoming travelers to Toronto and Vancouver continue to receive information about COVID-19 at airports, including to:

  • Monitor themselves for respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing;
  • Seek medical care immediately if these respiratory symptoms develop within 14 days after returning to Canada; and
  • Inform their healthcare provider or local public health department about symptoms and travel history before they seek medical care.

Contact the Student Services to advise the college of your proposed travel dates. Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Dates of travel
  • Flight information
  • Names of locations and regions to be visited
  • Contact information for the duration of the period of travel

If you have recently travelled:

While the risk of the novel COVID-19 to Toronto and Vancouver residents remains low, the Government of Canada has issued a travel recommendation to avoid non-essential travel to China and has updated travel advisories for other affected regions.

Travelers who have returned from Hubei province, including Wuhan City, in China should:

  • Contact their local public health unit within 24 hours of arriving in Canada;
  • Stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei province;
  • Contact Student Services to provide:
    • Date of return to Canada
    • Whether or not a quarantine or medical care was elective or required (medical documentation may be requested)
    • Contact information for the duration of the absence from the school

Fostering a respectful environment

With increased media coverage and widespread sharing of misinformation about the new COVID-19, many communities are experiencing a heightened sense of fear, and in some cases, discrimination and harassment towards people of Chinese descent.

Our school community is built on diversity and inclusion and we are committed to fostering a respectful environment, free of discrimination and harassment.

We encourage everyone to treat each other with respect and kindness during this period.