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Read about Lakehead University's Mandatory Vaccine Policy

If you are a Lakehead student planning to travel to Canada, please visit our International Student Quarantine Commitment Plan page.

 Canada has suspended all direct commercial and private passenger flights from Morocco until September 29, 2021. Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Transport Canada is issuing a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) restricting all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from Morocco from August 29, 2021, at 00:01 EDT until September 29, 2021, at 00:00 EDT. All direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from Morocco are subject to the NOTAM. Please click here for more information.

Canada has extended the travel ban on direct flights from India until September 21st. Please check the government notification regarding this here. Please note the following requirement for students travelling via an indirect route through UAE.
Must complete all the requirements of their final destination and present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate for a test taken 72 hours or less before departure or as required by their final destination. Only COVID‑19 PCR test reports from certified labs that issue a QR code linked to the original report will be accepted.

Please note our 24/7 Emergency Contact numbers for International Students,
1. Thunder Bay Campus Emergency Phone: 1-807-627-8701
2. Thunder Bay Campus Arrival Phone: 1-807-631-4123
3. Orillia Campus Emergency & Arrival Phone: 1-705-801-9963
* Lakehead University International's 24-hour phone line has some limitations for students studying outside of the province of Ontario, Canada. Provincial and legal boundaries limit our ability to respond to students outside of Ontario. We encourage all students in need of emergency medical or personal care to access supports in your home community.

Your safety, health and wellness and academic success is our priority. Many of your questions and answers can be found on this website or by attending our online programs. We have many interactive, live sessions set up most weekdays for you to join and stay connected.

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Hot Questions


Where can I find information on Lakehead University's vaccination policy for staff, students and Faculty?

The new mandatory vaccination policy provides details regarding vaccination requirements, who the policy applies to, testing, vaccination attestations, applications for exemptions, enforcement of the policy, and more. Please take a few moments to read and learn what your obligations are as members of our University community.

If you have questions about the policy, a growing Mandatory Vaccination Policy FAQs section has been added to our Welcome back to campus: Fall 2021 web page with answers to many of the questions we've received in recent weeks.

If you have a question about the policy that isn't there, please submit it to COVIDvaccinepolicyquestions@lakeheadu.ca and we will either answer you directly, or add your question (and answer) to the list of FAQs as soon as possible.

Lakehead University's mandatory vaccination policy can be found here.

Can I enroll in online classes for September? Does this affect my study permit?

IRCC is allowing international students to complete up to 100% of their courses online up until December 31, 2021. They announced this exception last year: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html. You can enroll in online classes and can still work while you study and qualify for the post-graduate work permit program. Please note it is important to maintain full time status even when studying online.

I am currently residing in India. Am I able to travel to Canada?
The Government of Canada has suspended direct flights from India until September 21st, 2021. You can see more information about this flight suspension through the link below:

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You have access to the services of Lakehead University's regulated International Student Immigration Advisor, who is designated through ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council).

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Our international advisors are here to give you one-on-one guidance in all the matters specific to you as an international student. We can help you with any questions you might have about, Financial Assistance, Housing, UHIP (University Health Insurance Program), Course Selection and more.

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There are many ways to integrate the global experience into your university education, but none is better than travelling and studying in another country.

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Orientation provides new Lakehead students an opportunity to meet and engage with the International Student Service staff, to ask your questions, and to ensure that you have all the information on international student supports and services available to help you meet your goal of being a successful student at Lakehead University.

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