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COVID-19: Updates, Resources and Information

Lakehead University Quarantine Commitment Plan * Lakehead University is now approved for it's COVID-19 Readiness plan. Lakehead University has been updated on the IRCC designated learning institution list (DLI). All students that plan to travel to Canada internationally must have an approved Quarantine Plan from their DLI prior to travel. Please click here to review this information and submit a Quarantine Letter request.

Please note our 24/7 Emergency Contact numbers for International Students,
1. Thunder Bay Campus: 1-807-627-8701
2. Orillia Campus: 1-705-323-0074
* 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.

Welcome to our new online community of care! We are now available online to support you! We have created this online community of care to help our international students navigate through this challenging time. 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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LUI Advent Calendar

We wish all Lakehead International Students a Happy New Year!
Thank you to all students who participated in the 2021 Advent Calendar Holiday Spirit Event!
Winners have been drawn and will be notified with prizes available for pickup following the provincial wide COVID-19 lockdown.

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Hot Questions


Am I required to have a negative COVID-19 test in order to board my flight travelling into or outside of Canada?

As of January 7th 2021, all travellers seeking entry to Canada are required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test completed 72 hours prior to their flight departure (96 hours for select destinations:

Please visit this link for more information. 

For students travelling internationally, you must familiarize yourself with COVID-19 testing requirements prior to booking your flight. Some countries also require proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel along with other requirements.  

For students needing a negative COVID-19 test to travel outside of Canada, testing for international travel is currently only being done by a private lab company Northstream Labs in Thunder Bay.  (Message from NorthStream Labs: Please be advised that our 888 number is not working at present, however it should be restored within the week. To reach us please call 807-630-4446 or 807-631-3020.)  Please visit their webpage for information on how to access their testing services. Do not contact Thunder Bay Public Health Unit, as they will not perform COVID-19 tests for international travel at this time.

I am a Chinese student who needs a COVID-19 antibody test to travel home to China, where can I get this?
These are the companies in Ontario that we have heard are doing the test:  
Dynacare - COVID-19 Antibody Test | Dynacare (English - Canada)
Elna Medical
I am planning to travel to Lakehead from outside of Canada? Are students arriving from outside of Canada eligible for entry?

Traveling from outside of Canada during COVID-19 is a fluid process- changing daily. As such every student traveling from outside of Canada should be checking IRCC’s website for accurate up to date information at this link prior to travel.

All students traveling from outside of Canada now require Lakehead University’s quarantine approval letter and must submit a request 96 hours prior to travel.Lakehead University is now approved for it's COVID-19 Readiness plan.  Lakehead University has been updated on the designated learning institution list (DLI) and you can view this at the following webpage:

In addition to Lakehead University being added onto the approved Covid-19 Readiness Plan DLI list, you must also review the following information and submit your LU Quarantine Commitment Plan.  You are required to have an Approved Quarantine Commitment Plan letter prior to travelling. Students are required to submit their quarantine plan online to Lakehead at:

Please refer to our Quarantine page for more information before making a travel plan.

Prior to travelling from outside of Canada, it is a student’s responsibility to check IRCC’s link to ensure that Lakehead University has been added to the IRCC’s designated institution list.

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Explore the mental health and health resources available, learn how to stay connected to your culture, and how to stay physically active with Lakehead.

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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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Advising & Supports

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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Study Abroad

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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