COVID-19 Information and Updates

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, B.C. health officials discouraged "all non-essential travel" outside of Canada due to the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stated anyone who travels abroad will be required to stay home from work or school for 14 days upon their return to the province.

In light of this information, any NIC student or employee who chooses to travel outside of Canada beginning March 13, 2020, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon return to BC.

Students must be aware that extended absences from the classroom may have a severe impact on the successful completion of your program. Please contact your faculty member or Dean if you have questions or concerns.

Employees, please be aware that the travel restrictions apply to all BC residents and all public sector workplaces will be similarly impacted. NIC will follow the advice of the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association PSEA on how best to support this direction from government. We expect to hear from PSEA on this matter on Friday, March 13, 

This page will be updated on an as needed basis. If you have any further questions, contact: questions@nic.bc.ca 

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Published Mar 5, 2020

NIC is monitoring information about COVID-19 (formerly known as the novel coronavirus) and following the lead of health officials to ensure plans are in place if a response is needed.

The Canadian Public Health Agency has assessed the current risk for Canada is low. 

The latest recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer outline what students and employees can do to stay healthy during this time. 

There are measures that all students, faculty, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, colds, and influenza:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill.

If you plan on travelling internationally, please review the government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories which provide important advice to help you to make informed decisions.

Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website at: www.bccdc.ca/

This page will be updated on an as needed basis. If you have any further questions, contact: questions@nic.bc.ca