Winter In-person Preparation for International Students

On this page you will find a summary of key information for international students as you prepare for the winter term as well as resources to stay in the know of campus regulations, travel restrictions, know what to bring to Canada for winter, and get assistance with finding a place to live. Please continue to check the UTM Together page and the  Office of the Vice-Provost Students website for latest updates.

As of January 15, only travelers with the required doses of Canadian government's approved vaccines (AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sinovac) are eligible to enter the country. This includes international students. If you are an international student and are not fully vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines, please contact the IEC for support.

Keep in mind that the vaccination requirements for entry to Canada are different than the vaccination requirements for UofT. If you are engaging in any in-person activities, you are required to upload your proof of vaccination to the UofT portal. For additional details, please visit this page 

If you have any further questions, please register for one of the sessions below:

Return to In-person Q&A

Join us for the Return to In-person Q&A which will cover entry requirements for return to Canada and what international students need to know for the upcoming return to in person learning. Register here 

Immigration & Travel considerations

Are you travelling to Canada for the Winter 2022 session?

Beginning November 30, 2021, the federal government is expanding their list of accepted vaccines. Please visit this page for more information. 

As a new or returning UTM student, you should have the following documents when entering Canada:

Please ensure the documents you carry are as current as possible. Resources:

Have more questions related to immigration and travel? Join our sessions or book an appointment with us through CLNx! 

Are you leaving Canada for the winter break?

Make sure to check updated travel regulations for your country of destination. Most countries will require a negative Covid-19 test and/or proof of vaccination. 

Before travelling overseas, ensure: 

If you are currently in Ontario and need a Covid-19 test, you can find a testing facility using COVID-19 testing locations. Please call your chosen facility in advance to book an appointment and ensure they provide the test you require. Results generally come out within 1-3 days, so arrange everything in advance.   

International Student Mentorship Program (ISMP) 

Are you an international student, permanent resident, new immigrant, or exchange student looking to make connections with upper-year students on campus and meet new people from around the world?

The International Student Mentorship (ISMP) program is for you! You can sign up and learn more here 

Things to consider as we move back to in-person

  1. On-campus or Off-campus Housing  - Haven’t found a place to stay yet? Check out UTM residence to get help with finding your new home in Canada! 
  2. Campus regulations - Proof of vaccination and daily completion of UCheck must be approved before coming to campus. Masks are required in all indoor spaces. 

For further information on campus regulations visit:  

Next steps as you arrive on campus 

  1. Get your T-card - Follow these steps and book an appointment to get your T-card on campus.
  2. Get your U-pass - U-Pass is a student transit card allowing unlimited fare-free rides on MiWay, Mississauga's transit system. Read through this page to schedule a time to pick up your U-pass. 

Where to make friends?

Feeling lonely or don’t know where to make friends? Participating in various Events and Activities is one of the easiest ways to meet new people and engage with like-minded students.  

Things to know about Winter in Canada and how to prepare for it

Winter in Canada can be very cold with average temperature falling between -5C to -15C. Therefore make sure you check the weather and your bus schedule daily so that you don’t wait outside for longer than necessary. To keep yourself warm, remember: 

  • To cover up in layers that can be easily taken on and off since all public transit and indoor spaces will have heating. 
  • To invest in good winter boots & jacket 
  • To tuck-in your pants into your boots and sleeves into your gloves 
  • Mittens are better than gloves to keep you warm
  • Scarfs and beanies are a must

Finally, eat well, sleep well and don’t forget to bring your Vitamin D since we only have a few hours of sunlight during winter!

If you still have more questions, we are here for you! Please Contact Us.