COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions

Note: Western International is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm to provide in-person assistance, however most programs and services are operating virtually (Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) to ensure the health and safety of our community, and to prevent the risk and spread of COVID-19.

Please contact us at iesc@uwo.ca or +1-519-661-2111 ext. 89309 for assistance.

Please be advised that this guide is updated regularly as new information becomes available. The questions and answers provided below are general in nature and subject to change. Individual students are responsible for ensuring compliance with IRCC regulations.

For assistance, please contact one of our International Student Advisors at iesc@uwo.ca.
 
Last updated: October 19, 2020

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Immigration, Travel, Study Permits and Visas

I heard that I can travel to Canada after October 20, 2020. Can I book my flight? Will Western support my travel?

International students should hold travel plans to Canada for now. As of October 20 international students cannot travel to Canada from abroad unless their institution’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved by the provincial government as per the latest IRCC travel update.Western’s plan has been submitted to the Government of Ontario.

While awaiting approval, the following advisories are in effect:

  • international students at Western who are currently abroad will not be allowed to travel to Canada until further notice.
  • international students who are in Canada and choose to travel internationally will not be able to return until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved.

The Government of Ontario is reviewing institutional COVID-19 readiness plans in phases. We anticipate approval for Western’s plan will be received in mid- to late-November.

This means international students planning travel between October 20 and the time of approval will need to cancel or postpone travel plans. This includes those who may have international travel planned during fall reading week (November 2 to 8), unless they are intending to remain outside of Canada for an extended period of time.

We recommend international students not make travel plans until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved. We will email students and update this website as soon as we receive approval and travel is possible again.

We understand this may be disappointing news for some students. If you have any questions, please contact iesc@uwo.ca or book an appointment with an international student advisor.

www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html 

Will I be able to travel outside of Canada for Fall Reading Week?

International students should hold travel plans for now. As of October 20 international students cannot travel to Canada from abroad (including returning from abroad) unless their institution’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved by the provincial government as per the latest IRCC travel update.Western’s plan has been submitted to the Government of Ontario.

While awaiting approval, the following advisories are in effect:

  • international students at Western who are currently abroad will not be allowed to travel to Canada until further notice.
  • international students who are in Canada and choose to travel internationally will not be able to return until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved.

The Government of Ontario is reviewing institutional COVID-19 readiness plans in phases. We anticipate approval for Western’s plan will be received in mid- to late-November.

This means international students planning travel between October 20 and the time of approval will need to cancel or postpone travel plans. This includes those who may have international travel planned during fall reading week (November 2 to 8), unless they are intending to remain outside of Canada for an extended period of time.

We recommend international students not make travel plans until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved. We will email students and update this website as soon as we receive approval and travel is possible again.

We understand this may be disappointing news for some students. If you have any questions, please contact iesc@uwo.ca or book an appointment with an international student advisor.

www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html 

What are the restrictions for students travelling from the United States?

International students, including those from the United States, should hold travel plans to Canada for now. As of October 20 international students cannot travel to Canada from abroad (including returning from abroad) unless their institution’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved by the provincial government as per the latest IRCC travel update.Western’s plan has been submitted to the Government of Ontario.

While awaiting approval, the following advisories are in effect:

  • international students at Western who are currently abroad will not be allowed to travel to Canada until further notice.
  • international students who are in Canada and choose to travel internationally will not be able to return until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved.

The Government of Ontario is reviewing institutional COVID-19 readiness plans in phases. We anticipate approval for Western’s plan will be received in mid- to late-November.

This means international students planning travel between October 20 and the time of approval will need to cancel or postpone travel plans. This includes those who may have international travel planned during fall reading week (November 2 to 8), unless they are intending to remain outside of Canada for an extended period of time.

We recommend international students not make travel plans until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved. We will email students and update this website as soon as we receive approval and travel is possible again.

We understand this may be disappointing news for some students. If you have any questions, please contact iesc@uwo.ca or book an appointment with an international student advisor.

www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html

Should I cancel my travel plans for fall?

International students should hold travel plans to Canada for now. As of October 20, international students cannot travel to Canada from abroad unless their institution’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved by the provincial government as per the latest IRCC travel update.Western’s plan has been submitted to the Government of Ontario.

While awaiting approval, the following advisories are in effect:

  • international students at Western who are currently abroad will not be allowed to travel to Canada until further notice.
  • international students who are in Canada and choose to travel internationally will not be able to return until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved.

The Government of Ontario is reviewing institutional COVID-19 readiness plans in phases. We anticipate approval for Western’s plan will be received in mid- to late-November.

This means international students planning travel between October 20 and the time of approval will need to cancel or postpone travel plans. This includes those who may have international travel planned during fall reading week (November 2 to 8), unless they are intending to remain outside of Canada for an extended period of time.

We recommend international students not make travel plans until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved. We will email students and update this website as soon as we receive approval and travel is possible again.

We understand this may be disappointing news for some students. If you have any questions, please contact iesc@uwo.ca or book an appointment with an international student advisor.

www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html 

I want to go back home to see my family. Will I be able to return to Canada? What can I expect?

International students should hold travel plans for now. As of October 20 international students cannot travel to Canada from abroad (including returning from abroad) unless their institution’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved by the provincial government as per the latest IRCC travel update.Western’s plan has been submitted to the Government of Ontario.

While awaiting approval, the following advisories are in effect:

  • international students at Western who are currently abroad will not be allowed to travel to Canada until further notice.
  • international students who are in Canada and choose to travel internationally will not be able to return until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved.

The Government of Ontario is reviewing institutional COVID-19 readiness plans in phases. We anticipate approval for Western’s plan will be received in mid- to late-November.

This means international students planning travel between October 20 and the time of approval will need to cancel or postpone travel plans. This includes those who may have international travel planned during fall reading week (November 2 to 8), unless they are intending to remain outside of Canada for an extended period of time.

We recommend international students not make travel plans until Western’s COVID-19 readiness plan is approved. We will email students and update this website as soon as we receive approval and travel is possible again.

We understand this may be disappointing news for some students. If you have any questions, please contact iesc@uwo.ca or book an appointment with an international student advisor.

www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students.html 

Can I start my program online without a study permit?

The COVID-19 pandemic is unique and unprecedented. Consequently, it has created a number of issues and uncertainties for international students. Please review carefully the information below in relation to your personal situation and your academic and post-graduation goals before deciding to begin studying if your study permit has not been approved yet.

Please note for programs originally designed as 100% online, a study permit is not required by the definition of distance learning, whether inside or outside of Canada. However, for courses which were normally in person that have now moved temporary to an online format due to COVID-19, students who are already in Canada are required to follow the SP requirement for normal in-person courses. If all your courses are online temporarily and you are in Canada you still need to maintain a valid status in Canada.

If you are in Canada, a valid study permit is required if the program length is more than 6months, even if the program has been shifted to an online format due to COVID-19.

Only the following individuals can begin their studies while awaiting a decision on their study permit application from within Canada, provided the application has been submitted before the expiry of their status:

  • Students who are on implied status after submitting their study permit extension
  • Visitors who are studying at secondary level
  • A visiting or exchange student (visitor status) who is studying at a designated learning institution
  • A visitor who has completed a course or program of study that is a prerequisite to their enrolling at a designated learning institution

If you are outside of Canada, obtaining a study permit is highly recommended.

Once in-person studies resume, a valid study permit and temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA) will be necessary to enter Canada and continue studies.

You won’t be able to get a refund for completed terms if you are unable to come to Canada to complete your program in the future. Western University will not be liable for any losses resulting from your failure to qualify for a study permit, or from your inability to otherwise complete the program due to immigration restrictions.

If you are a student who needs university employment, you will not be able to get a Canadian Social Insurance Number without a valid study permit, and without a valid SIN the university cannot employ you.

In most scenarios, you must have a study permit. However, you are still eligible for a PGWP if you study online while outside Canada in the following scenarios provided you have applied for a study permit before starting your program in the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semester or the January 2021 semester:

  • If your program is between 8 and 12 months in length, with a start date from May to September 2020, you can complete the entire program online from outside of Canada.
  • If your program is longer than 12 months, you can complete up to 50% of your program online from outside of Canada until April 30, 2021, provided the other 50% of program is completed in Canada.
  • If you will graduate from 2 different PGWP eligible programs within 2 years of each other, with 1 program started between May and September 2020, you can complete up to 50% of combined length of the programs online from outside of Canada until April 30, 2021, provided 50% of your total studies are completed in Canada.

You must eventually be approved for a study permit if you want to be eligible for these temporary measures for PGWP.

Please read more details on IRCC website for PGWP eligibility for students beginning programs online.

If you have specific immigration questions pertaining to your situation, please email the International & Exchange Student Centre at iesc@uwo.ca  or schedule an appointment.

I am in Canada with a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit. I decided to go back to school for another program and I have applied for a study permit. Can I start my program online while my application is in process?

No, a student must be approved for a study permit before starting their studies. If the student applied from within Canada for a study permit while on a work permit, they can start studying once they receive approval without the physical study permit. But they cannot start studies while the study permit application is in process. This also applies to programs that are not distance learning but moved to online temporarily due to COVID-19.

Do I need a study permit to start my courses online?

The COVID-19 pandemic is unique and unprecedented. Consequently, it has created a number of issues and uncertainties for international students. Please review carefully the information below in relation to your personal situation and your academic and post-graduation goals before deciding to begin studying if your study permit has not been approved yet.

Students who are having difficulty securing their study permits should contact our International & Exchange Student Centre at iesc@uwo.ca

Why obtaining your study permit prior to beginning fall courses is highly recommended:

1. Once in-person studies resume, a valid study permit and temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA) will be necessary to enter Canada and continue studies.

If you start your program remotely from outside of Canada and before you receive approval for your study permit, you are not guaranteed future entry into Canada, or subsequent approval for your study permit. This means that you may not be able to finish the program that you start from outside of Canada.

You won’t be able to get a refund for completed terms if you are unable to come to Canada to complete your program in the future. Western University will not be liable for any losses resulting from your failure to qualify for a study permit, or from your inability to otherwise complete the program due to immigration restrictions.

2. Having a valid study permit before beginning studies, whether you're inside or outside of Canada, is especially important for those who want to remain eligible for the post-graduation work permit (PGWP). If you begin studying without a being approved for a study permit:

  • You may have a shortened PGWP in the future
  • You may not be eligible for PGWP at all if more than 50% of your program ends up being online

3. If you are a student who needs university employment, you will not be able to get a Canadian Social Insurance Number without a valid study permit, and without a valid SIN the university cannot employ you.

Students should apply for a study permit as soon as they have been offered acceptance to Western University. Students who have initially been denied a study permit should re-apply as soon as possible. Note that graduate students are required to submit a valid study permit to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Email kmaruoka@uwo.ca)

If you have specific immigration questions pertaining to your situation, please email the International & Exchange Student Centre at iesc@uwo.ca  or schedule an appointment.

If you want to discuss how late you can begin, or the possibility of deferring your start date to another term, International Undergraduate Students should contact welcome@uwo.ca and International Graduate Students should contact their graduate program directly.

Will my time studying without a study permit be counted towards my PGWP?

Any student who is starting school in spring, summer or fall of 2020 and who has submitted an application from outside Canada on or before September 15, 2020, will be able to count the time spent studying online outside Canada (as long as it is not over 50% of the program) towards their PGWP once they have submitted a study permit application AND commenced studying online contingent on an eventual approval. 

If you need assistance with your Post-Graduation Work Permit application and/or if your request is time-sensitive, please contact IESC for support.

I’m an international student abroad without a study permit. Can I begin my program online without coming to Canada?

The COVID-19 pandemic is unique and unprecedented. Consequently, it has created a number of issues and uncertainties for international students. Please review carefully the information below in relation to your personal situation and your academic and post-graduation goals before deciding to begin studying if your study permit has not been approved yet.

Students who are having difficulty securing their study permits should contact our International & Exchange Student Centre at iesc@uwo.ca.

Why obtaining your study permit prior to beginning fall courses OR submitting your application before September 15, 2020 is highly recommended:

1. Once in-person studies resume, a valid study permit and temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA) will be necessary to enter Canada and continue studies.

If you start your program remotely from outside of Canada and before you receive approval for your study permit, you may not be guaranteed future entry into Canada, or subsequent approval for your study permit. This means that you may not be able to finish the program that you start from outside of Canada.

You won’t be able to get a refund for completed terms if you are unable to come to Canada to complete your program in the future. Western University will not be liable for any losses resulting from your failure to qualify for a study permit, or from your inability to otherwise complete the program due to immigration restrictions.

  1. Having a valid study permit before beginning studies OR submitting your application before September 15, 2020, is especially important for those who want toremain eligible for the post-graduation work permit (PGWP). If you start studying without being approved for a Study Permit or without submitting your application before September 15, 2020
  • You may have a shortened PGWP in the future
  • You may not be eligible for PGWP at all if more than 50% of your program ends up being online

3. If you are a student who needs university employment, you will not be able to get a Canadian Social Insurance Number without a valid study permit, and without a valid SIN the university cannot employ you.

Students should apply for a study permit as soon as they have been offered acceptance to Western University. Students who have initially been denied a study permit should re-apply as soon as possible. Note that graduate students are required to submit a valid study permit to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Email kmaruoka@uwo.ca)

If you have specific immigration questions pertaining to your situation, please email the International & Exchange Student Centre at iesc@uwo.ca  or schedule an appointment.

If you want to discuss how late you can begin, or the possibility of deferring your start date to another term, International Undergraduate Students should contact welcome@uwo.ca and International Graduate Students should contact their graduate program directly.

 

I have submitted an application to IRCC. What do I do with biometrics and/or medical exam requirements?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made recent updates regarding collection of biometrics. As a temporary measure, individuals are "exempt from giving biometrics if you’re applying from within Canada for the following reasons: to extend your stay as a student, worker or visitor; to restore your status as a student, worker or visitor; for a work or study permit; for a visitor visa; or for a temporary resident permit. This applies to all new applications as well as applications already in progress.

For medical exams, some panel physician offices may be closed due to COVID-19. You will automatically be given 90 days to complete this step. If you have a medical exam scheduled or would like to schedule an Immigration Medical Examination (IME), please contact the panel physician’s office to verify that they are still open and performing exams.

Your application won’t be refused or closed if you can’t give your biometrics or complete your medical exam during this period.

Financial Support

Will tuition be less if classes are delivered online?

Transition to online delivery of our programs has not changed the amount that we are investing to ensure academic integrity and quality for our students.

Western continues to provide the core services funded through tuition and other revenue sources. In addition to your learning from instructors, Western continues to provide support services, financial aid advice and academic guidance for undergraduate and graduate students.

As such, there are no changes to tuition for the 2020 fall/winter term.

All of our student programming and supports will continue to be available, though in different models of delivery, during our blended delivery of education.

As such, Western is planning to continue with full ancillary fees for the 2020-21 school year, with the exception of three fees associated with sports and recreation. The Campus Recreation, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Thompson Athletic Centre fees will be reduced by 50% of the approved fee levels for the fall term, in part due to the cancellation of competitive sport by provincial sport associations.  Students will have these fees adjusted on their online statement of account.

While we have reduced these fees, we are not planning a reduction in programming. Recreation and sport are vital to the student experience and central to student well-being. The university remains committed to ensuring students have access to spaces and continued recreational programming both on-campus and online.

We continue to offer career development, academic support, leadership, and medical and health appointments and programs – all available through links on the Digital Student Experience website.

Decisions on the winter term fees will be made at a later date.

Western’s leadership team is working closely with student leaders to develop strategies and supports to address students’ immediate financial and academic challenges precipitated by the pandemic. Some of the supports already announced include: 

  • An additional $13.5 million in student financial aid for the coming year (admissions bursaries for undergrads)
  • One-time, needs-based graduate student summer bursaries for PhD and research master’s students
  • $11 million in refunds for students in residence

Students with questions regarding fees or financial aid may find additional information or submit a question by visiting the Office of the Registrar or the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.

Are there tuition discounts or extra bursaries available for International Students for 2020-21?

At this time tuition fees remain at the same level as planned. For more information on scholarships and bursaries, please see Western's Student Finances page.

What is the International Student Bursary Program?

The International Student Bursary Program enables undergraduate international students in financial need to continue or complete their program of study at Western. Please click on the "Undergraduate" section on our Financial Assistance page for more information or visit our Remote Advising page to find out how to connect with our team.

What is the International Student Emergency Loan?

Western offers short-term loans to international students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies. The maximum loan is $500. Financial emergencies may arise as a result of medical expenses, delays in transfers of funds from outside of Canada, expensive textbooks, moving, etc. Find out more on our Financial Assistance page.

Where can I find financial resources for graduate students?

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can find information on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) COVID-19 financial support page and the SGPS funding page.

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and who qualifies?

To be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, you must reside in Canada and have a valid Social Insurance Number. Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents – including temporary foreign workers and international students – may be eligible to receive the Benefit if meet the other eligibility requirements.

The following conditions need to be met:

  • Must have earned $5,000in this role as reflected in 2019 T4 or T4A Must have been employed in 2020 in PT or FT role
  • Must have lost work as a result of COVID-19 closure announcement (March 15)
  • Must have worked 14 days prior to the closure
  • Applications available April 6

Applications are available now. Maximum amount is $2,000/month for 24 weeks.

Housing

What will happen with my residence fee if there is a delay in occupancy or termination of residence contract due to COVID-19?

We hope to resume as much as possible our normal activities in the fall of 2020. However, we must also prepare should the pandemic threaten the health and wellness of our community. See details on fees on the Residence FAQ page.

Can I defer my residence to January?

We are currently honouring the first-year residence guarantee for students who will be on site for September. If we have space in January, we’ll be happy to welcome you for the winter term – but we are unable to guarantee you a residence space at this time. More information about January housing will be released later this summer.

If all my classes are online, can I still live in residence?

Yes, absolutely.

What physical distancing and disinfection measures are in place in residence?

We are taking our direction and instruction from the government and local health authorities. Enhanced cleaning of our residences is currently being planned for the fall. This includes more frequent sanitization of touch surfaces in public areas, with caretaking staff schedules expanding to seven days a week, and an extended presence beyond traditional business hours. Additional changes to food service and dining halls will also be implemented. For details, see the Residence FAQ page.

Will my residence experience be the same as those of previous years? What will residence programming look like?

In residence you will still have access to the same support and resources but in response to physical distancing measures, the way it is delivered may change. Similar to the University’s academic programs, residence programming will be delivered through a hybrid model—some in person while others might be online.

Classes, Exams and Campus

How do I get my textbooks if I'm studying overseas/remotely?

Most textbooks and course materials will be available digitally and can be purchased online from The Book Store at Western. In addition, some course materials may also be available digitally through Western Libraries.

If you are unable to find your materials after checking both resources, you can contact your professor and/or Western Libraries for more assistance.

Where will masks be mandatory?

Western requires all employees and students to wear non-medical masks/face coverings when in the presence of others and in common and shared spaces on campus. Employees and students will be supplied with washable Western-branded non-medical masks/face coverings when returning to campus.

In addition, you may be required to wear a mask in certain public spaces in the community. You can find more information on the Middlesex-London Health Unit website.  

What will the fall term look like?

We are working hard to ensure that we will be able to offer the very high quality student experience that is consistent with the world-class university we are, and that you and your families expect.

Western will offer a full fall semester for every student, whether you are new to Western or returning.  

We continue to believe in the deep value of engaging each other face to face when we can, and we’re working hard to make as much of that happen as we can under the circumstances. It won’t be the fall semester we all would have expected under normal times, but we think it will still be a positive experience to be in London, among your friends, classmates and teachers.

We will need your help to make this work. Keeping the campus community safe will be incredibly complicated and will be a shared responsibility.

We will continue to carefully follow ministry and public health regulations, while preserving as many in-person experiences as possible. 

Currently, we anticipate that between 25-30 per cent of our courses will have an on-campus experience. The availability of on-campus experiences, however, will differ depending on your course selection, your program and year of study, and further details will be shared during the registration process.

When you return to campus, things will look and feel a bit different: you will notice some new rules about how we gather together and changes to our physical spaces. 

Our students, faculty and staff will be important partners in these efforts. When each of us adheres to these changes and follows appropriate precautions, we make our entire community safer.

Physical distancing requirements will reduce the capacity of our campus. Depending on the directions we get from public health, the capacity reductions could be significant.

Many of our largest courses will be delivered online throughout the fall and winter terms, but we are looking to provide small group experiences as well. Some of these experiences will be virtual and some will be face to face as the conditions allow.

We are also aiming for clinical programs, some undergraduate seminars and labs, and labs for research-based graduate students to be delivered in-person.

Access to libraries, computer labs and other learning and personal resources may be different than in the past. We will share more information on this as it becomes available.

We will continue to provide support to help you manage your academics, finances and well-being so you can thrive even if you’re not on campus. Visit Digital Student Experience for a variety of resources.

Interntational & Exchange Student Centre Events & Support

What resources are available to help me transition to university life?

Our IESC staff and volunteers offer virtual programming and events throughout the year. Please visit the website for more details.

Are all IESC events cancelled?

Unfortunately, IESC in-person group events are now cancelled, however we are committed to finding ways to keep in touch! Staying connected and involved with the Western and IESC communities while you're practicing physical distancing is important to your wellbeing. Find out more about our virtual events on our Stay Connected page

 Health and Medical Insurance

I received a COVID-19 test outside of Western’s Student Health Care, where do I send the results?

Students can email a copy of their COVID-19 test results to dturnbu5@uwo.ca OR have the assessment centre fax a copy to Dr.Sonya Malone, Western Student Health Care, at 519-661-3380. If your COVID-19 test was administered through Western’s Student Health Care, you are not required to submit a copy of your results.

If my COVID-19 test is negative, can I leave my 14-Day quarantine early?

No. If you have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days after your return, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result. Self-isolation (quarantine) is required under the federal Quarantine Act

If you have any questions about quarantining and/or testing while in quarantine, please contact iesc@uwo.ca

What happens if my COVID-19 test is positive?

If you test positive, your local public health unit will contact you. You will be asked for information to help determine who you were in contact with while you may have been contagious or where you may have acquired COVID-19. They will also advise you when you can stop self-isolating. Learn more here

If you have any questions about quarantining and/or testing while in quarantine, please contact iesc@uwo.ca

I am quarantining outside of London, where do I go to get tested?

Testing is provided free of charge at Ontario assessment centres. Some assessment centres may require you to book an appointment first or have certain restrictions (for example, some are unable to test young children). For locations and more information visit covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-assessment-centres

If you are quarantining outside London but will be moving to London, you can have your test done in London after your 14-day quarantine elsewhere ends, as long as you are asymptomatic. If you have symptoms, you should obtain the test where you are at a local testing centre prior to moving to London.

Students should wait for the test results before attending classes. In most cases, results will be available within 24-48 hours. They should continue to self-isolate and exercise caution after the test before their test results are in.

If you have any questions about quarantining and/or testing while in quarantine, please contact iesc@uwo.ca

What does my UHIP Health Insurance Cover?

UHIP covers hospital and medical services that you might need to maintain your health while at Western. Prescription drugs and dental care are NOT covered by UHIP. 

For a full list of what is covered and not covered by UHIP, visit: https://uhip.ca/Enrollment/PlanDetails#toc2

Will my UHIP insurance support me if I get sick with COVID-19?

UHIP coverage remains unchanged, and will support diagnosis and treatment of illness. Testing for COVID-19 is covered under the UHIP plan.

Should I purchase health insurance outside of the required UHIP fee?

In Ontario, most citizens and permanent residents have another health insurance plan, not just OHIP (the Ontario Provincial Health Plan). This gives them coverage for services OHIP or UHIP doesn’t cover (e.g. prescription drugs, dental care). 
 
Western offers supplementary health insurance through the University Students Council (USC) for undergraduate students https://westernusc.ca/your-services/health-plan/ and through the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) for graduate students http://sogs.ca/healthplan/ These plans are separate from your UHIP coverage.

Graduate Students

Where can I find resources for graduate students?

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can find information and resources on their website. For questions pertaining to research, examinations and other concerns issues please consult the directory for contact information: grad.uwo.ca/administration/directory.html.

Where can I find information about financial support for graduate students?

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) will update this web page as it becomes available. 

Other Resources

Where can I find resources related to Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19?

Please visit the Learning Network resource hub for resources related to Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19.