Conditions on maintaining education activities

You will find the following sections on this page:

Formation | Financial aid | International students | Returning from a trip outside of Canada | Convocation ceremony


2020 Fall semester

All study programs are offered in the fall 2020 semester. Almost all courses are taught at a distance. The research activities in the laboratory or in the field and the courses that take place in attendance are done in accordance with the standards adopted by the National Directorate of Public Health of Quebec.


Admissions to the INRS will continue. For students who are not be able to present themselves in person, the possibility of starting their program remotely will be offered if their supervisor agrees. Postponement of a new admission, if necessary and without penalty, is also possible. To do so, the request must be addressed to the Registrar’s Office.

If documents required for admission are missing as a result of the pandemic, it is still possible to apply for admission with a letter of explanation. The documents can be forwarded when they are available. If you have any questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at

Financial aid

Scholarships and grants

Scholarship payments continue as planned. If you have any questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at

Student financial aid

Repayment of debts contracted with Aide financière aux études by our graduating students and graduates is deferred for a period of six months, and no interest will accumulate during this period.

International students


Until March 13, 2020, students from foreign countries cannot be accepted for on-campus courses and research until further notice. Each person in charge – professor and professor or member of the administration – must notify those concerned.

Please note that the following information is valid only because of COVID-19. The special announcements may become obsolete and the relaxation of the rules may disappear if the situation changes. Most of the items presented are described on the IRCC website

Work in essential services / Lifting of the 20h/week limit for off-campus work

On April 22, 2020, the Government of Canada announced to international students that their 20-hour per week restriction on off-campus work was removed, provided they are working in an essential service or essential function

In this regard, it should be noted that:

  • This opening to full-time work applies only to students whose study permit allows them to work off-campus.
  • Students with implied status may also take advantage of this relaxation if their expired permit allowed them to work off-campus.
  • As stated in our information document of April 9, students who are forced to switch to part-time work, or to take a break from their studies, maintain their right to work off-campus if they can provide a letter from their university justifying that it was COVID-19 that affected the continuation of the program on a full-time basis. Therefore, the opening to full-time work also applies in this case.
  • A student whose study permit indicates that he or she is not allowed to work with vulnerable persons (patients, seniors, students) remains unable to do so.

CAQ expiring between April 30 and December 30, 2020 and automatic extension

On April 30, 2020, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration du Québec (MIFI) announced that it would automatically extend, until December 31, 2020, all CAQs ending from April 30 to December 30, 2020. It should be noted that:

  • Students who renew their CAQ for a period ending later than December 31, 2020 must continue their procedures.
  • Students whose CAQ ended before April 30 are not covered and must still wait for their application to be processed.
  • No information has been given, at this time, regarding a possible refund for submitted applications that become unnecessary because of this decision.

Canadian Emergency Benefit (regular and for students)

On April 29, 2020, the Government of Canada passed Bill C-15 which introduced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). It is important to note that international students will not be eligible for this new program. However, international students remain eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) if they meet the other criteria. See the official CERB page, including the question and answer link for full details.  Application for Study Permit / Time Limit to Provide Missing DocumentsIf documents are missing from your permit application and if you have sent a note explaining it was because of COVID-19, you will be asked to provide the missing information and you will have 90 days to do so. The time limit is automatically 90 days for biometrics as well, even if your letter mentions 30 days. This 90-day period is granted by default and IRCC specifies not to contact them to request it. If you still cannot meet the requirements when the 90-days period comes to an end, please notify IRCC.  Distance Learning AND Post-Graduation Work PermitTaking your courses online does not affect your eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). If you have a study permit, or if you have been approved for a study permit for a program starting in May or June, but you can’t travel to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, you may begin your training while you are abroad and this does not affect your eligibility for the PGWPP.

Study Permits

Foreign students who hold a valid study permit or who had their application for a study permit approved when the Government of Canada’s travel restrictions came into effect on March 18, 2020, may enter Canada. To do so, students must not show symptoms of COVID-19 before departure. Upon their arrival in Canada, a 14-day isolation period is mandatory, even if the person does not show any symptoms. More information is available on the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Research internship

As of March 13, 2020, interns from foreign countries can no longer be accepted until further notice. Those responsible for internships must notify those concerned. If the period of confinement continues, the INRS Graduate and Postgraduate Studies Department will consider, with you and your internship supervisor, the possibility of continuing your research activities remotely. Depending on the outcome of the pandemic, other options may be offered to you, such as the possibility of completing your internship on a part-time basis or postponing it until the fall of 2020 or the winter of 2021.

Returning from a trip outside of Canada


Each student and intern returning from a trip outside of Canada is required to observe a 14-day mandatory isolation period, as prescribed by the government.